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This Week’s Top EUC News Will Blow Your Mind

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&#rsquo;Microsoft Azure users now have access to genuine desktop as a service solution.&#rdquo;

That&#rsquo;s SiliconANGLE on our huge news this week: We&#rsquo;re delivering VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure. By connecting Azure to the Horizon Cloud control plane, our joint customers are empowered with more flexibility to deliver virtual desktops and apps. Get the FAQs here.

&#rsquo;Our customers have their preference of public cloud offerings and should be able to choose the industry leader in desktop and app virtualization regardless of that cloud preference.&#rdquo;
—Dave Grant, VP of Product Marketing for VMware End-User Computing, at VMware Radius

Plus, using Horizon Cloud with on-premises infrastructure? Here&#rsquo;s what&#rsquo;s new for you.

The digital workspace just upped its IQ.

VMware also announced the acquisition of Apteligent this week and the integration of the mobile app intelligence solution into our digital workspace platform. Read the juicy details here.

&#rsquo;The Apteligent platform enables both mobile app developers and IT organizations to analyze mobile application performance in real time, enabling them to understand user behavior to address the issues that matter the most—and directly impact business and revenue.&#rdquo;
—Sumit Dhawan, VMware EUC SVP & GM of Desktop Products & Solutions

Forget stereotypes. We&#rsquo;re all Generation Digital.

Millennials aren&#rsquo;t the only generation demanding mobile technology at work. Employees of all ages recently said mobile tech makes them more productive (60%), more creative (45%) and more satisfied at work (53%). Read more in this new VMware Radius series.

It&#rsquo;s a &#rsquo;privilege&#rdquo; to meet you, VMware User Environment Manager 9.2.

User Environment Manager (UEM) essentially separates a user&#rsquo;s personality from the underlying Windows machine, said Andy Morris, virtualizing their preferences. Version 9.2 offers a cool new trick: User privilege elevation. Here&#rsquo;s what it does.

Plus, watch these six videos for a technical deep dive into UEM 9.2.

And IT lived happily ever after.

User satisfaction is up, and costs are down at Memorial Healthcare after the hospital deployed VMware NSX, VMware AirWatch and Horizon. Hear their digital clinical workspace story.

&#rsquo;I don&#rsquo;t think there&#rsquo;s much within our infrastructure that VMware hasn&#rsquo;t enabled.&#rdquo;
—Thomas Kurtz, Ph. D, VP of Information Services & CIO for Memorial Healthcare

Let&#rsquo;s talk tech.

  • Citrix Synergy, May 23–25 in Orlando (VMware booth 309)
  • VMware SociaLabs—Horizon 7 & AirWatch, May 23 (San Diego), June 6 (Reston) & June 20 (Halifax)
  • Boston Summer VMUG UserCon, June 1
  • Unlocking Mobility with Derived Credentials &AirWatch, June 23 online
  • VMworld 2017, Aug. 27–31 in Vegas

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Get Ready for VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Businesses today are increasingly mobile, globally distributed and fast paced. While this increasingly diverse workforce expects a consumer-simple interface for accessing work data and applications, IT faces the same challenge as before: securing the enterprise. The number one question facing organizations is:

How can I ensure my users are productive, while securing data and driving down costs?

VMware works with Microsoft to deliver enterprise collaboration solutions that enhance user experience and productivity, while delivering on the promise of a more secure enterprise. Last fall, we teamed up with Microsoft to deliver an optimized experience for Skype for Business on VMware Horizon.

Concurrently, VMware supports our customers&#rsquo; migration to Windows 10 with desktop virtualization and endpoint management with VMware AirWatch. Solutions such as VMware Workspace ONE help organizations simplify Windows 10 device management. Horizon application and desktop virtualization solutions ease IT&#rsquo;s pain of migrating to Windows 10 by simplifying image management.

From desktop and application delivery to mobile and Windows device management, our work with Microsoft ensures that users can be productive and enterprise data remains secure.

Building on this promise, we are excited to share today that we will deliver Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.

