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Horizon 6.0 – Introducing Virtual SAN Integration

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone on the End-User Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to bring you another exciting product announcement from EUC.

View 5.3.1 was introduced early in the first quarter of 2014 to support Virtual SAN 5.5 GA. As you may have read recently, VMware announced the release of Horizon 6 (with View). With this release, we are continuing to expand the Virtual SAN integration capabilities delivered by Horizon. The Virtual SAN integration capabilities introduced in Horizon 6 deliver the following benefits to our customers:

  • Reduces CAPEX cost of storage by up to 50% when compared to the cost of using an external shared storage array based on magnetic disks
  • A package that contains both View and Virtual SAN
  • A simple three-step setup and management workflow
  • Performance capabilities similar to that of an all flash/all SSD external storage system

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Microsoft Lync 2013 in View Windows 8.0 and 8.1 Desktops

By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Horizon 6 with View will be adding support for Microsoft Lync 2013 VDI integration on Windows 8.0 and 8.1 desktops. In View 5.2, VMware added support for Lync 2013 Client capabilities, including VoIP and videoconferencing, in View desktops running Windows 7 SP1. With Horizon 6 with View, customers will be able to run the Lync 2013 Client with full functionality inside Windows 8.0 and 8.1 virtual desktops as well.

Customers can use View PCoIP technology to deliver an optimal user experience when accessing their View desktop. Once inside the View desktop, users can fully leverage the Lync 2013 Client to communicate and collaborate using its rich VoIP and videoconferencing capabilities.

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Ushering the Software-Defined Workspace

Guest blog by J. Tyler T. Rex Rohrer, Co-Founder, Liquidware Labs

As traditional desktops continue to morph and become less dependent on hardware, the term “workspace” has been adopted to describe what people experience on their devices.  Probably a more appropriate term would be “software-defined workspace,” which more clearly evokes a flexible and portable structure that represents the future of the desktop. (Or a secure virtual workspace – as is the VMware end-user computing vision.)

It is clear that the evolution of desktop to software-defined workspace has made great strides since Liquidware Labs was founded back in 2009.  Yet, even with incredible progress, we recognize that this is only the beginning. We have only scratched the surface of the potential of this model.

So, where is this headed?  Well, we think we know.  As a strong VMware partner, we believe we have seen the future and it’s VMware Horizon 6.   We are extremely excited to see the latest enhancement to the VMware platform come to market and to be a supporting cast member in the march toward next-generation workspaces.

We believe that with the launch of Horizon 6.0, VMware demonstrates that they get the big picture…that it’s clearly time for convergence.  And this makes a great deal of sense because, after all, isn’t the entire cloud concept based on the idea of convergence?

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Horizon 6.0 – Cloud Pod Architecture Details

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

In my previous blog post introducing cloud pod architecture, I provided you with a high level conceptual overview. Now, let’s get to the details.

Cloud Pod Architecture and Multi-Data-Center View in Horizon 6

One of the key features of the Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture is the high availability and scale-out of virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. Many of you may have heard about this feature referred to as Linked-Mode View or Multi-Data-Center View or Federated View Pods. All of these mean the same thing.

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Working with Horizon Mirage Edge Server

By Judy Wu, Solution Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware, and Sheng Lu, Staff Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware Mirage 4.4 was released in March 2014! This latest release of Mirage introduces several new features. Mirage Edge Server is one of the most exciting ones. With Mirage Edge Server, remote end users can securely connect their devices back to the corporate network, where Horizon Mirage is centrally located, without going through a VPN. Saving this extra step creates a non-disruptive experience for those remote end users.

In this blog, we would like to share some guidelines and best practices for deploying and using the Mirage Edge Server. We will cover the following topics:

  • Topology for Mirage with Mirage Edge Server and remote clients
  • Mirage Edge Server installation steps and best practices, for administrators
  • Mirage Client installation, and troubleshooting on remote devices, for remote end users
  • Centralizing remote endpoints, for remote end users

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Recovering Devices Through Enforce Layers in Horizon Mirage Web Manager

By Judy Wu, Solution Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

At times, users might experience problems with their desktop operations. The first issue to consider would be changes to the files and registry settings. These changes can occur when users, or some applications, install software on their desktops. To resolve these changes, use the Enforce Layers process in Web Manager to enforce, or reassign, the base layer or app layer that was originally provisioned by Horizon Mirage.

This example shows how to enforce a layer to recover a desktop with this type of problem.

Note: To complete this task, you must be a Web Manager Help Desk or Protection Manager. In this example, Protection Manager is used.

1. Open the Horizon Web Manager as the Protection Manager. Figure 1 displays what you see when you log in to the Web Manager as a Protection Manager.

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Figure 1: Mirage Web Manager for the Protection Manager

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Customizing the View Portal Page After HTML Access Has Been Installed: Horizon View 5.3

By Alexander West, Technical Writer for End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware, with significant contributions from Kristina De Nike, Senior Product Manager, VMware

HTML Access is extremely handy for always-on-the-move VMware Horizon View users. But keep in mind that installing HTML Access in your Horizon View deployment will automatically disable your previously customized View Portal page and replace it with a new portal page that contains both an icon for downloading View Client and an icon for accessing your virtual desktop via HTML Access.

Unfortunately, any customizations to the original View Portal page are not automatically included in the new portal. But, on the bright side, you can customize the new portal page using essentially the same technique you used to customize the original View Portal page. (Check out Customizing the View Portal in Horizon View 5.3 to find out how to customize the original View Portal page.)

Note: HTML Access 2.2 is available only as part of the VMware Horizon View 5.3 Feature Pack 1.

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Taking the Migraines Out of Migration

With Microsoft support for Windows XP ending on April 8, many legacy users are dreading the change. Thinking about the days needed to move applications, the risks of human error, and fears about data being lost are enough to keep IT managers up at night — and to delay migrations as long as possible.

VMware and Dell Software are working together to take the pain out of the migration process. Now you can use VMware Horizon Mirage and Dell™ ChangeBASE in an automated approach to simplify the process and reduce the risks of migration.

Join us for a live webinar on April 8th at 9:00am PDT to see these tools in action and learn more from Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing Manager at VMware and Mike Gray, ChangeBASE Sales Manager at Dell Software.

During this webinar, you’ll learn how you can:

  • Reduce risk and avoid devastating, irrecoverable data loss
  • Increase productivity and optimize performance with less down time
  • Reduce costs and decrease the need for manual-migration labor and licensing fees
  • Save up to 40–50% of your time by utilizing Dell and VMware migration tools
  • Simplify your migration by automating up to 95% of the process and receiving step-by-step instructions for any applications requiring manual migration

Skip the headaches. Leave the pain relievers in the medicine cabinet. Register for the webinar today!

Innovation is on the Horizon…

Think you know what’s coming? Let’s hear about it on Twitter. Then be sure to register and join us on April 9th to find out!

Using Horizon Mirage for Windows 7 Migration of Windows XP Endpoints with Disk Encryption

By Judy Wu, Solution Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, so it is an urgent requirement for businesses of all sizes to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7. VMware Horizon Mirage provides centralized image management for Windows desktops with enhanced OS migration capabilities. It is quite straightforward to migrate your Windows XP endpoints to Windows 7 with Horizon Mirage. However, you need a different methodology if your endpoint devices are encrypted with a third-party full-disk-encryption tool.

This blog tells you how to migrate to Windows 7 using Horizon Mirage without decrypting the endpoint devices that are encrypted by a third-party full-disk-encryption tool. This blog uses Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise 5.5 as an example.

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