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VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 3

By Anthony Rizzo, Staff End-User-Computing Technologist, VMware

This series discusses the concept of VMware Horizon 6.2 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps as a flexible end-user-computing tooling system.

Part 1 of VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together reviewed the main ideas behind this concept.

Part 2 of VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together covered key characteristics of end-user-computing centralization with secure and remote access.

This part explains the mapping of business requirements to Horizon features for tooling end-user-computing solutions.

I am broadly covering integrated VMware End-User-Computing solutions here. The rest of this blog series (this third blog, and Part 4) will refer to Horizon and the VMware components it integrates with as VMware End-User Computing. Continue reading

A Deep Dive into VMware Horizon 6 with NSX

By Tristan Todd, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware
Tony Paikeday, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware Horizon 6 brings innovation to the desktop platform and extends app delivery across any device. Customers and partners agree that VMware is delivering the most comprehensive mobile desktop solution. If you are looking for excellent user experience, ease of management, and a reasonable cost model, there simply is not a better portfolio of products in the industry today.

This portfolio is built on the VMware software defined data center (SDDC), delivering an optimized infrastructure for workspace services. The main component of SDDC is VMware NSX. We want to describe how the confluence of end-user-computing capabilities (such as Horizon 6 with App Volumes and VMware User Environment Manager) combines with NSX to change how IT approaches desktop and app delivery with unprecedented simplicity, agility, and security.

We will share with you a new deep-dive video that walks through this unified platform. But first let us look at this solution from the perspective of our stakeholders, and the describe the benefits they derive: Continue reading

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The New Windows Optimization Guide for View in Horizon 6; VMware Horizon Air Desktops; and Horizon Air Apps

By Susan Blau, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

The new Windows Optimization Guide, formally titled Optimization Guide for Desktops and Servers in View in VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and VMware Horizon Air Apps, has undergone a radical transformation from the previous version. The new guide

  • Introduces the Fling tool, the VMware OS Optimization Tool (OSOT). It describes in detail how to use the OSOT to analyze and optimize master images in the data center (VMware Horizon 6) or in the cloud (VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps) for
    • Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktops
    • Windows 2008 and Windows 2012 RDSH servers
  • Removes the scripts because the OSOT is an easier and faster way to optimize the Windows OS. The OSOT includes features such as the ability to roll back optimizations, and to customize your own optimization templates if you want more control over the optimization process.
  • Will later include Windows 10 optimizations (testing is in progress).

What’s New in VMware Identity Manager, Cloud – October 2015 Release

By Vikas Jain, Director, Product Management, VMware Identity Manager, VMware

This overview of new technology represents no commitment from VMware to deliver these features in any other generally available product or service.

Welcome to the first of our “What’s New in Identity Manager” blog series. In this blog, we will provide an update about new features in VMware Identity Manager and address some of the most commonly asked questions.

Before we begin, we encourage you to watch the VMware Identity Manager video for an overview of the VMware Identity Manager solution. Continue reading

VMware App Volumes 2.9 Technical FAQ Now Available

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

The VMware App Volumes Technical FAQ has been updated with questions and answers pertaining to VMware App Volumes 2.9. New features in App Volumes 2.9 include support for multiple vCenter Servers and application delivery to physical machines.

App Volumes 2.9 certainly makes life easier. For example, you can now install the following agents in any order: View Agent, VMware User Environment Manager Agent, and an App Volumes Agent. You can even use a View VM as a clean provisioning machine.

For these details and more, see the updated VMware App Volumes Technical FAQ.

VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 2

By Anthony Rizzo, Staff End-User-Computing Technologist, VMware

Part 1 in this Horizon Integration blog series introduced the concept of VMware Horizon as a very flexible and adaptable tooling system for building next-generation end-user-computing architectures—and interoperability is a key contributor to these characteristics. Before going into the details of interoperability, it is essential to understand three key architectural principles for building these next-generation architectures.

VMware Horizon – Three Key Architectural Concepts


In the 1980s, computing became personal. In the 1990s, it became portable. In the early 2000s, with the introduction of the iPhone, it became perpetually connected and social. Many of us carry at least one supercomputer in our pocket, and often in multiples. Today these devices are used in almost every facet of our daily lives.

The new generation of worker uses the same set of various devices for both personal and business activities. If not mindfully deployed, this co-mingling of personal and corporate information infringes on personal privacy. It also exposes businesses to security, privacy, and regulatory complications.

This is where Horizon (VMware Horizon 6.2 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps ) comes in. Due to the flexible interoperability and scale of Horizon, three important digital workspace concepts are made possible. Continue reading

What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2, Part 3

By Matt Coppinger, Director, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware

In our last blog post, What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 version 6.2, Part 2, we continued to look at some of the new features in Horizon 6.2, specifically VMware Access Point and the new Microsoft RDSH load-balancing feature for Horizon 6 hosted applications.

In this blog, we will look at some of the user-experience improvements in Horizon 6.2. If you read our first blog post, What’s New with VMware Horizon 6.2, you may have noticed that there is a long list of new features and supported clients. In that blog, we covered a couple of user-experience improvements, such as seamless application-access using client-side file type association, and the ability to use HTML access for View desktops and Horizon 6 hosted applications (on RDSH) using VMware Cloud Pod Architecture. Continue reading

VMware User Environment Manager with VMware App Volumes

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

With significant contributions from:

  • Jason Marshall, Manager, Product Engineering, End-User Computing, VMware
  • Stephane Asselin, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware
  • Yuvraj Mehta, Product Line Manager, App Volumes Research and Development, VMware
  • Pim van de Vis, Product Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware
  • Raymond Wiesemann, Product Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware
  • Sachin Sharma, Product Line Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware User Environment Manager was released earlier this year, adding a powerful tool to the VMware End-User-Computing portfolio. User Environment Manager provides a consistent and dynamic application and desktop experience across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures. With User Environment Manager, users retain a persistent user experience across devices and locations. You can define application configuration settings and personal Windows settings that follow the user, wherever they log in. When combined with VMware App Volumes, User Environment Manager provides a simple yet powerful way to manage your instantly delivered applications. This blog post will discuss how you can implement User Environment Manager in an App Volumes environment. Continue reading