Read the FAQ: Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Azure is one of the fastest growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers. Horizon Cloud is the industry&#rsquo;s leading app and desktop cloud services offering. Together, our joint customers will be able to connect their own instance of Azure to our intuitive Horizon Cloud control plane. This combination creates a comprehensive cloud-hosted solution with federated access to Azure Active Directory (AD) for delivering virtualized Windows apps and desktops.

Integrating with leading clouds like Azure allows us to deliver cross-cloud architecture. Horizon Cloud uniquely pairs a single cloud control plane with our customers&#rsquo; choice of deployment options to deliver and manage virtual desktops and apps. Customers choose from a number of flexible private and public cloud deployment options, including:

  • Cloud-hosted capacity managed by VMware.
  • Public cloud infrastructure from Microsoft Azure. Coming soon.
  • On-premises hyper-converged infrastructure from partners like Dell EMC, Hitachi and QTC.

We are certainly excited about the opportunity to work with Microsoft to bring Azure to Horizon Cloud and would love to share more details with you. Visit our VMware and Microsoft web page, where you can get more details on this announcement and sign up to participate in our private beta.

Want to learn more about Horizon Cloud? Here are a few great resources for you:

  • Here Comes Horizon Cloud
  • Horizon Cloud Demo Video
  • Horizon Cloud FAQ, Datasheet & More

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Get Ready for VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Businesses today are increasingly mobile, globally distributed and fast paced. While this increasingly diverse workforce expects a consumer-simple interface for accessing work data and applications, IT faces the same challenge as before: securing the enterprise. The number one question facing organizations is:

How can I ensure my users are productive, while securing data and driving down costs?

VMware works with Microsoft to deliver enterprise collaboration solutions that enhance user experience and productivity, while delivering on the promise of a more secure enterprise. Last fall, we teamed up with Microsoft to deliver an optimized experience for Skype for Business on VMware Horizon.

Concurrently, VMware supports our customers&#rsquo; migration to Windows 10 with desktop virtualization and endpoint management with VMware AirWatch. Solutions such as VMware Workspace ONE help organizations simplify Windows 10 device management. Horizon application and desktop virtualization solutions ease IT&#rsquo;s pain of migrating to Windows 10 by simplifying image management.

From desktop and application delivery to mobile and Windows device management, our work with Microsoft ensures that users can be productive and enterprise data remains secure.

Building on this promise, we are excited to share today that we will deliver Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.

Read the FAQ: Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure

Azure is one of the fastest growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers. Horizon Cloud is the industry&#rsquo;s leading app and desktop cloud services offering. Together, our joint customers will be able to connect their own instance of Azure to our intuitive Horizon Cloud control plane. This combination creates a comprehensive cloud-hosted solution with federated access to Azure Active Directory (AD) for delivering virtualized Windows apps and desktops.

Integrating with leading clouds like Azure allows us to deliver cross-cloud architecture. Horizon Cloud uniquely pairs a single cloud control plane with our customers&#rsquo; choice of deployment options to deliver and manage virtual desktops and apps. Customers choose from a number of flexible private and public cloud deployment options, including:

  • Cloud-hosted capacity managed by VMware.
  • Public cloud infrastructure from Microsoft Azure. Coming soon.
  • On-premises hyper-converged infrastructure from partners like Dell EMC, Hitachi and QTC.

We are certainly excited about the opportunity to work with Microsoft to bring Azure to Horizon Cloud and would love to share more details with you. Visit our VMware and Microsoft web page, where you can get more details on this announcement and sign up to participate in our private beta.

Want to learn more about Horizon Cloud? Here are a few great resources for you:

  • Here Comes Horizon Cloud
  • Horizon Cloud Demo Video
  • Horizon Cloud FAQ, Datasheet & More

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Horizon Cloud Service with On-Premises Infrastructure May 2017 Release Updates

There are several technical updates this quarter to VMware Horizon Cloud Service with On-Premises Infrastructure. For more details on this release, see the Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure Release Notes.

Support for Cloud-Based Workspace ONE

With this release, we now support cloud-based deployments of VMware Workspace ONE. End users can access their VMware Horizon Cloud virtual desktops from the Workspace ONE application catalog and utilize single sign-on for authentication. We previously supported only on-premises deployments of Workspace ONE.

