I've always wanted to find a cost effective way to implement 2-factor authentication. Commercial solutions are expensive, and if you are a small business, you might not want to spend a small fortune on implementing an enterprise solution with hardware tokens. I stumbled across Google Authenticator a while back and started to wonder how it can be used to implement a free 2-factor authentication solution in my lab. I also found a few posts that suggested teaming it up with Freeradius and that's really where this post started.

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 After updating my View environment to version 5.2, I noticed that my PowerCLI scripts that I run on the View Connection Server keep failing. After looking into the issue I found that each script execution fails when trying to load the snap-in for View PowerCLI into PowerShell with the following error:

"Add-PSSnapin : Cannot load Windows PowerShell snap-in VMware.View.Broker because of the following error: The Windows PowerShell snap-in module C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\bin\PowershellServicesCmdlets.dll does not required Windows PowerShell snap-in strong name PowershellServiceCmdLets, Version=5.1.0.12315, Culture=neutral, PublicJeyToken=null"

To resolve the issue, the new PowershellServiceCmdlets.dll file installed during the View Connection Server update, needs to be registered with Windows PowerShell .

To register the file, open a new Windows PowerShell prompt and run the following script:

“C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\Extras\PowerShell\add-snapin.ps1”

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I've been looking into enabling audio recording in VMware View Desktops. This would be useful as it would allow the use of applications such as Skype and TeamSpeak within VMware View published desktops.

By default, the VMware View Agent which is installed within the desktop operating system installs the VMware Virtual Audio Driver. The VMware Virtual Audio Driver enables audio playback from the View Desktop to be played through the VMware View Client. However, the VMware Virtual Audio Driver does not enable analog audio input from the View Client to the View desktop. With the VMware Virtual Audio Driver, audio recording within the View Desktop from an audio source connected to the View Client, such as a microphone, is not possible and applications that rely on Audio input will not function correctly.

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Building End-User Computing Solutions with VMware ViewMike Laverick (@Mike_Laverick) over at www.rtfm-ed.co.uk has released a new book, “Building End-User Computing Solutions with VMware View”. Mike and co-author Barry Coombs (@VirtualisedReal) over at www.virtualisedreality.com have been working on the title for quite some time.

This book is all about VMware View 5.1 and ThinApp 4.7.2 administration - and it takes in a wide scope of complementary technologies from the likes of Teradici, BitDefender and F5 Networks. Towards the end the focus switches away from virtual desktops to look at the future of end-user computing including VMware’s ThinApp Factory and Horizon Application Manager.

This book is a not for profit venture. The monies raised by the sale of the book will be donated in full to the work of UNICEF. UNICEF carries out work across the globe that benefits all children regardless of their social, ethnic, religious or geographical location. It’s our sincere hope that people will use the legitimate sources for acquiring this book – and by doing so support the work of UNICEF.

The book can be purchased from LULU.COM

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