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Working with Horizon Mirage Edge Server

By Judy Wu, Solution Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware, and Sheng Lu, Staff Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware Mirage 4.4 was released in March 2014! This latest release of Mirage introduces several new features. Mirage Edge Server is one of the most exciting ones. With Mirage Edge Server, remote end users can securely connect their devices back to the corporate network, where Horizon Mirage is centrally located, without going through a VPN. Saving this extra step creates a non-disruptive experience for those remote end users.

In this blog, we would like to share some guidelines and best practices for deploying and using the Mirage Edge Server. We will cover the following topics:

  • Topology for Mirage with Mirage Edge Server and remote clients
  • Mirage Edge Server installation steps and best practices, for administrators
  • Mirage Client installation, and troubleshooting on remote devices, for remote end users
  • Centralizing remote endpoints, for remote end users

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Recovering Devices Through Enforce Layers in Horizon Mirage Web Manager

By Judy Wu, Solution Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

At times, users might experience problems with their desktop operations. The first issue to consider would be changes to the files and registry settings. These changes can occur when users, or some applications, install software on their desktops. To resolve these changes, use the Enforce Layers process in Web Manager to enforce, or reassign, the base layer or app layer that was originally provisioned by Horizon Mirage.

This example shows how to enforce a layer to recover a desktop with this type of problem.

Note: To complete this task, you must be a Web Manager Help Desk or Protection Manager. In this example, Protection Manager is used.

1. Open the Horizon Web Manager as the Protection Manager. Figure 1 displays what you see when you log in to the Web Manager as a Protection Manager.

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Figure 1: Mirage Web Manager for the Protection Manager

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Customizing the View Portal Page After HTML Access Has Been Installed: Horizon View 5.3

By Alexander West, Technical Writer for End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware, with significant contributions from Kristina De Nike, Senior Product Manager, VMware

HTML Access is extremely handy for always-on-the-move VMware Horizon View users. But keep in mind that installing HTML Access in your Horizon View deployment will automatically disable your previously customized View Portal page and replace it with a new portal page that contains both an icon for downloading View Client and an icon for accessing your virtual desktop via HTML Access.

Unfortunately, any customizations to the original View Portal page are not automatically included in the new portal. But, on the bright side, you can customize the new portal page using essentially the same technique you used to customize the original View Portal page. (Check out Customizing the View Portal in Horizon View 5.3 to find out how to customize the original View Portal page.)

Note: HTML Access 2.2 is available only as part of the VMware Horizon View 5.3 Feature Pack 1.

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Using Horizon Mirage for Windows 7 Migration of Windows XP Endpoints with Disk Encryption

By Judy Wu, Solution Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

Microsoft ends support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014, so it is an urgent requirement for businesses of all sizes to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7. VMware Horizon Mirage provides centralized image management for Windows desktops with enhanced OS migration capabilities. It is quite straightforward to migrate your Windows XP endpoints to Windows 7 with Horizon Mirage. However, you need a different methodology if your endpoint devices are encrypted with a third-party full-disk-encryption tool.

This blog tells you how to migrate to Windows 7 using Horizon Mirage without decrypting the endpoint devices that are encrypted by a third-party full-disk-encryption tool. This blog uses Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise 5.5 as an example.

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Using the Protection Manager Role with Horizon Mirage Web Manager

By Luke Yue, Sr. Solution Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware Horizon Mirage is software used to centralize desktops in the datacenter for management and protection purposes. When Horizon Mirage is first introduced to an organization, each device must be backed up, creating a copy of it on the Mirage Server in the form of a Centralized Virtual Desktop, or CVD. You can then centrally manage the device.

The Mirage Management Console is the administrative interface used to manage endpoints. Administrative tasks in Horizon Mirage include

  • Updating
  • Patching by means of layer updates
  • Backing up (centralizing)
  • Troubleshooting
  • Restoring desktops
  • Auditing

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Horizon View 5.3.1 Is Here and Supports VMware Virtual SAN

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone in the End-User-Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to bring to you an exciting product announcement from EUC, just in time for the other Virtual-SAN-related announcements from VMware!

Today, VMware announced the General Availability (GA) of VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 and I’d like to take a moment to also introduce Horizon View 5.3.1. With this release, we are continuing the tradition of rapidly introducing innovations to market. And, now, the details:

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Choosing a Horizon View Virtual-Desktop Operations-Management Tool

By David G. Wooten, End-User-Computing Product Line Manager, vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View, VMware

Have you ever tried to diagnose a VMware Horizon View end-user virtual desktop issue? If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because there are so many data sources involved, and so many “subject matter experts” (SMEs) advising you about the problem and its solution! So what do you do? Many people have found success by using vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View. But there are a few things you should know before you buy and implement a Horizon View monitoring-and-management solution, to ensure the highest possible operational and troubleshooting efficiency. This post will tell you what you need to know to select an effective Horizon View virtual-desktop operations-management solution that will let you successfully scale out your Horizon View virtual desktop deployment, while the tool manages the complexity and moving parts.

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Successfully Build Your Horizon Mirage Deployment for Branch Offices and the WAN

By Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

Horizon Mirage is a great solution to migrate your endpoints from Windows XP to Windows 7. It’s also a great solution to manage those same endpoints with a corporate image, one that’s built with the right operating-system version, drivers, and applications—all maintained centrally. It’s important to build a proper plan when deploying such a solution; you want to make sure you have all the important components (server, storage, network) properly sized to handle the workload you will manage.

The VMware Horizon Mirage Branch-Office Reference Architecture was developed to help achieve such a goal. This document clearly explains how to back up desktops deployed throughout your organization and also how to migrate them to a more recent operating system with an approved and properly configured corporate image.

The main focus of this document is to provide guidance for the management of branch-office endpoints by Horizon Mirage and of the resources utilized by Mirage servers. Following is a representation of a typical Horizon Mirage deployment, including both local and remote endpoints with Mirage Clients installed.

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EMC and LSI Optimize VMware Horizon View Virtual Desktop Deployments

By guest blogger Rob Callaghan, Manager of Product and Outbound Marketing, Data Center Solutions Group, LSI

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The manageability and security benefits of virtualized desktop environments are numerous. VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) deployments continue to grow like gangbusters. Deploying and supporting hundreds of desktops on a single server lets you easily centralize desktop support and security. Another advantage of VDI is that patches, security updates, and hardware and software upgrades demand much less overhead. VDI also dramatically reduces the risk that desktop users will breach security by providing configurations to prevent data from being copied onto portable media or sent externally.

EMC and LSI are putting together solutions that pair with VMware Horizon View to optimize a virtual desktop infrastructure. One nifty solution is EMC ScaleIO, software that helps streamline and speed up VDI deployments.

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New Virtual Editions of F5 BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager® Tailormade for VMWare Horizon View

By Shankar Iyer, VP of Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

At PEX this week, VMware and F5 Networks announced an expanded partnership that will introduce a new level of security capabilities to VMWare Horizon View. The soon to arrive virtual editions of the F5 Networks BIG-IP Access Policy Manager has been tailor-made for VMware Horizon View and offers customers an unparalleled combination of powerful features, easy deployment and tremendous value.

These virtual appliances from F5 Networks enable enterprises to consolidate secure access control across enterprise users accessing virtual desktops from local and remote environments across all devices. In addition, the F5 Networks virtual Big-IP Access Policy Manager will include a dedicated iApp and a reference architecture for Horizon View deployments.

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