 

New Desktop Configuration – Performance (Enterprise Plus)

We have added a new desktop configuration option to better suit the needs of your power users. With Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure, you can now deliver Performance (Enterprise Plus) Desktops, with an 8 vCPU and 16 GB vRAM configuration.

Smart Policies Support

You can now leverage Smart Policies in Horizon Cloud. Smart Policies allow you to have fine-grain control over a user&#rsquo;s desktop experience. You can dynamically enable, disable, or control access to user features in Horizon Cloud based on who the user is, and how they are accessing Horizon Cloud. Smart Policies were released as an integration between VMware Horizon 7 and VMware User Environment Manager in 2016.

For example, with Smart Policies, an administrator can decide to disable access to USB devices or to cut-and-paste from within the Horizon Client if users are attempting to access the Horizon Cloud environment from an untrusted or external network. You can also dynamically control display-protocol configurations based on the type of device that is being used.

Smart Policies in Horizon Cloud work the same as they do in Horizon 7. VMware Senior Product Line Manager Aaron Black wrote an excellent blog post pointing out some great use cases for Smart Policies. If you want to try out Smart Policies in your Horizon Cloud deployment, download the Reviewers Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Smart Policies.

vSphere 6.5 Support

We have added support for VMware vSphere 6.5 on certified vSAN Ready Nodes. For details on supported hardware models from partners, see the Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure page.

SmartNode Consolidation

We have consolidated the management tier of a Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure deployment into a single virtual appliance. The Horizon Cloud Node appliance manages all of the critical functions including App Volumes, Instant Clone creation, and communication with the Horizon Cloud control plane. This change was made to keep the Horizon Cloud Node footprint small and efficient. For more details, see Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Architecture.

Summary

With this release of Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure, new features include

  • Support for cloud-based Workspace ONE
  • New desktop configuration: Performance (Enterprise Plus)
  • Smart Policies support
  • vSphere 6.5 support
  • Multi-region management
  • SmartNode consolidation

Horizon Cloud with On Premises Infrastructure continues to add new functionality on a regular basis. For more information, see Horizon Cloud Service with On-Premises Infrastructure.

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New vSphere, Horizon Cloud, and Exam Prep Courses Now Available

This month the VMware Education Services team released several new VMware vSphere® 6.5 courses, afree elearning course on VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™, plus a new video series to help you prepare for the VCP6-NV exam based on NSX v6.2.

VMware vSphere: Design Workshop [V6.5]

This three-day training course equips you with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to design a VMware vSphere 6.5 virtual infrastructure. You’ll follow a proven approach to design a virtualization solution that is available, scalable, manageable, recoverable, and secure, and that uses VMware best practices.This course also discusses the benefits and risks of available design alternatives and provides information to support making sound design decisions.

VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage and Optimize and Scale Fast Track [V6.5]

This extended-hours course takes you from introductory to advanced VMware vSphere® management skills. Building on the installation and configuration content from our best-selling course, you will also develop advanced skills needed to manage and maintain a highly available and scalable virtual infrastructure. Through a mix of lecture and hands-on labs, you will install, configure, and optimize vSphere 6.5. You will also explore the features that build a foundation for a truly scalable infrastructure, and discuss when and where these features have the greatest effect.

VMware vSphere: Troubleshooting Workshop

This five-day, hands-on workshop teaches you the advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities to troubleshoot the VMware vSphere® 6.x environment. This workshop increases your skill and competence in using the command-line interface, VMware vSphere® Web Client, VMware vRealize® Log lnsight™, and other tools to analyze and solve problems.

VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V6.5]

This intensive, extended hours course focuses on installing, configuring, managing, and troubleshooting VMware vSphere® 6.5, including VMware ESXi™ 6.5 and VMware vCenter Server® 6.5. Featuring plenty of hands-on training, this course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organization of any size. It is the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data center.

