VMware Horizon 7.1

HTML Access in Horizon 7.1: Tech Preview of Dual Monitor Support

Sure, you can live in a studio apartment and use your couch both for sitting and sleeping, but wouldn&#rsquo;t you rather have a one-bedroom apartment and stretch out? That&#rsquo;s the theory behind our dual monitor support. We&#rsquo;ve built a tech preview of dual monitor support into HTML Access in VMware Horizon 7.1.

[Related:Introducing HTML Access]

There are some limitations to the feature to keep in mind:

  • Chrome browser only
  • Maximum resolution of 2560X1600 on either monitor
  • High resolution mode must be off

Below is a shot of dual screen in action.

How to Use HTML Access in VMware Horizon 7.1

Step 1. To use the feature, first go to &#rsquo;Settings&#rdquo; and confirm that &#rsquo;High Resolution Mode&#rdquo; is off.

Step 2. Then, navigate to &#rsquo;Display settings.&#rdquo;

Step 3. And click &#rsquo;Add Display.&#rdquo;

Step 4. You will get a small window that you can drag to your second monitor.

Step 5. When you go back to &#rsquo;Display settings,&#rdquo; you can see both monitors. Click OK, and away we go!

Read more about the general availability of Horizon 7.1:

  • VMware Horizon 7.1 Is GA! What&#rsquo;s New – Part 1
  • VMware Horizon 7.1 Is GA! What&#rsquo;s New – Part 2

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VMware Horizon 7.1 Is GA! What’s New – Part 2

Co-authored by Graeme Gordon, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, EUC Technical Marketing, VMware.

In part 1 of the Horizon 7.1 What New blog article, we looked at the list of new Horizon 7.1 platform features, a sampling of Horizon Client 4.4 features, and an overview of the new remote experience features. In this post, we delve deeper into:

  • Blast Extreme enhancements
  • VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business (Beta Release)
  • Remote Experience features
  • VMware Horizon for Linux version 7.1

Blast Extreme Enhancements

To provide an even greater user experience over a variety of network types, Blast Extreme has been extended with an adaptive transport. From their client devices, users can indicate the quality of the network they are using. This helps Blast Extreme select the best strategy for dealing with that network to deliver the best experience. Typical is the default and in the majority of scenarios the end user should not need to change this.

The options are:

  • Typical - TCP is used for the initial connection to authenticate, and then our new adaptive UDP-based transport is used for the connection to the desktop or published app session.
  • Excellent – Suited to LAN environments or can be useful in low bandwidth WAN links. Blast Extreme uses TCP for both the initial authentication and the connection to the desktop or app.
  • Poor – Helps adapt to very poor network connection, such as one with more than 20 percent packet loss, the adaptive UDP component will take measures to ensure an acceptable user experience. This adds a capability to duplicate some packets on the network to improve user experience on a high packet loss connection.

If users are connecting from outside the corporate network, the UDP component requires the VMware Unified Access Gateway 2.9 (formerly called Access Point), which is being released at the same time as Horizon 7.1. Connections will fall back to use TCP if any in-line component, such as Unified Access Gateway, does not support the new UDP stack.

The other new feature for Blast Extreme is the ability to access physical workstations (Tech Preview). On Windows 7 and Windows 10 PCs, you can install Horizon Agent 7.1 and then connect using Blast Extreme from Horizon Client 4.4.

Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business (Beta Release)

From Windows-based Horizon Clients, you can now make audio and video calls from within a virtual desktop.

  • Virtualization pack components include a media proxy on the agent (virtual desktop) side, and a media engine on the client side.
  • All media is sent as a separate RTP stream directly between endpoints, outside of the display protocol so that the server infrastructure is not affected during audio and video calls.
  • Through the use of native Skype codecs, bandwidth usage is equivalent to native Skype for Business calls.

For this beta release, several limitations apply. For example, point-to-point calls are supported, but multi-party video conferencing is not. For more information, go to the VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business Beta site.

