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VMware End-User-Computing Hands-On Labs and the Heroes Behind Them

By Alex West, Former Technical Editor and Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

Based on interviews with Dean Flaming, End-User-Computing Architect and End-User-Computing Hands-On Labs Content Lead, VMware

VMware Hands-On Labs (HOLs) are an excellent, sometimes overlooked resource for test-driving VMware solutions on an array of terrains. Planned and executed by a talented team of VMware staff volunteers, End-User-Computing (EUC) HOLs are a completely free, fully interactive look at day-in-the-life scenarios for a huge number of EUC solutions. The only requirements are an HTLM5 Web browser and access to the Internet.

So whether you want to try out a new EUC solution, become an expert in a particular EUC deployment, or conduct a proof-of-concept (PoC) for a prospective customer, HOLs have everything you need and more.

 

HOL Usage Is Amazing!

Since December 2012, VMware has deployed more than 300,000 HOLs to more than 95,000 users.

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Presidential Precinct Connects Community Leaders and Experts Across the World Using Socialcast by VMware

The Presidential Precinct brings together young leaders from around the world to meet and collaborate with scholars, diplomats and private sector experts. Whether it is through a one-day program or a six-week program, Precinct participants make connections that drive change in their communities around the world.

However, at the conclusion of these programs, participants lacked a reliable way to keep in touch with experts who could help shape ongoing projects and offer encouragement along the way. The Precinct wanted to establish a digital platform for young leaders to stay connected with influencers to continue valuable discussions and planning beyond Precinct programs.

After selecting Socialcast by VMware as the foundation for its PPN (Presidential Precinct Network), the PPN brought on more than 1,000 users to connect and share ideas about community development projects within its first year.

Today, Socialcast enables Precinct participants and experts to do the following:

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VMware Leaps into the Leaders Category in the IDC MarketScape

In 2014, the worldwide virtual client computing (VCC) software market totaled $3.0 billion, with a growth percentage of 6.9% from 2013. IDC sees the VCC market entering its maturity phase, encouraging vendors to expand capabilities to physical desktop management, enterprise mobility management and application management.

Who are the best players in virtual client computing today?  Dave Grant, VMware Vice President of Product Marketing will be joined by Robert Young, Research Manager at IDC on July 28th to discuss the IDC MarketScape Report: Worldwide Virtual Client Computing Software 2015 Vendor Assessment.

Join the webcast to hear them discuss:

  • How mobile devices are changing the IT landscape today
  • The benefits of virtual client computing (VCC) that is driving adoption
  • The methodology behind the IDC VCC MarketScape report and its results
  • Why VMware was chosen as a leader

Remember to mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 11 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. Registration is open now!

Horizon FLEX drives amazing hypervisors

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware

Type 2 hypervisors are cool.

If you’re looking at the ones in Horizon FLEX then you should know that the core technology is the same as in vSphere - the solution that powers many of the world’s most in-demand and high performance data centers.

Why should you care about that? Because it means that the care and attention to detail that drives billions of seamless internet transactions every day is available to work for you should you need to run Windows on your Mac, Linux on your Windows, or just about any combination there of.

In this demo I thought I’d be crazy and see how far I could push it. While it certainly wasn’t without its scary moments, I hit no walls, encountered no unrecoverable errors, and barely even caused the iMac’s fan to spin.

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Estimating Value in End-User Computing

By Brian Gammage, Chief Market Technologist, End-User Computing, VMware

The last few years have seen a major shift in the way organizations plan, select and deploy technology capabilities to their workers. The range of choice has expanded at every level; in devices, applications, ways of working, potential suppliers and ownership. Expectations have rocketed too as users have become more knowledgeable and better equipped. The rapid uptake of mobile devices and applications has accelerated everything, turning ‘day zero support’ from a dream into a requirement. All of this means that business decisions around how, when and which EUC technologies to invest in have become far more complex than with any previous generation of technology.

