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Best Practices for Published Applications and Desktops in VMware Horizon Apps and VMware Horizon 7

The best practices guide for published applications and desktops in Horizon 7 and Horizon Apps is now available!

This guide is intended for anyone installing or administering published applications or published desktops in Horizon 7 or Horizon Apps. Readers should already be familiar with basic installation and administration procedures, such as those described in Publishing Applications with VMware Horizon 7.

When deploying a Horizon 7 or Horizon Apps RDSH-based published application and desktop solution, administrators will want to consider a number of best practices. Areas of consideration include VMware ESXi host sizing, RDSH image configuration and optimization, Horizon 7 configuration and policies, antivirus solutions, provisioning, and recurring maintenance.

Administrators will also want to consider integrating VMware JMP technologies, which include VMware Instant Clone Technology, VMware App Volumes, and VMware User Environment Manager. With our latest release of VMware Horizon 7, just-in-time delivery of virtual desktops is extended to include published applications delivered from RDSH servers, bringing increased speed, scale, and simplicity.

Be sure to download and read Best Practices for Published Applications and Desktops in VMware Horizon Apps and VMware Horizon 7.

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

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What’s New in VMware Horizon 7.2 and Horizon Client 4.5

We have just announced the general availability of VMware Horizon 7.2 and Horizon Client 4.5. This is a significant release for our flagship product, with improvements across the board—from scalability and user experience to deep technical innovations and improved policy controls. Let us dive straight in and highlight the key technical advances this release delivers.

Horizon 7.2

What&#rsquo;s New Highlights

Horizon Help Desk Tool
  • Provides user-session details for the Horizon 7 environment.
  • Single console for troubleshooting and solving user issues.
Workspace ONE mode
  • Forces using Workspace ONE when the client supports it.
  • Optionally blocks clients that do not support it.
Reuse AD account for instant-clone pool
  • Create a new computer account only if it does not exist.
Graphics settings from snapshot
  • SVGA settings / vGPU profile from master snapshot.
ADM template removal
  • Only ADMX in 7.2.
Increased scale
  • Pod , Cloud Pod Architecture, and Connection Server.
Storage improvements
  • Storage DRS cluster, storage policy-based management, encryption, local storage.

Horizon Help Desk Tool

The Horizon Help Desk Tool provides a tailored troubleshooting interface for the help desk that is installed by default on the Connection Servers. To access the Horizon Help Desk Tool, navigate to https:///helpdesk, where CS_FQDN is the fully qualified domain name of the Connection Server, or click the Help Desk button in the Horizon Administrator console.

The Horizon Help Desk Tool reduces workload for administrators and provides quick troubleshooting and metrics for the help desk.

The tool allows help desk staff to easily perform the following tasks on the user machine:

  • Restart, Logoff, Reset, and Disconnect
  • Remote Assistance
  • Send Message

You can obtain the following metrics for the client and virtual machine:

  • Client
    • Username
    • Client IP, Name, and OS
    • Protocol, TX Bandwidth, and Frame Rate
  • VM
    • Computer Name
    • Agent Version
    • Session State and State Duration, Logon Time and Duration, and Session Duration
    • CPU, Memory, Latency, and Logon Segments
    • Connection Server
    • Pool
    • vCenter

To get logon segments in the help-desk feature, you need to enable timingProfiler writes to the event database on each Connection Server:

vdmadmin -I -timingProfiler -enable

For detailed information on the Horizon Help Desk Tool, see the VMware blog post Help&#rsquo;s on the Way with the New VMware Horizon Help Desk Tool.

Watch this quick demo of the Horizon Help Desk Tool to see it in action:

Workspace ONE Mode

Workspace ONE mode secures access to Horizon 7 by allowing applications and desktops to launch only from Workspace ONE. This setting enforces access policies per application or per desktop. You enable Workspace ONE mode on the Connection Servers. When a user connects to a Workspace ONE mode-enabled server in Horizon Client, they are redirected to the Workspace ONE portal to launch desktops or applications, and the Horizon Client will no longer show other items that are available to launch. You also have the option to disable clients that do not support Workspace ONE mode.

