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VMware Horizon View High Availability

Book Description

Design, develop and deploy a highly available vSphere environment for VMware Horizon View

About This Book

  • Enhance your capability of meeting various Service Level Agreements in VMware Horizon View
  • Get acquainted through all the necessary considerations for building a View environment
  • Cover VMware High Availability hurdle by hurdle along with the checklists for verification of the environment being ready for production

Who This Book Is For

If you manage, plan or deploy VMware Horizon View or are looking for tips for best practices and configuration details this book is for you. This book is intended for administrators who design and deploy VMware Horizon View or administrators who are looking for ways to improve their existing View environment.

What You Will Learn

  • Install and configure a VMware Horizon View Connection Server and redundant pair
  • Discover the networking requirements for View and learn how to build redundancy into your network
  • Analyze each of the View user pool types and how each one can be made highly available and survivable.
  • Get to know about storage protocols such as NFS, iSCSI and Fibre Channel
  • Deploy Virtual SAN, and find out how to effectively couple Virtual SAN with View
  • Learn about View monitoring tools to allow fast responses to various crises
  • Plan, analyze and upgrade VMware Horizon View
  • Analyze network services required for VMware Horizon View and build them in a redundant manner

In Detail

The increasing movement to virtualize workloads and workstations has put VMware Horizon View into a central mission critical role in many environments. Administrators may be overwhelmed with planning for outages and dealing with failure scenarios. It’s easy to miss small details that will result in outages down the road. Following VMware Horizon View best practices and planning ahead with network infrastructure will allow you to avoid these common pit falls.

This book will walk you through the setup and configuration of View in a highly available configuration. It will provide you with the skills to analyze and deploy configurations that can stand up to rigorous failure standards. The book starts with deploying and basic configuration of VMware Horizon View in a redundant setup, then moves on to cover high availability for networking, fibre channel, NFS, and iSCSI. We finish this book with monitoring and upgrade planning. At the end we also learn about maintaining the uptime and minimizing the downtime that can be caused due to various factors. Each topic comes with a list of best practices and failure scenarios to test. Administrators will learn the intricacies of protecting a View environment.

Style and approach

This book provides configuration and installation steps for administration and installation of a Horizon View server. It includes high-level overviews of any protocols, services used by Horizon View, and best practices and high availability checklists for each chapter.

