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Horizon FLEX: remote image management and policy enforcement

Hi, I’m Andy from VMware.

Today I’d like to show you something exciting from VMware that may not have made it on to your radar – remotely managed policies for Fusion users!

Back in December we launched a new product called Horizon FLEX. The concept behind FLEX is simple, Fusion is fantastic for you on your Mac, but can be a little bothersome for the person responsible for rolling out 500 copies of it to everyone in sales, or worse, to your senior exec team.

Horizon FLEX matches AD credentials against your library of managed virtual images, makes them available to valid users, and then enforces best practice use policies. It’s incredibly simple for your users to use, and gives you peace of mind that your containerized desktops are secure, licensed, and being used by only the right people.

Here’s a 2 minute video of me sweating under the studio lights that should give you a flavor for what Horizon FLEX can do for you.

Great – that’s the marketing fluff out of the way, but I know as seasoned Fusion users you’re more interested in how different this is from the process you already have in place. So here’s another 2 min video that demonstrates the various steps.

One of things I don’t make clear in the video is ‘why are there two passwords?’ This is our cunning plan to give you extra flexibility. You see, the first password is used to encrypt the virtual machine image and needs to be given to the user in order for them to access the image. The second password is an IT-only security switch. Using this, you can remote into your users’ computer and change the VM settings that are normally out of their reach. It gives you the ability to fine tune the performance of a VM without having to open all the dangerous controls to users who probably won’t know the right way to use them.

Next time I’ll show you how to define that policy I mentioned.

Thanks for reading and if you’d like to know more, or to download a free trial of Horizon FLEX, please click here.

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Andy Morris

About Andy Morris

Andy Morris is a group product line marketing manager for VMware EUC, managing the personal desktop and applications portfolios. Prior to VMware, Andy was VP of product management at Abaca, and worked for AppSense, LogLogic and IBM. Andy holds a computer science degree from DeMontford University.

3 thoughts on “Horizon FLEX: remote image management and policy enforcement

  1. Chris

    I can certainly see the value in a desktop that can be accessed offline, with policy-defined restrictions, encryption, leasing windows, etc. However, aside from those security features, what does FLEX offer that would set it apart from using a linked-clone with a “View Client with Local Mode” agent installed? Thanks ahead of time for any and all feedback received.


  2. Andy MorrisAndy Morris Post author

    Very fine question Chris. For those that don’t know, Local Mode allowed you to access your VDI session as normal, but to then take it ‘off line’. Literally copying the windows image from the server to your machine where you could freely use it in any way you want. On returning to the office, you then reconnected to the server and uploaded the local image so that your VDI session could inherit any changes you’d made while traveling. The problem with this scenario is that it just wasn’t practical for most people. The sales person happily using VDI is about to leave the office for a week, and hits the local mode button is then told that it’ll take 4 hours before she can disconnect from the network – remember windows images are big! And of course, on returning she’s told it’ll take 6 hours to sync her changes. These are huge problems and because of them, no one successfully used Local Mode. As a feature it was killed in Horizon 6.
    Horizon FLEX is, in our opinion, a better way of achieving offline access to windows desktops.


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