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Image Management with VMware Mirage: The Wednesday Morning Cure for Patch Tuesday

By Stephane Asselin, End-User Computing Architect, VMware

You have all had that knot in the pit of your stomach. If you, like me, have ever managed an IT environment, you know what I mean. It happens every Wednesday morning after the 2nd Tuesday of the month. What patches did Microsoft release this time? How will it impact your environment? Will you be spending the next few days and nights testing and deploying patches, keeping your fingers crossed that the patches do not break anything?

What IT administrator would not want to manage only one or two Windows images? Everybody would like that, and let me tell you, it is possible!

Utilizing VMware Mirage, you can reduce the number of Windows images you need to manage, with an end goal of managing one image, or two at most (x32 and x64). Before you use Mirage, however, you have some work to do! You need clear processes, a well-defined management and update cycle, and people who can properly assess the level of urgency and relevance of those updates or patches. If you have those in place, then you are ready to implement a technology solution that will support a simplified image management solution. Continue reading

Introducing VMware Horizon FLEX

By Gina Daly, Technical Writer for Technical Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware

Do your employees want to use Macs in the workplace? Do you want to say ‘Yes’ to a BYO program? Perhaps you are hiring more temporary and contract staff? However, you struggle with balancing corporate access and corporate compliance…

VMware Horizon FLEX is an exciting new product that addresses these use cases and more! Horizon FLEX was announced at VMworld Europe 2014 and will be generally available soon. The VMware Horizon FLEX Solution Brief discusses the enterprise use cases solved by Horizon FLEX, as well as how it works and a sample of some of the functionality. Continue reading

Alarms in Mirage 5.0

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

It has been a few months since we released Horizon 6, yet it feels like it was just yesterday! With all the activities since the release (webinars, workshops, road shows, and so on), I have had little time to blog about one of my favorite aspects of the Horizon 6 release—Mirage 5.0.  Mirage 5.0 introduced several new features, including Windows 8.1 support and enhancements to the Mirage Gateway. I would like to tell you about one of the cool new features that might have gone unnoticed, but which can help desktop administrators in a big way—alarms. Continue reading

Announcing VMware Mirage 5.1!

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

We introduced VMware Mirage 5.0 as part of our exciting Horizon 6 launch earlier this year. Since then, we’ve been hard at work enhancing the next version. And now, I’m pleased to announce the official general availability of VMware Mirage 5.1! If you were able to attend one of our Mirage breakout sessions at VMworld in San Francisco last month, you got a sneak peek at some of the enhancements we’ve put in place.  We wanted to make managing your desktop inventory even easier with this release. Let’s take a look at some of the new features in Mirage 5.1.

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Options for Application Delivery in VMware Horizon 6

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

When it comes to application delivery, VMware Horizon 6.0 has something for everyone. VMware just published Application-Delivery Options in VMware Horizon 6.0, a white paper that describes the unique combination of application-delivery options supported in VMware Horizon 6.0.

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Today’s workforce is extremely fluid. Employees expect to be able to work when they want, where they want, using the devices they want. End users are bringing their own equipment to the job, contributing from remote corners of the world, and utilizing every kind of electronic device to get the job done. They expect IT to support this plethora of devices and to provide easy access to the resources they need. The challenge for system administrators is to provide the support end users expect while maintaining security and control over vital company assets. Continue reading

Mirage Large-Scale Reference Architecture

By Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, and Gary Sloane, Consultant, VMware End-User Computing

Our biggest customers deploy thousands, sometimes many thousands, of desktops throughout their enterprises. Some of the biggest challenges they face are how to manage backups, how to do proper image management, and how to migrate from one Microsoft operating system to the next.

In all cases, they need to protect the customization, applications, and data that personalize each system for the end user, while minimizing both down time and time required from IT resources. Backup and migration require substantial investments in IT and the use of separate tools for backup and PC lifecycle management.