See Workspace ONE mode in action in this short demo:

Reuse AD Account for Instant-Clone Pool

You can now rebuild a virtual machine in an instant clone and keep all machine assignments by reusing the computer account.

Graphics Settings from Snapshot

Instant-clone desktop pools inherit graphics settings from the vCenter Server parent-VM snapshot:

  • Memory
  • Number of monitors (with a new maximum of four)
  • Resolution

Just as with the SVGA settings, the vGPU profile for an instant-clone desktop pool is automatically selected when you select the snapshot of the vCenter Server parent VM.

All Active Directory Group Policy Templates Are Available as ADMX

All policy settings have been migrated to ADMX, and ADM is now deprecated and no longer included with Horizon 7. With all settings now in the ADMX templates, managing Horizon 7 is more streamlined and simpler than ever because now all templates can be placed in a central store, and no redundant copies need to be made into Sysvol.

Scalability

Horizon 7.2 increases scalability for Cloud Pod Architecture deployments to now support up to 120,000 sessions across 12 View pods and five sites. Additionally, Horizon 7 can now support 4,000 desktops with a single VMware vCenter Server for linked-clone, full-clone and instant-clone deployments.

Local Storage Support for Instant Clones

You now have the option to use local storage as a low-cost storage tier for instant clones. However, for high-availability events, this requires careful pool capacity planning and adds complexity to vSphere host maintenance, which you would not have with vSAN.

Ability to Select Storage DRS Clusters for Full Clones

It is no longer required to select all storage devices belonging to a Storage DRS Cluster; you can now directly select the cluster for easier administration.

vSAN and Storage Policy-Based Management Improvements

Horizon 7.2 adds support for vSAN encryption and provides updated storage policy-based management for finer granularity.

Horizon Agent 7.2 for RDSH

What&#rsquo;s New Highlights

Smart Policies for applications
  • Extend support from desktop to remote applications.
Session pre-launch
  • Launch application on broker login.
  • Can be enabled per application.

Smart Policies for Applications

Smart Policies give administrators granular control of a user&#rsquo;s desktop experience. You can dynamically control a variety of Horizon 7 features based on user, device, and location. Horizon 7.2 now introduces Smart Policies for RDSH applications. Smart Policies for applications, together with tags, can control the behavior of published applications.

Following are client properties mapped to User Environment Manager properties:

Volatile Registry Key User Environment Manager Property Value
viewClient_Broker_GatewayLocation Client location Internal/External
viewClient_Launch_Matched_Tags Launch tag(s) Tags (comma)
viewClient_Launch_ID Pool name Pool ID

Edit the Connection Server settings to add a tag for a desktop pool. The tag can be any string value, for example, Internal or External.

Then, from User Environment Manager, create a Smart Policy and reference the tag name.

Or if you want this policy to apply only to specific applications, you can make the condition more specific, for example, only for applications that have Secure in their pool name:

But remember that the pool name that launched the session is evaluated at user-session launch time, so you cannot differentiate between applications on the same farm. If you want to differentiate, separate the applications with nonmatching settings into different farms and use OR to add all the applications to the conditions.

Session Pre-Launch

Administrators can configure a published application so that an application and remote desktop session are launched immediately after a user has authenticated to the Connection Server. When the user starts the session from Horizon Client, the session loads almost instantly. The pre-launch setting enables faster start times for frequently used applications. From the Horizon 7 Administrator console, you can configure pre-launch, as follows:

It is recommended to enable this option only for applications that the user will almost certainly use immediately after launching, to minimize unnecessary load on the farm. To further reduce impact, you can set a timeout for unused pre-launched applications, as follows:

To minimize impact even further, you can set a reasonable maximum amount of users, as determined by testing on the RDSH servers, and configure session load-balancing based on CPU and memory load, leaving enough headroom for boot storms.

