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Serial Port Redirection for Virtual Desktops in Horizon 6

By Peter Brown, Director of R&D, VMware, London, UK

In December 2014, we gave a sneak peak of the serial port redirection feature in View virtual desktops which we have been working on. We are delighted to announce that we have officially made this function available with our June 2015 Horizon 6 release.

The new serial port redirection feature allows serial ports, either physical COM ports or USB-to-serial adapters, to be redirected from a Windows client machine to a Windows VDI desktop. The ports can then be used by third-party applications to communicate with legacy serial devices such as printers or scanners.

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Mobility Pioneers To Speak At VMware Business Mobility Event

By Chelsea Curtis, AirWatch

BizMo-300x130 (1)Tomorrow VMware is hosting the virtual Business Mobility Summit, where mobile thought leaders will speak to the shifting business landscape and how mobility is redefining the way we work. The event will boast an exciting panel of speakers, including VMware executives and customers, who will share their perspective on Business Mobility and how it has the power to reinvent companies through new business process innovation.

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App Volumes 2.9 Now Available!

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Since our initial announcement of App Volumes 2.5 late last year, the excitement our customers have displayed for App Volumes has been tremendous.  We have released a couple more versions since then, and today I’m pleased to announce that the latest version, App Volumes 2.9, is now generally available as of today, June 15th 2015! This release consists of several enhancements and fixes based directly from customer feedback, so be sure to review the release notes for more information. I would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the main features.

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HOT OFF THE PRESSES – VMware and F5 Hands-On-Lab Now Available!

Guest Blog by Justin Venezia, Sr. Solutions Architect - VMware Alliances, F5 Networks

VMware and F5 are proud to announce the availability of one of the first partner-centric labs utilizing VMware’s global Hands-On-Lab infrastructure. In close collaboration with the VMware End-User Computing Technical Enablement team, the VMware Alliance team at F5 created this lab for easy-to-use yet rich technical exercises.

This lab will show you the ease of configuration and benefits of using the F5 BIG-IP platform in support of your VMware EUC enterprise solutions. This includes Horizon 6, both for virtual desktop infrastructure and application publishing.  The lab provides a walkthrough from initial setup of F5 BIG-IP with Horizon 6 to configuring and providing additional security and fault tolerance to your VMware EUC solutions.

This first release of the lab includes:

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So, you want to use RSA SecurID with Access Policy Manager's PCoIP Proxy Module…

Guest Blog by Justin Venezia, Sr. Solutions Architect - VMware Alliances, F5 Networks

Customers who leverage Access Policy Manager (APM) for remote access to VMware Horizon 6 (formerly known as VMware View) typically have some level of two-factor authentication (2FA) as an added layer of authentication. It’s especially important when users may be accessing Horizon resources from untrusted devices or networks.

One challenge I have found, especially when using F5’s VMware Horizon iApp, is that the iApp requires some settings to be pre-configured to support SecurID for 2FA. This blog post will walk you through the pre-configuration and subsequent iApp setup of RSA SecurID with APM’s PCoIP Proxy using the native RSA integration capabilities of APM.

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Citrix XenApp and VMware ThinApp Working Hand-In-Hand to Improve Your World

By Debra Perrin Coltoff, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

You already have a Citrix XenApp implementation, and it is working for you. Why not maximize the return on that investment by using XenApp with VMware ThinApp? Paired, the two solutions solve many of the problems of a XenApp implementation on its own.

Wait a second. Did you catch that? There is a lot of information out there about using either Citrix or VMware solutions.  But did you know that using your current XenApp implementation with ThinApp solves many of your existing problems? Let us look at ThinApp and XenApp together and how, in partnership, they offer a powerful advantage over XenApp alone. Continue reading

Supporting Temporary Use Cases with Desktops-as-a-Service (DaaS)

By Josue Fontanez, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon Air

The coming of summer makes me think of that big truism “the only constant is change,” and its counterpart, “it’s how you handle change that matters.” When it comes to IT infrastructure, the ability to effectively manage unforeseen business shifts, seasonal peaks and valleys, and ad-hoc temporary use cases is critical.