VMware Horizon Cloud Fundamentals

This free eLearning course provides information on how VMware Horizon Cloud Service helps IT meet the expectations of today&#rsquo;s mobile workforce. This course explains the architecture, features, benefits, and functionality of the two service offerings of Horizon Cloud and demonstrates how to install an agent and create a desktop image.

VMware Certification Exam Prep: VMware Certified Professional 6 - Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV) Exam v6.2 (2V0-642)

This comprehensive, 110-video training course focuses on preparing youto take the VCP6-NV exam #2V0-642. Itincludes tips for preparing, an in-depth review of each objective, and sample questions. These videos providea time-saving and methodical study plan designed to let you review exam topics and identify and close knowledge gaps – building both your knowledge and your confidence before taking your VMware Certification exam.

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Announcing VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Deployment Considerations

I am very excited to announce a new long-awaited white paper: VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Deployment Considerations, now available to help you avoid risks that can occur during deployment, and to avoid inadvertently prolonging or delaying the deployment process.

Avoiding unnecessary risks is just common sense, right? Not always. For example, did you know that the single most common obstacle in an effective deployment of VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure is not the infrastructure, not the hardware, and not the connection between end-user devices and corporate cloud? It is communication. When the key stakeholders and team leads are not in sync from the very beginning of deployment, they can inadvertently work at cross-purposes. At best, the result can be to slow things down. In the worst case, the results can be costly.

More and more enterprises are turning to VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure, a service that provides virtual desktops by subscription from the cloud. As a desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) solution, Horizon Cloud Service can lower the upfront costs of installation and setup. Horizon Cloud Service can ensure access to virtual desktops and hosted applications from any device, from any location. Horizon Cloud Service avoids security risks by providing a single console with built-in security options. Horizon Cloud Service integrates with your infrastructure and leverages your corporate infrastructure resources to extend your data center.

The VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Deployment Considerations white paper is packed with useful tips for a successful and expedient deployment. It provides overarching insight into effective deployment, from choosing network options wisely and considering traffic flow when setting up VMware Horizon Cloud Service for the first time, to integrating with existing Active Directory users and groups, to establishing sound image optimization and management strategies, all the way to strategic profile and patch management.

You can find out how to avoid risks and delays during deployment in the VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Deployment Considerations white paper. This paper also includes links to additional blog posts and white papers, a few of which are listed here:

  • VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure
  • Moving Virtual Desktops to the Cloud
  • VMware User Environment Manager
  • VMware App Volumes

To comment on this paper, contact VMware End-User-Computing Technical Marketing at euc_tech_content_.

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SysTrack Desktop Assessment, Part 2: Drill into Data with SysTrack Visualizer

In Part 1, I explained the basics of the free SysTrack Desktop Assessment tool, from VMware and Lakeside Software. Now, let&#rsquo;s dive into more details on the service and what can be done with the data collected during the assessment.

(If you missed part one, read it here first for an overview of the free SysTrack Desktop Assessment service.)

SysTrack Visualizer

From the tool&#rsquo;s dashboard, you can open the SysTrack Site Visualizer to drill deeper into the data collected with SysTrack. (Mozilla Firefox is recommended as it is compatible with Microsoft Silverlight, which is required to show the various dashboard and data sets.) The first thing you will see is the Site Visualizer dashboard show in the image below.

This provides you with details on the “Assessment Status” (top left), all asset systems and users (top right), the concurrent on users per week (mid left), the top software packages per user count (mid right), as well as the user resource footprint (bottom right). Hover over the graphs for more details.

The left “Observations” list also gives you more granular details.

Visualizer Main Screen

The main screen of the Visualizer helps you easily navigate the data with the basics explained in the next section.

  • Hover over the question mark on the top left to get detailed info on each section. (If you are like me—&#rsquo;who reads the manual anyway&#rdquo;—you can just follow the instructions below to get the basics and start working with the Visualizer.)
  • Select the area of your choice on the left to open the view (e.g. computer performance).
  • With the perspective pulldown, you can charge into different perspectives.
    1. Customize with the tiny settings icon on the right (3a) which lets you select the data shown.
    2. With the export function, you can export data sets and work with them outside the Visualizer, which helps you use the data even further.
  • On the right filter section, you can filter against different criteria and search in data sets.
  • On the top right, you can select different device groups you want to analyze.

