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JMP Is Here! See It Live at VMworld

Earlier this year, we introduced our Just-in-Time Management Platform(JMP—we pronounce it “jump”) to blow apart the desktop status quo. It&#rsquo;s evolved into something truly special that will change the way you provision desktops.

Tuesday, 5 p.m., at VMworld U.S.is your first chance to see this game-changing technology. There&#rsquo;ll be beer, cake references and the unstoppable Harry Labana (@harrylabana), vice president of management services and strategy for VMware End-User Computing (EUC).

VMworld 2017 Breakout Session:

Modernize Management with JMP Technologies in VMware Horizon & Take a Look at Where We Are Headed”

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Too Complex. Too Slow. Too Many Breakpoints.

Most of you use a static desktop provisioning model that makes it difficult for you to:

  • Deliver workspaces quickly and efficiently to all users and endpoints.
  • Be agile to end-user requests.
  • Keep up with OS updates and patches (especially with Windows 10).
  • Manage application and OS dependencies.
  • Respond when something goes wrong.

Just-in-Time Delivery

JMP is our answer to those problems. If I were in marketing, I&#rsquo;d sell it to you as “Simple. Fast. Bulletproof.” But I&#rsquo;m not; I&#rsquo;m a product guy. So, instead I&#rsquo;ll tell you that I recognize that you&#rsquo;re currently working too hard, fighting with yesterday&#rsquo;s provisioning tools and struggling with infrastructure that&#rsquo;s beyond its sell-by date. And I want to help.

In a JMP-managed world, you define the desktop workspace that your users want, but leave the building of it to our automation engine. JMP offers a single integrated console that leverages VMware Instant Clone Technology, VMware App Volumes and VMware User Environment Manager to deliver tailored workspaces built from a common gold image.

User-Centric Automation

You identify your users (individuals and groups), tag their desired attributes (policies, apps, infrastructure, etc.) and press go. The JMP engine then automates the creation of bespoke desktops that exactly meet your users&#rsquo; needs. On the device they want.

It&#rsquo;s as simple as it gets.

It gives you more time, flexibility and, oddly, control.

Too Complex. Too Slow. Too Many Breakpoints. Solved.

Going back to how we started this blog, JMP&#rsquo;s dynamic engine gives makes it easy for you to:

  • Deliver workspaces quickly and efficiently to all users and endpoints.
  • Be agile to end-user requests.
  • Keep up with OS updates and patches.
  • Manage application and OS dependencies.
  • Respond when something goes wrong.

Moving from a static to an automated management model gives you numerous benefits. Not least amongst them is the fact that you only consume resources when your users call upon them. No more pre-provisioning. No more downtime for patching. Just-in-time delivery across your entire desktop estate.

Cloud Ready

With JMP automating the actual desktop building, simply changing the target environment for your users can move someone from an on-prem environment to a hybrid or cloud based one. You now have a solution that leverages the infrastructure you&#rsquo;ve built, to deliver the desktops your CTO told you to prepare for.

See for Yourself

We like to say that we&#rsquo;re making managing virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) a piece of cake. Everyone likes cake, right? Join Harry and I at VMworld, and get a sneak peek at the future of JMP—we&#rsquo;ll give you beer and maybe even cake. Possibly even a copy of Fusion 10. You should be there.

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Delivering a Seamless Digital Workspace Experience with Horizon Cloud

VMware Workspace ONE integrates with VMware Horizon Cloud to provide a simple and secure enterprise platform that allows end users to access their applications, data and services from any device, anywhere. Both platforms were built to integrate with each other, which provides a single user interface (UI) through the Workspace ONE enterprise catalog, to deliver applications to end users.

Explore Workspace ONE further in a Hands-on Lab.

About Workspace ONE

Workspace ONE combines identity, real-time application delivery and mobility management to provide a digital workspace to your end users. This digital workspace delivers Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, public native mobile applications—and when integrated with Horizon Cloud, virtual applications and desktops—all from a single, unified application store.

About Horizon Cloud

Horizon Cloud enables the delivery of cloud-hosted or on-premises virtual desktops and applications. With Horizon Cloud, you can leverage a cloud-based management plane and even infrastructure, instead of deploying an entire infrastructure to support VDI desktops and RDS applications traditionally. Your IT organization can focus on delivering applications and desktops, instead of spending time maintaining the infrastructure.

Benefits of Integration

The integration of Workspace ONE and Horizon Cloud provides a number of benefits:

Single Sign-On

One of the primary advantages that Workspace ONE and Horizon Cloud provide is secure, single sign-on (SSO) to both desktops and applications. This provides simplicity and ease of access while maintaining security. Users can utilize either the Workspace ONE web-based portal from any HTML 5 web browser or the Workspace ONE mobile application. And when used with an iOS-based device, users can utilize touch ID for SSO.