How rapidly can you adjust? And how much will it cost you, both in financial and human resources?

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Enabling a Totally Mobile Workforce

By Cyndie Zikmund, Group Manager, EUC Product Marketing and Ben Siler, EUC Product Marketing Associate

Your organization wants to unleash the power of a completely mobile workforce. Your users want to hop between corporate or personal devices, access their apps, data, and desktops at any time AND work from anywhere – home, public transportation, or their favorite cafés – as easily as their desks.

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In IT, you want to reduce the risks of thousands – if not tens of thousands – of endpoints and simplify the way you manage it all. Your organization is experiencing a growing need to enable a totally mobile workforce…but how?

Many are implementing a Software Defined Enterprise (SDE) and virtual workspaces. Virtual workspaces provide a single place for you to manage your resources, as well as a single place for your users to find the apps, data, and desktops they need no matter where they work.

Although everyone agrees on what you need, it’s harder to know how to get there. Various solution providers promise to help your company build a virtual workspace, but how do you choose the one worth the time and budget you’ll invest?

This whitepaper, Five Important Buying Criteria to Enable a Totally Mobile Workforce, discusses the essential capabilities to look for when building your virtual workspace solution. For a quick overview of these features, see below:

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App Volumes Helps OGL Reduce Storage Requirements by 7X across our Citrix Environment

Guest blog by Mark Slater, Cloud Architect, OGL

OGL is the premier provider of IT support and solutions to over 1,000 businesses throughout the UK. We pride ourselves on delivering superior services and support as customer satisfaction is our number one priority. We are constantly looking for technologies to enhance our offerings. Recently, we embarked on a journey to provide a scalable desktop service on a multi-tenant platform. We needed a platform that was  flexible in provisioning new applications for our customers and their end users. And we needed to deliver desktops and applications as fast as possible inside our multi-tenant environment.

We were in good shape with our current desktop and app delivery system using Citrix, but were looking for ways to optimize our processes and lower costs. In searching for tools to help us enhance our offering, we came across CloudVolumes--now VMware App Volumes. App Volumes piqued our interest because the technology provided a real time application delivery system. We were managing many templates or “Gold Images” with Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS). If we continued to grow, the number of templates we would have to manage would also continue to grow. We also wanted to reduce the storage footprint of this platform. When we learned App Volumes could help us with these time and cost savings and support this within a multi-tenant VDI model, we were intrigued. We are still using App Volumes today and here is why.

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“Anytime, Anywhere, and Any Place”

By Ray Heffer, Senior Architect, End-User Computing, VMware

In 2012 the VMware Professional Services Organization (PSO) team was invited by a global car manufacturer to work with their project team and a number of other vendors. We were asked to scope, assess, design, and assist with implementation of a desktop solution for 2,100 concurrent users. Coined as a proof of technology, the project team at the UK-based company wanted to demonstrate the agility and responsiveness of VDI to the rest of the global organization. Continuing with the concepts of speed and responsiveness, both characteristics one would expect from any high-performance motor car, the expectation was also set that the Chief Information Technology Office could deliver high-performance desktops anywhere in the world. This would fulfil the company promise of “Anytime, anywhere, and any place.”

By enlisting the services of VMware PSO, the company was able to deliver a production-based proof of technology to locations within the UK, China, and India, in addition to providing access to third-party suppliers connecting over MPLS and a dedicated supplier extranet. The approach and methodology ensured that a full desktop assessment of current physical workstations was executed and analyzed. A full end-user computing design was then created, detailing the multi-data-center solution to deliver applications, desktops, and physical 3D power-workstations to end users. A strict set of business requirements meant that business continuity and solution availability was integral to the end-user-computing design. Continue reading