Here’s a (pre) Thanksgiving gift to all our VMware Workspace ONE customers, releasing an exciting set of new features generally available for both the cloud and on-premise versions of Workspace ONE. Continue reading
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The VMware OS Optimization Tool (OSOT), a VMware Fling, helps optimize the performance of Windows-based virtual desktops used with View in VMware Horizon 7, VMware Horizon Air Cloud-Hosted Desktops and Apps, and VMware Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode.
The recently published update of the VMware Windows Operating System Optimization Tool Guide (OSOT Guide), which documents the use of the OSOT, includes several changes from the previous version of the guide.
- Discussion of Windows optimization in general has been removed so that the OSOT Guide can focus on the OSOT itself.
- Clarifications to procedures and user interface descriptions in many areas have been provided.
- Features new to the OSOT since the last version of the guide have been documented.
This version of the OSOT Guide is the first major rewrite since 2015. It is accurate as of version b1057 of the OSOT, which was released in February of this year. The current version of the OSOT, released just last week, is b1080. Why is there this discrepancy?
We’re excited to announce general availability of following new features to the cloud and on-premises versions of VMware Identity Manager (IDM).
- VMware Workspace ONE app updates to provide standalone mobile device management (MAM) and adaptive management features
- One-touch single sign-on (SSO) and device compliance check for Android, Window 10 and Mac operating system (OS) devices
- VMware Verify built-in, two-factor authentication (available for cloud version only, support for on-premises version coming soon)
- LDAP Directory support
- Launch on-premises VMware Horizon View from VMware IDM cloud
- Simplified outbound-only deployment of the VMware IDM connector (for cloud version)
- Simplified deployment of Integration Broker for Citrix Integration
- Additional languages supported
Workspace ONE App Updates
We released the VMware Workspace ONE app in February. The Workspace ONE app provides a convenient digital workspace to users across iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices. Users no longer have to remember individual app names and URLs. They simply launch the Workspace ONE app to find the apps they are entitled to. Users can also launch web apps, remote apps/desktops or download mobile apps from the Workspace ONE app catalog. The February release worked very well for VMware AirWatch managed devices, but didn’t solve bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and unmanaged device use cases.
Now, we’ve released the 2.0 version of the Workspace ONE app with exciting new features that help drive BYOD adoption in an organization. Let’s look at these features in detail.
Workspace ONE App Provides Standalone MAM Features
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Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode
Virtual desktops have provided undeniable benefits to organizations for years, helping to save money and increase productivity. However, the consistent feedback has been that desktop virtualization solutions are complex to set up and manage, resulting in high capital and operational costs.
We are excited at VMware to change all of that by introducing Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode, a hybrid cloud software service hosted by VMware which enables organizations to deliver virtual desktops and manage applications from on-premises infrastructure, while centrally managing it all from the cloud.
Best of On-Premises and the Cloud
Figure 1: Horizon Air Hybrid-Mode Schematic
By Stan Hunter, Sr. Technical Marketing Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware
One of the most difficult tasks for an IT administrator is managing user profiles and settings. Users have various requirements for applications and settings that change based on location, device, and even time of day. This is called context. In the past, to provide flexibility in managing a user’s profile based on context, IT admins wrote tedious, detailed scripts. The scripts provided a set of instructions based on environment variables such as office location and printer selection.
For example, a sales rep is mostly on the road, but also works from the corporate office as well as from a local office. While traveling, the rep uses a laptop based on a View virtual desktop in Horizon 7 and, while in the corporate office, a desktop workstation. For each of these locations, the sales rep needs access to printers, file shares, and applications.
Creating and managing profile scripts to provide for even these simple contextual changes can get very complex. In today’s growing mobile workforce, the need for a simplified approach has never been greater. To address this critical requirement, VMware introduced VMware User Environment Manager.
Just-in-time desktops? Really? Are you kidding me?
What Is Instant Clone Technology?
Instant Clone Technology is all about delivering VDI desktops just in time. For those of you who follow project names, think of vmFork and Project Fargo. Instant Clone Technology allows administrators to rapidly clone and deploy a virtual machine in less time than it took for you to read these two sentences. Yes, that is one clone created per second on average.
In 2013, the phrase “every business is a digital business” sparked an “aha!” moment for every company, across every industry. Two years later, where are we now? As companies reach digital maturity, what’s next?
The digital transformation isn’t over, yet, according to Sanjay Poonen, executive vice president and general manager of End-User Computing at VMware. Here’s what he said he expects to see next.
The year may be coming to a close, but the end user computing market is still ripe with opportunity. Looking back on 2015, there was no shortage of observations about how the market progressed in just a year, and VMware continues to support and accelerate this wave of transformation. We at VMware are motivated by how our customers are using our technology, and this year we heard from several of our customers about how they use our new Horizon innovations to transform business processes.
One of the best parts of the year has been hearing firsthand from our customers about how they drive desktop transformation with VMware. During VMworld US and VMware Europe, we heard from more than 15 customers, including Auburn University, Societe Generale, Southern New Hampshire University, Telecom Italia and Thales, about their desktop transformation journey. The VMware team is blown away by our customers’ ability to innovate at such as a rapid pace and change the way their industry does business.
NVIDIA is an excellent example of an industry-leading customer accelerating desktop transformation. As a customer and partner, VMware and NVIDIA work closely together to support internal desktop deployments and also enrich the user experience. Continue reading