For more information, see Configuring Load Balancing for RDS Hosts in View Administration.

Horizon Agent 7.2

What&#rsquo;s New Highlights

Recursive Unlock
  • Single unlock of the client device also unlocks the virtual desktop or published desktop.
USB over virtual channel
  • USB-redirection port consolidation.
HTML5 content redirection (beta)
  • Redirect HTML5 from agent to client.
Blast Extreme SHA-256
  • Upgraded to use the latest security algorithms.
Horizon Agent DX11
  • Complete rewrite of the D3D9 renderer.
Skype for Business GA
  • General availability.

Recursive Unlock

The Recursive Unlock feature unlocks all remote sessions after the client machine has been unlocked. After the user logs in to the server, remote sessions such as published applications, RDSH desktops, and Windows desktops are unlocked. This feature removes unnecessary authentication steps for the user.

Requirements for this feature include:

  • The Windows client device must be domain-joined
  • The user logging in to the client must be the same user logged in to the remote session
  • Enable the client setting Log in as current user
  • Enable the Group Policy setting Unlock remote sessions when the client machine is unlocked in ComputerPoliciesVMware Horizon Client ConfigurationSecurity.

USB over Virtual Channel

You can enable USB redirection without opening the firewall port 32111. USB over virtual channel allows USB over a side channel.

Configure this registry setting as follows:

  • Key path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREVMware, Inc.VMware VDMAgentConfiguration
  • Key name: UsbVirtualChannelEnabled
  • Key value: true

HTML5 Redirection (Tech Preview)

The HTML5 redirection feature allows video content redirection for websites that do not use Adobe Flash Player. Benefits of this feature include reduced CPU usage and smoother video playback.

HTML5 redirection requires:

  • Windows 7 or Windows 10 Enterprise for the agent and client OS, with VMware Horizon 7 HTML5 redirection package (available by request)
  • Google Chrome 58 with extension, from Chrome Web Store
  • Setting URL lists in the registry, for example:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesVMware, Inc.VMware HTML5MMR]

"enabled"=dword:00000001

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesVMware, Inc.VMware HTML5MMRUrlWhiteList]

"https://vimeo.com/*"=""

"https://www.youtube.com/*"=""

Note: Tech Preview features and capabilities arenot supported for production deployment. These features are available to test in a lab or UAT environment as a preview of potential upcoming innovations. You can provide feedback to improve these features throughVMware Communities.

Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business

Optimized audio and video calls are now possible with Skype for Business inside a virtual desktop without negatively affecting the virtual infrastructure and overloading the network. All media processing takes place on the client machine instead of in the virtual desktop during Skype audio and video calls. Using native Skype codecs, bandwidth usage is equivalent to native Skype for Business calls.

For detailed information on this feature, which is now generally available, see the VMware blog post VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business (Beta) Is Now Available!.

Horizon Client 4.5

The Horizon Client has been updated, too, with availability of an XBox One Client in the Windows store, a new installer UI for Windows, dual-monitor support for HTML Access, SSO for RHEL/CentOS 7.x, and KDE and CDR support for Linux.

What&#rsquo;s New Highlights

For more information, see the Release Notes on the Horizon Clients Documentation page.

With all these great additions, it is easy to see why we are so excited about this release. We invite you to see it all yourself by visiting the Horizon 7.2 download page and the Horizon Clients download page.

 

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Announcing the Completed Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7

The entire Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in Horizon 7 is now available! Posted as eight slim sections, this white paper series walks you through the setup and exploration of the View component of Horizon 7. Using easy-to-follow diagrams and screenshots, it examines the major features of View, including setting up desktop pools, provisioning end users, creating and using instant clones, all about Smart Policies, and much more.