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Mirage Makes Life Easier for IT

VMware Mirage overcomes these challenges with centralized image management and enhanced capabilities for backup and OS migration. Here are just a few examples:

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Where To Find VMware Mirage Next Week at VMworld

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing

I can’t believe VMworld 2014 is right around the corner! Next week, over 20,000 VMware enthusiasts will descend upon San Francisco. Many VMworld attendees will line up for the general sessions with amazing keynote speakers we have in place. Some attendees will be part of customer panel discussions. Some will experience our world-class hands on labs. Everyone has the opportunity to network with some of the brightest minds in software, which I expect people to take advantage of.

Having been focused on VMware Mirage for the past few years, I’m pleased to educate our new and existing customers on all things related to Mirage. Let’s take a look at some of the Mirage sessions you can find in the End-User Computing Desktop & Apps track:

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No Worry, Save Money – VMware Mirage with Hitachi Data Systems

By Sachin Sharma, Product Marketing, End-User Computing, VMware
and Dinesh Singh, Solutions Marketing Manager, Hitachi Data Systems

The advent of bring your own device (BYOD) and bring your own PC (BYOPC) has pushed organizations worldwide to seriously consider centralized endpoint management.  IT teams have realized that managing end-user devices is quite different from operating enterprise servers due to unpredictable users and predictable servers. Any performance degradation or downtime during OS migrations or patch updates could have serious consequences for the business. The situation worsens if user devices are lost and user environments cannot be restored. VMware Mirage beautifully integrates critical end-user management abilities with the customer’s existing IT environment. Mirage enhances IT efficiency by improving end-user productivity and simplifying desktop management while maintaining a consistent user experience. Mirage offers single image management and disaster recovery of user devices for any unforeseeable service disruptions e.g. theft, data loss, physical damage etc. Another benefit with Mirage is the centralized management and migration of laptops/desktops to latest versions of Microsoft Desktop OS. End users benefit by getting native performance, consistent personalization, flexibility in operations, and continuous ability to perform business operations.

With all these benefits also comes the task of managing backend IT infrastructure including storage platforms, which would host the images of your burgeoning employee base and provide consistent data throughput to employee endpoints. The choice of storage deployment could potentially be a dealmaker or deal breaker in maximizing the possibility of realizing full benefits of centralized desktop management. The purpose of deploying Mirage is not fully served if slow data backup and slow restore result in user frustration and not meeting user expectations on recovery options. A storage array that cannot deliver performance in a sustained sequential write-heavy Mirage environment could have negative consequences for both IT and the end-user.

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Ten Can’t Miss EUC Sessions at VMworld (with bonus, extra special don’t miss session)

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By Ben Goodman, Lead Evangelist, End-User Computing

In my previous blog I discussed why an End-User Computing (EUC) specialist should attend VMworld. We discussed the announcements, the opportunity to hobnob with your peers, and of course all the EUC-focused sessions. Today I’m highlighting the top 10 can’t miss sessions for you to check out while you are there at the show.

First let me take the opportunity to plug my session that will be co-presented by Kit Colbert, EUC CTO: EUC2321 – When Mobile Met Desktop: AirWatch and Horizon Vision and Integration Strategy. It is a beautiful love story of two disparate technologies from opposite sides of the tracks. Despite the odds they came together to revolutionize EUC. In other words, we will cover the integration of Horizon and AirWatch in a level of detail that hasn’t been shared to date.

Let’s get started with the best of the rest, in no particular order:

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Migrating to Windows 8.x Using VMware Mirage 5.0

By John Domenichini, Technical Writer, VMware

With significant contributions from Stephane Asselin, EUC Architect, Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware Mirage supports Windows 7 migration and, with release 5.0, Mirage adds Windows 8.1 and 8.1 Update 1 migration support. Okay, but what does that mean to you? It might mean a lot.

While Windows 8 offers some advantages over previous Windows versions, especially in the areas of security and performance, the market did not initially respond positively to the strikingly different interface.

However, the updates to Windows 8.1 address some of the major concerns the market had with the operating system. All the same, the migration process itself raises some concerns. This is where Mirage 5.0 can help. Mirage 5.0 addresses the most common migration concerns, making the migration to Windows 8.1 or 8.1 U1 a compelling proposition.

First, let us look at what Mirage 5.0 migration support includes. Continue reading