Two-Factor Authentication

Workspace ONE provides multiple multi-factor authentication methods, such as RSA, Radius, Certificate, Kerberos, and VMware Verify to protect your environment beyond the basic user ID and password. Workspace ONE also provides two-factor authentication (2FA) for Horizon Cloud to secure your Digital Workspace.

In addition, you can utilize step-up authentication, which allows additional multi-factor authentication beyond the initial authentication into Workspace ONE when accessing a desktop or application. This increases the security by requiring two-factor authentication to access a specific desktop or application, even if you don&#rsquo;t require it to access Workspace ONE.

Three Integration Options

Both Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE have a cloud hosted option and an on-premises option. You can integrate the Horizon Cloud options with the Workspace ONE options in the following configurations:

Figure 2: Possible Integration Configuration Options

Although the two types of deployment have unique architecture requirements, both require an on-premises component. The on-premises component can be a virtual appliance or a Windows server, based on the type of deployment. For more information on the different deployments and their architecture, see VMware Workspace ONE Documentation.

Integration 1: Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure and Workspace ONE Cloud

Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure supports only Workspace ONE Cloud.

Figure 3: Integration 1: Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure and Workspace ONE Cloud

The following Figure 4 illustrates the integration option for Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure and Workspace ONE Cloud. The VMware Identity Manager Connector (a) is deployed on-premises in your data center. This integrates with your Active Directory and synchronizes the resources between Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE, along with desktop and application entitlements. This synchronization between the VMware Identity Manger Connector and Horizon Cloud occurs over the VPN or Direct Connect (b), which connects your data center to your Horizon Cloud tenant (c). The VMware Identity Manager Connector then synchronizes the resources and entitlements to the VMware Identity Manager (IDM) Cloud service (d).

Figure 4: Integration 1: Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure and Workspace ONE Cloud

Integration 2: Horizon Cloud On Premises and Workspace ONE On Premises

Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure supports both the on-premises and cloud versions of Workspace ONE.

Figure 5: Integration 2: Horizon Cloud On-Premises and on-premises version of Workspace ONE

You can use Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure to run desktops and applications in their data center using Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Appliances, but with abut with a cloud base control plane.

Figure 6 illustrates the integration option for Horizon Cloud On-Premises Infrastructure and on-premises version of Workspace ONE. VMware Identity Manager (a) is deployed as a virtual appliance in your data center. This provides integration with your Active Directory (b) and also performs the synchronization of the resources between Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE (c), along with desktop entitlements.

Figure 6: Integration 2: Horizon Cloud On-Premises and on-premises version of Workspace ONE

Integration 3: Horizon Cloud On Premises and Workspace ONE Cloud

Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure supports both the on-premises version of Workspace ONE and Workspace ONE Cloud.

Figure 7: Integration 3: Horizon Cloud On Premises and Workspace ONE Cloud

For Workspace ONE Cloud, the VMware Identity Manager Connector (a) is deployed on-premises in your data center (b). This provides integration with your Active Directory and also performs the synchronization (c) of the resources between Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE, along with desktop entitlements. The VMware Identity Manager Connector then synchronizes the resources and entitlements to the IDM Cloud service (d).

Figure 8: Integration 3: Horizon Cloud On Premises and Workspace ONE Cloud

Tips on How to Integrate

To integrate Horizon Cloud with Workspace ONE, you deploy VMware Identity Manager or VMware Identity Manager Connector on-premises with one of the Horizon Cloud Service options described earlier. To start the integration, ensure that VMware Identity Manager or VMware Identity Manager Connector is configured and integrated with your Enterprise Directory.

For more information, see the VMware Horizon Cloud Service Documentation or VMware Workspace ONE Documentation.

Enable Horizon Cloud Desktops and Applications in VMware Identity Manager

With a Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE integration, you can use the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console, a component of Workspace ONE, to enable desktops and applications.

  1. Log in to the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console.
  2. In the Catalog tab, select Manage Desktops and Applications > Horizon Cloud.
  3. Select Enable Horizon Cloud Deployments and Applications.
  4. Enter the following information for your environment:
  5. Click Save.
  6. Click Sync now to sync Desktop and App entitlements from the Horizon Cloud environment.

Configure SAML Authentication

You should configure a a SAML authentication between Horizon Cloud and VMware Identity Manager, the identity provider, to enable trust between the two. To establish trust, you first create a Federation Artifact for Horizon Cloud, then set up custom user ID mapping, and finally configure SAML authentication.

Create Federation Artifact for Horizon Cloud

To enable trust between Horizon Cloud and VMware Identity Manager, you create the Federation Artifact in the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console and add a SAML authentication in the Horizon Cloud Administration Console.

  1. In the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console, click the arrow on the Catalog tab and select Settings.
  2. In the left pane, select Horizon Cloud.
  3. Enter the following information for your Horizon Cloud environment:
  4. Click the Accept Certificate link next to the Tenant Appliance URLs.
  5. Click Save.

After creating a federation artifact, set the custom User ID mapping.

