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Windows 10 Receives Positive Outlook From IT Professionals

By Mark Margevicius, director of enterprise solutions, End-User Computing, VMware

Previews for blockbuster movies are always exciting but they all come to an end as the lead-up culminates with the eventual opening weekend that draws hundreds of thousands of excited fans. Similarly, months of anticipation have culminated this week with the launch of Windows 10, the much-anticipated release of the latest Windows operating system that will introduce a new endpoint management paradigm to the industry.

As part of this industry moment, we commissioned a survey with TechValidate to examine the opinions and sentiments of IT professionals towards the Windows update.  The survey findings represent feedback from roughly 250 VMware customers and were completed earlier this month.

Through this survey, we discovered some real nuggets of insight from customers , which I’d like to share with you in this post. So without further adieu, below are 5 key takeaways from our recent survey.

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VMware End-User-Computing Hands-On Labs and the Heroes Behind Them

By Alex West, Former Technical Editor and Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

Based on interviews with Dean Flaming, End-User-Computing Architect and End-User-Computing Hands-On Labs Content Lead, VMware

VMware Hands-On Labs (HOLs) are an excellent, sometimes overlooked resource for test-driving VMware solutions on an array of terrains. Planned and executed by a talented team of VMware staff volunteers, End-User-Computing (EUC) HOLs are a completely free, fully interactive look at day-in-the-life scenarios for a huge number of EUC solutions. The only requirements are an HTLM5 Web browser and access to the Internet.

So whether you want to try out a new EUC solution, become an expert in a particular EUC deployment, or conduct a proof-of-concept (PoC) for a prospective customer, HOLs have everything you need and more.

 

HOL Usage Is Amazing!

Since December 2012, VMware has deployed more than 300,000 HOLs to more than 95,000 users.

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How to Troubleshoot an App Volumes Environment, Part 2

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

With significant contributions from:

Stephane Asselin, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

Jason Marshall, Manager, Product Engineering, End-User Computing, VMware

Andrew Johnson, Senior Manager and Staff Architect, EUC Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware

Welcome to part 2 of How to Troubleshoot an App Volumes Environment. We are discussing steps to take when diagnosing an issue in your environment. Let us run through a quick recap. In part 1 of How to Troubleshoot an App Volumes Environment, we covered checking deployment requirements, how to find clues on the App Volumes Manager console, using log analysis tools, and knowing what to search for in the logs.

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App Volumes Troubleshooting Steps

This blog covers using the Ruby on Rails console and the SQL database to verify configuration details and environment settings, and lists the relevant Knowledge Base articles to use. Continue reading

How to Troubleshoot an App Volumes Environment, Part 1

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

With significant contributions from:

Stephane Asselin, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

Jason Marshall, Manager, Product Engineering, End-User Computing, VMware

Andrew Johnson, Senior Manager and Staff Architect, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware

My father was a naval officer and taught me many things about the sea. Did you know, in comparison to the size of a ship, only a very small helm or wheel is needed to steer this ship? In an App Volumes environment with various components, it can sometimes be difficult to know where to start troubleshooting. We have recently published a number of Knowledge Base (KB) articles to steer you in the right direction, just like that helm. Our aim is to simplify App Volumes troubleshooting and help pinpoint the issue, should you encounter stormy waters!

General App Volumes Troubleshooting Overview

The following diagram provides a list of general troubleshooting steps. In this blog, we discuss the first four steps. Within each step description, links to the corresponding KB articles are included. Using the Ruby on Rails console and SQL database will be covered in the next blog post, How to Troubleshoot an App Volumes Environment, Part 2.

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Using VMware Horizon Toolbox With Horizon 6

By Nancy Beckus, Writer and Editor, End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

VMware Horizon Toolbox is a free-of-charge Web portal that acts as an extension to View Administrator for View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. Use the Horizon Toolbox to determine the correct system size and load for View Connection Server, locate each user’s login and logout times, and discover how many endpoints are using which clients.

