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Latest Blog Posts
  • Hotfixes

    Mandatory Hotfix 654819 for 8.6 MR3 Windows Connector Released

    This is a Cumulative Mandatory hotfix and can be installed on the following vWorkspace roles:

    • Windows Connector

    The following is a list of issues resolved in this release.



    Feature ID

    Windows connector

    There is a double authentication after the configuration update


    Windows connector

    The user is prompted to enter credentials after the Do not allow user to save their credentials option is enabled


    Windows connector

    After reconnection, the Username field is locked if the One-Time Password has expired


    Windows connector

    In Desktop Integration mode, the user is prompted to choose a location on each application launch


    Windows connector

    The Username or password is incorrect error message is displayed two times if the user launches an application with expired broker cache


    Windows connector

    The user cannot connect to the second location in case multiple locations with different access types are assigned to the user


    Windows connector

    The Username and Domain fields are not empty during getting the first configuration and signing in via the second location


    Windows connector

    There is no Choose Location window after signing out via the second location


    Windows connector

    The Access denied error is displayed if the user gets a configuration with the Require Broker Authentication option enabled and with an assigned policy


    Windows connector

    An unexpected error is displayed after the user has been prompted to change their password via Password Manager


    Windows connector

    An attempt to launch the 2FA application via the AppPortal fails if the One-Time-Password has expired


    Windows connector

    The Configuration was updated notification message should not be displayed if the user adds two or more connections and the configuration has not been changed


    Windows connector

    The Credentials window is not displayed when the user launches the remote application after the broker cash has expired


    Windows connector

    An error message appears instead of the Change Password window if the user’s credentials are expired


    Windows connector

    The Applications list contains 2FA applications when the user re-authenticates without Two-Factor Authentication during launching an application


    Windows connector

    The user cannot connect to the configuration for the first time if the Require Authentication option is not selected


    Windows connector

    The user is authenticated without Two-Factor Authentication when the Require 2FA option is not selected in the Farm properties and the user enters a wrong One-Time Password


    Windows connector

    Windows Connector might close if the connection has been deleted after 9 seconds since creation


    Windows connector

    Several options are not applied to the managed configuration after the configuration is added to the Windows Connector for the first time


    Windows connector

    The location settings are not applied to the connection if the user receives a configuration with the Require Broker Authentication enabled


    Windows connector

    The session launches with credentials of the logged in user instead of anonymous user if the Require Broker Authentication option is selected in the Farm properties and the Anonymous Login is enabled in the configuration


    Windows connector

    There is no information message about the configuration update


    This hotfix is available for download at:

  • Hotfixes

    Mandatory Hotfix 654817 for 8.6 MR3 Management Console Released

    This is a mandatory hotfix and can be installed on the following vWorkspace roles -


    • vWorkspace Management Console


     The following is a list of issues resolved in this release.



    Feature ID

    Management Console

    The Management Console might close after applying changes in the Web Access site properties and choosing No for discarding changes


    Management Console

    Information on Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2012 R2 is absent in the note of the Customization Type table


    Management Console

    The links on the Home page of the Management Console do not redirect to the Dell site


    This hotfix is available for download at: 

  • Hotfixes

    Mandatory Hotfix 654818 for 8.6 MR3 Web Access Released

    This is a mandatory hotfix and can be installed on the following vWorkspace roles -


    • Web Access


     The following is a list of issues resolved in this release.



    Feature ID

    Web Access


    Web Access


    Web Access


    Web Access


    This hotfix is available for download at: 

  • Hotfixes

    Mandatory Hotfix 654816 for 8.6 MR3 Connection Broker Released

    This is a mandatory hotfix and can be installed on the following vWorkspace roles -


    • vWorkspace Connection Broker


     This release provides support for the following -   



    Feature ID

    Connection Broker

    VMs created with the Standard cloning type cannot be reconfigured


    Connection Broker

    VMs created in the Hyper-V Failover Cluster with High Availability enabled have the HA option disabled after reconfiguring


    Connection Broker

    VM reprovisioning on the vCenter Server created from the Windows Server 2016 template might fail with the following error: "Failed to clone computer"


