Monthly Archives: July 2013

Review : Jabra Revo Wireless

I recently invested in my first pair of over-the-ear headphones, after much research and testing, I decided on the Jabra Revo Wireless.

I had very specific requirements which helped to narrow down my choices, and the Jabra Revo Wireless succeeded on.

  • Bluetooth capable, and must support multipoint connectivity (simultaneous connection to 2 devices at the same time over bluetooth)
  • Must have a decent voice call quality, especially for the mic. Really hate to constantly repeat myself because of poor noise isolation.
  • Comfortable over the ears cups
  • Good music quality
  • Leverages the IOS headset battery meter; so I can see how much power is left in the headset
  • Integrates well with IOS and Android

Some nice to have features, which I really like, and the Jabra Revo Wireless supports very well

  • backup wired connection via 3.5mm – this allows me to keep using the headphones even after the battery has gone completely flat; and also enables me to use the headphone with inflight entertainment systems
  • charge via USB – this is particularly important especially for travellers; the icing on the cake here is that the Jabra Revo Wireless will act as an USB audio device. Works on both Mac and Windows; the Jabra Revo Wireless will show up in the Audio device list for both input and output!! How cools is that!?!

Call performance is very good, among the best of bluetooth devices I have used.

Multipoint works very well, though I must add that when there are 2 devices connected, there will be some lag in the audio. So, if you are watching a video, or playing a game, the sound will be about half a second late. I’ve validated that this only occurs when multipoint is in action.

Overall, this is a great headset and I am very pleased of my investment.

How to enable VMware Horizon View Client to support multi-monitor connection with RDP?

I have recently encountered this where my customer needed to connect to virtual desktops using RDP. The requirement is that the session had to support multi-monitors on the end device. He had all the right settings in the View Pool, but on View client, it was not showing the option for multimonitor. If the display protocol was changed to PCoIP, the multimonitor option would appear.

So, the requirement is that on both the View Desktop and View Client, at least RDP 7.0 must be installed. Details here.

You can find RDC 7.0 for Windows XP & Vista here. Windows 7 comes with 7.0 out of the box.

To validate if you already have RDC 7.0, one simple way is to launch mstsc.exe, and see if the “Display” tab has the check box to.

This is an example where multimonitor support is not available.

mstsc_no_multimonitor

 

The next image is MSTSC that has been upgraded to RDP 7.0 on the same Vista Computer. The option will be enabled if Windows detects more than one monitor. In this case, there’s only one monitor, and so the option is greyed out.

MSTSC with Multimonitor

Self Service Support with VMware

One thing I’m impressed with VMware support is the huge database of KB articles. VMware KB does not only contain articles relating to issues, but also include best practices, supported configurations, etc. One KB which I access the most is the article that lists the TCP/UDP ports used by various vSphere products.

Now, personally I find the search function sometimes a little short. My favorite is to use google (as is millions of people out there). So, how can we use google to search VMware KB? I do that all the time. The answer is simple just include a google search keyword, “site:”. So specifically to find VMware KB articles using google search simply just do this…

Google > site:kb.vmware.com my search topic keywords

This way, google search will only give you results from the site kb.vmware.com.

Hope this is useful for you :)

Working with VMware View & PCoIP – Teradici Support

It’s been a while since I posted, and with my latest role in VMware, I hope to have good best practices to share with all of you out there. The first tip I’d like to share is that if you work with VMware View and PCoIP, it’s a very good idea to sign up for a free account to access Teradici’s support site. There are lots of good information in there which some are not found in VMware KB articles.

The URL to the Teradici’s support site is http://techsupport.teradici.com. Sign up is selfservice and you’ll have access in no time at all!

In the site, you’ll find articles on optimizing your setup for best performance, firmware download for Teradici Zero Clients, articles relating to issues and symptoms and how to resolve them, etc.