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Evaluating End-User-Computing Solutions

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

When you need to choose the right mix of VMware End-User-Computing solutions, nothing is more helpful than a properly conducted evaluation.

This blog differentiates evaluations, proofs of concept, and pilot studies, and lists key considerations and practical tips, as well as the most relevant VMware tools. Continue reading

A Guide to Writing an RFP for Selecting a Desktop and Application Virtualization Solution

(Or, 60 Key Considerations for Finding a Solution That Will Delight Your End Users)

By Cyndie Zikmund, Group Manager, End-User-Computing Product Marketing, VMware

RFP Writing Is Not for the Fainthearted

Writing a comprehensive Request for Proposal (RFP) can take a long time. Many organizations hire consultants to perform the task for them. A well-designed RFP provides your organization with the opportunity to recruit the best possible vendors for a particular project. Determining the appropriate selection criteria, the priority of each criterion, and the overall objective of the project can take weeks of research, meetings, and technical evaluations. Asking potential vendors to provide detailed information early can save your organization a lot of money and headaches in the future. Continue reading

Announcing the Virtual Printing Solutions with View in Horizon 6 White Paper

By Nancy Beckus, Writer and Editor, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

And Judy Wu, Senior Solution Engineer, VMware

The ability to access printers from a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and from hosted application environments is crucial for today’s end users. Usually, each desktop has been configured to access one or more network printers. This is often sufficient, but mobile users might need to connect to their View desktops from different locations, sometimes even from outside the corporate network.

Either way, end users must be able to send print jobs to the nearest available printer, and IT administrators must have an easy way to manage printers and printer drivers.

With VMware Horizon 6, you can achieve both goals with two advanced features for printing from View virtual desktops: printer redirection and location-based printing. Continue reading

Discover What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 Toolbox 2.0

By Shengbo Teng, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, VMware

With contributions from

  • Nan Wang, Staff Engineer, Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware
  • Sam Zhao, Technical Marketing and Enablement Manager, VMware
  • Peter Zhang, Solution Engineer, Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware

In an earlier white paper (Explore the VMware Horizon 6 Toolbox Auditing and Remote Assistance Capabilities), we introduced you to VMware Horizon 6 Toolbox—a web portal that acts as an extension to View Administrator in View virtual desktops in Horizon 6. Now we are pleased to announce version 2.0 of the Horizon 6 Toolbox!

We made improvements to the following features in Horizon Toolbox 2.0:

  • Auditing performance
  • Client IP address auditing
  • Remote assistance
  • Console access
  • PowerOn policies
  • Installation file

Auditing Performance

Compared to Horizon Toolbox 1.5, the auditing performance has been enhanced with improved SQL queries. Instead of a left outer join for two tables in the Events database, we now use two separate select queries, which is much faster. Continue reading

New Release: VMware Horizon 6 App-Delivery Decision Maker

By Cindy Heyer Carroll, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing and Enablement at VMware

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A new version of the VMware Horizon 6 App-Delivery Decision Maker has just been released. The Decision Maker provides guidance as you make application-delivery decisions for your enterprise. The tool helps you identify your priorities, choose your methods, and select the Horizon 6 products and platforms that will work best in your enterprise.

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The new Decision Maker includes several improvements that will make it easier to use and more helpful. Continue reading

With VMware App Volumes in a Citrix XenDesktop Environment, Application Management Is a Snap!

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

With special thanks to Stephane Asselin, Mark Ewert, Dean Flaming, and Jason Marshall for content assistance.

Last summer my family spent a day visiting LEGOLAND Discovery Center in New York. We all loved it, especially the chance to see miniature recreations of some of the world’s most famous cities, all built from LEGO blocks. My kids exclaimed over each tiny bit of landscape. I did as well, enjoying the minute detail in small-scale replicas of places I have visited.

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On the ride home we fantasized aloud about how different the world would be if we were able to pop everything apart and snap it together again as easily as LEGO blocks allow. What if a car bumper or faulty light switch were so simple to replace? What if some of our biggest problems could be as quickly solved as snapping LEGO blocks apart, rearranging them, and then snapping them back together again?

For an application management solution that snaps into place as easily as LEGO blocks fit together, integrate VMware App Volumes into your existing Citrix XenDesktop environment.

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App Volumes creates a LEGO-style solution in a XenDesktop environment by offering an alternative to per-virtual machine management. By locating applications above the OS, organized into application management containers called AppStacks, specific containers can be made to dynamically “snap” onto the desktops or machines to which they are assigned. Continue reading

VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 4

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.

Part 3 of VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together examined the mapping of business requirements to VMware product-set features for tooling end-user-computing solutions.

This part concludes the series with an explanation of how the products in the VMware End-User-Computing portfolio can be combined and adapted to form solutions that meet your needs. Reference architectures and other very useful tools are provided at the end of this blog post to educate you further. Continue reading

Virtualizing ArcGIS Pro with a Dell Rack-Mounted Appliance and NVIDIA GRID

By Cedric Courteix, End-User-Computing Technical Alliances Manager, VMware

How Much Fun Do You Have Playing with LEGO?

I certainly enjoy building complex LEGO structures with my kids…but when it comes to virtualizing desktops for 3D-graphics applications like ArcGIS Pro from Esri, I think we all agree that keeping it simple is the best approach.

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Dell, Esri, NVIDIA, and VMware have come together to create a unique bundled solution that allows you to relax and enrich your user experience.

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This combined solution, led by Esri, can accelerate your geographic information systems (GIS) application deployment. The features of this solution are

  • Improved reliability

    • Avoids hardware incompatibility
    • Delivers predictable performance to your GIS professionals
  • Simplified administration – The combined integration of this multi-vendor platform guarantees

    • Faster implementation
    • Optimized hardware resources
    • Reduced administrative learning curve
  • Better user experience

    • Smooth graphical-map display to enhance user satisfaction
    • Improved user collaboration
    • Defined number of supported users

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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