Tuesday, December 23. 2014
Remote Assistance provides the capability for the administrator or IT helpdesk to remotely view and/or control an end-user’s desktop in the Horizon View environment. This is also called session shadowing.
Download the Horizon Toolbox(was View Auditing Portal)
Wednesday, December 3. 2014
VMware Horizon FLEX - Solution Brief
Friday, November 21. 2014
Students learn how to configure security, manage images, perform a Windows migration, set up endpoint protection, and perform various management functions with Mirage.
Students will also gain practical experience with View concepts through the completion of hands-on labs that include VMware View Manager, VMware View Composer, and the View security server.
Friday, October 10. 2014
This VMware Mirage large-scale reference architecture solves two common challenges faced by IT managers today:
- How to back up a large number of desktops deployed throughout the enterprise while protecting the customization, applications, and data that personalize each system for its end user.
- How to migrate thousands of desktops from Microsoft Windows XP to Windows 7 efficiently, with minimal impact on IT resources and end-user productivity.
- Efficiently backed up desktops located on a local area network (LAN), slashing the amount of data transferred to the data center by up to 32 percent through its deduplication and compression capabilities.
- Increased system performance to match increased network bandwidth, linearly decreasing the amount of time required to back up desktops.
- Migrated up to 800 desktops concurrently from Windows XP to Windows 7 in a short time, requiring minimal IT resources and bandwidth.
- Reduced end-user downtime and resulting productivity loss during the migration to 26 minutes on average.
This reference architecture and the real-world testing behind it are provided to help guide the planning and design of other successful Mirage implementations.
Monday, September 29. 2014
Thursday, July 31. 2014
This free (2 hours self paced) eLearning course on VMware Mirage [V5.X] will provide you with a fundamental understanding of VMware Mirage, including the business challenges that this product intends to solve.
At the end of this course, you should be able to:
- Explain how VMware Mirage works.
- Describe the process of installing VMware Mirage.
- Describe the process of configuring VMware Mirage.
- List the key business challenges and solutions offered by VMware Mirage.
- Describe the administrator tasks in VMware Mirage.
- Describe the end user tasks in VMware Mirage.
- List the VMware Mirage target use cases.
- Local Analyze/Optimize
- Rempte Analyze/Optimize
- Optimization History
- Updated templates for Windows 7/8 – based on VMware’s OS Optimization Guide
- New templates for Windows 2008/2012 RDSH servers for use as a desktop
- Single portal EXE design for ease of deployment and distribution
- Combination of Remote and Local tools into one tool
- Better template management, with built in and user-definable templates
- Results report export feature.
Friday, July 25. 2014
Tuesday, July 22. 2014
Extensive user experience and operations testing, including Login VSI desktop performance and VMware View Planner testing on 400 desktops, revealed world-class performance at an extremely low cost. VMware Virtual SAN technology allows easy scalability while maintaining superior performance at a competitive price point.
Wednesday, July 16. 2014
Virtual SAN enables the rapid provisioning of storage within VMware vCenter as part of virtual machine creation and deployment operations.
The distributed datastore of Virtual SAN is an object-store file system that leverages the vSphere Storage Policy–Based Management (SPBM) framework to deliver application-centric storage services and capabilities that are centrally managed through vSphere virtual machine storage policies.
This document focuses on the definitions, sizing guidelines, and characteristics of the Virtual SAN distributed datastore for Horizon View virtual desktop infrastructures.
Wednesday, July 9. 2014
Installing and Configuring View Agent Direct-Connection Plug-In for VMware Horizon with View: Step-by-Step Guide
It is intended for use in specific View deployments that work without a full View Connection Server available. There are no changes required to Horizon Clients or the View Agent for this to work. All currently supported Horizon Clients from VMware and from third-party vendors are supported with View Agent Direct-Connection Plugin.
The virtual desktop can be joined to an Active Directory domain, but it can also operate without Active Directory if required and users can log in with local desktop credentials instead. Figure 1 shows the deployment
Wednesday, July 2. 2014
Sunday, June 29. 2014
Moving forward this lab will be the base lab for VMworld including other modules such as Virtual SAN integration, troubleshooting, and much more!