Custom User ID Mapping

You can use custom User ID Mapping to customize the user ID that is used in the SAML response when users launch Horizon Cloud Desktops and Applications. You can resolve SSO launch failures that are caused by a mismatch of the user ID attribute between VMware Identity Manager and Horizon Cloud.

  1. In the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console, click the arrow on the Catalog tab and select Settings.
  2. Click Horizon Cloud on the left.
  3. In the Horizon Cloud page, specify the name ID format to use.
  4. Click Save.

After setting the custom User ID mapping, configure the SAML authentication.

Configure SAML Authentication in Horizon Cloud

To configure SAML authentication in Horizon Cloud:

  1. In the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console, click the arrow on the Catalog tab and select Settings.
  2. In the left pane, click SAML Metadata.
  3. Click the Identity Provider (iDP) metadata link.
  4. Make a note of the URL from the browser&#rsquo;s address bar, such as https://VMwareIdentityMangerFQDN/SAAS/API/1.0/GET/metadata/idp.xml
  5. Log in to the Horizon Cloud Tenant.
  6. Navigate to Settings > General Settings > Edit.
  7. In the VMware Identity Manager section, enter the following required information:
  8. Click Save.

Enforce User Authentication through Workspace ONE Portal

You can set Horizon Cloud to enforce end user authentication through the Workspace ONE portal, requiring SAML-based authentication.

Figure 13: Enforcing User Authentication

  1. In the Administration Console, navigate to Settings > General Settings, and click Edit.
  2. In the User Account Configuration section, make selections according to your organization’s needs.
    • Force Remote Users to vIDM – When set to Yes, users that are trying to access their desktops from locations outside of your corporate network must log in to their Workspace ONE portal and access desktops and applications from that portal.
    • Force Internal Users to vIDM – When set to Yes, users that are trying to access their desktops from locations within your corporate network must log in to their Workspace ONE portal and access desktops and applications from that portal.
  3. Click Save to confirm the configuration to the system.

After you verify that user authentication is enforced, your users can launch desktops and applications securely from Workspace ONE.

Launch a Desktop or Application using Horizon Client or Supported Browser

Your end users can use either the Horizon Client or any supported HTML 5 browser to launch desktops and applications.

  1. In the Workspace ONE portal, click Bookmarks
  2. Double-click the desktop or application to launch.

To Wrap this up….

Step-by-step documentation on how to integrate Horizon Cloud with VMware Identity Manager can be found in the VMware Horizon Cloud Service Documentation and VMware Workspace ONE Documentation. If you want to try configuring the integration yourself, but do not have a Horizon Cloud or Workspace ONE environment yet, you are in luck. At VMworld, we are releasing a Hands-on-Labs for Horizon Cloud, which contains an entire module that walks you through the configuration of the integration. Make sure to check out HOL-1856-ADV-1 in the Hands-on-Labs at VMworld in Las Vegas!

 

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Empowering the Digital Workspace: How Corona-Norco Unified School District Does It

The award-winning Corona-Norco Unified School District serves more than 54,000 K-12 students from the California cities of Corona, Norco and Eastvale, as well as unincorporated parts of Riverside County. One of the 10 largest districts in the state, it employs approximately 5,000 people.

Like many public school districts, Corona-Norco has a goal to reduce capital expenses and technology costs overall for its schools to ensure equal access to technology. With costs rising and a small IT team challenged to drive all over a large, traffic-choked area to deliver services, the district faced a big choice when they decided to upgrade in-school computing: Buy more sophisticated and expensive hardware for each school, or take a different approach. They chose a suite of digital workspace solutions that make it simple and cost-effective to manage mobile devices, upgrade to Windows 10 and distribute and maintain apps using virtual desktops.

 

Digital Workspaces Put the Emphasis on Education, Not Patching

In 2012, the district started to roll out virtual desktops on zero clients at schools. Corona-Norco now supports 8,000 zero clients and around 5,000 virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) concurrent desktops—with a full-time staff of two. &#rsquo;We don&#rsquo;t see the support number changing dramatically as we significantly ramp up the number of devices,&#rdquo; said Brian Troudy, the district&#rsquo;s director of networking and infrastructure. Adding to the device count is the district&#rsquo;s embrace of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) model for maximum flexibility and choice. VMware AirWatch and VMware Workspace ONE extend the district&#rsquo;s digital workspaces beyond classroom computers to tablets and laptops, allowing faculty, students and staff to access any app on any device at any time.

VMware end-user computing solutions have simplified application management and updates, including the district&#rsquo;s upgrade to Windows 10. With the ability to test and patch images &#rsquo;behind the scenes&#rdquo; from a central location, instead of sending IT staff to schools and taking computers out of service, operating system (OS) and app updates are easy to deploy. Said Troudy, &#rsquo;Using the Horizon suite, App Volumes, Thin App and UEM, we&#rsquo;re able to layer into a user’s connection the applications that they need based on certain criteria—the location, class that they&#rsquo;re enrolled in—and all of that can be done dynamically and automatically based on the integrations that we have with other business systems.&#rdquo; IT staff can now spend their efforts working one-on-one with their end users on effective use of technology instead of managing and maintaining the underlying technology.