You can already audit sessions and usage with VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon, which is included in the Horizon Enterprise Edition. But if you have the Horizon View Standard Edition or the Horizon Advanced Edition, which do not contain vRealize Operations for Horizon, you can use Horizon Toolbox to audit sessions and usage, as well as manage your linked-clone desktops with the Snapshot option and oversee your Horizon Clients with the Client Audit Report. Continue reading

Presidential Precinct Connects Community Leaders and Experts Across the World Using Socialcast by VMware

The Presidential Precinct brings together young leaders from around the world to meet and collaborate with scholars, diplomats and private sector experts. Whether it is through a one-day program or a six-week program, Precinct participants make connections that drive change in their communities around the world.

However, at the conclusion of these programs, participants lacked a reliable way to keep in touch with experts who could help shape ongoing projects and offer encouragement along the way. The Precinct wanted to establish a digital platform for young leaders to stay connected with influencers to continue valuable discussions and planning beyond Precinct programs.

After selecting Socialcast by VMware as the foundation for its PPN (Presidential Precinct Network), the PPN brought on more than 1,000 users to connect and share ideas about community development projects within its first year.

Today, Socialcast enables Precinct participants and experts to do the following:

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How NVIDIA and VMware virtualize Esri ArcGIS Pro

By Cedric Courteix, Partner Alliances Architect, VMware

As we are heading out to Esri User Conference next week, I thought it would be appropriate to give you an update on how Esri--the leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) technology used by 300,000 organizations worldwide--NVIDIA, and VMware are partnering together around desktop virtualization in four steps.

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Step 1: Esri has been an active member of NVIDIA and VMware Early Access Program geared towards the launch of virtual GPU (vGPU) enabled desktops.  Since this product was shipped in March 2015 just before NVIDIA “GPU Technology Conference”, the Early Access Program has been converted to a NVIDIA and VMware Community (NVC) to accelerate Esri ArcGIS pro deployments using virtualization.  You can join us now.

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Why Windows 10 Matters To You

By Mark Margevicius, director of enterprise solutions, End-User Computing, VMware

Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows 10 is a significant milestone for any enterprise customer today.  With this release Microsoft has delivered a meaningful release that will have impact and value for many years to come.  But Windows 10 has enough differences from prior versions (Win7, Win8/8.1 or WinXP) to lead me to believe that this is not business as usual.  It is important to understand how this release differs from prior releases and what actions organizations should take as part of their due diligence.

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VMware Leaps into the Leaders Category in the IDC MarketScape

In 2014, the worldwide virtual client computing (VCC) software market totaled $3.0 billion, with a growth percentage of 6.9% from 2013. IDC sees the VCC market entering its maturity phase, encouraging vendors to expand capabilities to physical desktop management, enterprise mobility management and application management.

Who are the best players in virtual client computing today?  Dave Grant, VMware Vice President of Product Marketing will be joined by Robert Young, Research Manager at IDC on July 28th to discuss the IDC MarketScape Report: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment.

Join the webcast to hear them discuss:

  • How mobile devices are changing the IT landscape today
  • The benefits of virtual client computing (VCC) that is driving adoption
  • The methodology behind the IDC VCC MarketScape report and its results
  • Why VMware was chosen as a leader

Remember to mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. Registration is open now!

Automation Is Easy with Horizon vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In!

By Jessica Chapin, Technical Writer and Editor, End-User Computing, VMware

With significant contributions from Aaron Black, Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Many hands make light work, or so the saying goes. When the bulk of the workload is placed on one person, tasks take longer to complete, and the entire line of production slows down. The lesson of this proverb can be easily applied to the business world. We each know an overworked employee who needs a little extra help. When it comes to virtual desktop infrastructure, that help comes in the form of automation and delegation.

HvRO Eases Delegation and Automation

Efficiency is crucial in any VDI environment. Task delegation and automation are critical for efficient management of large-scale environments. This is where Horizon vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In (HvRO) comes in handy. This powerhouse plug-in can ease the workload of IT administrators by delegating certain VDI tasks to different levels of users, such as the help desk or end users. Other tasks can be automated through pre-packaged or custom workflows.

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