VMware View Client with PCoIP installation on Ubuntu 11.10

VMware View Client for Linux Tech Preview turns your Ubuntu PC into a thin client and connects to your company’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure. With VMware View 5 PCoIP capacities you can deliver a personalized high fidelity experience for end-users across sessions, devices and operating systems.

Enable Ubuntu 11.10 partner channel package repository “oneiric-partner”

$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
[sudo] password for divyen:

Uncomment (take out #) following lines from /etc/apt/sources.list and save file.

# deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu oneiric partner
# deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu oneiric partner

Retrive new list of packages and install vmware-view-client package.

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install vmware-view-client

Search and Launch VMware View Client from Dash home

Read more about PC Repurposing with VMware View
http://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/desktop/view/pcrepurposing

Fixes

When VMware view Client cannot verify that the connection to the server is secure, it warns about self-signed or expired certificate with this error “The certificate authority is invalid or incorrect”.

If you encounter this error and cannot connect to the virtual desktop, you can go to the File -> Preferences and set the mode which allows the unverifiable connection.

Snapshot of the VMware View Client Connected to the Windows 7 Virtual Machine on Ubuntu 11.10

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Windows 8 on VirtualBox

Download and Install Oracle VM – VirtualBox 4.0.16 (Released on Jan 11th 2012) or latest updates from
https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads

Download Microsoft Windows 8 Developer Preview from
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/apps/br229516

Create a new Windows 8 Virtual Machine. Latest Release of VirtualBox allows selecting “Windows 8” as the Virtual Machine’s Guest Operating System type.

At least 1 GB memory is recommend if you are installing Windows 8 32-bit.

Create a new VirtualBox Disk Image for Windows 8 Virtual Machine following Virtual Disk Creation Wizard.

 

 

Go to the storage settings and click Empty under IDE Controller. Click the CD icon next to CD/DVD Drive selection box and click Choose a virtual CD/DVD disk file. Navigate to the Windows 8 Developer Preview ISO file and select it. When done, click OK.

Go back on the VirtualBox main interface, Select Windows 8 VM, Right Click and Select Start to begin installation of Windows 8 and follow the on-screen instructions.

After the installation is complete, you can personalize and start using Windows 8.

 

 

Windows 8 Start Screen

Windows 8 Desktop Screen

Windows 8 Lock Screen

Windows 8 Log On Screen

 

Fixes

  • if you are unable to launch apps from the start screen set screen resolution to 1024×768 or higher. Read more http://www.edbott.com/weblog/2011/09/windows-8-apps-wont-open-heres-the-fix/

Ubuntu 11.04 on VirtualBox 4.0.6 with Unity Interface

I just tried out Ubuntu 11.04 Beta (with Unity Interface) on the latest VirtualBox 4.0.6 r71416.

Here is my VirtualBox Configuration set for Ubuntu 11.04 Virtual Machine.

In addition 3D acceleration must be enabled and VM should have decent video memory (>= 32MB)

After the first boot you may see this warning “It seems that you do not have the hardware required to run Unity. Please choose Ubuntu Classic at the login screen and you will be using the traditional environment.”

Just ignore this warning message and install latest version (4.0.6) of Virtualbox guest additions.

Shutdown the VM gracefully. Remove Installation ISO from the Virtual Disk Drive and Power up the VM.

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