Teacher Peter D&#rsquo;Agostino noted that he used to have to stay at school after hours and come in early to maintain and patch classroom computers. It could take weeks to get new software installed. Now with VMware Horizon VDI, apps for engineering, history, music production and many more topics run faster and more reliably. &#rsquo;I no longer have to spend time updating computers on my own, taking time away from students. Now I spend my time looking for ways for kids to learn better. It just changes the game.&#rdquo;

 

Money Saved on Technology Goes Back to Student Programs

The district estimates it&#rsquo;s saved $5 million on hardware so far, and more than $75,000 on energy costs alone, by switching to a VDI model. &#rsquo;We&#rsquo;re able to, with VMware technologies, deploy labs of computers to our students at a quarter of the cost,” said Troudy. &#rsquo;It&#rsquo;s also allowed us to keep the experience of the desktop that they&#rsquo;re using up to date and relevant. It&#rsquo;s a night-and-day experience for our students.&#rdquo;

&#rsquo;With VMware … we were able to provide end-user computing at a much lower cost than we did six or seven years ago. There&#rsquo;s nothing that makes me happier as a CIO than to be able to say, I get out of the way, and let the school do what they need to do to make sure the students receive the education they deserve.&#rdquo;
—Ben Odipo, CIO and Assistant Superintendent of Information Technology, Corona-Norco Unified School District

Related:

  • [Video] Western Carolina University Extends Digital Workspace Solutions Campus-Wide
  • VMware + Ellucian: Smart BYOD & Apps with VMware&#rsquo;s Secure Digital Backpack for Education
  • Empower the Digital Workspace: The VMware Customer Perspective

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Calling Mobility Partners! Don’t Miss EUC Sessions at Partner Exchange @ VMworld 2017

Want to grow your VMware AirWatch license and services sales and keep up with the digital workspace trend? Curious about what&#rsquo;s new and what’s next for VMware Partners? Look no further.

Partner Exchange (PEX) @ VMworld 2017 is almost here! Join VMware executives, partner teams and fellow technology partners in Las Vegas, Aug. 27and Barcelona, Sept. 11.

Developed with mobility partners in mind, the end-user computing (EUC) content is more robust than ever! You&#rsquo;ll hear the latest industry trends along with go-to-market best practices to take your business to the next level.

Here are must-attend sessions to help you get the most out of PEX and after.

Hear from VMware Execs

Business Growth Series: Embracing Digital Transformation

Join this not-to-be missed keynote and hear from a business futurist for a forward-thinking take on digital transformation and its impact on companies as they embrace the digital age. You&#rsquo;ll also hear from Sumit Dhawan about how these digital trends and VMware technology, paired with your expertise, position you as the strategic advisor to enable customer success with digital transformation. What are you waiting for? Add this to your agenda now!

Speakers:

  • Sumit Dhawan, VMware EUC SVP & GM
  • Special Guest Speaker (The name will only be released to those who register for the session!)

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Partner Exchange General Session

Learn what&#rsquo;s new before your customers do! You don&#rsquo;t want to miss this opportunity to hear from Pat Gelsinger and Ross Brown as they share the overall VMware strategy for partners and how it&#rsquo;s expanding opportunities across all routes to market. This session will take place at 11:15 a.m. in both cities on their corresponding dates.

Speakers:

  • Pat Gelsinger, VMware Chief Executive Office
  • Ross Brown, VMware SVP Worldwide Partners and Alliances

Embrace the Digital Workspace

VMware Solution Selling for Partners: Empower the Digital Workspace—Simplify App Access and Management (Two-Part Workshop)

In this two-part workshop, you&#rsquo;ll learn how to present solutions to your customer in their own language. Hear industry challenges and business priorities from the perspective of a CXO and learn how to deliver business value with VMware Workspace ONE.

Speakers:

  • Kevin Strohmeyer, VMware Senior Director of Product Marketing
  • William LaHam, Speaker for Laham & Assoc. (VMworld U.S.)
  • Karen Laidler, Former CIO for K Laidler (VMworld Europe)

Part 1

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Part 2

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Selling Workspace ONE: Identifying Large Opportunities in the Emerging Digital Workspace Market

The emerging digital workspace market is the result of employees demanding an improved mobile work experience. Workspace ONE can give customers the any-app, any-device experience their employees want. Get on board early and learn how to have powerful conversations that can identify large, strategic opportunities with significant services drag.

Speakers:

  • Kevin Strohmeyer (VMware U.S.)
  • Jeff McGrath, VMware Senior Director of Product Marketing (VMware U.S.)
  • Spencer Pitts, VMware EUC Chief Technologist (VMworld Europe)
  • Mark Roscoe, VMware EUC UK Partner Manager (VMworld Europe)

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Technical Deep Dive: Workspace ONE App Access and Security

This session will provide a technical overview of the Workspace ONE solution for identity-defined workspaces.

