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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

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You’re Invited to EUC Insights 2015

EUC Insights 2015 is the only online event that is wholly focused the biggest trends and influences on today’s end-user computing landscape. And you can get a free pass to this exclusive business mobility event by registering here on the VMware EUC blog. Register free today!

EUC Insights: Challenges, Initiatives, Solutions
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Driving Better Education Through Innovative IT | EDUCAUSE 2015

By Tim Merrigan, Vice President SLED Sales, VMware

It’s a pleasure to post from EDUCAUSE 2015, where we’re just starting Day Two. Each year, the State, Local and Education (SLED) team at VMware looks forward to this event as the pinnacle in higher education IT, where our education industry colleagues gather to learn, reflect and engage with one other.

We meet and talk with many of our customers at this event each year, and it’s always exciting to hear how they are meeting the challenges of funding cuts and rising costs with innovative new solutions.

They’re leveraging new technology to provide access to curriculum for new students and faculty in online or distributed campus environments on an ever-widening range of personal devices, and all the while safeguarding personal and financial information.

For example, this September at the University of Wisconsin, the faculty introduced a digital lab environment for students that gave all students in the program the same desktop experience, no matter where they were physically located. The new program gave each student access to the same resources, as well as the ability to interact and collaborate with professors and other students throughout the process. And the university, alongside its integrator partner Gantech, accomplished this in just 6 weeks. Wisconsin’s existing VMware Horizon VDI platform made it even faster to roll-out the digital lab environment via Horizon Air, running on vCloud Air.

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Mirage 5.5 Now Available

By Sachin Sharma, Product Line Marketing Manager, EUC, VMware

Another quarter, another release! I’m happy to share the news that Mirage 5.5 is now generally available. This release is packed with updates that enterprises can enjoy, including new ways to control layer updates, endpoint provisioning, more APIs, and web console enhancements. Let’s take a look at the major updates in this release. For more information, please read the release notes.

In this release, we wanted to focus on ways to enable image management with minimal impact on users. So, we started off by including a new self-service, local provisioning feature that allows provisioning of a device without needing to access a central location or Mirage Management Console. Branch PC technicians or administrators can provision new laptops and desktops directly from their device, without having to interface back to a central location. The local device boots with a small WinPE image that includes an embedded browser, which provides faster device provisioning.

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Horizon Hosted Applications: What a Year it has Been!

By Mark Ewert, Lead Technologist – Competitive Marketing, EUC, VMware

It’s been a year since we added support for Hosted Applications to Horizon and what a year it has been! The industry excitement has been invigorating. We have had tremendous interest from organizations of all shapes and sizes; and the excitement keeps growing with each new release.

Just a few of the features we have added over the last year include:

  • Client Drive Redirection and File Associations
    Users can now share folders and drives on their local client systems with hosted applications and desktops. Hosted Applications also now supports file associations. File associations automatically connect the client to the correct hosted application when a user opens or double-clicks an associated file type. Both of these features help provide a great user experience, making it easy for users to quickly access the files and data they need.
  • HTML Access Support for Hosted Apps
    Hosted Apps now supports HTML Access. Users can now connect to Hosted Apps and Desktops from clients that simply have HTML 5 support, including most modern web browsers. This new capability has also been extended to multi-site Cloud Pod Architecture deployments, enabling organizations to implement the largest Hosted App infrastructures.
  • 3D Graphics Support
    The 3D vDGA and GRID vGPU graphics solutions for Horizon VDI desktops have been extended to Hosted Apps. Now you simply need to deploy the app instead of entire desktop to support graphics-intensive applications.
  • Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR) for RDS Desktops
    Windows Media MMR is now supported for videos playing on RDS desktops. MMR offloads video processing from the hosted desktop to the user’s client device to support high quality video without sapping expensive server resources.

And you can watch this video to see a demonstration of the great user experience provided by VMware Hosted Applications:

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What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 version 6.2 part 2

By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing and Enablement, EUC, VMware

In our last blog article we looked at some of the headline new features in Horizon 6.2. In this blog we continue to explore some of the key functionality added in this new release.

Access Point is a virtual appliance designed to allow secure remote access to virtual desktops and applications served by Horizon 6. Access Point is very similar to the View Security Server, but offers some additional benefits. Access Point is a hardened Linux appliance that can be deployed into the DMZ. Access Point does not need to be paired with a View Connection Server and can avoid the need to provision additional Connection Servers for authentication mechanism support.

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Mark Benson’s blog on Access Point takes you through the details of the Access Point appliance and how it can be used as an alternative to the Horizon View Security Server. Additionally, you will find the Documentation on how to deploy the appliance here.

Alex Birch, EUC Architect, within the EUC Technical Marketing team has put together this video showing you how to install and configure Access Point.

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Pruning the App Volumes SQL Database

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

With significant contributions from

Jason Marshall, Manager, Product Engineering, End-User Computing, VMware

Growing up, we had a small flower garden, which my mother proudly kept. The rose bushes stand out in my memory—vibrant, colorful, and, more often than not, taller than me. Without regular pruning, these rose bushes would have caused a multitude of problems.


Like pruning a plant to maintain health, the VMware App Volumes SQL database requires pruning to keep it in perfect working order. The Knowledge Base (KB) article Pruning the VMware App Volumes SQL database details how you can keep your database in tip-top condition by pruning certain tables. Continue reading

Bringing New Meaning to “Mission-Critical” – Powered by VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID – part 2

By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing & Enablement and Tony Paikeday, Sr. Product Line Manager, EUC, VMware

In our last post, we introduced how VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID is enabling the delivery of “serious workloads” like battlespace simulations that train civilian and military personnel, and the rise of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) solutions to deliver this capability.

An example of a lower cost COTS solution is the widely deployed Bohemia Interactive Simulations Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3). This product is used across many countries to ensure civilian and military personnel can train on virtual equipment, vehicles and scenarios. It also allows different organizations to participate in joint large-scale virtual scenarios. This approach to training and simulation is often referred to as “Serious Games”, leveraging common consumer gaming technology to provide professional simulation solutions.

Using VMware Horizon 6 and NVIDIA GRID-enabled vSphere 6.0 servers, VMware and NVIDIA tested Bohemia Interactive Simulation’s Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3). In our tests we discovered that out of the box (without optimization) the virtual desktop performed as well if not better than a physical counterpart. Our test results are covered in more detail later in this blog–however, here’s a video that demonstrates our tests in action. Continue reading

AirWatch and SAP are making life easier for SAP Mobile app Customers

By Mimi Spier, Sr. Director Strategy and Business Development, Business Mobility at VMware

Today, we’re excited to announce that SAP joined ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise) to simplify how their customers configure and deploy mobile apps. SAP and VMware will work to integrate the ACE approach to enable secure, instant deployment and login of SuccessFactors and Concur mobile applications on iOS and Android devices.

The reality with mobility in business: There are a number of factors that can slow or impede a mobility deployment. One of the common ones we hear from customers is complexity in application registration for end users. The biggest pain points are difficulties for the enterprise to roll out and secure applications and for end users to configure and re-login on each use.

For SAP customers, that will soon not be an issue anymore. By leveraging the ACE approach, SAP is now leveraging the native iOS and Android operating systems functionality to set up auto-configuration, single sign-on, per-app VPN and security requirements.

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