The new GUI is straight forward to use. Now let&#rsquo;s get started.

Data Sets

The most details are collected in the “Observations” list, which is massively important to get to the last details on application or network.

Hovering over the observation list will reveal the explanation details. This provides a variety of information, which will help you to drill down into the last detail of the collected data and provide a deep understanding of computer concerns, application latency, system mobility and software packages (to mention only four of the more important ones). Drill into all the details you require to understand your target group for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

I will give you some examples on how to narrow down the candidates from VDI.

Computer Concerns

To understand which systems are good candidates for VDI, you can start with that data set and change the perspective of the data set. The basic view looks like the image below.

By manipulating the perspectives or filter against the status, you identify the low-hanging fruit right away. In my example, I changed the perspective to “Systems with No Mobility or Device Needs” and then ordered the status, which reveals all systems not in use and USB drives or local printers that are stationary. In a next step, you can then focus on the systems which have some requirements, like local printing or USB access, which can be accommodated via PCOIP protocol.

All data sets can be exported as mentioned at the beginning and further aggregated, for example with Excel, and combined with another exported data set via pivot tables in Excel.

Application Latency

You can also start with “Application Latency” to determine which systems are good candidates for VDI.

In my example, I manipulated the perspective to “Application Server Latency” and ordered the data with the highest latency descending. This reveals the systems with the highest latency to backend systems.

In the connection column, you can see the communication to particular IP addresses, which helps to determine if the backend system is either internet-facing, like a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) app, or internal-facing, like Exchange servers.

Software Packages

The whole point of VDI is delivering business applications to end users to be able to access them from any device. This section is essential to understand what your application landscape looks like, as well as the consumption of compute resources (CPU, memory, IPOS) to be able to size the user&#rsquo;s desktop for best user performance. Also, you&#rsquo;ll understand how many applications are running on your user estate, and this is often not easy, especially if the user can install software.

In some cases, a user will tell you that they need a particular application for their daily work, but in some cases, it is more a want than a need. (&#rsquo;My colleague has this, so I need it, as well.&#rdquo;)

To check on that, I changed my perspective to “Unused Software” to see the difference between installed and used software, with the column unused for 30, 60 and 90 days.

Here are some findings. I order by number of most installed apps, and I can see the “New Turnover System” is installed on 457 systems but was only used recently on 97. Assuming this is licensed software, this is a huge waste of licenses.

To drill down into the systems that used the software, double-click on the figure. It shows you the systems that used or did not use the software in each column, and can be exported.

Risk Analysis

As you may have noticed, with recent changes to the latest version, we now also have a risk analysis, which is great. The dashboard gives you a “30-day Risk Trend” divided into the below areas.

The observation section is comprised of 1) “Security Risk,” 2) “Systems with Risky Applications” and 3) “User Security.”

Security Risk

The “Security Risk” data set provides you with an indication of the security risk of systems based on different risk factors, like web browsing exposure and software update status. A high-level view of security risk by group is available from the dashboard. By changing the perspectives, you can drill into details on particular risks.

If you change the perspective to “Browsing,” it shows the internet browser component and the security risk, including web browsing exposure, non-standard browsers and Internet Explorer trusted sites.

Other interesting perspectives are “Access Control,” which reveals risks including expired passwords, virus scanner status, security eventsand more.

User Security Risk

This is my personal favorite. This shows you all the details around user security: passwords set to never expire, admin privileges, last password changes, as well as users that never logged on to any machine.

By changing the perspectives, you get more granular details: users with admin privileges, users that haven&#rsquo;t changed their password for 90 days or more or accounts that do not require passwords.

In my case, I change it to &#rsquo;Users with Passwords More Than 90 Days Old.&#rdquo;

That reveals that some users did not change their password for 5,601 days, and an admin user that did not change it for 4,188 days. This is a serious security threat!

