Posts Tagged ‘VDM’

VMware product name changes

December 3rd, 2008

Quick update on a news item you may have already heard about. Remember those VMware product/component decoder rings you might have started working on after the VMworld 2008 announcements? It’s time for an update. VMware announced a handful of product name changes on Monday:

  1. VMware VirtualCenter is now VMware vCenter Server
  2. VMware vCenter is the family name for all management products
  3. VMware Lab Manager is now VMware vCenter Lab Manager (since it is in the management products family)
  4. The VMware vCenter prefix applies to the other products in the management products family as well
  5. VMware View is the family name for all VDI/VDM products
  6. VMware VDI is now VMware View
  7. VMware VDM is now VMware View Manager

I’m not real fond of name changes unless there is a good reason behind it. I’ll give VMware the benefit of the doubt that there was good reason to make these changes, although not knowing myself 100% what is up VMware’s sleeve, the timing is somewhat debatable. Couldn’t they have waited until the next generation of Virtual Infrastructure to align the products and components? Citrix did this with Presentation Server when they instantly re-branded it to XenApp. It confused a lot of people, especially the newcomers. I hope confusion among VMware customers is minimized. It’s going to take a little while for these new names to become second nature for me.

What do you think of the name changes? Feedback is always welcomed here.

VMware adds additional thin client support for VDM 2.1

November 6th, 2008

Effective 11/6/08, VMware has added support for four addtional thin client devices for VMware Desktop Manager version 2.1

  • IGEL Compact 3210
  • Premium 5310
  • Smart 2110
  • Winestra 4210

I thought it would also be worthy to mention that the thin client devices being given away for free by Chip PC at VMworld 2008, the Chip PC Xtreme PC NG 6600, are also supported by VDM 2.1.  I received a unit and I am currently evaluating its capabilities as I have time.  Hopefully one day it will make a good blog post.

Source:  Thin Client Compatibility Guide For VMware Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM)