One of the new features in the VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5 is the integration of Horizon Mobile. With this update, there also comes an option within the VMware Switch for Android application to utilize either the original VMware Horizon Mobile Management virtual appliance server or the new VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5 vApp environment.
Here is how to setup the VMware Switch for Android with the new VMware Horizon Workspace 1.5.
By Gerald Cheong, contractor, End-User Computing Solutions Management, VMware, and
Manrat Chobchuen, Solutions Architect, End-User Computing Solutions Management, VMware
One of the challenges in enterprise application management is the large number of applications that the average enterprise user needs to access. Single sign-on (SSO) is an effective way to make access more convenient for the user and at the same time more secure for the enterprise.
Some SSO solutions are based on integrated Active Directory (AD) on the corporate intranet. One big drawback of this approach is that it restricts the Web application to the corporate intranet. This results in lack of flexibility in deployment options as well as certain security compromises.
VMware Horizon Workspace uses the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) 2.0 standard to support SSO. This support allows more flexibility and better security than an integrated AD solution. This article describes SAML concepts and shows how to set up a sample Web application in Horizon Workspace with SAML, so you can see SSO in action. It also discusses the considerations and integration points for a Web application to support SAML 2.0 integration with Horizon Workspace.
Are you a fan of SSH vs. virtual console access? I am. I much prefer to access a Linux/Unix vApp via SSH than via the remote console as this allows me to use Terminal on my Mac vs. opening a remote session to a virtual Windows system to then run the vSphere Infrastructure Client (VIC). It’s a personal preference, I admit. But enabling SSH does allow for direct SCP access as well.
Here’s how to enable SSH for the Horizon vApps.
With VMware Horizon Workspace, there are a couple of environmental prerequisites to be aware of which, without knowing about can cause some minor frustration during implementing of Horizon Workspace 1.0.
As mentioned in other Blog posts around VMware.com, Horizon Workspace 1.0 is now released! For those wishing to walk through their own review and proof of concept, the Horizon Workspace Reviewers Guide by VMware’s own Rory Clements and Muthu Somasundaram goes into excellent detail on the items needed in your lab for installing Horizon Workspace 1.0 and getting it working properly with some of your existing applications and VMware Horizon View 5.2.