The perspective &#rsquo;Accounts with no Logon during Last 21 Days&#rdquo; shows, in my example, that I have 1,001 accounts that did not log on between 17/10/2012–18/02/2013 after I exported them into Excel. So, I have a lot of cleanup in my Active Directory to do—luckily for me it is just demo data!

Get Started with SysTrack

The free 90-day desktop assessment from VMware and Lakeside Software offers great value with the SysTrack Visualizer and, in my opinion, is a mandatory tool if you move to VDI.

The data collected and the details reported give you all you need to make informed decisions on which users to target for VDI.It also puts you into a position to assess security risk in your environment and clean up your Active Directory objects that are not in use or no longer needed.

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SysTrack Desktop Assessment, Part 1: Moving to VDI? Details You Should Know

To successfully move to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)/Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution, assessment is key to properly plan your detailed rollout and also to determine whether VDI/DaaS is the right solution in the first place.

With VMware Horizon Cloud, VMware&#rsquo;s DaaS offering, you don&#rsquo;t need a deep understanding of the hardware, hypervisor, network and storage. These are managed entirely by VMware, so you can concentrate on creating and managing the perfect desktop for the end user.

Desktop management services the customer is responsible for fall above the waterline in the image above. With Horizon Cloud, VMware provides everything else.

However, to create the perfect desktop, you do need to understand the user requirements—in terms of applications the user consumes—and provide a powerful enough desktop configuration so the user experience exceeds the current one on a laptop or desktop. After all, improving performance is one of the primary motivations for moving to VDI.

VMware teamed up with Lakeside Software to provide a desktop assessment tool free for 90 days: SysTrack Desktop Assessment. The assessment provides a real-world view of the activity taking place across your organization&#rsquo;s desktop computing environment.

Click the image to get started on your free SysTrack Desktop Assessment.

SysTrack provides accurate assessment information to plan and implement a successful virtual desktop platform, and delivers it in a packaged report format that provides easy-to-understand answers to stakeholders involved in the process.

  • Early Stages: This assessment provides essential information in the early phases of virtualization projects, helping you identify the best candidates based on real usage patterns and conditions.
  • Late Stages: In later phases of the project, SysTrack helps you decide which desktop models you require for different use cases and helps you create the correct desktop pools.
  • Approval Stages: In project approval phases, you can combine the SysTrack Desktop Assessment report with the Horizon Cloud Calculator to help predict costs and justify the case for virtual desktops.

Agent Install Prerequisites

To get started with the assessment, first install the Lakeside agent, which is already preconfigured for your particular environment to collect data. You must meet the following prerequisites before installing SysTrackCloudEdition.msi.

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 (x86) Redistributable
    • For 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems
    • File name: vcredist_x86_VC2010_SP1.exe
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 (x64) Redistributable
    • For 64-bit operating systems only
    • File name: vcredist_x64_VC2010_SP1.exe

Supported Operating Systems

Lakeside supports the following Client operating systems (OS) to run the SysTrack agent:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10

Data Points & User Behavior

The virtual desktop assessment provides you with the following data points and user behavior information of your existing environment and user estate:

  • Users and user groups used for application assignments
  • Applications and application versions
    • Application latency
    • Application chattiness to backend systems
      • Average data send to backend systems
      • Retention connection to backend systems
    • Used versus installed applications
    • Operating systems
    • Hardware specifications
    • Resources including CPU, RAM, Disk and graphics (GPU)
    • Storage input/output per second (IOPs)
    • Network bandwidth consumed per desktop

This information is essential to determine and select the user groups you want to move to VDI desktops and to calculate your business case so you can defend the cost savings you get by moving your desktops to the cloud.

Environmental Summary

This report provides you with details to understand your target user groups for VDI and understand if users are highly mobile or stationed and which device types they are using.

Enterprise Systems Summary

With detailed information on the platforms and the average age of your systems, you get a clear picture of which systems are good candidates for a refresh or migration to VDI.

Enterprise Age

It is also important to look at information like the concurrency level of your estate to calculate the right amount of VDI desktops you need at peak times. This is important to get your VDI desktop figures right and to maximize your ROI.

Environmental Compliance

Understand user behavior and compliance in your environment with reports such as Patch Distribution, Cloud Storage Applications and User File Size distribution.

