Horizon Cloud Hosted Infrastructure

Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure – July 2017 Technical Updates

There are several technical updates to the VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure this quarter. The updates for this release focus on expanding capabilities from the initial release in February. VMware will contact all customers individually to schedule the upgrade of their tenant(s) to the new release (17.1). For more details on this release, see the Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure 17.1 Release Notes.

New Data Center Availability Added!

VMware is continuing its partnership with IBM to bring VMware Horizon Cloud Service to more regions. Since Februrary, we have added capabilities to host Horizon Cloud in the United Kingdom (May), Germany (June) and in California (July). We now have three data centers in the U.S., one in Japan, and two in Europe. The Horizon Cloud team will continueto add more data centers in the next few months. Stay tuned!

Native Applications with App Volumes Technology Is Generally Available

In February, we enabled a few select customers to use VMware App Volumes technology to create and leverage AppStacks in Horizon Cloud. This feature is now generally available to any customer who requests it. Note that add-on storage is required to use this feature. If you are a HorizonCloud customer and would like to use Native Applications powered by App Volumes technology, consult with your VMware sales team.

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 VMwareHorizon 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 a user is attempting to access the HorizonCloud 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.

Windows Server 2016 Support

Horizon Cloud continues to provide support for customers wanting to use the latest editions of Windows operating systems. With this release, Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure now supports Windows Server 2016 for RDSH hosts and for skinned Windows Server based virtual desktops. For full details on OS support in Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure, see the Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure Service Description document, which can be found in the Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Terms of Service page.

Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business Support

Full support for the Horizon® Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business isreleased for Windows clientswith Horizon Cloud. This solution enables customers to use Skype for Business within Horizon desktops to make optimized audio-video calls and telephony features using the native Skype client. Please note that this functionality is only available on VDI desktops today, but will be made available on RDSH desktops / apps in the future. Details on what features are supported with this release can be found in the release notes for Horizon 7.2.

Enhanced Troubleshooting Capabilities through Console Access (BETA)

We have added more troubleshooting features to the Horizon Air Console Access - HACA tool. HACA, which is currently in Beta,gives administrators direct access to individual desktop consoles for troubleshooting purposes. The tool has been enhanced to allow administratorsthe abilitytotroubleshootvirtual machines that get stuck during the Windows OS startup process, before the Horizon Agent starts.

Horizon Agent 7.2 / Client 4.5 Support

Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure supports the latest Horizon clients and agents. Organizations can take advantage of new feature enhancements in the latest clients including enhanced security with Blast Extreme with support of SHA-256 encryption. You can download the latest clients from the Horizon Clientdownload page.

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What’s New in Horizon Cloud – February 2017

With contributions from Justin Venezia and Jerrid Cunniff.

The recently released Horizon Cloud Service added several significant new features that enable customers to deploy desktops and applications in the cloud, on-premises, or in a combination of the two. This release focused on integrations with Workspace ONE and delivering the technologies that support VMware&#rsquo;s Just-in-Time Management Platform (JMP).

The features mentioned below cover the cloud-based implementation called Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure.

Instant Clones

Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure customers can now leverage Instant Clones for their user&#rsquo;s cloud-based desktops. Instant Clones allow for faster deployment and use less storage than traditional full clones. Instant Clones, when used with User Environment Manager and native applications supplied by App Volumes technology, make up the Just-in-Time Management Platform, which helps you deliver a stateless Windows desktop experience to your users.

For more detail on Instant Clones see Instant Clone View Desktops in Horizon 7.

Workspace ONE Integration

With this release, we are supporting an integration to VMware Workspace ONE. Workspace ONE is an Identity as a Service (IDaaS) offering that provides application provisioning, self-service catalog, and conditional access controls to your users. It allows your users to access SaaS, web, native mobile and virtualized applications through a single user interface. For more information on VMware Workspace ONE, please see the product page.