Each section contains visual aids and practical exercises about the following topics:

  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Overview
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Installation and Configuration
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Preparing Virtual Machines for Desktop Pools
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Instant Clones
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Desktop Pools
  • Quick-Start Guide: Publishing Applications with VMware Horizon 7
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Smart Policies
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Provisioning Users

Overview

The Overview starts the series by introducing the View component of VMware Horizon 7, discussing benefits, features, and architecture; and describing how View and other Horizon 7 components interoperate. See more in Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Overview.

Installation and Configuration

The Installation and Configuration section walks you through the installation process and initial configuration processes. When you finish this section, you have a working deployment that you can use to explore the main View features. See more in Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Installation and Configuration.

Preparing VMs for Desktop Pools

The Preparing VMs for Desktop Pools section describes how to build a virtual machine, and how to use it as the master image for multiple desktop pools. You can then use this virtual machine in subsequent guides to create full-clone pools, linked-clone pools, and instant-clone pools. See more in Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Preparing Virtual Machines for Desktop Pools.

Instant Clones

The Instant Clones section introduces VMware Instant Clone Technology, which improves and accelerates the process of creating cloned virtual desktops. This section describes how to create an instant-clone desktop pool, as well as how to update it to use a new master image.

When you use Instant Clone Technology, the desktop gets deleted when the user logs out, and a new desktop is created using the most current image on which the instant-clone pool is based. This requires less storage and expense to manage and update than other types of virtual desktops. See more in Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Instant Clones.

Desktop Pools

The Desktop Pools section shows you how to automate the process of making many identical virtual desktops, including how to create full-clone desktop pools, linked-clone desktop pools, and session-based RDSH desktop pools.

See more in Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Desktop Pools.

Publishing Applications

The Publishing Applications section shows how to quickly install and deploy published applications with VMware Horizon 7. Publishing applications simplifies management of line-of-business applications, allows the delivery of Windows applications to non-Windows devices, and can potentially provide licensing advantages. The Published Applications feature supports a variety of remote-experience features, including HTML Access, client-drive redirection, access to locally connected USB devices, file-type association, Windows media redirection, content redirection, printer redirection, location-based printing, 3D rendering, smart card authentication, and more. Users can launch an application, save files, and use network resources from a remote RDSH server, just as if the users had the application installed on their local computers, tablets, or phones. See more in Quick-Start Guide: Publishing Applications with VMware Horizon 7.

Smart Policies

The Smart Policies feature of VMware User Environment Manager is included with VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition. Smart Policies give you granular control over the user&#rsquo;s desktop experience, based on who the user is, as well as variables such as client device, IP address, pool name, and more. You can enable or disable clipboard redirection, USB access, printing, and client drive redirection. You can also customize the user experience based on user context and location. Smart Policies can be enforced based on role, and evaluated at login and logout, and disconnect and reconnect, and at predetermined refresh intervals. With all these capabilities and fine-grained control, you can use one desktop pool to address many different use cases. See more in Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Smart Policies.

Provisioning Users

The Provisioning Users section explores the process of entitling users to desktop pools and application pools, as well as how to connect to virtual desktops and published applications from a variety of client devices. This section shows how to entitle users when creating a pool, or after the pool is created. See more in Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Provisioning Users.

JMP

Horizon 7 includes JMP, the just-in-time management platform, which allows desktop or RDSH server components to be decoupled and managed independently in a centralized manner, and reconstituted on demand to deliver a personalized user workspace when needed.

JMP provides several key benefits, including simplified desktop and RDSH image management, faster delivery and maintenance of applications, and elimination of the need to manage full persistent desktops. To find out more, see Jump (JMP), Radio & a Pony: Your Journey to Modern Workspace Management.

Now that all eight sections of the Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide series are available, you can explore them:

  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Overview
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Installation and Configuration
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Preparing Virtual Machines for Desktop Pools
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Instant Clones
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Desktop Pools
  • Quick-Start Guide: Publishing Applications with VMware Horizon 7
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Smart Policies
  • Reviewer&#rsquo;s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Provisioning Users

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

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