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New Release: VMware Horizon 6 App-Delivery Decision Maker

By Cindy Heyer Carroll, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing and Enablement at VMware

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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.

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The new Decision Maker includes several improvements that will make it easier to use and more helpful. Continue reading

Accelerate Migration to Windows 10 with Mirage 5.6

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

VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 4

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.

Part 3 of VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together examined the mapping of business requirements to VMware product-set features for tooling end-user-computing solutions.

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

New: App-Delivery Decision Maker for Horizon 6 Helps You Choose App-Delivery Methods and Platforms

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.

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You don’t need a decoder ring when you have the Horizon 6 Decision Maker. The Decision Maker helps you navigate the wide array of options that Horizon 6 supports to meet your application delivery and user requirements. Continue reading

Make Your End-User-Computing Mission a Success

By Tristan Todd, Architect, End-User Computing, VMware

I am pleased to announce a new, fun, and comprehensive poster that includes best practices and tips for the VMware End-User-Computing products. Included in this poster is everything from Horizon Client tips to User Environment Manager best practices. We have even included some guidance and sizing advice for core SDDC infrastructure components such as NSX and Virtual SAN.

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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.

Getting To Know the Mirage Tools

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).

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Figure 1: VMware Mirage Tools, Download Product Window

Mirage Centralization Phase Estimator

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

VMware Mirage Public-Sector Implementation Case Study Published

By Yaniv Weinberg, R&D Manager, VMware Mirage Product Engineering

Explore with us how a large U.S. public-sector organization, with more than 10,000 endpoints spread across 400 low-bandwidth connectivity sites, used Mirage to meet the following challenges:

  • Migrate the more than 10,000 Windows XP endpoints to Windows 7 by April 2014, when Microsoft standard support expired. The cost of extended support for Windows XP was estimated to be around $200 per endpoint, or $2,000,000 per year.
  • Quickly provision 2000 endpoints in a hardware-refresh life cycle.
  • Reduce IT travel costs to support the 400 sites locally, and be able to provide similar services remotely.

The recent technical white paper VMware Mirage Implementation Case Study for a Large, Public-Sector Organization is intended to help customers, IT architects, consultants, and administrators involved in the early phases of planning, designing, and deploying Mirage-based solutions. It provides an example of a successful architecture and deployment method.

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Everything You Need to Get Up and Running with Mirage

By Alex West, Technical Writer, End-User Computing, VMware

Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage is hot off the presses. Written with a single goal in mind—to help you get up and running with Mirage—this brand-new white paper boils down a complex deployment process into two crucial phases: “Surveying Your Environment and Accumulating Data” and “Architecture Planning.”

Read on for a sneak peek at the new paper. Continue reading

Faster performance, new platform support, and more in VMware Mirage 5.4 – now available!

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

I’m delighted to announce the general availability of VMware Mirage 5.4! This is the second release of Mirage this year and includes many enhancements that our customers have been asking for. Feel free to download the latest bits from my.vmware.com or trial the product for free here.

While Mirage 5.4 has many new enhancements and features, I’d like to leverage this blog to highlight a few unique updates. First, we have updated the Mirage backend to start utilizing a MongoDB database. Why? Well with a MongoDB, we’re able to optimize centralization times for desktop and POS devices, which results in faster upload times. Customers can save 3x on storage requirements based on IOPS with this new MongoDB setup. Small files and metadata are uploaded into CVDs and now stored on the Mirage installed MongoDB. SQL Server is still required for other Mirage database functions.

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VMware Horizon 6 Storage Considerations White Paper Now Available

By Gary Sloane, Consulting Writer and Editor, VMware

If you are reading this post, you probably know that storage has long been considered the foundation of any VDI implementation.

In VMware Horizon 6 Storage Considerations, Kris Boyd takes a close look at the most important questions and challenges that face anyone tasked with designing a new Horizon 6 deployment. In addition to Horizon 6 updates, Kris describes relevant considerations for App Volumes, Mirage, Workspace Portal, and Virtual SAN. He also offers valuable practical advice about storage, based on many years in the field.

For instance, this graphic suggests where to look for latency in the storage stack.

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  • DAVG – Device average. How long I/O commands spend in the device, from the driver host bus adapter (HBA) to the back-end storage array.
  • GAVG – Guest average. Average guest latency.
  • KAVG – Kernel average. How long I/O spends in the ESXi kernel.
  • QAVG – Queue average. How long I/O is stuck in a kernel queue.

A comprehensive glossary of acronyms is also included.

Download VMware Horizon 6 Storage Considerations or bookmark it for the next time you design a Horizon implementation.