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Windows 7 jumplist integration

One of the new features we added for Windows 7 in View 4.5 was jumplist integration for the View Client.  Although this shipped in View 4.0, it was disabled by default and needed to be enabled by GPO, so you probably never noticed it.  However, with View 4.5, it is enabled by default and provides helpful shortcuts to connect to recently used View Connection Servers or desktops.

If you are not familiar with jumplists, they are a new feature in Windows 7 that allow each application to list common tasks for a user to run.  To view an application's jumplist, you just left-click the arrow next to an item in the Start menu or right-click an application's icon in the taskbar.

Jumplist
Jumplist integration in the taskbar.

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Jumplist integration in the Start Menu.

The first piece of functionality the View Client provides in its jumplist is the ability to reconnect to recent View Connection Servers with the most recently used settings.  These settings include whether to use SSL, the port, and whether to log in as the current user.  So rather than having to launch the application, type the server name, and hit Connect, all you have to do here is to click one link on the jumplist!

But in my opinion the most helpful thing the jumplist provides is the ability to reconnect to a remote desktop with the most recently used settings.  If the View Client is not running, it will connect to the server that the desktop resides on with the settings used in the last connection (as described in the previous paragraph), then connect to the desktop with the most recently used protocol and display size.

If you use the "log in as current user" feature, you are now able to launch a desktop with one click!  All you need to do is click the jumplist item for a recent remote desktop and it will connect to the View Connection Server, authenticate as the current user, and launch the desktop.  That makes accessing your desktops much easier.

And finally, if you want to disable this functionality, set the EnableJumplist GPO to "off".  The next time you run the View Client with this GPO set to "off", Windows will clear the jumplist and the user won't see any indication of the jumplists for the View Client.  However, the View Client's registry values that store the server and desktop info will still exist in case the EnableJumplist GPO is ever set to "on".  If you also want to delete these registry values, they are in the "HKCU\Software\VMware, Inc.\VMware VDM\Client" key in "MRBrokerJumpList" and "MRDesktopJumpList".

VMware View 4.5 Is Open For Business

We’re back from a busy VMworld
2010 San Francisco
last week where we launched VMware View 4.5.  The excitement was apparent from the activity
that we saw in our demo pods and attendance in the desktop sessions.  I like to think that most if not all of
the 17,000+ attendees got exposed to View 4.5 in some fashion which may not be
all that far fetched considering that we were in the Keynote and behind every
lab station in the hands on labs. 
In fact, the View 4.5 labs were some of the most popular of the
show.  If you missed all of the
action, registered users should be able to check out the videos on vmworld.com and if you have any stories
around View from VMworld leave them in the comments below.

Today I’m happy to announce that the View 4.5 release is now
available for download on vmware.com.  With this release VMware is proud to be
delivering the first solution to enable online as well as offline access to
virtual desktops enabling solutions for mobile employees as well as
organizations that want to support BYOPC/Contractor IT use cases.  In addition this release includes
features to enhance user experience, simplify management and includes
integration with vSphere 4.1.  You
can read more about the features of View 4.5 in last week’s post on the View
Blog
as well as a more technical look from the View
Point Blog
.

We’re also happy to note that Chris Wolf of the Burton Group
has already deemed View 4.5 as being an enterprise ready platform meeting 100%
of the criteria for Server-Hosted Virtual Desktop requirements.  Chris put out a blog
post
covering the View 4.5 release and you can read more in the report
(subscription required) on the Burton site.

If you’re already a View customer with current SnS (Support
and Subscription Services) you can download the new release from the website
here
.  Those who are not yet
customers but are interested in checking out what 4.5 has to offer can sign up
for the free 60
day evaluation
and of course it’s available for purchase form the VMware Store or by
contacting your VMware sales team or partner.

Since we launched View 4.5 last week there has been a lot of
activity across the web with people covering the announcement.  Below are some of the highlights from
the publications, partners, websites and blogs that we came across.  As people get hands on with the release
I’m sure we’ll be seeing a lot more coverage so be sure to check back for
updates and share your experiences and feedback below.  In addition you can keep up with VMware
View related news and activity by following @vmwareview on Twitter.

Here are the highlights covering View 4.5 from the last
week:


Articles

Server-Hosted Virtual Desktop Profile: VMware View 4.5

What's new in VMware View 4.5 and ThinApp 4.6

Blog Posts

VMware View 4.5: Ready for the Large Enterprise

Modernizing the Desktop Architecture with VMware View 4.5x

View 4.5 & The Journey Towards Enabling the Consumer Cloud Experience for the Enterprise

It's A Brand New Day

Wrroooom… View 4.5 hits the street

EMC Storage for VMware View 4.5 – $38/client @ scales of thousands of clients

VMware View 4.5 Storage Tiering explained

NetApp delivers maximum desktop efficiency to VMware View 4.5 customers

View 4.5 Guide – Author's Edition

Partner PR & Posts

EMC Reduces TCO for Virtual Desktops 60 Percent

Wyse to Support VMware View™ 4.5 Upon Availability

Imprivata Delivers Fast and Secure Access to Applications for VMware View 4.5 Users

NetApp Delivers Maximum Desktop Efficiency to VMware® View™ 4.5 Customers

ThinPrint Develops Location Based Printing – Simplifies Virtual Printing In VMware View 4.5

F5 Optimizes User Experience and Secure Access with New Solution for VMware View™ 4.5

Samsung Monitors Receive VMware Ready 4.5™ Certification for Groundbreaking PC-over-IP® Monitors 

Videos

Tour of VMware View Administrator 4 5
   
ThinApp Assignments in VMware View 4.5

VMware View 4.5 with NetApp Flash Cache and TSCS

Preview of the upcoming VMware View iPad App with PCoIP support!!

A VMware View 4.5 to a kill (an oldie but goodie)