By Tristan Todd, End-User Computing Architect, VMware
With significant contributions from Fred Schimscheimer, Staff Engineer in the Office of the CTO, VMware, and Stephane Asselin, Architect on the End-User-Computing Technical Enablement Team, VMware
In a previous blog post, VMware App Volumes Deployment Guide Is Now Available, I discussed how easy it is to deploy App Volumes. Today, I want to talk about performance. Our customers and partners are reaping the benefits of App Volumes because it truly delivers on
Dynamic application delivery
Bringing persistence to nonpersistent desktops
Seamless end-user experience
Simple deployment and management
Figure 1: Real-Time Application Delivery
App Volumes enhances end-user mobility, delivering applications to users on demand and providing agility to the enterprise. Continue reading →
By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
A constant theme I hear when talking to customers about managing their virtual, physical, and cloud-hosted environments tends to center around the challenges they face with applications and users. In particular, the questions that customers are looking to solve are ones like how can I simplify management of my 100s of apps throughout their lifecycle, from provisioning, to updating, to dealing with app conflicts? How can I optimize delivery of applications to all the different environments, devices, and users I manage? How can I drive down costs of managing user personas while delivering a consistent experience across devices? And these are just some of the questions I hear. Well, we’ve been working to help tackle these challenges with a complete Workspace Environment Management solution using our Horizon technologies.Continue reading →
by Jeff Sato, Sr. Business Intelligence Analyst- Statistician
Social Business Intelligence (SBI), Socialcast’s in-app analytics platform, is enabled for all Socialcast communities and has many great features that add tremendous value for community administrators.
Today, we would like to highlight some of the most useful SBI features that we think every admin should leverage to increase adoption and engagement in their Socialcast community.
This paper introduces the new Mirage API feature that was released along with Mirage 5.1. Mirage API is a group of APIs which allows IT administrators to develop their own front-end interfaces to the Mirage infrastructure. With Mirage API you can not only speed up the management of endpoints but also integrate your Mirage environment with third-party systems.
Organization of the White Paper
The paper consists of the following content:
Setting up your Mirage environment for the Mirage API – Describes the steps to set up your Mirage environment for the Mirage API in Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.
Configuring your development environment – You can develop your own front-end interfaces using the Mirage API in Windows C#, Java, and Python. This section illustrates the configurations for each development environment.
Use cases and workflows – Both centralization and OS migration are supported in the Mirage API in Mirage 5.1. This section introduces possible workflows for each use case.
The next time you use a kiosk at a library, trade show, or medical facility, consider that the kiosk application might be running on a View virtual desktop. View offers a powerful kiosk mode to facilitate the use of unattended self-service kiosks in public and semi-public locations where anonymous access to specific applications is required.
The physical hardware used for kiosk devices is often a bank of thin clients or zero clients, although it is possible to use other devices, such as locked-down PCs running Windows or Linux.
Kiosk functionality can be provided at low cost, with inexpensive endpoints, nonpersistent virtual desktops, and no additional storage. Very little is required of IT resources beyond initial setup and provisioning. For more information about configuring View virtual desktops to work in kiosk mode, see the Configuring Kiosk Mode white paper.
By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
Since the general availability of VMware App Volumes (formerly known as CloudVolumes), you have probably read about the many benefits that App Volumes can bring to your environment. Perhaps you have already downloaded and tested a trial version. If you use VMware ThinApp for application virtualization, you may be wondering if there are any significant benefits to combining the two products. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of each product, and how those benefits can be magnified when you combine App Volumes and ThinApp.
App Volumes, ThinApp, or Both?
So, should you combine App Volumes and ThinApp, or not? The short answer is: It depends. There is no hard and fast rule, as individual requirements differ from environment to environment. Let us recap what each product does and the benefits offered. Continue reading →
Here at VMware, we believe users should have one place to securely access all the applications, files, social tools and online services they need. This is why we’ve built one of the broadest technology platforms that bridges the entire end-user computing environment, from traditional desktops to the next generation of mobile devices.
And with VMware technology, end users get access to all of their apps and resources through one unified workspace. Pretty amazing, right? Well now our new YouTube channel aggregates all of the latest EUC video content for you, organized in playlists by the products and content you search you for the most. And better yet, you can subscribe to the channel for automatic updates.
On our new channel, discover the latest in product tutorials, customer testimonials and new product features. Get tech tips, best practices and view product demonstrations on how to implement VMware EUC technologies for your organization – including Horizon desktop and application solutions, AirWatch by VMware, Socialcast by VMware and more. You can also hear directly from our executives on milestone announcements and technology integrations, or catch a replay of a keynote you might have missed.
By Jim Yanik, End-User Computing Architect, VMware
When I was a child, I used to go camping at the Delaware Water Gap (some of you are heading for Wikipedia right now), and there were many caves that were super-tempting for an 11-year-old boy to explore. My brother and I would go into the caves and wander around, but we always stopped short into the adventure because we were missing something.
By Peter Brown, Senior R&D Manager, VMware, London, UK
Over the years, I have worked with many devices that were connected remotely to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) using USB redirection. Scanners are often problematic with USB redirection—scans take a long time to complete or do not complete at all. Scanner redirection over USB requires a large amount of bandwidth and is sequential, so can be very slow over a latent or lossy network link (such as wifi or a WAN). Solving this problem required a similar solution as for webcam remoting (solved using RTAV).
I am delighted to announce that in our latest release we have added scanner redirection to Horizon with View for use with both VDI desktops and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) applications and desktops. The new scanner redirection functionality in View works by capturing the entire image at the client with the scanning device, compressing the image, and sending that compressed image to the guest in the data center, where the image is presented by a “virtual scanner device” to the application that requested the image capture. Continue reading →
Queen Maria Eleonora of Sweden kept her dead husband, King Gustav Adolf, in her bedroom for 18 months before he was finally interred. Microsoft retired XP April 8, 2014. Now, 8 months later, it’s time for VMware® Horizon® to accept that loss and plan a memorial.
We don’t do this lightly; we know that many customers are still using Microsoft XP. But with Microsoft dropping support, it is time for VMware to align with Microsoft’s decision. As Windows XP will not be support, there will be no drivers for new hardware, libraries that our products use will be incompatible and XP will not get the benefits of regular security fixes. For all these reasons, VMware is clearly outlining the support plan for Horizon to give our customers time to plan a transition.