According to TechTarget, 40% of IT professionals are planning to upgrade to Windows 10 this year. This represents almost 3X the number who were planning to upgrade last year, which was about 14% of IT professionals. It’s clear that enterprises are starting to think about and even beginning to adopt Windows 10.
The VMware Mirage engineering team has been ramping up development to support Windows 10 physical PC management, beginning last year. From the release of Mirage 5.6 in December to Mirage 5.7 a few months ago, we’ve focused on introducing support for managing Windows 10 PCs with minor releases, rather than releasing one major version.
Today, I’m excited to announce the latest release that supports full image management for Windows 10 with Mirage 5.8.
Mirage provides centralized image management for both physical desktops and View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. It also offers enhanced backup, recovery, updates for endpoints, and migration functionality for hardware and operating systems. Mirage centralizes endpoint content in the data center, downloads images to endpoints, and optimizes the data transfer.
In addition to accounting for new features and components, such as MongoDB databases, there are many small improvements to the paper that make the material more accessible. Additional deployment suggestions should be especially useful to design architects and IT administrators.
By Sachin Sharma, Product Line Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware
Can you believe it’s been nearly three months since we released VMware Mirage 5.6? That release signaled the first wave of support for Windows 10 using Mirage, with operating system (OS) migration to Windows 10 being the first use case supported.
Customers can now migrate their Windows 7 physical endpoints to Windows 10 and enjoy all the benefits of OS migration using Mirage, including a built-in safety net using snapshots, minimal end-user downtime and more.
With today’s general availability of Mirage 5.7, customers can broaden their Windows 10 use cases and leverage new features designed to empower next-generation image management across their desktop and point-of-sale (POS) environments.
VMware Mirage 5.7: Windows 10 Provisioning, Data Protection & Disaster Recovery
The top Windows 10 management features our customers ask for are endpoint provisioning, data protection and disaster recovery. Let’s take a look at how IT can use Mirage 5.7 to help with each of these use cases. Continue reading →
By Cindy Heyer Carroll, Technical Writer, End-User-ComputingTechnical Marketing and Enablement at VMware
A new version of the VMware Horizon 6 App-Delivery Decision Maker has just been released. The Decision Maker provides guidance as you make application-delivery decisions for your enterprise. The tool helps you identify your priorities, choose your methods, and select the Horizon 6 products and platforms that will work best in your enterprise.
The new Decision Maker includes several improvements that will make it easier to use and more helpful.Continue reading →
By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
Microsoft’s Windows 10 release this past July represented a fundamental shift in how organizations manage endpoints. Managing Windows systems from the classic endpoint management model shifted to an Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) model. Microsoft opened up the PC platform to be managed like any other other mobile device (such as smartphones and tablets). Customers needed to start thinking of a new approach to managing future Windows 10 desktops. But before customers can even get to a full EMM approach, they need to be able to migrate their existing Windows 7 environment to a Windows 10 environment.
As the year progressed, more of our customers began looking at this use case. Today, I’m excited to announce that we are helping our customers with their journey to Windows 10 with full operating system (OS) migration support using VMware Mirage 5.6! Continue reading →
This part concludes the series with an explanation of how the products in the VMware End-User-Computing portfolio can be combined and adapted to form solutions that meet your needs. Reference architectures and other very useful tools are provided at the end of this blog post to educate you further.Continue reading →
By Cindy Heyer, Technical Writer, Technical Marketing, End-User Computing at VMware
We hear the requests for an easy way to identify which of the many application-delivery options supported by VMware Horizon 6 works best for a particular use case. It is a good problem to have. And now the Horizon 6 Decision Maker comes to the rescue.
This poster is not an exhaustive or all-inclusive reference. With input from many of the battle-hardened field resources at VMware, we have collected some of the best pro-tips and put them in a cool, space-themed layout. This poster will make a fine addition to the wall of your office, lab, or data center.
We will be handing out these posters at VMworld 2015 in San Francisco. Please attend one of the many excellent EUC breakout sessions, visit the Hand-On Labs, or stop by our Expert Bar in the VMworld Solutions Exchange to get your copy. You can also review and print a high-resolution copy by clicking the poster image in this blog post.
By Stephane Asselin, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, VMware
With significant contributions from Yaniv Weinberg, Research and Development Manager, Mirage Product Engineering, VMware
We know that the VMware Mirage product handles image management and application deployment to physical endpoints very well. But in the last few months, the Mirage team released some tools to make the Mirage administrator’s life a bit easier. This blog provides information about how to use these tools and how they can benefit your Mirage deployment. These tools are free and available to all Mirage users from the VMware download site (as shown in Figure 1).
The first tool to discuss is the Mirage Centralization Phase Estimator tool. In any Mirage project that includes a centralization phase, it is critical to properly plan the different phases of the project to ensure successful deployment of the complete solution. Several scenarios require centralization: backing up endpoints, migrating operating systems, and migrating hardware. Here we discuss backing up the endpoints. Continue reading →