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In Detail – VMware’s Blast Extreme Protocol

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In Detail – VMware’s Blast Extreme Protocol
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If you are using VMware Horizon/View for VDI, publishing applications and/or Hosted Shared Desktops you have the choice between three protocols: PCoIP, RDP and Blast Extreme, with RDP basically being the fallback protocol when all else fails. Here it’s important to note that Blast has been around for some time in the form of a HTML5 client used through HMTL5 compatible web browsers — available as of VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1. It is the ‘Extreme’ part that is (still relatively) new.

As mentioned, Blast has been around for a couple of years now (since 2013) and so it is no surprise that Blast Extreme builds upon the existing (and best) capabilities of the (older) HTML5 Blast protocol. Once the Horizon View (native) clients have been updated (need to be 4.x at a minimum) enabling support for the Blast Extreme protocol, Administrators can configure one or multiple desktop pools to make use of Blast Extreme or to allow users to change the protocol within their clients themselves (something I would avoid personally, but it’s optional).

The (new) Horizon View client consist out of three specific agent side Blast Extreme components:

  • The VMware Blast service (VMBlastS.exe) manages user sessions, proxies incoming TCP connections, and prepares the Blast Worker process
  • The Blast Worker process (VMBlastW.exe) captures the screen and handles everything within the session
  • If you use UDP, the Blast Proxy process (VMBlastP.exe) brokers UDP connections

Read the entire article here, In detail — VMware’s Blast Extreme protocol

via Bas van Kaam at basvankaam.com

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Bas van Kaam About 17 years ago Bas van Kaam started his IT career as a helpdesk support technician from where he worked his way up to system engineering, consulting and architecting mostly by self-study, attending seminars, conferences and webinars, something which he enjoys doing still. From a technical point of view he specializes in (partly) designing, building, maintaining, troubleshooting and optimizing Microsoft & SBC / VDI (Citrix) oriented infrastructures for mid-sized and larger companies. Bas is well known within the community for his contributions on his own personal website / blog: basvankaam.com where he shares his thoughts and knowledge on an ongoing basis. He is also a frequent presenter / speaker on national as well as international events and conferences like the Dutch Citrix User Group (DuCUG), the Expert to Expert Virtualization Conference (E2EVC) and the Virtual Community NRW (Germany). He has been part of the Match.GeeK program during Citrix Synergy and also spoke at the first ever Virtual Expo (webinar) where he presented on Citrix native Printing. He loves the myCUGC community and as such is a (very) frequent forum visitor, contributor and has been appointed as one of the forum moderators. All this also resulted in being elected member of the month at one point. Also make sure to look Bas up on Twitter (@BasvanKaam) and Linked-In on which he is very active as well. Bas has been recognized as a Citrix Technology Professional (CTP class of 2016), one of only 50 worldwide, a Citrix Subject Matter Expert (SME) for his contributions to the XenDesktop 7.6 exams and he is also named a Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) for 2014 / 2015 / 2016. Some of his professional certifications include but are not limited to: CCSP, CCA (X4) CCAA, CCEE, CCIA, CCE-V, MCSA (X3), MCSE (X3), VCP. Bas is currently employed by The Detron ICT Group, one the leading SBC and VDI consultancy companies based in the Netherlands, where he fulfills the role of Senior Management Consultant and Citrix Product Lead.

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