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Migrate to Windows 7 or 8.1 at 20% off!

By Sachin Sharma, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, End-User Computing

I’m still shocked with the number of PCs that continue to run Windows XP as their primary operating system. We all know Microsoft end of support for Windows XP took effect a few months ago, in April 2014. Yet according to netmarketshare.com, more than 25% of PCs are still running Windows XP. Twenty-five percent! If you are still running Windows XP in your environment, either you’re paying a good amount for extended Microsoft support, or running a high risk for security vulnerabilities with continued use of XP. Hackers are already reverse engineering methods to expose unprotected XP machines. For example, security flaws for Internet Explorer on Windows XP have already been exposed. So if you’re running Windows XP in your environment, it’s time to take control and migrate to Windows 7. And the easiest way to help you is with VMware Mirage.

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Get started with the VMware Horizon 6 Bootcamp!

Now that Horizon 6 is generally available, watch this bootcamp series to learn how to get started and successfully roll out and deploy your virtual desktops and applications. We have sessions covering deployment best practices multiple components of Horizon 6 including:

  • Desktop and Applications Virtualization Best Practices
  • Image Management Architecture Guide with Mirage
  • Workspace Portal Deployment Best Practices
  • Horizon 6 Integration with Virtual SAN
  • Getting Started with Horizon vCenter Orchestrator Plug In

We are also providing a free e-book of all the presentations included in this bootcamp series.

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Horizon 6 is Here!

By: Courtney Burry, Director of Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

It’s here—right in the middle of the World Cup! VMware Horizon 6 is officially shipping at 8pm PST today.

With this release, IT can now deliver RDS hosted applications alongside virtual desktops through a single platform. And these desktops and applications—inclusive of packaged ThinApp, SaaS apps, RDS hosted apps and even Citrix XenApp applications—can all be accessed by end-users through a unified workspace.

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This is a big deal for customers looking for a cost-effective alternative to supporting end-users who may just need access to a few applications across mobile devices or remote locations.

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VMware EUC Insights: A One-of-a-Kind Virtual Tradeshow


Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 17th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. PST, and join us for VMware EUC Insights, a free, online tradeshow, bringing together the power of VMware Horizon, DaaS, and AirWatch for the first time.

We’ll kick things off with a keynote delivered by four executives responsible for shaping VMware’s end-user computing offerings:

  • Sanjay Poonen, EVP and GM of End-User Computing
  • John Marshall, SVP and GM of AirWatch
  • Sumit Dhawan, VP and GM of Desktop Product
  • Tony Scott, VMware CIO

From there, attendees will have the opportunity to choose from five specialized, topic-based tracks and participate in live breakout sessions, technical deep dives, and expert chat sessions on Horizon 6, Desktop as a Service and Enterprise Mobility Management.

While exploring the 3D virtual tradeshow floor, you’ll also find interactive booths staffed by experts from strategic partners such as Cisco, Dell, EMC, F5, Google, IBM, Liquidware Labs, Nimble Storage, NVIDIA and VCE.

Every organization is unique, but the agenda for this half-day event is packed with informative sessions to give you the actionable knowledge necessary to tackle today’s biggest IT challenges, including topics like:

  • How do organizations like yours save more than $1 million in hardware costs, reduce server infrastructure by 94 percent, and shorten their Horizon pilot time to just weeks?
  • How do you deploy a completely virtualized environment without losing your mind and breaking the bank?
  • “I left my Chromebook at home! It has all the notes for my meeting in 10 minutes! Now what?”
  • Is it possible to spend less, reduce complexity and still get solid DR protection for enterprise desktops?
  • Is business continuity and high availability for your desktop, apps and data a rainbow unicorn or the real deal?

Registration for VMware EUC Insights is free, so sign up today and invite your fellow IT pros! We’re looking forward to meeting you all on the show floor next week.

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter for updates during the show and you can also share your feedback by using #EUCinsights.


