It was a great honor to be able to support the Apple Developer’s Community by sponsoring last night’s Macworld party at WWDC 15. It’s great to meet so many developers keen to build future Apple based products. And humbling to hear stories of how many of them used Fusion Pro to engineer and and test OS X on OS X using our type 2 hypervisor.
The main benefits, according the well fed and overly-served crowd, seemed to be the ability have Yosemite, Mavericks and the beta of El Capitan all running side by side on the same hardware. Pretty cool stuff.
Everyone that attended the party left with a goody-bag that included a free copy of Fusion Pro. For the rest of you, please remember that Fusion & Fusion Pro are on sale this week only. Go get ’em!
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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VMware Fusion users running OS X Yosemite in a Fusion virtual machine have reported graphics performance issues, especially in comparison to running previous OS X versions in a Fusion VM.
The Fusion engineering team identified the root cause as an issue with beam synchronization, which Apple introduced in 2007 to improve screen redraw and window management in OS X.
We’re working hard to deliver a fix. Until the fix is released, here’s a customer-suggested workaround to temporarily disable beam synchronization. Making this configuration change will significantly improve graphics performance when running OS X Yosemite in a Fusion VM.
Thanks to @rtrouton for his blog post on the subject, and many thanks to VMware Fusion users for your support and patience while we work on this fix.
Although Christmas doesn’t arrive for another two weeks, the VMware Fusion team received an early holiday delight from PCMag.com – an Editors’ Choice award for VMware Fusion 7!
VMware Fusion has always had a loyal following and the product team has put a lot of effort into making it one of the leading solutions available to serve its customers. We have always believed that the solution uniquely offers an experience that is different than the competition and it is gratifying to see that sentiment echoed by an objective third party review.
PCMag.com praised Fusion’s “rock solid stability” and said, “VMware Fusion is like a well-equipped armored vehicle: it goes anywhere (and) it’s unstoppable…” They also liked the vast array of operating systems Fusion supports and the fact that Fusion creates no visual clutter in OS X.
We can’t think of a better way to sum up the strengths of Fusion 7 than the reviewer’s final words,“…Fusion is the Mac app I prefer when I need to get some more-complicated work done in a Windows app under OS X.”
Many thanks to PCMag.com for taking the time to conduct an in-depth review, and thanks always to VMware Fusion users for your support.