Speakers

  • Josue Fontanez, VMware Senior Product Line Marketing Manager (VMware U.S.)
  • Prab Kalra, VMware Director of Technical Marketing (VMware U.S.)
  • Morgan Abaziou, VMware Senior System Engineer (VMworld Europe)
  • Camille Debay, VMware Support Account Manager (VMworld Europe)

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Overview of Workspace ONE Deployments and Services IP to Leverage

VMware consultants will share their on-the-job experience supporting top Workspace ONE consulting and deployment projects.

Speakers:

  • Dale Carter, VMware EUC Architect for Global Professional Services Engineering (VMware U.S.)
  • Mike Marx, VMware Senior Solutions Architect for Solutions & Services Engineering (VMware U.S.)
  • Travis Wood, VMware Principal Architect (VMworld Europe)
  • Nick Jeffries, VMware Senior Solutions Architect (VMworld Europe)

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Dive into Windows10

An Insider&#rsquo;s View into Window 10 Management with VMware AirWatch

Experience the power of Windows 10 PC management with AirWatch in this deep-dive demonstration. Learn how AirWatch can unify mobile and PC management into a single console to reduce IT costs, improve security and deliver a peak user experience.

Speakers:

  • Josue Negron, VMware Senior Solutions Architect (VMware US)
  • Morgan Abaziou (VMworld Europe)
  • Camille Debay (VMworld Europe)

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Take a Test Drive

EUC TestDrive Demo Platform: Pre-Configured Demos to Shorten the Sales Cycle

Save the time and expense of building your own EUC demo environment by using TestDrive, VMware&#rsquo;s cloud-based platform for demonstrating EUC solutions. Learn how to easily leverage pre-configured demos to shorten the sales cycle.

Speakers:

  • Paige Burns, VMware Technical Specialist (VMworld U.S.)
  • Kunal Shah, VMware Technical Architect, VMware (VMworld U.S.)
  • Spencer Pitts (VMworld Europe)
  • Andy Philip, VMware EMEA Solution Product Marketing (VMworld Europe)

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Remember, PEX is only the beginning! During VMworld, there will be over 60 EUCsessions covering all things new with Workspace ONE, AirWatch and VMware Horizon. You can also catch a few technology partner sessions with speakers from Google, Dell, Microsoft and more. And don&#rsquo;t forget to stop by the Mobility Zone to visit a few dozen of our closest mobility partners!

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VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business

Optimizing Skype for EUC Is the Only Way to Go

You can run Skype for Business inside Horizon 7 virtual desktops without negatively affecting the virtual infrastructure and overloading the network. During Skype audio and video calls, all media processing takes place on the Windows client machine, instead of in the virtual desktop,.

To learn more about the Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business, watch the following two videos (each 10 minutes long) that provide a technical overview of the technology and offer some insights to its performance-enhancing characteristics.

Technical Overview for the Horizon Virtualization Pack (Video Presentation)

The technical overview for the Horizon Virtualization pack video covers the following topics:

  • Challenges delivering Skype audio and video media
  • How it works
  • Key benefits and capabilities
  • Architecture
  • External accessibility
  • Installation steps
  • Supportability
  • Troubleshooting and configuration
  • Resources

Horizon with Skype for Business Testing (Video Results)

The Horizon with Skype for Business Testing video demonstrates VMware Horizon 7 with Skype for Business for audio and video call scenarios. The video provides a series of test cases that show the benefits of the Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business. The video offers both qualitative and quantitative test results that compare two Horizon 7 deployment scenarios that include and exclude the Virtualization Pack.

The difference does not seem significant at first, but the impact is more far-reaching when you consider performance when scaling beyond the resource consumption of two sessions. When sites try to scale EUC workloads based on Skype for Business, the importance of using the Virtualization Pack becomes paramount, as is evident from the details of this study.

The testing environment consisted of:

  • VMware Horizon 7.2
  • VMware Client 4.5
  • Skype for Business
    • Server: Office 365
    • Client: Office 2016 Pro Plus, 32-bit
  • Horizon 7 test lab
    • Located in Washington state
    • Two Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit virtual desktops
  • Horizon 7 test clients
    • Located in North and South Florida
    • Two Windows 10 systems

The configuration scenarios for the point-to-point video-call testing included:

  • Test 1: The first test scenario was configured for a point-to-point video call using the VMware Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV) feature included with Horizon 7. Although RTAV supports webcams and audio devices, it is not the most efficient means for delivering Skype due to the media hairpinning and transcoding method that this technology uses. However, RTAV does serve as sufficient fallback for times when the Virtualization Pack cannot be used.

