With VMworld US 2018 under the belt it’s time for my monthly update about the VMware flings. There have been two new releases and four flings have received an update.
Horizon DaaS Migration Tool
Horizon DaaS Migration Tool helps migrating from earlier versions of Horizon DaaS (6.1.5, 6.1.6, 7.0.0) to the latest supported version (8.0.0). The tool can be used to move persistent desktop mappings from existing tenants to a newly provisioned tenant on 8.0.0.
The migration is not an in-place migration and does require a parallel setup of VMware Horizon DaaS 8.0.0 to be available. The tool is a command line tool that must be run from a separate Ubuntu virtual machine.
Benefits of migrating to the latest Horizon DaaS version
- VMware Horizon DaaS 6.1.5, 6.1.6 will run out of active support
- Partners moving to VMware Horizon DaaS 8.0.0 will be able to upgrade to upcoming versions
- VMware Horizon DaaS 8.0.0 offers a considerable upgrade in features, functionality, and security
This tool supports the following scenarios
- Migration of persistent tenant desktops and pools from VMware Horizon DaaS 6.1.x to VMware Horizon DaaS 8.0.0
- Migration of persistent tenant desktops and pools from VMware Horizon DaaS 7.0.0 to VMware Horizon DaaS 8.0.0
This tool does not yet support the following scenarios
- Floating Desktops will not be migrated and need to be created separately by moving and updating the existing golden images and recreating the desktop pools in the new tenant
- Migration of RDSH session hosts and Applications are not supported and should be handled in the same way as Floating Desktop pools by moving and updating the existing golden images, then recreating the pools
- Multi Data Center functionality has been dropped temporarily in Horizon DaaS 8.0.0 and is not supported
- Multi Desktop Managers per tenant are not supported
The above scenarios are being worked on and will be supported in a upcoming version of Horizon DaaS Migration Tool.
vRealize Operations REST Notifications Helper
This fling helps in sending Rest notifications for alerts
vRealize Operations REST Notifications Helper helps vRealize Operations Manager users improve and customize the REST notifications of alerts. It collects the most useful information about an alert before sending it to third parties. The payload of the alert can be modified with user configurations which include changing the names of the fields in a payload, removing unnecessary fields, or adding new ones.
Horizon Helpdesk Utility
The Horizon Helpdesk Utility was a new addition last month and I think it’s still the helpdesk utility that the tool that comes with Horizon should have been.
- Added better logging for troubleshooting
- Added support for newer Helpdesk features:
- Client version
- Idle time etc.
- Bug fixes for licensing checks in 7.2 version of horizon
- Fixed a timing issue in the graphs causing a closing issue
- Increased pod searching by 30 seconds to 2 seconds
- fixed indentation issues in config files
vSphere HTML5 Web Client
Fling 3.41 – Build 9687895
- Code capture: record interaction performed in the current session against the vCenter API, and generate an equivalent script.
- To start recording, click “Start recording” on the “Code Capture” page, or the record button in the header.
- Subsequent operations done in this session will be recorded. To stop recording, click the Stop button, and the recorded operations will be generated as a script. PowerCLI is the only supported language for the moment.
- To disable code capture for all users, append the line “codecapture.disabled=true” to /etc/vmware/vsphere-client/vsphere-client/webclient.properties on the fling appliance and restart the vSphere Client server from FAMI UI
- If you have registered the fling appliance to a vCenter which is in an enhanced linked mode configuration with an external PSC and is on version 6.5, there is a known issue around the slow performance of dialogs via action menu. Refer this bug for the workaround – #268. We are working on fixing this.
DoD Security Technical Implementation Guide(STIG) ESXi VIB
The DoD Security Technical Implementation Guide (‘STIG’) ESXi VIB is a Fling that provides a custom VMware-signed ESXi vSphere Installation Bundle (‘VIB’) to assist in remediating Defense Information Systems Agency STIG controls for ESXi. (yes this is a shameless copy/paste)
Update August 2018
- Updated 6.5 STIG VIB to resolve issue with it not being applicable to 6.7 in VUM.
- Also updated package to replace 6.0 version and root disabled or root enabled for the same version if you are switching between them.
DRS Entitlement Viewer
The DRS Entitlement Viewer is a plugin for the HTML5 vSphere Client that gives more insight in DRS in your environment.
- Fixed bugs reported in v1.0.2
- Added support to provide feedback