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VMware Horizon FLEX and View Local Mode: Similar Features, But Definitely Not the Same

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware View Client with Local Mode has been removed from Horizon 6 with View. But did you know that VMware Horizon FLEX offers a similar offline desktop solution? In this blog, we compare and contrast Horizon FLEX and View Local Mode features.

Contrasting Features

User feedback informed us that the Local Mode offline desktop was a great asset, however the implementation needed refinement. VMware Horizon FLEX was developed as an enhanced BYO solution using our other End-User Computing products: VMware Mirage, VMware Fusion Pro, and VMware Player Pro.

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Figure 1: Horizon FLEX Is a Combination of VMware End-User Computing Products

The most notable contrast between Horizon FLEX and View Local Mode is that Horizon with View and VMware vSphere are not prerequisites for Horizon FLEX. Continue reading

VMware Development Labs Sneak Peek: Serial Redirection in Horizon with View

By Peter Brown, Senior R&D Manager, VMware, London, UK

 

With this blog, we introduce a new series of occasional End-User-Computing blogs called Sneak Peeks, where we discuss features and functionality we are working on in the Development labs. This gives us a chance to share the kinds of things we are thinking about and, in turn, to hear your ideas. We hope you find this new series informative and thought-provoking.

Over the years, I have worked with many devices that were connected remotely to VDI desktops using USB redirection. Some of these devices can be troublesome when using USB with a remote connection—due either to bandwidth requirements (for example, webcams) or latency sensitivity (for example, serial ports).

I am delighted to announce that we have recently been working in the labs on adding serial port redirection to Horizon with View. Similar to webcam redirection, we can solve the problem for serial ports by capturing the serial data at the client side, packaging it and delivering it to the guest, and presenting it back by way of a virtual COM port.

We are progressing well, and the functionality is looking great. We would, however, like to engage with our users, who have real-world experience with serial devices, for their thoughts about this functionality. Some devices are simple (for example, GPS receivers) and periodically send a burst of data to a terminal, whereas others are much more complicated. Many serial devices are quite old, and were designed to be connected by way of a few meters of cable to the computer. They certainly were not designed to be used remotely over tens or hundreds of miles!

Therefore the devices or applications used are often sensitive to the timing of the messages received. Also, many of the applications need bespoke applications that are often tightly coupled with a company’s internal applications and processes (for example, banking systems or production lines), making testing with such devices difficult for VMware engineers. Such devices often also have “dip” switches to change the mode of the device, and, as a result, the VMware solution may also require a number of different configuration settings to enable specific features in certain environments. These would likely be enabled through either the registry or by way of the port properties UI (for example, see the tool tray pop-up UI in Figure 1 which allows the mapping of physical to virtual com ports).

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Figure 1: Tool Tray Pop-Up User Interface

Therefore, we would like to hear from you about which serial devices and which applications you would like to use remotely with View desktops. To facilitate this, we have set up a community forum thread on Serial Port Redirection in Horizon with View, where we can discuss some of the devices and apps that you would expect to work with this functionality. We want to do as much pre-validation of such devices and apps as possible so that when the functionality is launched, “it just works”! So, do visit the forum and tell us what you think.

I will keep you updated with progress, and will let you know when we launch this new functionality.

VMware App Volumes Deployment Guide Is Now Available

By Tristan Todd, VMware End-User-Computing Architect

Many years ago, I led a desktop support team at a small supply chain management company. The office was located in one of the many amazing food districts in Portland, Oregon. My team always scheduled a fantastic lunch outing on Fridays. Being the last one to leave my desk, I was often caught by an urgent phone call from a VIP who needed an application installed on their desktop. So, instead of feasting on some epic Thai cuisine with my teammates, I was often stuck (with stomach growling) in an executive’s office installing software. Alas, delighted users, but hungry Tristan.

If only I had had a technology like VMware App Volumes back then! The ability to instantly deploy applications to my users from a centralized management console would have let me enjoy my panang curry while having fun with my team.

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VMware Mirage 5.2 Now Generally Available!

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

Following on to our desktop innovation blog yesterday, I’m pleased to expand on the details of VMware Mirage 5.2 which is now generally available! A big part of what we have been working on is actually now available as a part of VMware Horizon FLEX. Horizon FLEX provides the flexibility IT needs to serve end users, while maintaining security and compliance with centrally managed, containerized desktops. With Horizon FLEX, you can deliver a reliable Windows experience to BYO users, Mac users, contractors and road warriors – whether offline or online. Mirage plays the role of centrally managing, patching, and backing up the local Windows virtual desktops that is delivered with Horizon FLEX.

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VMware Mirage Bootcamp Videos

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

One of the easiest ways to learn about VMware technologies is through videos. The videos we record are easy to consume and available on-demand. In fact, we have many VMware Mirage videos available on our YouTube playlist. Today I’d like to introduce the VMware Mirage Bootcamp series. This series covers everything from a general overview of Mirage to architecture guides to best practices including:

  • Mirage Overview – key capabilities and core technology of VMware Mirage including a live demo of the Mirage management console
  • Image Management Architecture Guide with Mirage – core architecture principles to design a centralized image management. We also review design methodology, sizing and scalability, and integration with Horizon.
  • CVDs, Layers, Policies, and Rules in Mirage – a deep-dive look at managing CVDs in VMware Mirage. We also cover layer management, CVD policies, layer rules, and scripting in Mirage.
  • Windows Migration – how Windows migrations are performed with VMware Mirage, and the benefits IT and end users receive as a result. We cover how Mirage handles USMT, post-scripts, layers, and drivers as part of the migration process with Mirage.
  • Best Practices with Remote and Branch Offices – deep-dive look at best practices with managing endpoints across remote and branch offices using VMware Mirage.
  • Best Practices in Automation – the automation capabilities offered in VMware Mirage. We also explain how to use the Mirage Server Tools and give examples of automation tasks.