An Industry Problem

In the face of these complexities, most organizations are finding it much harder to build business cases for their EUC projects. We at VMware are acutely aware of this: our own business case practice (we’ve built around 700 detailed business cases for larger customer projects so far) has seen a rapid surge in requests for assistance and in many cases the requests are much more ‘open ended’ than before.  We also know that it’s not only us; our partners, other EUC providers and analysts have all highlighted the growth in demand for such support. To better understand this growing need and the best ways to respond, we spent the first months of 2015 doing some additional research and our conclusion was stark: most customers are struggling to identify and estimate measures of value, but almost everyone knows how to measure cost.

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Horizon FLEX 1.5 now shipping!

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware

Andy here again.  I'm delighted to announce that Horizon FLEX 1.5 is now shipping. This update is huge. We've got server side improvements, client side improvements, probably even improvements in the bit that connect the two!

Sorry, I'll try and be serious, this is after all a very big deal. It's been just 6 months since we shipped Horizon FLEX 1.0, and less than 3 months since we shipped 1.1. This release adds many of the features you requested.

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vRealize Operations for Horizon just got a whole lot better!

By Brigitte Skakkebaek, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Tired of having one tool to manage and monitor XenApp and another to monitor your VMware Horizon environment?

Good news! As of today—you can take advantage of vRealize Operations for Horizon to monitor and report capabilities for both Horizon 6 AND Citrix XenApp 6.5 environments. Customers with active subscription on Horizon Enterprise, Horizon Application Management bundle and vRealize Operations for Horizon can immediately download this new feature from our download page.

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Driven by strong demand from Horizon and XenApp customers, vRealize Operations for Horizon now offers a single pane of glass to monitor and report on VMware Horizon and Citrix XenApp 6.5 deployments. Reports and dashboards in vRealize Operations for Horizon will focus on end-user experience and will provide organizations with important insights into vSphere performance and the health of the underlying infrastructure. Customers will now also be able to monitor XenApp 6.5 environments including the Citrix ICA protocol with analysis on historical trends and in-guest metrics.

vRealize Operations for Horizon streamlines management, making it easier and faster than ever for IT to resolve and improve user experience. Most notably, this new offering provides:

  • Comprehensive visibility into the performance and health of Horizon 6 and Citrix XenApp 6.5 deployments
  • Intelligent automation of analysis across the entire stack
  • Self-learning analytics that notify desktop administrators of impending issues
  • Out-of-the box reporting templates and remediation recommendations

For more information on vRealize Operations for Horizon:

Download the eval

Visit the web page

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Horizon FLEX: Giving Users the Local Desktop They Need (Part 3 of 3)

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware

It’s finally here, the day you’ve been waiting for, how to define a Horizon FLEX entitlement!

Hello, it’s Andy again. Today’s short video once again features a shiny me, but it’s thankfully very short: just over 90 seconds after you skip all the fancy bumpers we put at the front and back of it.

To recap, in part one I showed you how to build a Horizon FLEX compatible image. In part two, I showed you how to define acceptable use policy for groups of people. In today’s lesson, we’re going to take everything we’ve learned so far, sprinkle it with AD groups and build entitlements.

Entitlements are just the fancy way of saying that the people in accounting get access to a different image than the one you give the sales people, and those differing images can operate under different acceptable use polices.

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Horizon FLEX: Powerful Policy Controls (Part 2 of 3)

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, End-User Computing, VMware

Hello again, Andy here.

Last time I showed you how to build a Horizon FLEX image for mass sharing. This time, I’m going to show you the simple steps needed to ensure that image is securely used.

You’ll be happy to note that there’s significantly less of my shiny red face in this video.

The video concentrates on server controlled dynamic policies. At the time of writing there’s over half a dozen of them, but a customer was quick to correct me when I shared the video, saying  ‘we enforce over 50 policies with FLEX ‘. He is right of course, there are lots of policy decisions you burn into the image at creation time.

The full list of FLEX polices is huge and varies depending upon the client hypervisor (in other words, your mileage may vary). Using a combination of fixed image and dynamic server policy an administrator can specify over 70 distinct control points.

