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Is VDI Causing You Gray Hair? Virtual SAN and Horizon 6 Can Help!

By Michael Haag, Product Line Marketing Manager, VMware

Adapted from an earlier blog post on the VMware Virtual Blocks blog site.

Over 2,000 organizations that have deployed VMware Virtual SAN are using VMware Hyper-Converged Infrastructure for all kinds of solutions. These uses range from supporting large Oracle databases, to powering remote IT rooms, to simplifying test and development environments. However, one specific use case is one of the most popular workloads for Virtual SAN: virtual desktops (VDI).

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The struggle to find both high-performance and affordable IT infrastructure for VDI, especially in the storage area, is real. A particular storage system can look great on paper or even in a small PoC (proof-of-concept) scenario. The reality can be very ugly: the n+1st user encounters a traditional storage system, and the productivity of all n+1 users comes to a grinding halt. You are then faced with an expensive, second storage purchase, or left to troubleshoot and revisit all your sizing and performance assumptions. The gray hairs multiply as you consider task or knowledge workers, virus-scan timing, desktop-recompose frequency, the numbers and types of drives, and so on. Continue reading

Announcing the Virtual Printing Solutions with View in Horizon 6 White Paper

By Nancy Beckus, Writer and Editor, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

And Judy Wu, Senior Solution Engineer, VMware

The ability to access printers from a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and from hosted application environments is crucial for today’s end users. Usually, each desktop has been configured to access one or more network printers. This is often sufficient, but mobile users might need to connect to their View desktops from different locations, sometimes even from outside the corporate network.

Either way, end users must be able to send print jobs to the nearest available printer, and IT administrators must have an easy way to manage printers and printer drivers.

With VMware Horizon 6, you can achieve both goals with two advanced features for printing from View virtual desktops: printer redirection and location-based printing. Continue reading

Discover What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 Toolbox 2.0

By Shengbo Teng, Senior Member of the Technical Staff, VMware

With contributions from

  • Nan Wang, Staff Engineer, Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware
  • Sam Zhao, Technical Marketing and Enablement Manager, VMware
  • Peter Zhang, Solution Engineer, Technical Marketing and Enablement, VMware

In an earlier white paper (Explore the VMware Horizon 6 Toolbox Auditing and Remote Assistance Capabilities), we introduced you to VMware Horizon 6 Toolbox—a web portal that acts as an extension to View Administrator in View virtual desktops in Horizon 6. Now we are pleased to announce version 2.0 of the Horizon 6 Toolbox!

We made improvements to the following features in Horizon Toolbox 2.0:

  • Auditing performance
  • Client IP address auditing
  • Remote assistance
  • Console access
  • PowerOn policies
  • Installation file

Auditing Performance

Compared to Horizon Toolbox 1.5, the auditing performance has been enhanced with improved SQL queries. Instead of a left outer join for two tables in the Events database, we now use two separate select queries, which is much faster. Continue reading

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

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

Virtualizing ArcGIS Pro with a Dell Rack-Mounted Appliance and NVIDIA GRID

By Cedric Courteix, End-User-Computing Technical Alliances Manager, VMware

How Much Fun Do You Have Playing with LEGO?

I certainly enjoy building complex LEGO structures with my kids…but when it comes to virtualizing desktops for 3D-graphics applications like ArcGIS Pro from Esri, I think we all agree that keeping it simple is the best approach.

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Dell, Esri, NVIDIA, and VMware have come together to create a unique bundled solution that allows you to relax and enrich your user experience.

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This combined solution, led by Esri, can accelerate your geographic information systems (GIS) application deployment. The features of this solution are

  • Improved reliability

    • Avoids hardware incompatibility
    • Delivers predictable performance to your GIS professionals
  • Simplified administration – The combined integration of this multi-vendor platform guarantees

    • Faster implementation
    • Optimized hardware resources
    • Reduced administrative learning curve
  • Better user experience

    • Smooth graphical-map display to enhance user satisfaction
    • Improved user collaboration
    • Defined number of supported users

Continue reading

VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 3

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.

This part explains the mapping of business requirements to Horizon features for tooling end-user-computing solutions.

I am broadly covering integrated VMware End-User-Computing solutions here. The rest of this blog series (this third blog, and Part 4) will refer to Horizon and the VMware components it integrates with as VMware End-User Computing. Continue reading

The New Windows Optimization Guide for View in Horizon 6; VMware Horizon Air Desktops; and Horizon Air Apps

By Susan Blau, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

The new Windows Optimization Guide, formally titled Optimization Guide for Desktops and Servers in View in VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and VMware Horizon Air Apps, has undergone a radical transformation from the previous version. The new guide

  • Introduces the Fling tool, the VMware OS Optimization Tool (OSOT). It describes in detail how to use the OSOT to analyze and optimize master images in the data center (VMware Horizon 6) or in the cloud (VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps) for
    • Windows 7 and Windows 8 desktops
    • Windows 2008 and Windows 2012 RDSH servers
  • Removes the scripts because the OSOT is an easier and faster way to optimize the Windows OS. The OSOT includes features such as the ability to roll back optimizations, and to customize your own optimization templates if you want more control over the optimization process.
  • Will later include Windows 10 optimizations (testing is in progress).

VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 2

By Anthony Rizzo, Staff End-User-Computing Technologist, VMware

Part 1 in this Horizon Integration blog series introduced the concept of VMware Horizon as a very flexible and adaptable tooling system for building next-generation end-user-computing architectures—and interoperability is a key contributor to these characteristics. Before going into the details of interoperability, it is essential to understand three key architectural principles for building these next-generation architectures.

VMware Horizon – Three Key Architectural Concepts

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In the 1980s, computing became personal. In the 1990s, it became portable. In the early 2000s, with the introduction of the iPhone, it became perpetually connected and social. Many of us carry at least one supercomputer in our pocket, and often in multiples. Today these devices are used in almost every facet of our daily lives.

The new generation of worker uses the same set of various devices for both personal and business activities. If not mindfully deployed, this co-mingling of personal and corporate information infringes on personal privacy. It also exposes businesses to security, privacy, and regulatory complications.

This is where Horizon (VMware Horizon 6.2 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps ) comes in. Due to the flexible interoperability and scale of Horizon, three important digital workspace concepts are made possible. Continue reading