    Connection Broker

    On the Customize Operation System page, in the Platform column, the created customizations object cell should contain a row from the Operation Systems page


    Connection Broker

    An error message is displayed when attempting to view the list of VMs with the Linked cloning type from the VMware server


    Connection Broker

    An error message is displayed when attempting to view the list of folders with VMs with the Linked cloning type from the VMware server


    Connection Broker

    An error message is displayed when attempting to update the VM before reconfiguring the Virtual Disks


    This hotfix is available for download at: 

  • Dell TechCenter

    DellEMC PowerEdge BOSS-S1 System Management Features

    BOSS-S1 is the default boot device shipping with DellEMC PowerEdge 14G Servers. It supports two M.2 disks in RAID 1 configuration and also supports NON-RAID configuration.

    Note: DellEMC always recommends to use the RAID 1 configuration with BOSS to support redundancy.

    BOSS-S1 Firmware Releases

    BOSS-S1 supports both blades and monolithic servers and the controller comes with both form factors. The below chart contains the latest versions for both. Starting with A01 release DellEMC will use the ROM version of the controller to report the firmware version, this change will reflect in future releases too.

    BOSS-S1 Firmware





    System Management Features enabled with A01 release

    • Pre Requisites – Please make sure the iDRAC Version, A00 & above in your DellEMC PowerEdge Server

    iDRAC Inventory and Configuration

    iDRAC support has been enabled for BOSS-S1 with this release. Now you can monitor your controller and check the physical and logical drive status. In addition to it, SMART reporting is also done which helps to report the drive status.

    It will also help in configuring the RAID and please note all operation in iDRAC will be staged and requires a system reboot.

    Firmware update of BOSS-S1 and M.2 disks from iDRAC

    Firmware update of BOSS-S1 and M.2 disks can be performed from iDRAC. Please do note this feature is already enabled with this release and can be utilized for our future firmware drops.

    Note: M.2 Physical Disks firmware can also be updated from Operating System using DUP’s and Dell Nautilus Firmware Update Utility

    Link to the latest M.2 Firmware -

    Lifecycle Controller Support

    Lifecycle Controller will enable configuration to configure RAID on BOSS-S1 and assist users in deploying OS on top of it.

    In addition to it, Lifecycle controller has added support for updating the firmware of BOSS-S1 controller.

    SMART reporting via OS CLI

    BOSS-S1 CLI support is available for Windows, Linux and VMware ESXi Operating Systems.  This application additionally enables you to check controller, Physical Disk, and Virtual Disk status while booted to an OS.


    smart -p 0  (for Physical Disk 0)

    smart -p 1  (for Physical Disk 1)

    Note: Below is an example of how SMART Alert will be reported in case your M.2 disks have any SMART value crossing a certain threshold.

    Screenshot as grabbed from Linux Operating System

    OpenManage Systems Administrator (OMSA) Support for BOSS-S1

    OpenManage Systems Administrator (OMSA) support for BOSS-S1 is available with all operating systems. This application enables you to perform controller and enclosure functions for all supported RAID controllers and enclosures from a single graphical or command-line interface. For more information, see the Dell OpenManage Storage Management User's Guide

    Please find the links below for downloading the same.

    Microsoft Windows Server –

    Linux –

    VMware ESXi 6.5 –

    VMware ESXi 6.0 U3 (P06) –

    Note: OpenManage Systems Administrator (OMSA) will support inventory and monitoring for BOSS-S1.

    Related Documentation –

    BOSS 1.1 User Guide –'s%20guide_en-us.pdf

    VMware ESXi CLI Support for BOSS -

    BOSS-S1 Direct from Development -

    Operating System Support -

  • Dell TechCenter

    Dell EMC SCv3000 Series Release

    Author: Chuck Armstrong

    Dell EMC has released an all new affordable SC Series entry point into enterprise storage: the Dell EMC SCv3000 Series arrays.

    This new affordable array goes well beyond its predecessor (SCv2000 Series) with faster processors, twice the memory, and all of the same enterprise features as the “big-guy” SC Series arrays, including: auto-tiering in “zero-100 percent flash” hybrid solutions, full replication capabilities, and Live Volume / Live Migrate capabilities! This information and lots more can be found in Jeff Boudreau’s announcement blog.