In addition to the above data sets, you are provided with a list of the top:

  • 25 websites,
  • 25 applications,
  • 25 software packages and
  • Application port usage in your environment.

This gives you a greater understanding of your environment and user behavior.

Solution Summary

The solution summary provides you with a generic overview of whether your users are more suitable for an on-premises VDI solution based on Horizon 7/Horizon Cloud. It also details how to manage your existing desktop systems or bring-your-own-device (BYOD) platforms with VMware AirWatch, VMware Mirage or VMware Horizon FLEX.

The first determination divides it into Horizon family versus physically managed devices, and then further distinguishes between mobile, BYOD and corporate assets to be managed. Within the Horizon family, it is then separated further between candidates for on-premises versus cloud-hosted.

This distinction is made on a high level with the below data points collected:

  1. If a device is observed to have high mobility and times of limited connectivity (e.g. offline usage) or to have extremely unique resource needs (very high) or some rare requirements, it is advised to keep it as a managed physical system.
  2. Any machine that doesn&#rsquo;t fall into the first bucket is considered a possible fit for virtualization, either on-premises or cloud-
  3. These are then broken into cloud-based Horizon Cloud or on-premises based Horizon 7 depending on:
    1. Higher resource load
    2. Large numbers of network dependencies (e.g. application latency)

This helps drive your decision on what should or shouldn’t be virtualised, but that is not the final word. You can drill down into more details on the data collected to help you decide whether to move into a cloud or on-premises deployment.

(In Part 2 of this blog series, we&#rsquo;ll cover more on the data points provided through the various reports and dashboards in the SysTrack Desktop Assessment tool.)

Get Your Free Virtual Desktop Assessment

The free 90-day desktop assessment VMware offers in cooperation with Lakeside Software is a mandatory tool if you move to VDI. You need these details to make decisions on user selection, grouping and applications (otherwise, you’re basically putting a finger in the wind and taking a guess).

It also better positions you to assess security risks in your environment and clean up your Active Directory objects. With the results, you&#rsquo;ll also understand the login process and the delays caused by applying a large number of Group Policy&#rsquo;s or DNS issue or latency issues in your infrastructure.

Click here to get started, and watch out for Part 2 to get more details on the SysTrack Visualizer.

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SysTrack Desktop Assessment, Part 1: Moving to VDI? Details You Should Know

To successfully move to a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI)/Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution, assessment is key to properly plan your detailed rollout and also to determine whether VDI/DaaS is the right solution in the first place.

With VMware Horizon Cloud, VMware&#rsquo;s DaaS offering, you don&#rsquo;t need a deep understanding of the hardware, hypervisor, network and storage. These are managed entirely by VMware, so you can concentrate on creating and managing the perfect desktop for the end user.

Desktop management services the customer is responsible for fall above the waterline in the image above. With Horizon Cloud, VMware provides everything else.

However, to create the perfect desktop, you do need to understand the user requirements—in terms of applications the user consumes—and provide a powerful enough desktop configuration so the user experience exceeds the current one on a laptop or desktop. After all, improving performance is one of the primary motivations for moving to VDI.

VMware teamed up with Lakeside Software to provide a desktop assessment tool free for 90 days: SysTrack Desktop Assessment. The assessment provides a real-world view of the activity taking place across your organization&#rsquo;s desktop computing environment.

Click the image to get started on your free SysTrack Desktop Assessment.

SysTrack provides accurate assessment information to plan and implement a successful virtual desktop platform, and delivers it in a packaged report format that provides easy-to-understand answers to stakeholders involved in the process.

  • Early Stages: This assessment provides essential information in the early phases of virtualization projects, helping you identify the best candidates based on real usage patterns and conditions.
  • Late Stages: In later phases of the project, SysTrack helps you decide which desktop models you require for different use cases and helps you create the correct desktop pools.
  • Approval Stages: In project approval phases, you can combine the SysTrack Desktop Assessment report with the Horizon Cloud Calculator to help predict costs and justify the case for virtual desktops.

