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Announcing the availability of the new and improved Workspace Portal Hands-On Lab.

Are you interesting in learning more about VMware Workspace Portal or are given the task to deploy Workspace Portal within your organization? Perhaps you are an existing Workspace customer now looking for information on how to update to latest version?

Look no further. The Workspace Portal 2.1 Hands-On Lab is designed for you. With its 9 modules it covers topics such as an overview of the product, how-to update from Workspace 1.8.2, how-to manage certificates, Clustering and much, much more..

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Workspace Portal – Trouble Changing the FQDN

By Peter Bjork, Lead Specialist, EMEA End-User Computing Practice, VMware

Are you getting the error message Error connecting workspace url when trying to change the Workspace Portal Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN)?

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You are not the only one. This blog post explains what is going on behind the scenes and gives you some practical methods for troubleshooting issues when changing the FQDN of Workspace Portal.

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A Step-by-Step on How to Configure Cloud Pod Architecture in Horizon 6 with View

By Dean Flaming and Jim Yanik – VMware End User Computing Technical Enablement Team

One of the new functionalities of VMware Horizon 6 with View is the ability to handle Global Name Space support with the new Horizon 6 feature known as Cloud Pod Architecture. This ability allows for users of your View environment to easily handle connection to their virtual desktop using a single name no matter where they reside geographically.

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Hands On Lab: Introduction to VMware Horizon 6 with View

By Dean Flaming, Sr. Technical Marketing Manager – Technical Enablement, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of the many folks who helped make this happen, I am proud to announce the release of the Horizon 6 with View Introduction Hands On Lab! This lab is a guided tour of Horizon 6 with View specifically focusing on the new features.

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This Horizon 6 with View lab is designed to demonstrate and introduce you to the new Horizon 6 features, starting with the ease of installation and configuration of View, RDS-hosted application setup and configuration, RDS-hosted desktop setup and configuration, and Cloud Pod Architecture configurations, including some scenarios.

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Configure Kerberos SSO in Horizon Workspace 1.8

A while back I posted a blog post describing how to setup Kerberos single sign-on in Horizon Workspace 1.5, link: http://blogs.vmware.com/horizontech/2014/01/setting-up-kerberos-single-sign-in-sso-access-in-horizon-workspace-1-5.html. With the release of Horizon Workspace 1.8 we have changed the procedure and logic quite a bit.

This blog post will walk you through the process of setting up Kerberos SSO and hopefully explain some of the new concepts in Horizon Workspace 1.8 while doing so.

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How to configure VMware View client access URL in Horizon Workspace 1.8

In Horizon Workspace 1.5 you configured the URL for View client access on your Connector. In Horizon Workspace version 1.8 that is all changed. To allow for greater flexibility you now specify the View URL on a per Network Range basis.

This allows you to more easily specify an internal URL for your internal clients and an external URL for your external users.

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VMware Horizon Workspace 1.8 and what’s new

Last night Horizon Workspace 1.8 was released. While being a minor release it comes with some major new features and functionality.

Citrix-based Application (XenApp) integration

From the Horizon Workspace User Portal, users can now launch Citrix-based applications via XenApp 5.0, 6.0, and 6.5 using single sign-on. This feature requires Citrix Receiver to be installed on the client and supports Mac, PC, iOS and Android devices.

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Setting up Kerberos Single-Sign-On (SSO) access in Horizon Workspace 1.5

One of the most commonly asked questions amongst customers and partners are how-to setup Kerberos Single-Sign-On (SSO) into Horizon Workspace. Therefore I decided I should create this detailed step-by-step blog post on how to configure Kerberos in Horizon Workspace version 1.0 and 1.5.

Configuring Kerberos SSO into Horizon Workspace greatly enhances the end-user experience. If the end-user login to their domain joined desktop and access the Horizon Workspace web portal they will not be asked to sign-in once more, but are allowed access based on their Kerberos token. The Horizon Client version 1.5.2 also makes use of Kerberos SSO. Seamless to the users the Horizon Client will try to authenticate to the Horizon Workspace using Kerberos. If successful no further interaction from the end-user is required. This is especially useful in a Horizon View environment using non-persistent floating desktop pools.

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Nexenta VSA for View (NV4V)

By John Dodge, Technical Marketing, VMware

Recently my EUC Reference Architecture team had the opportunity to see the Nexenta VSA for View (NV4V) for Horizon View in action (see our Reference Architecture posting here). I have to admit to being impressed by both the product and the enabling potential of a well-executed virtual storage accelerator (VSA) strategy. There are a couple of notable incumbents and newcomers in the VSA space. Atlantis Computing ILIO has enjoyed some great wins (check out their VMware Reference Implementation Study here), and Fusion-io’s ioVDI product looks very promising, although we’ve not had the chance to evaluate it yet. But rather than address them all in a one-size fits all article, here I’m going to focus on Nexenta VSA for View (NV4V).

Although you can read plenty online about NV4V and other VSA technology, I’ll give you a short explanation of why a well-crafted VSA product provides great benefits to your business.

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New to VMware Horizon Workspace? Take the Lab!

If you are new to Horizon Workspace and want to get kick started sing-up for the VMworld 2013 Hands-on Lab, now available online. In this 101 Lab you will gain hands-on experience with data sharing, SAML integration and other useful features.

Sing-up here: http://labs.hol.vmware.com

The Lab’s name is: HOL-MBL-1304 – Horizon Workspace – Explore and Deploy