Remote Experience Features

New features for all types of RDSH farms include the ability to select a graphics file to customize the app icon shown in the selector window so that users can more easily identity the application they want. For a demo, check out the new video Customizing Horizon RDSH Application Icons.

Also available for all types of RDSH farms is the ability to allow unauthenticated user access to published apps from Windows and Linux clients. This feature is useful for kiosk-mode scenarios or where the application has its own security and user management. Find out the configuration details and see a demo by watching the new video Providing Unauthenticated Access to Horizon Published Applications.

Horizon for Linux

For Linux-based virtual desktops, Version 7.1 of Horizon for Linux adds support for the following 64-bit operating systems:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 SP2
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP2
  • CentOS 7.3

In technical preview, Linux desktops get the ability to use USB redirection:

  • The USBD service has been re-architected to support Linux desktops.
  • USB devices can be used with both USB redirection and client-drive redirection (CDR).
  • Linux desktops must run on Ubuntu 14.04 or 16.04.
  • Client devices must be using Horizon Client for Windows 4.4.

For information about these and other new features, such as single sign-on support for Ubuntu and the ability to sync the client keyboard locale and input language with those on the remote desktop, see Setting UpHorizon7 Version 7.1 for Linux Desktops.

Conclusion

VMware Horizon 7.1 is a significant release in all areas: server, platform, protocol, client features, Linux desktops, integration with Skype for Business, and on and on. So many new features we could not begin to do them justice here. Use the following resources to begin your own exploration.

We&#rsquo;re pleased to announce that all of the following are now generally available:

  • VMware Horizon 7.1
  • VMware Horizon 7 for Linux Version 7.1
  • VMware Horizon Clients, version 4.4 for Windows, Windows 10 UWP, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android

 

Download Pages:

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_horizon/7_1

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_horizon_clients/4_0

Horizon 7.1 Documentation:
https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/view_pubs.html

Horizon Client 4.4 Documentation:
https://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html

Resources

Publishing Applications with VMware Horizon 7 Quick Start Guide

 

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VMware Horizon 7.1 Is GA! What’s New – Part 1

Co-authored by Graeme Gordon, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, EUC Technical Marketing, VMware.

With this new release, VMware Horizon 7.1 extends just-in-time delivery from virtual desktops to published applications by leveraging our Just-in-Time Management Platform (JMP). With JMP, the operating system (OS), applications, and user personalization are assembled on demand for users. Users get their desktops, their apps, their settings, and their preferences, all based on where they are connecting from at that moment and what type of device they are using.

Administrators use VMware Instant Clone Technology to rapidly recreate and maintain desktop VMs and, now, with Horizon 7.1, RDSH server VMs. Applications are provided on demand with VMware App Volumes. User personas and permissions are managed in real time by VMware User Environment Manager. Finally, Horizon 7.1 enhancements to the Blast Extreme display protocol improve performance even on poorly performing networks.

Horizon 7.1 includes lots of new features in addition to the above-mentioned fast provisioning of RDSH servers with Instant Clone Technology and the Blast Extreme Adaptive Transport component added to Blast Extreme.

Here&#rsquo;s an overview of the new platform features.

One feature seen here, Hide Server and Domain Info, allows an administrator to prevent server and domain information from being displayed in the Horizon Client interface. Be sure to see the new video Hiding the Connection Server URL and Domain List from the Horizon Client to find out how easy it is to set up this new security feature.

If you use vSphere 6.5 with Horizon 7.1, you can make use of the vSphere 6.5 VM encryption feature to encrypt full-clone VMs. Encryption is done at the hypervisor level rather than within the VM, which provides a variety of benefits, as outlined in What&#rsquo;s New in vSphere 6.5: Security.

Next, we have the remote experience features. Every three months, new client and agent binaries are released that add enhancements to the end user&#rsquo;s remote experience. The Horizon 7.1 release includes Horizon Client 4.4 and an associated new Horizon Agent. Key new remote experience features in this release include considerable improvements to Blast Extreme, Beta release of the Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business, and improvements to Horizon 7 RDSH based published applications.

