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VMware User Environment Manager 8.7 Is Ready for Windows 10

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, EUC, VMware

It’s only been a few months since VMware acquired Immidio and we’ve readied yet another release for you to enjoy. You can download the new User Environment Manager 8.7 now.

What will you get for your efforts? Quite a lot actually, starting with Windows 10 support.

Obviously, we improved our support for Horizon View, but for those of you on another path, you’ll be pleased to know that we also improved our Citrix support. In fact, regardless of how you consume Windows, whether it be VDI, physical or mobile, there’s something new in the policy engine for you.

The User Environment Manager 8.7 highlight reel for this release includes:

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Network Ports Diagram for VMware Horizon 6 Version 6.1.1

By Ray Heffer, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, VMware


For three years, I have been maintaining a diagram detailing all of the network ports used by VMware Horizon 6 (the VMware End-User-Computing product set that includes View), and I am pleased to share the third version for the latest release. The recent release of VMware Horizon 6 version 6.1.1 (June 2015) brought many new features and changes. To reflect these changes, this version of the diagram has many new components, such as connections to Linux virtual desktops, the new JMS enhanced security mode (JMS SSL), App Volumes, and RDSH hosts, to name just a few. 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.


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.


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.

New Horizon 6 Reference Architecture Highlights App Volumes and Virtual SAN

By Donal Geary, Desktop Virtualization Reference Architecture Engineer, VMware
Gary Sloane, Consulting Writer and Editor, VMware

Hardly a day goes by without somebody asking how to deploy App Volumes or take advantage of Virtual SAN on View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. This new VMware Horizon 6 with App Volumes and Virtual SAN Reference Architecture provides the answers.

Based on the proven approach of modular pod and block design principles, this validated architecture offers a standard, repeatable, scalable design that IT architects, consultants, and administrators can adapt to their own requirements and environments.


The reference environment and hardware configuration were both subjected to rigorous performance benchmarking, workload simulation, and operations testing. Continue reading

Achieving High-Performance 3D Graphics with Horizon 6

By Matt Coppinger, Director, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware
Gary Sloane, Consulting Writer and Editor, VMware

Are you considering virtualizing your 3D desktop workloads? Are you wondering if your 3D applications will perform on a virtual desktop?

The new VMware Horizon 6 3D Engineering Workloads Reference Architecture looks at some of the more intensive 3D applications and how they perform on a virtual desktop. It explores the technology choices available to customers and how best to optimize View virtual desktops in Horizon 6 in combination with VMware vSphere for high-performance 3D.

VMware vSphere 5.1 introduced GPU virtualization and the ability to run 3D workloads on a virtual desktop. Now, the combination of VMware vSphere 6.0, NVIDIA GRID graphics cards, and View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6 enables access to the most advanced graphics applications, even from remote devices such as laptops and tablets.

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Driving Your Investment in Citrix XenApp Toward a Future of VMware Horizon 6: If It’s Not Completely Broken, Should I Fix It?

By Debra Perrin Coltoff, Technical Writer, End-User Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

With significant contributions from Mark Ewert, End-User Computing Architect, VMware

My car hasn’t passed 150,000 miles yet and it works just fine. Why would I buy a new one? For many of us, investing in an updated technology for business, much like a new automobile for the road, is no small thing. It takes time and money to decide which tool to purchase in the first place. And at the office, that decision is often accompanied by an enormous investment of time and effort to convince those who hold the purse strings that your well-informed choice really does make the most sense. So why pay for something new when the old reliable set of wheels is working just fine? Why not stay on top of the belts and fluids, replace brake pads and tires as they wear out, and utilize the investment you have already made?

For many shops with an existing investment in Citrix XenApp, the question is the same. Why change what still works? Let us explore the three most common options for utilizing VMware Horizon to enhance the XenApp investment you made some time ago.


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Did You Know? Newly Updated VMware Workspace Portal 2.1 Reviewer’s Guide is Now Available!

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

Did you know that there is a newly published Reviewer’s Guide for Workspace Portal 2.1?  The Reviewer’s Guide is aimed at IT professionals who are juggling the management of a wide range of applications, and an equally wide range of devices for their end users. If you are new to Workspace Portal and want to test it out, the Reviewer’s Guide can help you set up a basic, proof-of-concept deployment. To do this, you need VMware vSphere, and to test the services covered in the Reviewer’s Guide, you need VMware ThinApp, VMware Horizon With View, and Citrix XenApp deployments. Through a series of easy-to-follow exercises, the guide takes you on an exploration of some of the key capabilities of Workspace Portal. The final result is that you have hands-on experience with Workspace Portal 2.1. Continue reading

Calling All Citrix XenApp Customers! Make the Move to VMware Horizon 6

By Mark Ewert, End-User Computing Solutions Architect, VMware

This summer we released VMware Horizon 6, the latest version of our leading end-user computing platform. Perhaps the most exciting feature of Horizon 6 is its expanded support for Microsoft Remote Desktop Services, including hosted applications. Whether users need virtual desktops, hosted apps, or shared desktop sessions, VMware Horizon is the only platform you need. This means it is now possible to migrate off your Citrix XenApp infrastructure! Summer 2015 marks both the termination of support for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and the end of life for XenApp 5.0. If you are still running XenApp 5 on Windows 2003, the timing is perfect for a migration to VMware Horizon. And we are working feverishly to release tools, guidance, and services to provide what you need to make your migration a success. Continue reading

Deciding Between VMware Horizon 6 and Citrix XenDesktop?

By Cyndie Zikmund, End-User Computing Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware, and Scott Edstrom, End-User Computing Senior Consultant, VMware

You have heard about Horizon 6 by now, but are you curious about how it compares to Citrix XenDesktop?  The VMware Horizon 6 family of solutions offers a choice of new features and capabilities for desktop and application virtualization.

We describe the most prominent features of Horizon 6 in the white paper Why VMware Horizon is a Better Choice Than Citrix XenDesktop. By outlining six ways that Horizon 6 outperforms XenDesktop across the board, we show you that:

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