Tuesday, June 24. 2014
The release of View 6 delivers a number of important new features and enhancements:
- Hosted Apps and Desktops
- Cloud Pod Architecture
- View integration with VMware Virtual SAN technology
- Local Mode Removal
Monday, June 23. 2014
Key Considerations in Choosing a Zero Client Environment for View Virtual Desktops in VMware Horizon
The specific example used here for the virtual desktop infrastructure is VMware Horizon with View, with the PCoIP protocol. In this context, zero clients are discussed as the preferred client to meet many needs.
Wednesday, June 11. 2014
At the end of this course, you should be able to explain the key features of Horizon 6 and describe the enhancements to the different product areas — View, Workspace, and Mirage.
Monday, April 14. 2014
The step-by-step instructions will guide you through installation and how to work through the core and deployment scenarios.
This guide is not intended as a substitute for product documentation. You can find more detailed information regarding the installation, configuration, administration, and use of VMware Horizon View in the VMware Horizon View documentation.
Download: VMware Horizon View 5.3 Reviewer's Guide
Thursday, April 10. 2014
- Published applications and virtual desktops delivered through a single platform offers application and desktop virtualization delivered from a single solution
- A unified workspace for simplified access provides one place for IT administrators to provision and end-users to access applications and desktops through single sign-on.
- Storage optimization using VMware Virtual SAN drives down capital costs to where virtual desktops are near parity with physical desktops and less expensive than physical laptops.
- Closed-loop management and automation offers a holistic view of your entire virtual infrastructure – from data center to device – while also providing cloud-like automation to simplify management.
- Central Image Management offers central image management of physical, virtual and employee-owned PCs from a single integrated solution that includes the latest updates from VMware Mirage.
- Hybrid cloud delivery gives customers the ability to deploy Horizon 6 in a hybrid cloud that balances between private and public cloud infrastructures to best satisfy their needs – all through a single integrated Horizon client that seamlessly connects to virtual applications and desktops.
Wednesday, March 12. 2014
The above characteristics of the Virtual SAN architecture are highly beneficial to virtual desktop environments that use Horizon View 5.3.1. Further, the architecture supports standard vSphere features that require shared storage, such as HA, vMotion, and DRS. Virtual SAN eliminates the need for an external shared storage infrastructure and simplifies storage configuration and virtual machine provisioning activities.
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Wednesday, February 26. 2014
The vCT ships as a virtual appliance with all the required VMware components to set up your Horizon View environment. After providing a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 ISO, an ESX host (not managed by vCenter), a few parameters, and licenses, the tool will provision your environment dynamically and automatically.
The vCT deploys the following components:
- Virtual machine with Active Directory Domain Controller configured (or you may integrate with the existing DC in your environment)
- Virtual machine with Horizon View Connection Server installed
- Virtual machine with Horizon View Composer installed
- vCenter Server Appliance virtual machine deployed and configured
Download this Latest Fling: Horizon View Configuration Tool
Friday, February 14. 2014
Monday, January 27. 2014
Yes, ThinApp is great but unfortunately not every application can be virtualized with ThinApp. Some apps have dependencies with other apps that make them incompatible with ThinApp, while others have a deeper level of interaction that needs to take place with the OS or system drivers to perform properly. Still other challenges come because every application virtualized with ThinApp must undergo an administrative packaging process. The process is really easy but when dozens or even hundreds of users call the help desk with “one off” application requests for apps they “need” to be productive.
It’s daunting to think you should task an administrator with packaging each and every app – even if just one user needs it. These challenges have left administrators with few options except to modify the base image or a child image to deliver “Difficult App” to users. These challenges have also knocked several users with “one off” application requests out of the VDI pool. Enter Liquidware Labs and FlexApp technology. FlexApp is included with their ProfileUnity User Management solution. FlexApp is application virtualization for both User and Department level installed apps.
It supports VMware Horizon View in non-persistent implementations but will also soon support Persistent desktops as well. ProfileUnity delivers full User Management which is very beneficial in a product that centralizes user persona delivery with application delivery because it simplifies things and makes the end-user experience seamless.
Continue reading "VMware ThinApp + Liquidware Labs FlexApp = App..." »
Thursday, May 16. 2013
The recommended configuration settings optimize the operating system to enhance overall scalability and performance in a Horizon View implementation. The procedures described in this guide apply to the Windows 7 andWindows 8 operating systems. Scripts and task sequences to optimize both operating systems are included.