Testing was staged with virtual desktops hosted in Washington, and the client endpoint devices across the U.S., 3,000 miles away in Florida. There was over 100 ms of network latency that separated the virtual desktops from the endpoints. This is a great example of why media hairpinning is very costly; the audio and video from the local endpoints was sent to the virtual desktops, exchanged among the Skype clients, transcoded as part of the remote delivery protocol, and then finally delivered to the endpoints coast-to-coast a second time.

  • Test 2: The second test scenario was configured for a point-to-point video call using the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business feature included with Horizon 7. The Virtualization Pack is the optimized, best approach for delivering Skype because the audio and video media is delivered directly to and from the client endpoint devices without transcoding, and is routed out-of-band to the remote delivery protocol.

Test 2 used the same hosting environment, client endpoint devices, and network conditions as the first test scenario. Because the Virtualization Pack was enabled for this configuration, the audio and video media exchanges were contained in the endpoints and never traversed across the country. A clearer, better user experience can be observed in the captured footage while substantially fewer EUC infrastructure resources were consumed when compared to the first test scenario.

Be sure to watch the video in its entirety for other data points and details, as well as another testing scenario using a single desktop session.

 

Summary

These two videos provide a technical overview of the Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business and demonstrate the performance-enhancing characteristics of the technology.

  • VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business – Technical Overview
  • VMware Horizon and Skype for Business Demonstration

 

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Hurry! Our 10 Most Popular EUC Sessions @ VMworld Are Filling Up Fast!

We&#rsquo;re less than one month away from VMworld. And with thousands already registered for what promises to be the biggest end-user computing (EUC) event of the year, space is nearly gone in our top sessions.

From an action-packed EUC spotlight keynote to immersive hands-on labs, VMworld promises to be the one EUC event you can&#rsquo;t afford to miss. Join us at VMworld. Get started here.

We have nearly 100 sessions dedicated to all things digital workspace, virtual desktops, enterprise apps, mobility, Windows 10, cloud and security. Our technical experts are ready to deliver immersive demo and lab experiences that will make you the hands-down expert in your company. Finally, VMware&#rsquo;s leadership team is unveiling major innovations and partner integrations for our industry-leading products: VMware Horizon, VMware Workspace ONE, VMware AirWatch, VMware App Volumes and so many more.

Already joining us? Here are the top 10 most popular EUC sessions at VMworld you cannot afford to miss:

1. Spotlight Keynote: Delivering New User Experiences with the Digital Workspace

Speakers:

  • Sumit Dhawan, SVP and GM End-User Computing, VMware
  • Shawn Bass, VP and CTO End-User Computing, VMware
  • Noah Wasmer, SVP Mobile Products, VMware

Add to your agenda:

  • VMworld U.S. session EDW7002KU
  • VMworld Europe session EDW7002KE

You cannot miss this spotlight keynote. Seriously, put it on your agenda ASAP! The who&#rsquo;s who in EUC will be on stage to share breaking product news, demo our powerful new technologies and feature the customers breaking the EUC mold at the biggest brands in the world.

On VMworld&#rsquo;s largest stage, you will hear from customers, partners and innovators at VMware who are building on intelligence to transform the way their organizations securely empower the workforce for a better user experience.

Forward-thinking IT leaders will share how they are creating digital workspace strategies to harness the power of new apps, devices and connected things to:

  • Transform business processes;
  • Drive engagement; and
  • Boost productivity for every employee.

Finally, hear breaking product news—and see these groundbreaking innovations in action—before we announce it to the rest of the world.

2. Spotlight Session: Evolution of Endpoint Management within a Digital Workspace

Speakers:

  • Hendrik Harder,Senior Manager Mobile IT,Siemens AG (VMworld U.S.)
  • Brian Link,Sr. Director, UX Strategy & Engineering,Capital One (VMworld U.S.)
  • Jürgen Bodtländer,VP Portfolio - and Partner Management,Deutsche Bahn (VMworld Europe)
  • Roberto Neto,Senior Service Manager Mobile IT,Siemens (VMworld Europe)
  • Noah Wasmer,SVP Mobile Products,VMware

Add to your agenda:

  • VMworld U.S. session UEM3155SU
  • VMworld Europe session UEM3155SE

Meeting user expectations for anywhere, anytime, any-device access is becoming increasingly complex for organizations that continue to live in silos of desktop, mobile, and every other kind of endpoint.

Join Noah Wasmer, Senior Vice President of Mobile Products at VMware, as he shares his perspective on the evolution of endpoint management into a device-agnostic platform enabling a smarter and more secure workspace for the business.

We turn the spotlight on our customers themselves as they share their journeys to radically transform PC management, unify management across desktop to the Internet of things and enable transformative experiences for users and IT.

