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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.

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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

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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!