Tina de Benedictis

About Tina de Benedictis

Tina de Benedictis is Senior Manager in the End-User-Computing Technical Marketing group at VMware. Her team writes and edits white papers, blog posts, and knowledge base articles on VMware End-User-Computing products.

Configuring VMware Identity Manager for High Availability in Multiple Data Centers

By Gary Sloane, VMware Consulting Editor

We are happy to announce the publication of a new white paper, Configuring VMware Identity Manager for Multiple Data Centers. VMware Identity Manager offers major convenience features, such as single sign-on and a self-service app store. Some organizations have wondered, though, about configuring it for high availability.

Sometimes, a software engineer sees a need and responds to it with a short paper that explains what to do. We love when this happens! In this case, Pitambari Parekh found that several IT managers needed to know how to configure VMware Identity Manager for high availability across multiple data centers.

VMware Identity Manager SQL Server Multiple Data Centers

Figure 1: Multi-Site Configuration Using SQL Server

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App Volumes Deployment Considerations: Updated for VMware App Volumes 2.12

The following people authored the white paper: Jason Marshall, Tina de Benedictis, Tristan Todd, Stéphane Asselin, Dean Flaming, Jim Yanik, and Samir Patel. Guy Klages and Gina Daly contributed additional assistance.

For App Volumes 2.12, we have just published an update to the VMware App Volumes Deployment Considerations white paper.


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Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage 5.7

By Gary Sloane, Consulting Writer and Editor, VMware
Yaniv Weinberg, R&D Manager, VMware

We are happy to announce a new version of the Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage white paper, which brings it up to date for VMware Mirage 5.7.

Mirage provides centralized image management for both physical desktops and View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. It also offers enhanced backup, recovery, updates for endpoints, and migration functionality for hardware and operating systems. Mirage centralizes endpoint content in the data center, downloads images to endpoints, and optimizes the data transfer.

In addition to accounting for new features and components, such as MongoDB databases, there are many small improvements to the paper that make the material more accessible. Additional deployment suggestions should be especially useful to design architects and IT administrators.

For more information, see Deployment and Design Considerations for VMware Mirage.

Horizon FLEX Deployment Tips: Join the Discussion!

By Tina de Benedictis, Group Manager, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware

Are you implementing VMware Horizon FLEX and in need of some help? The End-User-Computing team is working on a Horizon FLEX Deployment Considerations white paper, and we want to give you a preview.

To see the in-progress document, download it from the Documents tab of the Horizon FLEX community forum.

Right now, we are polishing and reorganizing the white paper. To comment on the preview document, click the Discussions tab of the Horizon FLEX community.

We look forward to your questions and suggestions for improvement.

ThinApp 5.0.1: Minor release number, but notable features!

By Tina de Benedictis, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware ThinApp 5.0.1 has just been released, and although this is a minor release number, some new features will make a difference in your application-packaging life.

Package.ini parameters now case-insensitive

Have you ever set a value for a Package.ini parameter, only to find out after much troubleshooting that it did not take effect because you did not copy the exact capitalization for the parameter? Well, no longer do you need to worry about capitalization for a Package.ini parameter! Package.ini parameters are now case-insensitive, so you can use all caps, all lowercase, or mixed case, and you will be correct no matter what you do. Thank you, ThinApp engineers!

For more information on setting Package.ini parameters, see the ThinApp Package.ini Parameters Reference Guide.

Enhanced tracking of ThinApp capture and deployment scenarios

When you opt in to sending your packaging information to VMware in the Quality Assurance Statistics window of ThinApp Setup Capture, what do you think is going on? You may in fact opt out because you think you want your packaging information private. But everyone gains if you opt in. And with ThinApp 5.0.1, VMware is collecting more information about your capture and deployment operating systems. This information helps VMware to know where to focus engineering efforts. By opting in, you are helping not only yourself, but also others like you. Opting in is essentially your vote for the most popular capture and deployment scenarios.

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Horizon View 5.3.1 Is Here and Supports VMware Virtual SAN

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone in the End-User-Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to bring to you an exciting product announcement from EUC, just in time for the other Virtual-SAN-related announcements from VMware!