    Let’s talk about what this new affordable powerhouse can do:

    If you plan on deploying Microsoft® SQL Server®, Exchange Server, or even a virtualized environment on the new SCv3000, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you already have one of these environments and plan on migrating it to the new SCv3000 or plan on utilizing your new SCv3000 as part of your security system we’ve still got you covered. This blog will connect you with all the nuggets of information you need.

    And let’s not forget those environments with existing PS Series storage who need to replicate to and from the SCv3000 – we can do that too!

    There are some businesses that simply aren’t in a position to purchase the traditional SAN infrastructure for their environment. In many cases, this limitation makes entry in the world of SAN storage a pipe dream. Not anymore! Like all the TV infomercials say, “But wait, there’s more”. The SCv3000 also provides the ability to direct-connect to hosts using SAS Front-End (SAS FE) ports. Keep reading and you’ll find information and links to papers for both Exchange Server, Hyper-V, and VMware vSphere covering SAS FE configuration!

    Microsoft Exchange

    When it comes to Microsoft Exchange, deploying on or migrating to a new storage platform always requires plenty of preparation. A real understanding of your environment, as well as what the storage can do are vital pieces of information. To help with the “what the storage can do” pieces, Microsoft has an Exchange Solution Reviewed Program (ESRP). There are two new papers in this area to help determine if the SCv3000 platform will support your Exchange environment: 14,000 mailboxes on the SCv3020 platform using 10K disks, and 7,000 mailboxes on the SCv3020 platform using 7K disks (this one utilizes SAS FE storage connectivity). In short, both of these environments performed well using only lower cost spinning disks. Add a flash tier and watch the performance begin to skyrocket!


    Microsoft SQL Server

    If you have Microsoft SQL Server data warehouse workload running in your environment, or plan to implement it. The SCv3000 might just be the platform you’re looking for!

    The Microsoft Data Warehouse Fast Track (DWFT) framework is designed to help you evaluate storage options based on your workload. We’ve paired out latest 14th generation PowerEdge server with the SCv3000 to create two reference architectures for the Microsoft DWFT. For smaller environments, we’ve got the 8TB DWFT reference architecture, along with the step-by-step 8TB solution deployment guide. For larger environments, we’ve got the 100TB DWFT reference architecture, along with its step-by-step 100TB solution deployment guide. Additionally, Dell EMC was the first one to receive a Microsoft DWFT certification for SQL Server 2017, and the only one provide a 100TB solution using a 2-socket server – according to information available at publication time for this blog, from Microsoft’s data-warehousing site.


    Virtual Environments

    Virtual environments open so many options with specific needs; here, we’re going to cover three:

    Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) with VMware View

    You’ve got a VDI environment and 2000 or fewer persistent virtual desktop users – can the SCv3000 support your environment? You bet it can! And the details covering how are found in this 2000 Persistent VMware View VDI Users on Dell EMC SCv3020 Storage reference architecture paper.


    Connecting Microsoft Hyper-V to the SCv3000 using SAS FE ports

    If your environment is one that doesn’t have plans to implement a SAN infrastructure, the SCv3000 can provide a great solution for you. Dell EMC SC Series Storage with SAS Front-end Support for Microsoft Hyper-V covers all the details on how to get the most out of your SAS FE SCv3000 array.


    Connecting VMware vSphere to the SCv3000 using SAS FE ports

    No SAN infrastructure in the plans for your vSphere environment? SCv3000 can work with that too! Dell EMC SC Series Storage with SAS Front-end Support for VMware vSphere demonstrates the ins and outs of implementing the SAS FE SCv3000 in your environment.

    And coincidentally, VMware recently announced the expansion of their very affordable vCenter Server Foundation licensing to include four hosts – up from three. As you’ll find in the vSphere with SAS FE paper, this now matches the host-count limitations of SAS FE connected SC Series arrays, including the SCv3000.


