TechTalks—as opposed to expo and breakout sessions—are tightly focused, 15– or 30–minute talks on a specific subject. Because the audience for these talks is much more niche, attendees can easily ask questions and delve deeper into a given topic with a subject matter expert (SME) who is presenting the session. In the case of these three sessions, that SME is, well, me.
In my first TechTalk, Is Your Horizon Desktop Available? [VMTN2001US], I will discuss using ControlUp Scoutbees, our proactive synthetic monitoring solution, to ensure the availability of Horizon desktops. With the explosion of remote work, users not being able to access a remote resource can be a HUGE issue. Scoutbees monitors the status of these resources and lets you know when they are unavailable or suffering issues.
The two other TechTalks I’ll be presenting are Monitoring Horizon VDI Clients and Home Networks [VMTN2000US] and Increase Horizon Guest Density Using MMR [VMTN1997US]. In the first of these, I will cover using Remote DX to monitor the connectivity to a Horizon desktop. One of the features that makes Remote DX unique is that it transfers all the information about the device over a Horizon virtual channel, meaning that no additional ports need to be opened in the firewall and no processes need to run on the Horizon client.
In the second, I will explain how VMware Multimedia Redirection (MMR) can offload processes from a virtual desktop to a VDI device. By freeing up CPU cycles on the ESXi host, you can run more virtual desktops on a given host, thereby increasing guest density and lowering the cost per Horizon desktop.
Until July 18, you can get a full event pass to VMware Explore for $2,095; after that, the price will go up. This pass includes general and breakout sessions, keynotes, and Hands-on Lab (HOL) interactive simulations, as well as the end-of-event party. If you can’t attend the live event, VMware is making an online pass for free for those with a VMware ID (also free). I’m looking forward to seeing you all at VMware Explore in August!