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What’s New in VMware Identity Manager, Cloud – January 2016 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.

As we enter 2016, we are excited to announce the following features in our cloud version of VMware Identity Manager for the January release:

  • Improved one-touch SSO from iOS devices using embedded Kerberos Key Distribution Center (KDC)
  • Device-compliance check at login time
  • SSO to Horizon Air applications and desktops
  • SSO to Citrix 6.x XenApp

Improved One-Touch SSO from iOS Devices Using Embedded KDC

One of the key features of VMware Identity Manager is to provide one-touch mobile SSO that allows users to sign in to applications from mobile devices without entering passwords. Organizations are using this feature in the following scenarios: Continue reading

Updated 3D Graphics Acceleration Paper for View Virtual Desktops in Horizon 6

By Stephane Asselin, VMware End-User-Computing Architect

And Gary Sloane, Consulting Editor and Writer for VMware

We are happy to announce a revision to our white paper on 3D graphics acceleration, Deploying Hardware-Accelerated Graphics with View Virtual Desktops in Horizon 6. It offers clear, concise descriptions of the most common use cases and scenarios.

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Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA) provides great consolidation ratios because it enables a single Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to serve a large number of people who have an occasional need for an immersive graphics user experience with advanced graphics applications. Continue reading

How to Package Microsoft Internet Explorer with VMware ThinApp and Enable the ThinDirect Feature

By Bernie Watson, Systems Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

This post shows how to package the different versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer using VMware ThinApp, and how to enable the ThinDirect feature.

Before following these instructions, you need a clean capture virtual machine (VM) with Windows 7 SP1, the latest version of ThinApp installed on the capture machine, and a clean snapshot of the capture (VM).

You also need to establish a network file share to store your folders of captured applications. This file share must be accessible from the capture machine. (Storing the captured application folders on the capture VM would result in the loss of all materials when the VM is reverted back to a clean snapshot state for the next application capture.)

To better understand what is meant by a clean capture VM, refer to the blog post What do you mean by “Clean PC”?. Continue reading

How NRF’s BIG Show 2016 Inspired Retail Digital Strategy

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by Paige Handza, VMware End-User Computing retail vertical marketing manager

As the National Retail Federation (NRF) 105th Annual Convention & Expo came to a close last week in NYC, attendees from all walks of retail life recognized that the industry is immersed in an exciting evolution.

According to Constellation Research analyst Guy-Frederic Courtin in The Three Big Retail Themes Coming Out of NRF 2016, one of the major themes weaved throughout the show was the “Continued Evolution of the Store.”

“What that entails is how are retailers with both a brick-and-mortar and e-commerce presence rethinking stores—not only the technologies, but the business processes,” Courtin wrote. “It’s about how to reinvent the store so it becomes more of an asset than a liability. How do you train employees? How do you look at new business models like order online, pick up in store? There are going to be some new business processes, ones we haven’t even thought of yet, that savvy retailers are going to start testing out.” Continue reading

Municipal Citation Solutions Advances Mobile Ticketing With AirWatch

Municipal Citation Solutions (MCS) created the Violation and Ticketing System (VATS) so companies in the $30 billion U.S. parking industry could help workers in the field more effectively and accurately do their jobs. Find out how the five-year-old, technology-centered parking citation management system based out of Chattanooga, Tenn. transformed business processes through mobility with VMware AirWatch.

The Mission: Hassle-Free Mobile App Innovation

MCS developed an enforcement app for VATS so users could quickly and easily write parking tickets in the field. Parking enforcement officers could take pictures, scan license plates and even populate information to the app from a registration sticker—all from a rugged device.

VATS Permitting from Municipal Citation Solutions on Vimeo.

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Why Upgrade to App Volumes 2.10: Experience from the Field

By Daniel Bakshi, Consultant, Professional Services Organization, VMware

On November 24, 2015, VMware announced general availability of VMware App Volumes 2.10. There are two important reasons to upgrade to App Volumes 2.10:

  • To enjoy new product features
  • To focus your team on planning rather than troubleshooting, due to many resolved issues

As a member of the VMware Professional Services Team, I have worked in the field with our End-User-Computing (EUC) portfolio, and mostly with App Volumes, because of its fast growth and high adoption rate with enterprises. I would like to share with you the different ways in which organizations are working with the product, which highlight the reasons for upgrading now.

What Is App Volumes?

VMware App Volumes is a real-time application delivery system that IT can use to dynamically deliver and manage applications. You do not need to modify desktops in order to work with App Volumes because applications act as if they were natively installed. The App Volumes solution can be scaled out easily and cost-effectively, without compromising end-user experience.

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Figure 1: Traditional App Model Compared to Real-Time App Model with App Volumes

In the previous figure, you can see the difference between the traditional application model and the VMware App Volumes model. With App Volumes, the application is decoupled from the operating system, and user information can be redirected to a personal volume. This creates a flexible, dynamic environment.

Read on to learn what’s new in App Volumes 2.10 and why you might want to upgrade right away. Continue reading

Get Your Exclusive Pass to VMware’s Breaking News Event

On February 9th and 10th, you have the opportunity to be among the first worldwide to hear VMware EUC live online event registrationVMware’s breaking news. All you have to do is claim your ticket here.

Next month, VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger will host an exclusive virtual event with the breaking news and announcements about VMware’s “One Cloud, Any Application, Any Device” vision. The online two-day event will span across two tracks:

  1. February 9: VMware End-User Computing—“Deliver & Secure Your Digital Workspace”
  2. February 10: VMware Software-Defined Data Center Division—“Build & Manage Your Hybrid Cloud”

For a limited time, VMware is offering exclusive access to the two-day virtual event, with the option to register for one or both days’ sessions. Please note that the dates and times listed below are for the Americas only; dates and times for EMEA and Asia Pacific Japan (APJ) are listed on the events page here. Continue reading

Leading Retailers Use VMware End-User Computing Solutions to Modernize Stores & Improve Customer Experience

by Paige Handza, VMware End-User Computing retail vertical marketing manager

Here at VMware End-User Computing, we are VMware EUC retail solutions POSthrilled to help thousands of retailers—including 19 of the 20 top U.S. retailers—leverage purpose-built technology solutions to boost customer engagement, modernize store operations, empower employees and increase security and compliance. In a press release today, we are excited to share the stories of customers who are utilizing VMware End-User Computing solutions for retail to modernize and secure retail opportunities in this mobile-cloud era. Read the full press release here. Continue reading

Five Great Reasons for VMware Horizon Air

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

As a VMware End-User-Computing Specialist, I encounter many people who still have not been exposed to the basic concepts of desktop virtualization and desktop as a service (DaaS). After these concepts are explained, the majority of organizational and IT leaders easily grasp the enormous value of these technologies to their businesses.

This blog describes desktop virtualization, desktop as a service, the VMware offering for desktop as a service (VMware Horizon Air Desktops), and five great reasons organizations use Horizon Air. Continue reading

mPOS Is the New Barcode: Retail Mobility Expected to Explode

Though it’s difficult to remember a time before it, the barcode actually just took off about 30 years ago after some resistance. Since then, barcodes have sped up checkout lines and provided powerful market data across the entire retail industry, reaching 80-90 percent adoption among the Fortune 500 in 2004.

Ed Durbin, director of strategic accounts in retail solutions at VMware AirWatch, believes the retail industry is undergoing another such historic change today. Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) is quickly becoming the new barcode, he says, transforming brick-and-mortar shopping to again keep up with changing consumer behavior.


Retail, Disrupted

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