User Environment Manager

Customers can also leverage the standalone version of User Environment Manager as a part of their Horizon Cloud deployment to manage your users&#rsquo; profile personalization and dynamic policy configuration across Horizon Cloud&#rsquo;s Windows desktop environment. User Environment Manager is installed as a separate Utility Virtual Server inside the Horizon Cloud Tenant and leverages a network file share to store user settings and system configurations.

Customers will only need to purchase of additional storage capacity in Horizon Cloud based on usage and demand. For more information on User Environment Manager, see the User Environment Manager. For guidance on how to leverage User Environment Manager in your Horizon Cloud environment consult with your VMware sales team or partner.

Horizon Agent 7.0.3

Many of the features in the latest version of the Horizon Client and Agent are now available in Horizon Cloud, including updated Windows 10 support, multi-monitor with Blast Extreme and RTAV enhancements. For a list of features that are supported with this release, see VMware KB2148647.

Notification Page

A new notification page is now available in the UI. This page is your one-stop place to manage all events and alerts from your Horizon Cloud instance.

Demo-Administrator Role

We have added the ability to have read-only administrator access to the Horizon Cloud UI. This is a useful feature for support, training and demonstration purposes as it gives a user full access to all screens in the UI without giving them the ability to make any changes to the environment.

App Volumes Integration (Beta)

Horizon Cloud now supports containerized application delivery using App Volumes technology. Using a separately downloadable app capture application, you can create containerized application bundles which are then imported and delivered to Horizon Cloud Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (&#rsquo;VDI&#rdquo;) desktops. Windows 7 and Windows 10 applications are supported by App Volumes. You can now separate the management of applications from the OS image, allowing for greater flexibility in how applications are delivered to users. This feature also saves on storage costs (per VM) since a single bundle of applications or an AppStack, can be shared among many users.

Add-On storage is required to use AppStacks. If you are a customer of Horizon Cloud and would like to use App Volumes, please consult with your VMware sales team or partner to be considered for the private beta.

For an overview of how App Volumes works, see App Volumes AppStacks vs. Writable Volumes by Dale Carter.

Horizon Cloud Monitoring (Beta)

Horizon Cloud Monitoring is a new feature built to provide customers a dashboard to monitor, troubleshoot and manage their Horizon Cloud environment. It leverages the same user-interface in the Horizon Cloud Administration Console. This feature is offered on an invitation-only basis and is used to capture and display guest VM performance and usage statistics.

Contact your VMware sales team or partner to see if you are eligible for use of this feature within Horizon Cloud.

New Capacity Service Model

With Horizon Cloud, we introduced capacity units to allow customers flexibility in the types of desktops that are deployed in their environment. With this enhancement, you can change your desktop build configuration based on user need instead of being locked into a &#rsquo;one size fits all&#rdquo; model. Horizon cloud offers different capacity measurements of Standard and Workstation class desktops. You can find details on the Capacity Service Model on the Horizon Cloud product page.

vGPU (Beta)

VMware has been working with NVIDIA to deliver vGPU-accelerated desktops through Horizon for some time, and with this release of Horizon Cloud, we are providing limited access to some customers for the new Horizon Cloud Graphical Workstations. This feature allows you to use high performance 3D applications from a cloud-based virtual desktop. Customers can purchase Graphical Workstation Capacity &#rsquo;units&#rdquo; (GWC) for the provisioning of desktop VMs with virtual graphics processor (vGPU). The GWC unit contains 4 vCPU, 16 GB vRAM,120GB Hard Disk, 2GB vGPU Memory, and 80 storage IOPS.

All Graphic Workstation desktop models operate in similar fashion to Standard desktop models as described in the Horizon Cloud Service Description.

These new features make it easier for you to deliver cloud-based virtual desktops and applications to your users. Find out more details by reviewing the Horizon Cloud Service information on our website, or reach out to your VMware or VMware Partner EUC technical specialist.

 

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