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VMware Horizon 6 – Virtual Desktops with Hybrid Cloud Flexibility

By Josue Fontanez, product line marketing manager, DaaS, End-User Computing, VMware

Virtual desktops provide a great solution for end-users and IT. End-users get access to corporate apps and data from the device of their choice and IT can provide that access while maintaining security and control. Today, organizations have a lot of flexibility – they can choose between deploying virtual desktops within the walls of their corporate datacenter using VMware View or with the cloud using Horizon DaaS.

Unlike other legacy vendors, at VMware we believe that both on-premises and cloud-hosted virtual desktops provide a great solution for organizations. And it’s clear enterprise organizations agree.

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VMware Horizon 6 – Driving Costs Down with VMware Virtual SAN Integration (Again)

Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, End-User Computing, VMware and Rafael Kabesa, Product Marketing Manager, Cloud Infrastructure, VMware

The capital cost of virtual desktops has been a hot topic for some time now. As market interest in virtual desktops has grown, an increasing number of customers have faced the realization that the cost of servers, storage and networking is often more than the cost of physical PCs. The savings they targeted in operations and administration would be partly offset.

Over the last two years, the market has innovated to drive these costs down and unlock latent demand. Our ecosystem of partners has been at the vanguard of this, releasing a range of storage appliances that deliver significant cost savings through tiered storage approaches. This is exactly how markets should work.

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VMware Horizon 6 – Introducing Cloud Pod Architecture

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

On behalf of everyone in the End-User-Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to introduce you to a brand new capability of VMware Horizon 6, Cloud Pod Architecture.

The key features of the Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture are high availability and scale out of virtual desktops provided by Horizon 6. Virtual desktops can now be deployed across multiple sites or multiple datacenters and managed globally through a single entitlement layer. The Cloud Pod Architecture lays the foundation for delivering Horizon virtual desktops from different locations across the globe and centralizing the operations and management of the associated infrastructure.

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VMware Horizon 6 – Simplifying Management and Automation

By Aaron Black and David Wooten, Product Managers, End-User Computing, VMware

The announcement of Horizon 6 will undoubtedly broaden the scope of what organizations can deliver with VMware EUC technologies.  As customers and partners move to consume these additional capabilities rest assured that we’ve provided a framework to accompany Horizon 6 that enables scalable administration, automation, pinpointed performance analysis for IT, and delivers value to end-users with self-service provisioning and enablement for applications and desktops.  The well received VMware vCenter Operations Manager for View (V4V for short) solution and newly introduced Horizon vCenter Orchestrator (vCO) plugin included in the Horizon Enterprise edition provide organizations what is needed to move from VDI to a highly scalable, flexible, and manageable solution that empowers productivity and business for everyone from IT to the end users.

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VMware Horizon 6 – A Closer Look At Application Remoting

By Warren Ponder, Director of Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware and Pat Lee, Director of End-User Clients, End-User Computing, VMware

Today, I am really excited to share another exciting project I was to be asked to support our team in delivering, with the announcement of Horizon 6. One of the many new capabilities that will be available is application remoting of RDS hosted apps and extended capabilities for RDS based desktops.

There’s been some speculation and many experts have had some really good questions about how, what and why we are doing  this so I wanted to provide some color to many of the questions I know people have.

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VMware Horizon 6 Unveiled Today

Erik Frieberg, VP of Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

By Erik Frieberg, Vice President, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

I’m so honored to work at VMware because every day I get to innovate and solve for some of the most complex technology challenges for enterprise customers today.  Each day, we are redefining the definition of what a data center is supposed to be with cutting edge technologies, advances in our product line, and solutions that help our customers improve their ROI.

As you have been reading in some of my past blog posts, a huge challenge in the data centers of today is the mobile workforce and how IT can work with end users to grant them access to their enterprise applications anytime, anywhere and on any device – be it Web, desktop or mobile – to allow for seamless collaboration and results.  Research shows that 83 percent of Fortune 100 companies allow employees to telework.

Instantaneous, seamless, single platform access is what end users want, and today, we’re announcing enhancements to our VMware Horizon offering that takes full advantage of the cloud to deliver exactly that.

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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.


Figure 1: Mirage Web Manager for the Protection Manager

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Google and VMware Double Down on Desktop as a Service as Windows XP Support Ends

Erik Frieberg, VP of Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

By Erik Frieberg, VP of Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

It is never easy saying goodbye to an old friend.

That is how users of the nearly 30 percent of desktops still running Windows XP must feel today as Microsoft finally ends support for the venerable operating system. The end of XP support is not just an issue for individuals. If you are one of the many of businesses still running XP to maintain legacy software or custom-built apps, with end of support comes “significant” security and privacy risks.

It’s time to change… It’s time to embrace a new way to work in the Mobile Cloud Era while still supporting the legacy and custom-built apps of the past. The good news… VMware and Google are happy to help.

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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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