Processor

  • Specify VM memory allocation
  • Specify number of processors assigned to VM
  • Specify number of cores per processor assigned to VM
  • Specify the type of virtualization engine used
    • Automatic, binary, VT-x, AMD-V, VT-x/EPT, AMD-V/RVI
  • Enable / disable acceleration for binary translation
  • Virtualize CPU performance counters
  • Specify process priorities
  • Disable memory page trimming

Storage

  • Map virtual disk to local volume
  • Add virtual hard disk
    • IDE, SCSI, SATA (independent, persistent, non-persistent)
    • New, existing, physical
  • Add virtual CD/DVD
    • ISO, physical (SATA, SCSI, IDE, legacy emulation)
  • Add floppy drive
    • Image, physical
  • Connect CD/DVD at power-on
  • Share local folders with VM
  • Map local folders as network drive
  • Share local folders as read only

Network 

  • Connect network at power-on
  • Create bridge directly to physical network
    • Initially set by admin, user can edit
  • Share host IP address
  • Create private network to host
  • Create custom virtual network
  • Attach to specific LAN segment
  • Custom throttle incoming network traffic
  • Emulate incoming pipe size
    • Modem (28.8Kbps, 56Kbps)
    • ISDN (64Kbps, 128Kbps)
    • Leased line (192Kbps, 1.544Mbps, 45Mbps)
    • Cable (4Mbps, 10Mbps, 100Mbps)
  • Enable VNC access

Hardware

  • Turn USB support on or off
    • Except for keyboard and mouse
  • Specify USB supported level
    • 1.0, 2.0, 3.0
  • Automatically connect new USB devices
  • Add specific USB controller
  • Share Bluetooth devices with VM
  • Connect soundcard on power-on
  • Specify host sound card to use
  • Connect printer at power on
  • Auto-map host printers to VM
  • Add specific printer
  • Hardware accelerate 3D graphics
  • Use host settings for monitor
    • Initially set by admin, user can edit
  • Specify number of monitors to use
    • To a maximum of 10
  • Specify screen resolution
  • Use Retina Mode (mac only)
  • Specify graphics card memory allocated to VM
  • Use enhanced virtual keyboard
  • Share battery info with VM
  • Synchronize guest time with host
  • Specify hardware compatibility level
  • Add parallel port
    • Physical, file
  • Add serial port
    • Physical, file, pipe
  • Add generic SCSI device

User Experience           

  • Go full screen on power on
    • Initially set by admin, user can edit
  • Close application after powering off VM
  • Enable drag & drop between host and VM
  • Enable shared clipboard (cut & paste)
  • Show borders in Unity mode
  • Show badges in Unity mode
  • Add custom colored borders in Unity mode
  • Enable direct access to applications
  • Auto-update embedded VMware Tools
    • Manual, auto, global

Recovery & Protection

  • Revert to snapshot on power-off
  • Auto-create snapshot on power-off
  • Auto-create snapshots
    • Daily, hourly, every 30 mins
  • Specify number of snapshot generations to keep
  • Force local encryption password reset
  • Specify VM expiration date
  • Display custom message for expired VM’s
  • Display custom message for soon expiring VM’s
  • Specify policy server contact frequency
  • Specify policy server contact grace period
  • Remote kill of local VM

Next time, I’ll show you how to easily combine AD, images and policy to give your users the desktop you want them to have.

Thanks and if you’d like to know more, or to download a free trial of Horizon FLEX, please click here.

Mobility Pioneers To Speak At VMware Business Mobility Event

By Chelsea Curtis, AirWatch

BizMo-300x130 (1)Tomorrow VMware is hosting the virtual Business Mobility Summit, where mobile thought leaders will speak to the shifting business landscape and how mobility is redefining the way we work. The event will boast an exciting panel of speakers, including VMware executives and customers, who will share their perspective on Business Mobility and how it has the power to reinvent companies through new business process innovation.

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