Agent Install Prerequisites

To get started with the assessment, first install the Lakeside agent, which is already preconfigured for your particular environment to collect data. You must meet the following prerequisites before installing SysTrackCloudEdition.msi.

  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 (x86) Redistributable
    • For 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems
    • File name: vcredist_x86_VC2010_SP1.exe
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Service Pack 1 (x64) Redistributable
    • For 64-bit operating systems only
    • File name: vcredist_x64_VC2010_SP1.exe

Supported Operating Systems

Lakeside supports the following Client operating systems (OS) to run the SysTrack agent:

  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 3
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10

Data Points & User Behavior

The virtual desktop assessment provides you with the following data points and user behavior information of your existing environment and user estate:

  • Users and user groups used for application assignments
  • Applications and application versions
    • Application latency
    • Application chattiness to backend systems
      • Average data send to backend systems
      • Retention connection to backend systems
    • Used versus installed applications
    • Operating systems
    • Hardware specifications
    • Resources including CPU, RAM, Disk and graphics (GPU)
    • Storage input/output per second (IOPs)
    • Network bandwidth consumed per desktop

This information is essential to determine and select the user groups you want to move to VDI desktops and to calculate your business case so you can defend the cost savings you get by moving your desktops to the cloud.

Environmental Summary

This report provides you with details to understand your target user groups for VDI and understand if users are highly mobile or stationed and which device types they are using.

Enterprise Systems Summary

With detailed information on the platforms and the average age of your systems, you get a clear picture of which systems are good candidates for a refresh or migration to VDI.

Enterprise Age

It is also important to look at information like the concurrency level of your estate to calculate the right amount of VDI desktops you need at peak times. This is important to get your VDI desktop figures right and to maximize your ROI.

Environmental Compliance

Understand user behavior and compliance in your environment with reports such as Patch Distribution, Cloud Storage Applications and User File Size distribution.

In addition to the above data sets, you are provided with a list of the top:

  • 25 websites,
  • 25 applications,
  • 25 software packages and
  • Application port usage in your environment.

This gives you a greater understanding of your environment and user behavior.

Solution Summary

The solution summary provides you with a generic overview of whether your users are more suitable for an on-premises VDI solution based on Horizon 7/Horizon Cloud. It also details how to manage your existing desktop systems or bring-your-own-device (BYOD) platforms with VMware AirWatch, VMware Mirage or VMware Horizon FLEX.

The first determination divides it into Horizon family versus physically managed devices, and then further distinguishes between mobile, BYOD and corporate assets to be managed. Within the Horizon family, it is then separated further between candidates for on-premises versus cloud-hosted.

This distinction is made on a high level with the below data points collected:

  1. If a device is observed to have high mobility and times of limited connectivity (e.g. offline usage) or to have extremely unique resource needs (very high) or some rare requirements, it is advised to keep it as a managed physical system.
  2. Any machine that doesn&#rsquo;t fall into the first bucket is considered a possible fit for virtualization, either on-premises or cloud-
  3. These are then broken into cloud-based Horizon Cloud or on-premises based Horizon 7 depending on:
    1. Higher resource load
    2. Large numbers of network dependencies (e.g. application latency)

This helps drive your decision on what should or shouldn’t be virtualised, but that is not the final word. You can drill down into more details on the data collected to help you decide whether to move into a cloud or on-premises deployment.

(In Part 2 of this blog series, we&#rsquo;ll cover more on the data points provided through the various reports and dashboards in the SysTrack Desktop Assessment tool.)

Get Your Free Virtual Desktop Assessment

The free 90-day desktop assessment VMware offers in cooperation with Lakeside Software is a mandatory tool if you move to VDI. You need these details to make decisions on user selection, grouping and applications (otherwise, you’re basically putting a finger in the wind and taking a guess).

It also better positions you to assess security risks in your environment and clean up your Active Directory objects. With the results, you&#rsquo;ll also understand the login process and the delays caused by applying a large number of Group Policy&#rsquo;s or DNS issue or latency issues in your infrastructure.

Click here to get started, and watch out for Part 2 to get more details on the SysTrack Visualizer.

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