Horizon View 5.2 supports Microsoft Windows 8 and the Metro style user interface. Windows 8 offers more options for security and personalization as well as new built-in desktop virtualization capabilities. The new Group Policy templates for Windows 8 enable more control and consistency for desktop users and greatly enhance the Horizon View virtual desktop experience. Horizon View also supports basic gestures in a View Client running on Intel-based Surface tablets.
In Windows 8 there is now a services state change where only the necessary services are running at system startup, with most services marked as Manual (Triggered Start). In this scenario, services are started only when the user accesses a component that requires the triggered service to be started. This improves Windows performance
Windows 7 and Windows 8 Optimization Guide for Horizon View Virtual Desktops
Friday, May 3. 2013
Storage is the foundation of any VMware View implementation. This document is intended for architects and systems administrators who are considering an implementation of View. It outlines the steps you should take to characterize your environment, from determining the type of users in your environment to choosing storage protocols and storage technology.
The paper covers the following topics:
• Windows Disk I/O Workloads
• Increasing Storage Performance
Friday, April 26. 2013
Stratusphere UX provides properly related KPIs for over 40 critical desktop metrics for both physical and virtual machines. These metrics can be fed by the Stratusphere UX Adapter into vCenter Operations Manager’s superior analytics engine to provide fast root-cause analysis by correlating user desktop events with other events across the virtualization layers and other supporting systems, including vSphere host and storage layers. Desktop performance can be monitored through customer dashboard in the vCenter Operations console and desktop administrators receive rapid at-a-glance alerts through custom dashboards.
Stratusphere UX provides over 40 metrics to vCenter Operations Manager from physical or virtual windows desktops, along with several unique KPI’s not available in other competing solutions including:
- Login Delay
- Application Load Time
- Non-Responding Applications
- GPU Utilization
- CPU Queue Length
- Disk Queue Length
- Disk Read vs. Write IOPS
- Network Latency
- Network Failed Connections
Saturday, March 23. 2013
This video is recorded by Gunnar Berger, it shows the difference between Horizon View HTML Access and PCoIP. The new HTML Access is part off the recently released feature-pack. It allows users to connect to virtual desktops from their Web browsers without having to install Horizon View Client software on their client systems. The HTML Access Agent, which runs on Horizon View desktops, is the component that enables users to use HTML Access to connect to their desktops. You must install the Remote Experience Agent with the HTML Access Agent on the desktops that you want to be accessed via HTML Access.
Friday, March 15. 2013
VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1 Release Notes
VMware Horizon View Clients for Windows, Mac, Ubuntu Linux, iOS, and Android allow you to connect to your VMware Horizon View virtual desktop from your device of choice giving you on-the-go access from any location.
Download VMware Horizon View Clients 2.0
Tuesday, March 12. 2013
The Horizon Suite includes VMware Horizon Workspace, VMware Horizon View, and VMware Horizon Mirage. Horizon Workspace provides secure, single sign-on to applications, data, and virtual desktops from any mobile device or computer.
Horizon View provides users with remote access to secure virtual desktops stored in the datacenter. End users can access their Horizon View desktops through Horizon Workspace. Horizon Mirage centrally manages desktop images of physical computers at the same time as it provides end users with local execution power and user personalization of the desktop. Users on Mirage-managed desktops can access their business assets through Horizon Workspace.
This document assumes you have basic knowledge of VMware vSphere ESXi and VMware vCenter and are comfortable configuring networking and storage in a virtual environment.
VMware Horizon View 5.2 Reviewer’s Guide
Friday, December 14. 2012
- Simple connectivity - View Client is tightly integrated with VMware View 4.6.1 and later releases for simple setup and connectivity. Quickly reconnect to your desktop by selecting from the Desktops selector list.
- Multitasking - In a Wi-Fi network, View Client can continue to run in the background for a few minutes. You can also snap the View Client app so that it takes up part of the screen alongside another app.
- Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office your data is always secure. Access your View desktop over Wi-Fi or 3G. Your View desktop is delivered securely to you wherever you are. View Client also supports RADIUS authentication with VMware View 5.1 and View Client for Windows Store 1.7.
Wednesday, November 7. 2012
Using Horizon Mobile features, you can enhance productivity by creating purpose-built, preconfigured native mobile workspaces based on each employee's responsibilities. Administrators can easily keep track of and manage corporate assets and applications on mobile devices through a Web-based portal. Security is seamlessly integrated with existing infrastructure to meet regulatory and compliance needs.