3. Spotlight Session: Goodbye, VDI 1.0. Hello, VDI 2.0.

Speaker:

  • Shankar Iyer, SVP and GM Desktop Products, VMware

Add to your agenda:

  • VMworld U.S. session ADV3156SU
  • VMworld Europe session ADV3156SE

The digital workspace is about providing intuitive and secure access to all apps, including mobile, web, software-as-a-service and Windows apps. But supporting these Windows apps has evolved beyond VDI 1.0. IT organizations are cobbling together a basic solution to provision and broker access. Today, customers need a converged approach that:

  • Takes advantage of consolidated policy and management for contextual access.
  • Ties Windows desktop and app access directly into the digital workspace.
  • Harnesses the power of the software-defined data center.
  • Supports organizations on premises and in the cloud.

Join this session with Shankar Iyer and special guests to find out how VMware is bringing converged VDI and your end-to-end digital workspace to life.

4. TheTransformationofIdentity&AccessManagementin theAgeof theDigitalWorkspace

Speakers:

  • David Schira,Director of Architecture,Western Digital
  • Tony Kueh,Vice President, Product Management,VMware
  • Sridevi Ravuri,Sr. Director, R&D, Workspace ONE,VMware

Add to your agenda:

  • VMworld U.S. session SAAM3157SU

We are in the age of the digital workspace. Your users are clamoring for access to their data and apps from any device, including from personal devices. Your business expects IT to maintain security and eliminate the leakage of any sensitive information. How do you maintain this balance between end-user productivity and security? We believe the industry needs to evolve to focus on controlling access based on a new access control layer.

In this Spotlight Session, the VMware leadership team will discuss how Workspace ONE is built on a powerful access control layer that is dynamic, based on context. This access control layer in Workspace ONE transforms how organizations implement access control without compromising the end-user experience.

5. What&#rsquo;s New in Horizon 7: Technical Deep Dive

Speakers:

  • Tony Huynh, Director Product Management, VMware (VMworld U.S.)
  • John Wilkinson, Senior Consultant, VMware (VMworld Europe)
  • Graeme Gordon, Senior End User Computing Architect, VMware

Add to your agenda:

  • VMworld U.S. session ADV1586BU
  • VMworld Europe session ADV1586BE

Delivering desktop and applications just became even easier with Horizon 7 and the Just-in-Time Management platform. Provision faster and improve your management and how you scale using VMware Instant Clone technology for fast desktop and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) provisioning, VMware App Volumes for real-time application delivery and VMware User Environment Manager for contextual policy management.

This session will give technical details and demos of the latest features and advancements of Horizon 7, including Instant Clones for RDSHs, virtual graphic processing unit (vGPU) support for Instant Clones, anonymous login and more.

6. Building a Multi-Cloud Strategy with Horizon Cloud Service

Speakers:

  • Shikha Mittal, Director of Product Management, VMware (VMworld U.S.)
  • Bharath Rangarajan, VP of Product Marketing, VMware (VMworld Europe)
  • Peter Brown, Director of R&D, VMware

Add to your agenda:

  • VMworld U.S. session ADV1604BU
  • VMworld Europe session ADV1604BE

Organizations are going from asking whether cloud is appropriate to adopting multiple clouds at the same time. They are relying on services from a mixture of private and public clouds depending on business needs and independent cloud strengths.

In this session, we will preview the latest addition to the service where you can now deliver Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure. You will learn how you can combine the benefits of remote desktops and applications as-a-service from VMware and the flexibility to choose a public, consumption-based IaaS like Azure, making it easier and more cost-effective to deploy and scale your digital workspace.

7. Digital Workspace & Security Transformation with Workspace ONE & Hybrid Cloud

Speakers:

  • TJ Vatsa, Principal Architect, VMware
  • Shawn Bass, VP & CTO End User Computing, VMware
  • John Drummond, Sr. Director of Information Systems, VMware
  • Aman Garg, Sr. Director, Technical Sales, VMware
  • Prab Kalra, Director, Technical Marketing, VMware

Add to your agenda:

  • VMworld U.S. session LDT3091PU
  • VMworld Europe session LDT3091PE

Follow the footsteps of VMware&#rsquo;s R&D, IT and field CTO ambassadors from the Professional Services (PS) organization to get real-life insight into how mobility and identity use cases can be successfully deployed and scaled on the hybrid cloud via Workspace ONE.

The VMware PS design approach covers the planning, designing, deployment, and measurement process for successful IT and business outcomes. This session is relevant to a variety of industry verticals, including but not limited to financial, healthcare, education, point-of-sale, services, high-tech, manufacturing, hospitality and others.

8. How Customers Overcame Challenges & Seized Opportunity with Windows 10

Speakers:

  • Cliff DuPuy, EdS, Technical Services Director, Mecklenburg County
  • Mark Dunkerley, Technology Manager, The Coca-Cola Company (Bottling Investments Group)
  • Ryan Kremkau, Director of Innovation/Strategy, Capital One
  • Mark Margevicius, Director of EUC Strategy and Chief Customer Advocate, VMware

Add to your agenda:

  • VMworld U.S. session UEM1797PU

According to Microsoft, more than 96% of customers are in a POC for Windows 10, but many struggle with how to move from POC to production. In this session, you will hear from customers who have successfully migrated to Windows 10 and support a variety of use cases, including branch office, remote worker, and line-of-business scenarios.

