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Announcing the New VMware App Volumes Reviewer’s Guide

End-User-Computing Technical Marketing is excited to announce the release of the much-anticipated VMware App Volumes Reviewer’s Guide. The Reviewer’s Guide has something for everyone. Use it to familiarize yourself with VMware App Volumes, learn more about the architecture and workings of the product, or explore the functionality through the exercises. This guide applies to App Volumes 2.11.

If you are not familiar with Reviewer’s Guides, they consist of three main sections: Introduction, Architecture and Components, and Hands-On Evaluation Exercises.

  • Introduction – Includes a high-level overview of App Volumes and the VMware End-User-Computing vision, key benefits, and packaging and licensing.
  • Architecture and Components – Delves deeper into the architecture, main components and terminology, and latest features.
  • Hands-On Evaluation Exercises – Provides detailed steps for most of the use cases and functionality of App Volumes 2.11, including installation and configuration.

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Windows 10 Adoption Trends: 5 Vital Things You Need to Know NOW

In the new flipbook from VMware, Windows of Opportunity, 575 IT leaders and partners reveal five top Windows 10 adoption and migration trends.

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3 IT Lessons Learned at Microsoft Ignite 2016

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Could not make Microsoft Ignite 2016? Here are three things we learned from Scott Guthrie’s keynote.

In his famous red shirt yesterday at Microsoft Ignite 2016, Microsoft EVP of Cloud and Enterprise Scott Guthrie empowered IT professionals to take the reins of digital transformation at their companies. Here are three of our favorite nuggets of wisdom from his keynote.

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Free Virtual Event: Delivering the Digital Workspace with VMware

Delivering the Digital Workspace with VMware

Date: Thursday, Sept. 29

Time: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. EDT

Host: DABCC’s Douglas Brown, vEXPERT, MVP, CTP

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Announcing VMware Horizon FLEX 1.9

Continuing our unbroken tradition of releasing VMware Horizon FLEX every quarter since it debuted in 2014, we are proud to announce the General Availability of version 1.9.

Announcing VMware Horizon FLEX 1.9

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Windows 10 Migration Made Easy: Get Your Free Assessment Today!

Today at Microsoft Ignite 2016, VMware announced a new tool to simplify and accelerate your Windows 10 migration. The SysTrack Desktop Assessment Service provides you with a comprehensive analysis of your end-user computing environment.

Read more now at the AirWatch Blog.

What will you learn from your SysTrack report? This quantitative analysis reveals end-user behavior patterns, software dependency and usage, web and network usage and information on your device inventory. With SysTrack, you’ll know how ready your end-user computing environment is for Windows 10. You’ll know where you can increase security, save costs and optimize the Windows 10 experience for end users.

Here’s a preview of what metrics SysTrack will provide.

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You can try it now at assessment.vmware.com, or visit VMware at Microsoft Ignite 2016 at booth #439 this week to learn more.

Top 5 Tech Priorities & Concerns for Retail IT Leaders

With 62 days to Black Friday and 65 days to Cyber Monday, retail IT leaders shared their top five end-user computing priorities at VMworld U.S. 2016.

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“Be Tomorrow.” For some industries, thinking too much about the future is distracting. Not for retailers. Retail brands always look ahead—to the next season, the next big holiday and frankly, to the next big thing to capture shoppers’ attention.

I hosted two VMworld U.S. retail sessions this year—Modernizing and Mobilizing Retail and a retail roundtable—and I can tell you, leading retailers are executing on tomorrow. Well-known brands, such as Coca-Cola and Abercrombie & Fitch, are already piloting innovative new processes and technologies to maintain a competitive advantage. Others are in strategic planning mode.

If I had to pick just a few, the retail buzz at VMworld 2016 was around the following five topics:   Continue reading

VMware Access Point: The One-Stop Shop for Secure Access to VMware Horizon 7, VMware Identity Manager, and VMware AirWatch

Access Point 2.7.2 is one of the components updated as part of the recent VMware Horizon 7.0.2, VMware Horizon Client 4.2, and VMware Identity Manager 2.7.1 releases. You can read more about all the great new features and capabilities of the Horizon 7 and Horizon Client releases in VMware Horizon 7.0.2 and Horizon Client 4.2 Are Now GA!.

What Is Access Point?

Access Point functions as a secure gateway for users who want to access application and desktop resources from outside the corporate firewall. An Access Point appliance typically resides within a network demilitarized zone (DMZ) and acts as a proxy host for connections inside your organization’s trusted network. This design provides an additional layer of security by shielding VMware Identity Manager, virtual desktops, application hosts, and servers from the public-facing Internet.

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The Story of VMware Blast

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The ultimate goal in user interface (UI) remoting is to make the remoted end-user experience as close as possible to local application execution. This is a challenging goal that becomes increasingly more feasible as connection latency (RTT) drops under 50 milliseconds. In addition, there is still much room for innovation on how to efficiently determine changed pixels on a server, encode, transport, present those pixels on the user device and obtain user input in response.

VMware Blast is the VMware UI remoting technology in VMware Horizon. Blast uses standardized encoding schemes, including JPG/PNG and H.264 for pixel encoding, and Opus for audio. Unlike proprietary encoding schemes, these standard formats are supported natively, hence efficiently, in browsers and mobile devices.

Blast-JPG/PNG shipped in the Fall of 2013 in support of browser clients and in early 2015 in support of Linux virtual machines. Blast-H.264 shipped in March 2016 with Horizon 7, as Blast Extreme, with feature and performance parity with PCoIP. Much was written about Blast Extreme since. Here, we provide background and more in-depth technical details. Continue reading

macOS Sierra & iOS 10: Support with VMware Horizon, Fusion & AirWatch

macOS Sierra, Apple’s newest Mac operating system (OS), is officially live—following closely on iOS 10 last week. And VMware End-User Computing (EUC) has your business covered.

We’re excited to announce same-day support across our EUC solutions, including VMware VMware Horizon, VMware Fusion and VMware AirWatch.

“What Can Your Mac Do Now?”

vmware support for macos sierra ios10Alongside Siri’s much-anticipated debut on Mac, macOS Sierra offers exciting new enterprise features, including:

  • Updates to iCloud Drive;
  • New controls for admins, such as restricting apps, storage and Music Service;
  • Admin accounts;
  • Device Enrollment Program enhancements; and
  • Much more.

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