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Table of Contents

  1. VMware Horizon View High Availability
    1. Table of Contents
    2. VMware Horizon View High Availability
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewers
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
        1. Why subscribe?
        2. Free access for Packt account holders
        3. Instant updates on new Packt books
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Downloading the example code
        2. Errata
        3. Piracy
        4. Questions
    8. 1. VMware Horizon View 6.0 Connection Server HA
      1. Licensing Horizon View
      2. Database considerations for Horizon View
      3. Functions of the vCenter server
      4. High Availability deployment scenarios for vCenter
        1. Small deployments
        2. Medium-to-large deployments
        3. Shared storage deployments
      5. Functions of the View Composer
        1. High Availability considerations for View Composer
          1. Co-locating the View Composer with vCenter considerations
      6. Installation of the View Composer 6.0
      7. Functions of the View Connection servers
      8. Installation of View Connection Server 6.0
        1. Installing the View Standard server
        2. Installing the View Replica Server
        3. Configuring the View Connection servers
      9. Network services HA
        1. Configuring DNS
        2. Configuring certificates for the View Connection servers
        3. Configuring VMware vCenter High Availability & DRS rules
        4. Configuring VM startup/shutdown rules
      10. Failure testing checklist
      11. Summary
    9. 2. VMware View 6.0 Security Server HA
      1. Functions of the View Security server
      2. Firewall and DNS requirements of the View Security server
      3. High Availability planning for the View Security server
      4. Installing the View Security server
        1. Prerequisites
        2. Installation
        3. HA DRS and power
          1. Two or more ESXi hosts with shared storage
          2. Four or more ESXi hosts with shared storage
          3. Two or more ESXi hosts with local storage
          4. Four or more ESXi hosts with local storage
          5. Power on
      5. View Security server failure checklist
      6. Summary
    10. 3. Load Balancers and Deployment Planning
      1. Ports used for load balancing
      2. DNS load balancing
      3. Windows Network Load Balancing
      4. Software or hardware load balancing
      5. High Availability and failure planning
        1. DNS round robin with internal-only clients
        2. Windows load balancing with internal-only clients
        3. Scenarios in software or hardware load balancing
        4. DNS round robin for View security servers with external clients
        5. Windows load balancing for View security servers with external clients
        6. Software or hardware load balancers for View security servers with external clients
      6. References
      7. Summary
    11. 4. HA Planning for Floating and Dedicated Pools
      1. An overview of pools
        1. Stateless desktops
        2. Stateful desktops
      2. Dedicated pools
        1. HA considerations for dedicated pools
      3. Floating pools
        1. HA considerations for floating pools
      4. Manual pools
        1. HA considerations for manual pools
      5. Remote Desktop Services pools
        1. Remote desktop services pool HA considerations
      6. High Availability checklist
      7. Summary
    12. 5. Storage HA with VMware Virtual SAN
      1. Virtual SAN capabilities and characteristics
      2. Virtual SAN for VMware Horizon View
        1. Components
        2. Virtual SAN cache mechanics
      3. Virtual SAN requirements and limitations
      4. Virtual SAN sizing
        1. CPU requirements
        2. SSD requirements
        3. Hard drive requirements
        4. Network requirements
        5. Blade servers
        6. Rack servers
      5. Virtual SAN installation
      6. Assign a license key to the Virtual SAN cluster
      7. Add a drive into a Virtual SAN
      8. Remove a drive from a Virtual SAN
      9. Virtual SAN features and best practices
        1. Virtual SAN hardware best practices
        2. Virtual SAN maintenance mode
        3. Virtual SAN storage policy management
        4. Storage policies for VMware Horizon View
        5. Multiple host failures and quorum
        6. Admission control
      10. High Availability checklist
      11. Summary
    13. 6. Hardware Redundancy Planning for Fibre Channel Storage
      1. Fibre Channel concepts and definitions
        1. Fibre Channel layers
        2. Fibre Channel ports
          1. Node ports
        3. Fibre Channel port attributes
        4. Fibre Channel zoning
      2. VMFS and Fibre Channel workflow
      3. Fibre Channel storage arrays
        1. Single controller storage arrays
        2. Dual controller storage arrays
        3. Fibre Channel and SAN requirements for VMware ESXi
      4. ESXi Fibre Channel and SAN restrictions
      5. Planning for High Availability
        1. Planning for High Availability with Fibre Channel switches
        2. Planning for high availability with P2P Fibre Channel
      6. Multipathing and managing Fibre Channel from within VMware vSphere Web Client
        1. Fibre Channel checklist
      7. Fibre Channel High Availability checklist
      8. Summary
    14. 7. NFS, iSCSI, and Network Planning
      1. Active Directory
      2. DNS
        1. Active Directory-integrated DNS servers
      3. DHCP
      4. DHCP High Availability
      5. Network High Availability
        1. Switching
      6. Storage High Availability
      7. VMware vSphere ESXi
        1. VMkernel configuration
      8. NFS
      9. NFS third-party features
        1. Deduplication
        2. Backups and snapshots on NFS
      10. NFS High Availability
      11. iSCSI
        1. iSCSI concepts
      12. iSCSI High Availability
      13. Failure testing checklist
      14. Summary
    15. 8. Monitoring VMware Horizon View
      1. Monitoring the View connection servers
        1. View Event database
      2. Monitoring the VMware vCenter server
      3. Monitoring tools available
        1. Horizon View Event Viewer
        2. RVTools
        3. PCoIP Session Statistics Viewer
        4. vRealize Operations Manager for Horizon View
          1. vRealize Operations Manager Virtual Appliance installation
          2. vRealize Operations Manager Configuration
          3. Install the VMware vRealize Operations View Broker Agent
          4. Installing the vRealize Operations for Horizon Desktop Agent
          5. vRealize Operations Manager Dashboard
      4. Monitoring checklist
      5. Summary
    16. 9. Upgrade and Downtime Planning
      1. Prerequisites and common pitfalls
        1. View Composer 6.0
        2. View Connection Server 6.0
      2. VMware vCenter Server 6.0 for Windows
      3. VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Appliance
      4. VMware Update Manager
      5. ESXi 6.0 upgrade planning
      6. Upgrading VMware Tools and Horizon View agent on base image
      7. Host upgrade planning
      8. Storage upgrade planning
      9. Network upgrade planning
      10. Summary
    17. Index