Zero Day Threat: Hackers starting to target Windows XP

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

Everyone in IT knew this day was coming: April 8, 2014. This was the official date that Microsoft ended support for Windows XP.  Business across the world had ample time to migrate their PCs from Windows XP to Windows 7, or even Windows 8. Many organizations put plans in place to get their systems off of Windows XP. Some organizations used manual processes, others used homegrown tools, and others used third party solutions that provided more automation. Yet, according to netmarketshare.com data, Windows XP still makes up nearly 27% of operating systems on desktops as of April 2014. Am I the only one who sees something wrong with this picture? Without support, security, and patch updates for Windows XP, aren’t machines that run XP operating systems going to be a prime target for hackers come April 8th, 2014?

Well, guess what, the zero day threat has arrived. Hackers are starting to take advantage of Microsoft’s end of support for Windows XP. According to this LinkedIn article, hackers have begun exploiting flaws in IE 6 through 11. If you have Windows XP and you’re using IE 6-11, you won’t be receiving any security updates. This is just an example of the threats that your organization can go through if Windows XP is still employed in your environment. We’re not even a month removed from the end of support deadline. I’d suspect several, if not many more threats like this to follow over the next year. So what do you do if you’re still on Windows XP? Easy…migrate to Windows 7…with VMware Mirage!

For those organizations who are facing challenges with Windows XP migration, for those haven’t begun the migration process, and even for those who are still evaluating solutions to help them with the migration process, I encourage you to take a look at VMware Mirage. Mirage provides unified image management for physical, virtual, and BYO devices. This means Mirage can help an IT organization manage operating system updates, application install and updates, and patch updates. Also included under the umbrella of image management by Mirage are options for automated backup and full system recovery, as well as OS and hardware migration.

When specifically speaking to Windows XP migration, Mirage offers quick migration paths to Windows 7, or even Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. For example, IT can choose to backup their end-users XP devices, or choose a “no upload” policy for even quicker migrations. Backing up XP devices gives IT a revert to snapshot option, such that if anything bad happens during the migration process, IT can revert that user’s machine back to Windows XP. Think of that as a built-in safety net. With a “no upload” policy, IT doesn’t have to spend time backing up any XP devices. They simply create their Windows 7 image, push it down to their XP devices, reboot, and voila…the Windows XP device gets migrated to Windows 7 with all user personalization intact. Regardless of which approach IT takes, end-user downtime is always kept to a minimum – usually a half hour or so. That will keep your end-users productive, so they should have no excuses! IT can perform mass migrations to the tune of dozens, or even hundreds of migrations per day or week.

These are just some of the benefits IT and end-users receive when using VMware Mirage as their Windows XP migration solution. To read about more of the benefits Mirage provides, check out one of my previous blog posts.

Don’t get into trouble by staying on Windows XP!


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.


Figure 1: Mirage Web Manager for the Protection Manager

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Taking the Migraines Out of Migration

With Microsoft support for Windows XP ending on April 8, many legacy users are dreading the change. Thinking about the days needed to move applications, the risks of human error, and fears about data being lost are enough to keep IT managers up at night — and to delay migrations as long as possible.

VMware and Dell Software are working together to take the pain out of the migration process. Now you can use VMware Horizon Mirage and Dell™ ChangeBASE in an automated approach to simplify the process and reduce the risks of migration.

Join us for a live webinar on April 8th at 9:00am PDT to see these tools in action and learn more from Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing Manager at VMware and Mike Gray, ChangeBASE Sales Manager at Dell Software.

During this webinar, you’ll learn how you can:

  • Reduce risk and avoid devastating, irrecoverable data loss
  • Increase productivity and optimize performance with less down time
  • Reduce costs and decrease the need for manual-migration labor and licensing fees
  • Save up to 40–50% of your time by utilizing Dell and VMware migration tools
  • Simplify your migration by automating up to 95% of the process and receiving step-by-step instructions for any applications requiring manual migration

Skip the headaches. Leave the pain relievers in the medicine cabinet. Register for the webinar today!

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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