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VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 1

By Anthony Rizzo, Staff End-User-Computing Technologist, VMware

Introduction – VMware Horizon as a Digital Workspace Tooling System

Although VMware Horizon quickly opens new possibilities for providing end users a digital workspace, many do not consider the true potential of VMware Horizon 6.2, VMware Horizon Air Desktops, and VMware Horizon Air Apps. In this four-part series, my goal will be to expose you to the full potential of this digital workspace tooling system.

A main difference between Horizon 6.2 and Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps is the on-premises deployment model and cloud-based service model, respectively. This blog series does not differentiate between these two models. Instead, the blog series highlights that both offerings (together or separately) are well suited to serve as a flexible and adaptable digital workspace tooling system.

I use the term “tooling system” in reference to Horizon 6.2, VMware Horizon Air Desktops, and Horizon Air Apps because these products are similar to well-designed, flexible machinery used in a smooth-running manufacturing operation. AirWatch by VMware enterprise mobility management is a great part of the equation as well. While AirWatch by VMware may be mentioned in some of the references given in this blog series, it will not be the core focus.

Consider the manufacturer that employs very adaptable and interoperable machinery. They can tool or re-tool the production floor inexpensively, quickly, and reliably, yielding desired improvements to the product better and faster than the competition. This is the flexibility that Horizon 6. 2, Horizon Air Desktops, and Horizon Air Apps provide for businesses that need to be competitive with their products and services.

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Top 10 EUC Sessions at VMworld Europe 2015

By Shawn Bass, chief technology officer, desktop technologies, End-User Computing, VMware


Leading up to VMworld US event in San Francisco, I posted a blog covering my Top 10 must see End-User Computing related sessions for the event in San Francisco. With VMworld Europe just over a week away, I thought it would be a great opportunity to share my thoughts on the sessions that I’m the most excited about for this VMworld in Barcelona.

I’ll be at the VMworld Europe event meeting with key customers and partners as well as presenting. I hope to see all of you there.

Here’s a list of the top 10 sessions I’m excited about at VMworld Europe along with a little detail on why I think these sessions are very relevant.

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Mirage 5.5 Now Available

By Sachin Sharma, Product Line Marketing Manager, EUC, VMware

Another quarter, another release! I’m happy to share the news that Mirage 5.5 is now generally available. This release is packed with updates that enterprises can enjoy, including new ways to control layer updates, endpoint provisioning, more APIs, and web console enhancements. Let’s take a look at the major updates in this release. For more information, please read the release notes.

In this release, we wanted to focus on ways to enable image management with minimal impact on users. So, we started off by including a new self-service, local provisioning feature that allows provisioning of a device without needing to access a central location or Mirage Management Console. Branch PC technicians or administrators can provision new laptops and desktops directly from their device, without having to interface back to a central location. The local device boots with a small WinPE image that includes an embedded browser, which provides faster device provisioning.

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Horizon Hosted Applications: What a Year it has Been!

By Mark Ewert, Lead Technologist – Competitive Marketing, EUC, VMware

It’s been a year since we added support for Hosted Applications to Horizon and what a year it has been! The industry excitement has been invigorating. We have had tremendous interest from organizations of all shapes and sizes; and the excitement keeps growing with each new release.

Just a few of the features we have added over the last year include:

  • Client Drive Redirection and File Associations
    Users can now share folders and drives on their local client systems with hosted applications and desktops. Hosted Applications also now supports file associations. File associations automatically connect the client to the correct hosted application when a user opens or double-clicks an associated file type. Both of these features help provide a great user experience, making it easy for users to quickly access the files and data they need.
  • HTML Access Support for Hosted Apps
    Hosted Apps now supports HTML Access. Users can now connect to Hosted Apps and Desktops from clients that simply have HTML 5 support, including most modern web browsers. This new capability has also been extended to multi-site Cloud Pod Architecture deployments, enabling organizations to implement the largest Hosted App infrastructures.
  • 3D Graphics Support
    The 3D vDGA and GRID vGPU graphics solutions for Horizon VDI desktops have been extended to Hosted Apps. Now you simply need to deploy the app instead of entire desktop to support graphics-intensive applications.
  • Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR) for RDS Desktops
    Windows Media MMR is now supported for videos playing on RDS desktops. MMR offloads video processing from the hosted desktop to the user’s client device to support high quality video without sapping expensive server resources.

And you can watch this video to see a demonstration of the great user experience provided by VMware Hosted Applications:

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What’s New with VMware Horizon 6 version 6.2 part 2

By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing and Enablement, EUC, VMware

In our last blog article we looked at some of the headline new features in Horizon 6.2. In this blog we continue to explore some of the key functionality added in this new release.