And finally, here is a sampling of just a few of the new client-specific features.

 

In this blog post, which is part 1 of the series, we&#rsquo;ll expand a bit on the following major features:

  • Support for Instant Clone basedRDSH published apps
  • Newly supported features on instant clones

In part 2 of this series, we expand on the remote experience features and new VMware Horizon for Linux features.

  • Blast Extreme enhancements, including the new adaptive UDP transport component, as well as access to physical workstations
  • VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business
  • New OS support for Linux desktops and USB redirection (Tech Preview)

RDSH Published Apps and Desktops

Extending Instant Clone Technology to RDSH farms allows administrators to instantly spin up new RDSH farms and quickly refresh existing RDSH farms, with zero down time.

  • The Add Farm wizard in Horizon Administrator now includes an option for Instant Clones, and uses ClonePrep to customize RDSH VMs without requiring a reboot.
  • Instant clones are rapidly created, customized, and ready for use. Simply editing the Farm settings allows for the scale up or down of a farm in seconds.
  • The Schedule Maintenance wizard lets you schedule an immediate one-off update or refresh of the VM, or automated regularly recurring refreshes, or both. The benefit is that the farm and the RDSH servers can quickly and easily be updated or automatically regenerated on a schedule to maintain optimal performance and storage use.

With instant clones, maintenance windows are brief, and some servers can always be available.

For guidance about maintenance options and a list of best practices, see the Just-in-Time Apps with Horizon 7 blog post.

 

Instant Clone Feature Support

Horizon 7.1 adds support for the following features for Instant Clones:

  • NVIDIA GRID vGPU – This feature adds support for NVIDIA M-series cards. You can now use instant-clone desktop VMs if you need high-end, hardware-accelerated workstation graphics. More information will be published in an upcoming blog post.
  • Multi-VLAN support – You can now create large desktop pools or RDSH farms in environments where the physical network is divided into smaller subnets and would not normally support large numbers of VMs.

On the vCenter Settings page of the Add Pool or Add Farm wizard for instant clones, browse to select multiple networks that use static port binding groups. The VMs will be distributed among the selected networks.

  • VMware vSphere host maintenance mode enhancements – Placing a vSphere host in maintenance mode now automatically deletes running parent VMs used for instant clone creation. Because the running parent VM is a protected entry in VMware vCenter Server, the VM cannot be powered off or deleted manually, which would ordinarily prevent a vSphere host from entering maintenance mode.

With this enhancement, when a vSphere 6.0 U1 or later host enters maintenance mode, the running parent VMs are powered off and deleted. Instant clones are migrated to another host in the cluster using VMware vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler. After the vSphere host exits maintenance mode, running parent VMs are created automatically only when needed, such as for a provisioning task.

Conclusion

This post provides only the briefest gloss on the long list of Horizon 7.1 platform and Horizon Client 4.4 features. With headline features such as rapidly provisioned RDSH servers with Instant Clone Technology, and now that Blast Extreme has added a newly reworked adaptive UDP transport to accommodate the full gamut of network types, we have finally and fully arrived at just-in-time apps and desktops. For details about new remote experience features and Horizon for Linux, be sure to see What&#rsquo;s New with VMware Horizon 7.1 – Part 2.

We&#rsquo;re pleased to announce that all of the following are now generally available:

  • VMware Horizon 7.1
  • VMware Horizon for Linux Version 7.1
  • VMware Horizon Clients, version 4.4 for Windows, Windows 10 UWP, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android

 

Download Pages:

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_horizon/7_1

https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/info/slug/desktop_end_user_computing/vmware_horizon_clients/4_0

Horizon 7.1 Documentation:
https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/view_pubs.html

Horizon Client 4.4 Documentation:
https://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html

Resources

Publishing Applications with VMware Horizon 7 Quick Start Guide

The post VMware Horizon 7.1 Is GA! What&#rsquo;s New - Part 1 appeared first on VMware End-User Computing Blog.

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