Those of you that got to make it out to the VMware Partner Exchange probably got to see the demo in the Nexenta Booth.
Alot of the common social media geeks around virtualization got to swing by. Chris Wahl from WahlNetworks included. This was not an overly complex demo, but I wanted something fun to show off VDI sessions. Using the real time performance metrics that are shown in NexentaVSA for View, we can actually see the systems running.
The install was rather easy, with one caveat. VMware View does not recognize the Retro USB Nintendo controller that we picked up from Amazon.
The great part is on the Lenovo Thinkpad I was using as a client I can make just a quick registry change and View will recognize. This process is detailed here, very similar to restricting access, this allows you to add unknown USB devices to share to your View session.
The hardware was not very intense for the servers. A couple Dell 1950 running ESX5.1 and using a Supermicro server with Nexenta installed as shared storage presenting 1 TB of NFS storage. For the VDI hosts I put in 2 Cisco UCS C200 M2. By adding in a single STEC ZeusIOP and a single spinning disk to house the desktops, and 96 GB of RAM we are able to build a rather robust VDI setup. Allowing for about 100 desktops all being deployed with NexentaVSA for View..
By adding in the JNes Nintendo Emulator to the Windows 7 base images and VMware View Linked Clones, we have our own mini arcade.