Access Point is a virtual appliance designed to allow secure remote access to virtual desktops and applications served by Horizon 6. Access Point is very similar to the View Security Server, but offers some additional benefits. Access Point is a hardened Linux appliance that can be deployed into the DMZ. Access Point does not need to be paired with a View Connection Server and can avoid the need to provision additional Connection Servers for authentication mechanism support.

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Mark Benson’s blog on Access Point takes you through the details of the Access Point appliance and how it can be used as an alternative to the Horizon View Security Server. Additionally, you will find the Documentation on how to deploy the appliance here.

Alex Birch, EUC Architect, within the EUC Technical Marketing team has put together this video showing you how to install and configure Access Point.

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Pruning the App Volumes SQL Database

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

With significant contributions from

Jason Marshall, Manager, Product Engineering, End-User Computing, VMware

Growing up, we had a small flower garden, which my mother proudly kept. The rose bushes stand out in my memory—vibrant, colorful, and, more often than not, taller than me. Without regular pruning, these rose bushes would have caused a multitude of problems.


Like pruning a plant to maintain health, the VMware App Volumes SQL database requires pruning to keep it in perfect working order. The Knowledge Base (KB) article Pruning the VMware App Volumes SQL database details how you can keep your database in tip-top condition by pruning certain tables. Continue reading

Bringing New Meaning to “Mission-Critical” – Powered by VMware Horizon and NVIDIA GRID – part 2

By Matt Coppinger, Director Technical Marketing & Enablement and Tony Paikeday, Sr. Product Line Manager, EUC, VMware

In our last post, we introduced how VMware Horizon with NVIDIA GRID is enabling the delivery of “serious workloads” like battlespace simulations that train civilian and military personnel, and the rise of Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) solutions to deliver this capability.

An example of a lower cost COTS solution is the widely deployed Bohemia Interactive Simulations Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3). This product is used across many countries to ensure civilian and military personnel can train on virtual equipment, vehicles and scenarios. It also allows different organizations to participate in joint large-scale virtual scenarios. This approach to training and simulation is often referred to as “Serious Games”, leveraging common consumer gaming technology to provide professional simulation solutions.

Using VMware Horizon 6 and NVIDIA GRID-enabled vSphere 6.0 servers, VMware and NVIDIA tested Bohemia Interactive Simulation’s Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3). In our tests we discovered that out of the box (without optimization) the virtual desktop performed as well if not better than a physical counterpart. Our test results are covered in more detail later in this blog–however, here’s a video that demonstrates our tests in action. Continue reading

VMware User Environment Manager 8.7 Is Ready for Windows 10

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, EUC, VMware

It’s only been a few months since VMware acquired Immidio and we’ve readied yet another release for you to enjoy. You can download the new User Environment Manager 8.7 now.

What will you get for your efforts? Quite a lot actually, starting with Windows 10 support.

Obviously, we improved our support for Horizon View, but for those of you on another path, you’ll be pleased to know that we also improved our Citrix support. In fact, regardless of how you consume Windows, whether it be VDI, physical or mobile, there’s something new in the policy engine for you.

The User Environment Manager 8.7 highlight reel for this release includes:

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Education at VMworld – where innovation is the norm

By Preston Winn, Director Education Solutions, EUC, VMware

I was a first-time attendee at VMworld 2015. While I love trade shows for all their energy and fun, what I love most is that they bring us together to interact with people who use our product. Ultimately, the event provides an opportunity to dig for feedback on how we can do things better for our customers.

After Sunday morning’s fun run across the Golden Gate Bridge with a friendly customer from Belgium, I checked out the venue at the Moscone Center. Um…wow! I’ve been to the largest educational trade shows on the planet, but VMworld rivals the biggest. The masses of people, the backpacks and lanyards everywhere, the conversation about some highly technical bit of the VMware stack between two guys blocks away from the Moscone Center, all of it put me in the mindset I would need Monday afternoon to lead an education panel discussion. But what really got me was the image below. Continue reading

Horizon FLEX 1.6 and Windows 10

By Andy Morris, Sr. Product Line Marketing Manager, Horizon FLEX, EUC, VMware

Hi, Andy here again.

You’ll be happy to know that that we’ve kept to our quarterly promise, and shipped another major release of FLEX. VMware Horizon FLEX 1.6 shipped at the beginning of September. And it’s a doozy.

The headline is that it’s Apple OS X El Capitan ready, and built for Windows 10 and Cortana. But the devil is in the details and there’s lots of details in this release.

Horizon FLEX Windows 10

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