Release: VMware View 4.0 available for download

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Last Saturday VMware View 4.0 was released for download.

I’ve been looking forward to this release ever since I saw the first demo’s of the Teradici Desktop Protocol PCoIP at VMworld Europe in Cannes last February. Those two days of extra waiting for the product to become GA did not spoil the fun luckily.

This release is important because it now supports vSphere, which is an advantage if you use Virtual Servers on vSphere, because from a management perspective it is nice to have an as much homogenous environment as possible to minimize complexities and support resource shuffling. Also now you can use the advantages of vSphere for your Desktops too.

More or less together with the new release of VMware View, vSphere got an update too (vSphere 4.0 Update 1 released on November 19th). This is not an option but a need: View 4.0 requires vSphere 4.0 Update 1.

For people upgrading from versions 3.x of View there is a compatibility matrix available to see the consequences when the requirements are not fully met.

For questions (FAQ) about licensing View 4 read this.

VMware replaced the thin client compatibility document with a web-app where you can query a db using different criteria suitable for your situation to see what vendors deliver a View 4 certified system with PCoIP support for example.

Chad Sakac posted a View Reference Architecture jointly produced by EMC, Cisco and VMware at his blog virtualgeek, which is definitely worth a look at.

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