    Cross-Platform Replication

    Some companies have been using PS Series storage for quite some time, and are now looking into implementing SC Series storage into their environments, but aren’t quite sure how to best utilize their existing investment in PS Series storage. Good news! Dell EMC Storage Cross-Platform Replication Solution Guide steps through how to configure replication from your new SC Series primary storage to your existing PS Series storage that has been moved to your DR site.


    Video Surveillance

    Yep, the SCv3000 can even be a great storage solution for your video surveillance environment! We’ve even managed to store more than 1 Million hours of CCTV footage on a single SCv3000 Series array! The Dell EMC SCv Series Storage for Video Surveillance solution brief will get you started. Included in the paper is contact information for when you’re ready to get stated.


    If you’ve made it this far, you’ve already learned about a lot of ways the new SCv3000 can make a difference in your environment. What’s more is that there are many, many more solutions and environments that could benefit from this all new array! Check with your sales team and get an architect involved to learn how it can benefit your environment. And while you’re waiting for that meeting to take place, check out the wealth of information you can find in the storage area of Dell TechCenter!

  • Dell TechCenter

    VMware ESXi CLI Support for DellEMC BOSS-S1

    Introduction to BOSS

                  DellEMC PowerEdge Boot Optimized Storage Solution aka BOSS-S1 is a new boot device introduced by Dell with 14th generation of PowerEdge servers. The BOSS-S1 supports two M.2 disks which can either configured as a RAID 1 or both disks used in Pass-through mode.

    Currently, CLI Support for Inventory and Monitoring is available for Windows Server and Linux Operating Systems. And now we have extended the same support for VMware ESXi.

    Pre-Requisites - BOSS-S1 CLI support for ESXi is currently enabled for the below versions and above,

    • VMware ESXi 6.5 U1
    • VMware ESXi 6.0 U3 w/ P06

    Installing VIB in ESXi Host 

    Dell has already posted the Offline Bundle of the CLI in Please follow this link to download the same.

    Steps to Install the VIB

    1. Download
    2. Install VMware ESXi in Dell PowerEdge 14G Server
    3. Note down the ESXi IP post installation.
    4. Once VMware ESXi is installed - Press F2 in the DCUI for Customize System/View Logs.
    5. Enter your login Credentials.
    6. Go to Troubleshooting Options and Enable ESXi Shell and Enable SSH.
      1. Use WinSCP application and login into WinSCP using ESXi IP and copy downloaded file ( into  directory /tmp/
      2. Login to ESXi shell using putty using iDRAC  IP
      3. Change the directory to cd /tmp
      4. Run the command esxcli software vib install –d /tmp/ and it will report “success” after installation.
      5. Post that go into the directory cd /opt/Boss-s1.
      6.  Run CLI using  ./mvcli.

    Related Documentation

    Operating System Support -

    BOSS-S1 Direct from Development -

    Copying files to/from ESXi -

    BOSS-S1 User Guide -'s%20guide_en-us.pdf

  • Dell TechCenter

    DellEMC firmware catalogs for VMware ESXi

    What is a firmware catalog?

    A firmware catalog is an aggregation of all firmware bundles that is supported on multiple generations of DellEMC servers. 

    Firmware catalogs for DellEMC customized VMware ESXi

    DellEMC started releasing firmware catalogs for Dell customized versions of VMware ESXi releases. The intent of this catalog is to announce the recommended firmware versions for Dell customized versions of VMware ESXi for various server models and peripherals. NOTE that the catalog contain firmware versions for all the generations of servers and corresponding peripherals. Hence it's advised that end users go through the compatibility matrix carefully to assess the support stance for the specific server model and  the peripheral that they use for a specific version of VMware ESXi. 

    The DellEMC customized VMware ESXi 6.5.x compatibility matrix is available here. The DellEMC customized VMware ESXi 6.0.x compatibility matrix is available here

    This specific Dell tech center page contain a table which maps the recommended firmware for Dell customized VMware ESXi images. This blog will be modified as and when new catalogs are released on a quarterly basis. 

    DellEMC Customized VMware ESXi Revision Release date Catalog Location
    VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 A04 7th Nov 2017
    VMware ESXi 6.0 U3 A05 19th Oct 2017

    VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 A05 14th Dec 2017

    VMware ESXi 6.0 U3 A07 14th Dec 2017