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VMware Horizon with View Now Compatible with SIGNificant E-Signature Solution from XYZMO

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

For the past several months, VMware has been working closely with XYZMO to enable SIGNificant—a cutting-edge e-signature solution—to work seamlessly with VMware Horizon with View virtual desktops.

Now, we are pleased to announce our hard work has finally paid off: The latest SIGNificant solution from XYZMO now supports VMware Horizon with View virtual desktops. This exciting development enables new use cases and deployment scenarios, especially for organizations with remote branch offices. Simply put, you can now use the SIGNificant solution with a variety of signature tablets remotely connected to View virtual desktops. Continue reading

Self-Help Resources for VMware End-User Computing

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Are you making the most of the available online resources to find information about VMware End-User Computing products? Knowledge is power, as they say, and we are committed to bringing you knowledge. Whether you are new to VMware or a seasoned veteran, we hope this blog will be helpful. Continue reading

When Every Second Counts, Count on VMware

by Geoffrey Murase, Solutions Marketing, End-User Computing

I recently visited Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue (TVFR) near Portland, Oregon to film a video case study documenting the innovative ways they’re using VMware desktop virtualization technology.  They had initially used desktop virtualization to simplify management of desktops in their office but they quickly found other use cases, as well.

The IT team at TVFR found that the device of choice for their fire chiefs are iPads which were being used primarily for email and web browsing. However, when it came to accessing the Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system which delivers information about emergency incidents, it was a Windows application which had to be run on a Windows computer. Fire Chief Michael Kinkade would often have to go to a fire truck or other apparatus to access the Windows laptop that was mounted on the dashboard in order to lookup the status of incidents. This was not only inconvenient, but also added precious time to his response to emergency situations.

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Did You Know? Newly Updated VMware Workspace Portal 2.1 Reviewer’s Guide is Now Available!

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

Did you know that there is a newly published Reviewer’s Guide for Workspace Portal 2.1?  The Reviewer’s Guide is aimed at IT professionals who are juggling the management of a wide range of applications, and an equally wide range of devices for their end users. If you are new to Workspace Portal and want to test it out, the Reviewer’s Guide can help you set up a basic, proof-of-concept deployment. To do this, you need VMware vSphere, and to test the services covered in the Reviewer’s Guide, you need VMware ThinApp, VMware Horizon With View, and Citrix XenApp deployments. Through a series of easy-to-follow exercises, the guide takes you on an exploration of some of the key capabilities of Workspace Portal. The final result is that you have hands-on experience with Workspace Portal 2.1. Continue reading

VMware Horizon 6 + Dell XC: Delivering New Economics and Simplicity for Desktop and Application Virtualization

By Tony Paikeday, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

As organizations seek to deliver greater agility in support of an increasingly mobile workforce and escalating business demands, the transformation of traditional desktop environments into mobile workspaces becomes a strategic, competitive differentiator.

Traditional approaches to desktop virtualization, often built on rigid, inflexible solution stacks, have made it difficult for organizations to quickly and efficiently size their storage, networking and compute.  For many organizations, the end-result has been the over-provisioning of infrastructure to ensure available capacity and performance, making the TCO/ROI equation for desktop virtualization almost untenable for IT.  These limitations typically negate the business advantage that organizations seek when embarking on a desktop transformation initiative.  Well, for these customers things have just gotten a whole lot better.  VMware and Dell have partnered to deliver a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that offers predictable performance with scale, faster time-to-value, and simplified management, built on VMware Horizon, with the Dell XC Web Scale Appliance architecture.

So what makes this solution better than the alternatives?  VMware and Dell enjoy an extensive track record of collaborating and innovating in desktop virtualization.  Dell XC hyper-converged solutions that are built on VMware uniquely benefit from:

  • The world’s most widely deployed, feature-rich, software-defined platform for server, network and storage virtualization
  • A unified, single platform for virtual desktops and apps of every type: VDI desktops, RDS hosted apps, RDS shared desktop sessions, ThinApp packaged apps
  • Dramatically simplified provisioning with unified management leveraging VMware’s closed loop management and automation capabilities, including image management, policy management, analytics and operations management, and orchestration
  • A unified workspace for end users, that brings together virtualized desktops and apps (including Citrix XenApps), along with web and SaaS based apps, all accessible with single login, and an exceptional user experience from any device

The end result for organizations and their users is a more rapid, cost-effective, high-performance platform for transforming desktops into mobile workspaces that offer:

  • Predictable performance with scale, as deployments grow from small to very large, with right-sized units of infrastructure that don’t create a CAPEX hurdle each time the business needs to grow
  • Faster time to value, with a streamlined process, from design, to ordering, to install/provision
  • Simplified, unified manageability across every layer in the solution, spanning data center to end-point

Learn more in this solutions architecture white paper.