Today, VMware announced the General Availability (GA) of VMware Virtual SAN 5.5 and I’d like to take a moment to also introduce Horizon View 5.3.1. With this release, we are continuing the tradition of rapidly introducing innovations to market. And, now, the details:

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Choosing a Horizon View Virtual-Desktop Operations-Management Tool

By David G. Wooten, End-User-Computing Product Line Manager, vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View, VMware

Have you ever tried to diagnose a VMware Horizon View end-user virtual desktop issue? If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult because there are so many data sources involved, and so many “subject matter experts” (SMEs) advising you about the problem and its solution! So what do you do? Many people have found success by using vCenter Operations Manager for Horizon View. But there are a few things you should know before you buy and implement a Horizon View monitoring-and-management solution, to ensure the highest possible operational and troubleshooting efficiency. This post will tell you what you need to know to select an effective Horizon View virtual-desktop operations-management solution that will let you successfully scale out your Horizon View virtual desktop deployment, while the tool manages the complexity and moving parts.

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Windows 7 Migration Made Easy…with Horizon Mirage Layers!

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

Many organizations face challenges during operating system and hardware migration projects. These challenges include choosing the right tool to help automate the process, utilizing precious IT staff time to accurately complete the project, pre- and post-migration assessment…to name a few. And it doesn’t help if IT is constantly under pressure to help drive the migration project to completion under strict time constraints. That is especially true for Windows XP to Windows 7 migration projects, since Microsoft’s support for Windows XP officially ends on April 8, 2014.

Some organizations may have already finished their Windows XP migration projects. Others may have just begun, just to realize the tool they’re using isn’t quite working as planned. And others may still be evaluating options for the best tool to use for their Windows XP migration project. For the latter two scenarios, IT staff must be thinking, “There has to be a tool out there to help make this migration process easier!” Well, that IT staff probably hasn’t taken a look at VMware Horizon Mirage. Horizon Mirage simplifies Windows XP migration for both IT and end-users. And with the layering capabilities that come with Horizon Mirage, the migration process gets even easier. How? Let’s explain.

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Enabling VMware vShield Endpoint in Horizon View

By Gary Sloane, Consultant for VMware End-User Computing

Every system, whether physical or virtual, needs antivirus and antimalware protection. But administrators and security officers, and many end users, know that virus scanning can affect performance, consuming CPU cycles as well as memory and storage, and can lead to potentially serious resource bottlenecks. Faced with these problems, administrators and antivirus vendors have made some progress in reducing the impact of login storms and other resource-intensive phenomena in virtual desktop environments, typically through improved scheduling and randomization, using AV agents on the desktop or other endpoint.

In contrast to these incremental improvements, agentless security appliances make a generational leap by offloading scanning functions to a separate virtual machine. This improves resource allocation as well as performance, and reduces operating expenses. What’s more important from a security point of view, however, is that attaching a security appliance to the hypervisor instead of trying to manage agents on each virtual desktop, gives the administrator 100% visibility into a Horizon View deployment. It alleviates to some extent the Rumsfeldian problem of not knowing what you don’t know.

We have just published Enabling VMware vShield Endpoint in a VMware Horizon View Environment. This paper answers the administrator’s question, “Why should I care?” with a clear conceptual overview and pointers to the right necessary downloads and documentation.

How to Set Up Horizon View Desktops Managed by Horizon Mirage

By Judy Wu, Solution Engineer, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware Horizon View (formerly VMware View) is a virtual desktop infrastructure solution that simplifies desktop management and provides users with what they need, when they need it. VMware Horizon Mirage provides centralized image management for Windows desktops with enhanced levels of backup and OS migration capabilities. In short, Horizon View is used to build out the virtual desktop infrastructure, while Horizon Mirage manages the content inside the desktops—OS, applications, and user profiles and settings. So it would be fantastic to manage Horizon View desktops with Horizon Mirage, giving IT a single management solution for both physical and virtual desktop environments.

This blog tells you how to set up Horizon View full-clone desktops and manage them with Horizon Mirage.


The following graphic shows the topology for the environment.


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