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Network Ports Diagram for VMware Horizon 6 Version 6.1.1

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

VMware_Network_Ports_Diagram_Horizon_6 Version_6.1.1

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.

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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.

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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.

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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
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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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So, you want to use RSA SecurID with Access Policy Manager’s PCoIP Proxy Module…

Guest Blog by Justin Venezia, Sr. Solutions Architect – VMware Alliances, F5 Networks

Customers who leverage Access Policy Manager (APM) for remote access to VMware Horizon 6 (formerly known as VMware View) typically have some level of two-factor authentication (2FA) as an added layer of authentication. It’s especially important when users may be accessing Horizon resources from untrusted devices or networks.

One challenge I have found, especially when using F5’s VMware Horizon iApp, is that the iApp requires some settings to be pre-configured to support SecurID for 2FA. This blog post will walk you through the pre-configuration and subsequent iApp setup of RSA SecurID with APM’s PCoIP Proxy using the native RSA integration capabilities of APM.

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VMware NSX – Customer Imperatives for Desktop Transformation Security

Tony Paikeday, Sr. Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

Customers share perspectives on what drives them to deploy NSX for securing virtual desktops and apps

I recently had the opportunity to attend RSA, and present at our breakout session “Limiting the Spread of Threats: A Data Center for Every User”. Here we explored the use cases for micro-segmentation, as it applies to both desktop virtualization and even to discrete apps. This was a good discussion, and you could tell from the Q&A, there’s expanding interest in understanding how virtualized users pose new considerations to organizations trying to protect mission-critical infrastructure within the data center.

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VMware Horizon 6 Storage Considerations White Paper Now Available

By Gary Sloane, Consulting Writer and Editor, VMware

If you are reading this post, you probably know that storage has long been considered the foundation of any VDI implementation.

In VMware Horizon 6 Storage Considerations, Kris Boyd takes a close look at the most important questions and challenges that face anyone tasked with designing a new Horizon 6 deployment. In addition to Horizon 6 updates, Kris describes relevant considerations for App Volumes, Mirage, Workspace Portal, and Virtual SAN. He also offers valuable practical advice about storage, based on many years in the field.

For instance, this graphic suggests where to look for latency in the storage stack.

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  • DAVG – Device average. How long I/O commands spend in the device, from the driver host bus adapter (HBA) to the back-end storage array.
  • GAVG – Guest average. Average guest latency.
  • KAVG – Kernel average. How long I/O spends in the ESXi kernel.
  • QAVG – Queue average. How long I/O is stuck in a kernel queue.

A comprehensive glossary of acronyms is also included.

Download VMware Horizon 6 Storage Considerations or bookmark it for the next time you design a Horizon implementation.

Retiring Old OSes: XP, Vista, Mac OS X 10.6 & 10.7

by Kristina De Nike, Product Management, VMware

Queen Maria Eleonora of Sweden kept her dead husband, King Gustav Adolf, in her bedroom for 18 months before he was finally interred. Microsoft retired XP April 8, 2014. Now, 8 months later, it’s time for VMware® Horizon® to accept that loss and plan a memorial.

We don’t do this lightly; we know that many customers are still using Microsoft XP. But with Microsoft dropping support, it is time for VMware to align with Microsoft’s decision. As Windows XP will not be support, there will be no drivers for new hardware, libraries that our products use will be incompatible and XP will not get the benefits of regular security fixes. For all these reasons, VMware is clearly outlining the support plan for Horizon to give our customers time to plan a transition.

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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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