Playing around with NICE DCV Part 5

It’s solution time! NICE DCV has an very excellent support team, and after some email back and forth, it started to work. Mea culpa, I made a couple of mistakes during installation. I forgot to configure the NICE DCV server to use the session-manager for external authentication. When a client connects to the NICE DCV server port, it needs to receive an authentication token that is generated and passed through to the DCV client. [Read More]

New measurements

Back in 2020 I was inspired by a blog post about measuring air quality. I decided to buy this sensor and try it for myself.


I did some tests but eventually stopped working on it. As airquality is becoming more important I have decided to start measuring again. I have my PI send the readings every 5 minutes to Below are the current readings outside our house.

Airquality PM 2.5 (particles ≤ 2.5 μg/m3) Readings for my area:

Airquality PM 10 (particles ≤ 10 μg/m3) Readings for my area:

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Playing around with NICE DCV Part 3

In part 1 I could get the DCV Session manager to answer with a list of sessions (which was empty at first). In part 2 I installed the DCV connection gateway. In this part of the series, I will use the DCV client on my desktop to make a connection to a Linux DCV server through a DCV connection gateway.

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Playing around with NICE DCV Part 2

In this part of our “Playing around with NICE DCV” we will install and configure the DCV connection gateway. Downloading it from the NICE site is easy peasy as well as yum installing it.

The devils is mostly in the details, also here when you start integrating this component in your architecture.

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Playing around with NICE DCV Part 1

All NICE products are free of charges on AWS which I think is a smart move to speed up adoption. So I decided to start an experiment!

My goal was to test if the DCV connection gateway and DCV session manager could setup a session with a Linux DCV server.

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NiceDCV, whats that?

As of last year I have worked quite a bit with NICEDCV in my professional life.

NICE DCV is a 3D-capable Remote Graphics protocol server that provides a securely authenticated channel for users to setup and use a virtual desktop with 3D applications that can stay running even if no client is actually connected to it. Think of RDP (remote desktop graphics) that is standard with Microsoft Windows, but with better tunable performance because of a different way of handling things.

In a nutshell it is capable of really utilizing the graphics hardware remotely and send the data compressed to the client where it is unpacked again and presented on the viewer desktop. So it uses a ‘server’ part that is running on the remote workstation, and a ‘client’ part that the user runs on their personal desktop.

Since last year NICE also provides a session manager/broker and connection gateway specifically to be used in cloud environment, where scaling your installation up and down is of great importance. This is all about money. Imaging spinning up hundreds of desktops with unique hostnames and ip’s and users who need to connect to their authorized machine.

DCV car



So here is the new year! I hope 2022 will bring us more stability, love and positive excitement!

happy newyear

So busy

As for everyone else, the last year derailed much of our plans. After GitLab Commit I planned to start a course company with a friend, but as the plan was largely based on an on-premise performance, we’ve put it on hold. Also my work for a big energy company took all of my remaining time as I started to work fulltime for them last year. Good news is that I have learned a great deal, everyone is healthy at home and my wife has an interesting new job! [Read More]

Joined Freedom Internet!

For years my internet provider was XS4ALL, which started in the ’90s from a small hacker group and was one of the first providers in the Netherlands. It has always been a provider with a strong ethical background. The Church of Scientology sued XS4all in the past for not wanting to take unwanted information about them offline, and the internet provider has often acted proactively due to privacy issues. In the early 2000s, KPN bought the company, but the brand and organization still survived, and they have kept it alive until last year. [Read More]