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Monthly Archives: November 2011

VMware Fusion 4.1: Smarter, Better, Faster Than Ever

It’s been two months since we released VMware Fusion 4, and we have been thrilled with the response from our customers and the VMware Fusion community. We have also been listening carefully to how we can improve.

To that end, we’ve been working hard and are pleased to announce the release of VMware Fusion 4.1, available today as a free update for all VMware Fusion 4 customers.

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vCenter Operations for View? Tell us what matters!

Ever since we unveiled some cool technology demonstrations at VMworld, there’s been a lot of interest in leveraging the power of vCenter Operations for View desktop workloads.  In case you missed it, go to the VMworld website and search for breakout session EUC2045 and SUP1020 to hear more from Vegas and Copenhagen.  But if you can’t spare the time for a VMworld Video you can just read on.

The idea is straight-forward enough…  For datacenter workloads, vCenter Operations does a great job of proactively monitoring complex systems and radically reducing the time it takes to troubleshoot performance & availability issues.   VDI deployments are also complex systems; arguably with even more moving parts than a typical server workload.   If you look end to end at what impacts VDI solution performance and user experience, you’ve got:

  • The behavior of workloads in the guest VMs that make up the virtual desktops
  • The storage on which the desktops are running
  • The ESX hosts running both the desktop VMs and the management servers
  • The network fabric between all the datacenter components
  • The View connection servers, security and transfer servers themselves
  • The PCoIP network connections running down to the clients
  • The clients the user is leveraging to access everything

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Attend the Education and Government National Town Hall for the Next Generation Workplace

Join your government and education peers at the National Town Hall for the Next Generation Workplace event December 15 co-sponsored by Cisco and VMware. This town hall will be hosted online with participants joining via 10 telepresence locations across the US. 

During this free interactive virtual discussion, government and education leaders will share their experiences deploying VMware virtual desktops and the transition to the virtual workplace including specific concerns relative to desktop management, security, policy, and desktop delivery, and gaining control of desktop TCO.   

Desktop virtualization provides advantages for government agencies seeking simple, cost-effective, and highly secure delivery of desktop and applications for government workers—including employees spread out across geographic regions in branches, mobile public safety officials, public works employees in the field, and teleworkers.

With Cisco VXI and VMware View government and education IT departments can benefit from a centralized data center to simply and cost-effectively manage provisioning and secure access to virtual desktops and applications.

Register today for the National Town Hall. 

VIDEO: Deep Dive into Managing VMware ThinApp with VMware Horizon

In this video, Aaron Black, Sr. Product Manager, VMware Horizon goes deep into managing VMware ThinApp applications with VMware Horizon Application Manager.

 

VMware Horizon Application Manager Now With Windows App Management!

By Ben Goodman, lead evangelist, VMware Horizon, VMware

One of VMware’s primary goals for VMware Horizon Application Manager is to provide users the best possible quality of experience when running all their applications regardless of device, operating system or network. As part of our journey to provide this, we are taking our application management capacity to a new territory,  Microsoft Windows applications.

Today we are excited to announce that we have integrated VMware Horizon Application Manager with VMware ThinApp (more information on this can be found on the ThinApp blog) to provide the most comprehensive solution for managing virtualized applications on Windows.

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Close Your Virtual App Security Gap with eEye and VMware ThinApp

VMware and eEye have developed an integrated security solution for our customers running VMware’s ThinApp application virtualization technology. With this integrated solution, you are now able to include ThinApp-deployed applications as part of your overall security strategy – something that wasn’t possible before. And it's only available from eEye and VMware.

 

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CES Innovations Award – Revolution by LG with VMware Horizon Mobile

CES LogoWe are excited to announce that the Revolution by LG with VMware Horizon Mobile has been named as an International CES Innovations 2012 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree.  Available for preview at CES UNVEILED@NY event in New York City, the Revolution by LG with VMware Horizon Mobile is the world's first virtualized LTE smartphone enabling dual personas on a single mobile device.

Congratulations go out to our friends at LG for this great honor.  We know that this is just the start of something special.

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VMware View 5 Resource Optimization

By Lawrence Spracklen, VMware

In last week’s post, we discussed 4 simple settings that we have observed deliver significant resource savings, while preserving user experience for typical desktop users. While we discussed the benefits of each setting in isolation, I just wanted to illustrate the overall gains. For runs using View Planner (which simulates a typical office user, with MS Office apps, browsers, Adobe reader, video playback, photo albums etc – more details can be found here), we observe a significant reduction in bandwidth when these 4 resource control settings are applied in unison:

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From the above plot it is apparent that the bandwidth reductions resulting from i) disabling build-to-loss, ii) setting the maximum frame rate to 15, iii) setting maximum audio bandwidth to 100, and iv ) performing simple in-guest operations (such as selecting “optimize for visual performance”  and disabling ClearType) are mainly additive, and the cumulative benefit is pretty substantial – around a 1.8X reduction from the default! [Particularly compelling, given that for typical office users there is very little difference in user experience]

Troubleshooting Smart Cards Video

A couple of weeks ago we released a video that provides more information on common mistakes that people make when setting up smart cards with VMware View.  It expands upon a previous blog post that covered a similar topic.



 

We hope this is useful!  Please let us know if there are other troubleshooting videos or blog posts that you think would be helpful.