The customer panel will discuss challenges and pitfalls to avoid in migrating to Windows 10, the benefits of moving to the new OS and the value created from migrating to a modern management approach with AirWatch.

9. Ask the Experts: How to Enable Secure Access from Personal/BYO Devices & All Types of Users with Workspace ONE

Speakers:

  • Vikas Jain, Director, Product Management, Workspace ONE, VMware
  • Prab Kalra, Director, Technical Marketing, VMware

Add to your agenda:

  • VMworld U.S. session SAAM1684GU

More than ever before, you have a broad range of device types and users that want to access corporate resources. This includes employees, contractors, and contingent staff who need access, and oftentimes they want access from personal/BYO devices. How do you enable secure access without impacting end-user productivity?

This group discussion will feature experts who will walk you through security and access capabilities in Workspace ONE to ensure IT has the tools they need to protect corporate resources, regardless of the type of user or device.

10. An Insider&#rsquo;s View into Windows 10 Management with AirWatch: Technical Deep Dive

Speakers:

  • Jason Roszak, Product Manager, VMware (VMworld U.S.)
  • Gareth Kitson, Senior Systems Engineer, VMware (VMworld Europe)
  • Alexander Bruns, Digital Workplace Services & Solutions, DB Systel GmbH (VMworld Europe)

Add to your agenda:

  • VMworld U.S. session UEM1745BU
  • VMworld Europe session UEM1745BE

Traditional approaches to Windows management are expensive, complex for IT organizations, and restrictive for users. Windows 10 changes what’s possible for users, IT departments and businesses, including how devices can be managed with a modern mobile device management APIs, how updates occur and more.

We will provide a technical deep dive into some of the many changes and enhancements that have been added to Windows 10, such as enrollment, application delivery and patch management. In addition, we will compare traditional PC lifecycle management solutions to managing a Windows 10 computer using AirWatch and the resulting lower costs, greater security and improved end-user experience.

Bonus Session: Empowered Users & Rapid Returns: Lessons from the Digital Workspace

Learn more about VMware’s innovative digital workspace platform, VMware Workspace ONE.

Speaker:

  • Brian Gammage,Chief Market Technologist,VMware

Add to your agenda:

  • VMworld U.S. session UEM1404BU
  • VMworld Europe session UEM1404BE

The digital workspace redefines the user experience as centered around the person, rather than the things they use. It enables a fundamental transformation of the relationship between IT and users, from push-based control to demand-based choice. Access to corporate applications and data can be combined seamlessly with the user&#rsquo;s personal environment, without compromise to enterprise security or user privacy. Successful deployments deliver improved employee engagement and a significant return on investment.

In this session, we share lessons learned from our customers and offer a firsthand look at VMware&#rsquo;s own journey to the digital workspace.

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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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App Volumes Automated Entitlement Replication

Deploying App Volumes in a multi-site scenario takes proper planning and consideration. You need to consider a lot of different factors that will influence the level of availability. For example, how quickly must your users be up and running in case the main site goes down?

VMware explains the two main options for an App Volumes multi-site deployment in the VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Multi-Site Reference Architecture. The second option covered in the Reference Architecture is to have two App Volumes Manager instances with separate SQL databases. The main drawback to this option is that the entitlements must be reproduced in both sites.

There might be other reasons why you also need this kind of setup, even with a single site (entitlement replication between different staging environments, for example). The configuration in the previous diagram is for two sites, but the following information applies to either a single-site or multi-site deployment.

A simple but very effective way of replicating entitlements is to use a PowerShell script. We want to provide the script to be able to do this. You can either run this script manually or program it through Windows Scheduler.

Prerequisites

There are a few things you need for this script to work. Always keep in mind that this script can be run locally on the server, but also can be ran remotely, from an account with proper permissions.

  • Windows Management Framework 4.0
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5

The script replicates entitlements, but it does not copy AppStacks, so you must make sure that the AppStacks are present in both sites. You can easily do this manually with a simple copy, but you can also automate the copy by creating storage groups (more information in the App Volumes Deployment Considerations paper) and having a setup that resembles the configuration in the previous image.

App Volumes Replication Script

We have posted thesuggested App Volumes replication script here

Copy and paste thescript, then edit the username, password, source server, and destination server to match your environment. Remember to save the file with a ps1 extension. As mentioned, you can run this script manually by opening a PowerShell window.

We recommend you try this script at least once to see how it works for you, and then, after you are satisfied with the results, you can schedule the script to run at regular intervals by creating a scheduled job.

Important: If you are doing a multi-site deployment and want both sites to be available and have matching entitlements, follow the recommendations in the VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition Multi-Site Reference Architecture. This script will help you to replicate entitlements when using separate databases in multiple sites or in a single site.

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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 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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