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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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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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VMware User Environment Manager 9.2 Technical Deep Dive

We are excited about the newest release of VMware User Environment Manager - version 9.2. This release includes some great new features that enhance the product functionality and continue to offer administrators more flexibility in managing the user experience. We have put together a series of videos that will help you learn about User Environment Manager, get up to speed on the new features, and see demos of some of those features.

User Environment Manager 9.2 Technical Overview

Before you dive into the new features, this brief technical-overview video will introduce you to User Environment Manager, provide some details about how it works, and examine the architecture. If you are new to the product, or want a short refresher, this is a great place to begin.

User Environment Manager 9.2 – What&#rsquo;s New

Two videos explain the new features of User Environment Manager 9.2. The first video focuses on the privilege elevation feature and publisher-based rules for application blocking and privilege elevation.

The second video discusses the additional new features of automation with new environment variables, new config file templates for better personalization, and several additional topics.

Privilege Elevation

This video discusses and demonstrates the new privilege elevation feature of User Environment Manager 9.2. Privilege elevation is designed as a tool for IT administrators to mitigate risks in their privilege-management strategy. Applications that are already installed and require elevated privileges to run, as well as application installers, can have privileges elevated.

Publisher-Based Application Blocking and Privilege Elevation

User Environment Manager 9.2 added the ability to use a software publisher&#rsquo;s certificate to configure application blocking or privilege-elevation rules. This enables the IT administrator to allow all applications or elevate privileges for all applications from a software publisher. This video provides the details and a demo of how this works.

Scripting Variables

This video looks at and demonstrates the use of environment variables automatically created by User Environment Manager. These environment variables can be leveraged for automation scripting.

Summary

We hope you learn a lot from these videos covering new features in VMware User Environment Manager. User Environment Manager 9.2 is available for download today.

To comment on any of the videos, contact VMware End-User-Computing Technical Marketing ateuc_tech_content_.

 

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Introducing VMware User Environment Manager 9.2 with Privilege Elevation

I know you&#rsquo;re excited to hear about all the functions and features we&#rsquo;ve crammed into the new release. Bear with me a moment, because not everyone is aware of what VMware User Environment Manager is.

What Is User Environment Manager?

The easiest way to understand User Environment Manager is to imagine a world in which it doesn&#rsquo;t exist.

Picture yourself sitting at your computer. The desktop is the image of the cat you love so much, and the icons are arranged in a way that makes perfect sense to (only) you. When you start an application, its window appears in just the right place on the screen, with just the right toolbars configured to make you productive. The word processor has all those special words and acronyms you added that no one outside of your industry ever uses. The 3-D printer that only you use is hooked up and ready to do your bidding. The machine is a perfect reflection of your work life.

Now, imagine IT takes your computer away for a week of &#rsquo;upgrades&#rdquo; and gives you a loaner. Are you productive? Of course not. You&#rsquo;ve spent possibly years customizing your PC to be the machine you need it to be, and this new one, with all the same apps and some of the same printers, is simply a pale imitation.

This is the problem that User Environment Manager was invented to solve. User Environment Manager attempts to separate your personality from the underlying Windows machine. In VMware terms, it attempts to virtualize you: to isolate the essence of you from all the complexity that completes your Windows experience.

In the world of User Environment Manager, you can move between machines. Every single time you sign on, you get presented with your loving cat, your peculiar dictionary and your icons just so. Your 3D printer even works.

New in User Environment Manager 9.2

In version 9.2, we&#rsquo;ve added some very cool tricks that handle user privilege. Clearly, you&#rsquo;re never going to give your users admin rights, but with privilege elevation, you can now allow them to run and install their own apps if they meet your criteria. We&#rsquo;ve also added numerous Windows Environment variables, so you can script more responsive policy.

User Environment Manager is 100% focused on delivering consistent, dynamic application and desktop user experiences across any device, location or operating system. With an elegant and scalable architecture, it requires no additional infrastructure. It’s truly the next generation in user profile management.

Go ahead and tryVMware User Environment Manager 9.2now.

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(And yes, the video is cheesy. We know. Thanks for reading!)

Read more about User Environment Manager:

  • [Whitepaper] User Environment Manager Deployment Considerations
  • Profiling Applications with User Environment Manager, Part 1: Introduction to Application Profiler
  • VMware User Environment Manager, Part 1: Easier, Faster Windows Logins with Mandatory Profiles

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

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

Support for Cloud-Based Workspace ONE

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

 

New Desktop Configuration – Performance (Enterprise Plus)

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

Smart Policies Support

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

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

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

vSphere 6.5 Support

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

SmartNode Consolidation

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

Summary

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

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

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

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Announcing VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Deployment Considerations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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