Error 1720 when deploying View Connection Server

While running through a bunch of interoperability tests for VSAN, one of the products I deployed was VMware View 5.3.1. This required a bunch of virtual machines to be rolled out; one VM for my SQL Server database to support View Composer, another for View Composer itself and then finally another VM for View Connection Server (also known as the connection broker). It was during the install of View Connection server that I hit this issue:

Error 1720: There is a problem with this Windows Installer package. A script required for this install to complete could not be run. Contact your support personnel or package vendor. Customer action VM_AdamLoadVdiSchemaPreReqs script error -2147024894, : Line 16, Column 1,

View Connection Error 1720When a KB article reported a hit first time, we thought this would be a simple issue to resolve. It didn’t turn out quite so simple.

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A closer look at GreenBytes

greenbytes-logoFollowers of my blog will have seen a number of articles posted recently about storage vendors that I managed to catch up with at this year’s VMware Partner Exchange in Las Vegas. In the last in this series of articles, I managed to spend some time with the folks from GreenBytes. The timing was very opportune, as GreenBytes just made a major announcement to their portfolio, namely their new vIO, the virtual storage appliance version of their IO Offload Engine solution for desktop virtualization. I met up with Michael Robinson (VP, Marketing), Jeff Eberhard (Sr. Systems Engineer) and Steve O’Donnell (CEO) of GreenBytes to get the low-down on their current product offerings and to learn a bit more about their very recent vIO announcement.

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VMware Horizon View 5.2 – Storage Enhancements

Last week saw VMware release the latest version of VMware View, VMware Horizon View 5.2. While there are a whole bunch of enhancements in this release, I wanted to focus on a few enhancements that are specifically storage related. I’ve covered some of these in the past from a vSphere perspective, but now we have a new release of View which can take advantage of these features.

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Atlantis ILIO 4.0 – Persistent Desktops in Memory

atlantislogolgAt the start of this month, Atlantis Computing gave me a preview of their new ILIO Persistent VDI 4.0. As the title of this post suggests, Atlantis have a very nice new feature in this release. Last year, I blogged about their ILIO Diskless VDI for non-persistent desktops which ran purely in memory. That was quite a novel concept, and found affinity with a lot of customers (and won a number of awards too). However, many of their customers asked them to provide an in-memory solution for persistent desktops as well as non-persistent ones. With this release, Atlantis have responded to their customers request and have announced that this ILIO 4.0 release will support persistent desktops in-memory too. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first in-memory storage solution for persistent VDI. The benefits of running your desktop completely in memory are obvious from a performance perspective, but just how do Atlantis do persistent desktops using RAM as the primary storage? Read on to find out – it’s kind of cool.

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Atlantis ILIO – Diskless VDI & Services Feature Review

My first introduction to Atlantis ILIO was at a User Group meeting in the UK last year. I had a chat with Jim Moyle who explained the Atlantis ILIO product to me. Their primary focus is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) storage and performance optimization solutions. In a nutshell, the ILIO software appliance sits in the I/O path between your hypervisor and storage and does what is essentially I/O acceleration. Since the appliance sits in the I/O path, it presents an iSCSI or NFS datastore at the front-end to the hypervisor, and at the back-end, it is presented with NFS, iSCSI or Fibre Channel storage from the storage array. The appliance does a number of things such as inline deduplication, and also does Windows I/O optimization through Atlantis’ patented technologies. They can identify the different types of windows I/O, and intelligently process and characterize it. This allows them to determine which I/Os are latency sensitive & which are not, and prioritize accordingly. Atlantis claims that this technology massively reduces virtual desktop I/O to the back-end storage.  They also claim that their technology reduces storage consumption, and makes VDI cost-effective from a storage perspective without sacrificing desktop performance (which has always been the Achilles heel of VDI).

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