New Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7 – A Series of Mini-Guides

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New Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon…

I am very happy to announce that we just posted the first four mini-guides in a series of seven to bring you the latest update of View, the main component of VMware Horizon 7! Unlike previous Reviewer’s Guides, you are getting the latest updates literally as soon as we complete each section. The result? Shorter pieces that are easier to digest.


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Top 10 Tips for a Successful Horizon VDI

Top 10 Tips for a Successful Horizon VDI

Top 10 Tips for a Successful Horizon VDI

Here are my top ten tips and tricks for a smoother deployment of VMware Horizon® View™ Standard Edition. These suggestions are informed after spending several years as a Technical Support Engineer. This is not a complete list, so please refer to the official Horizon View Documentation when planning your deployment.


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VMware Horizon 7 Reviewer’s Guide

VMware Horizon 7 Reviewer’s Guide

VMware Horizon 7 Reviewer’s Guide

Reviewer guides are fairly popular as they not only gives you a great summary of new VMware products but also because they also walk you through the configuration steps. This one is however not the case for VMware Horizon 7 Reviewer’s Guide as this one has just the “Quick-start” in the title. The how-to and installation […] Read the full post VMware Horizon 7 Reviewer’s Guide at ESX Virtualization .


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Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3: The Next Step in Win10, UX, Automation & Availability

Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3: The Next Step in Win10, UX, Automation & Availability – VMware EUC Blog

Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3: The Next…

The VMware Horizon team continues the push to deliver our vision of any application on any device. We’re pleased to announce that with the general availability of Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3, we’ve taken the next step on that journey. [Download Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3] These releases extend Windows 10 capabilities, push […] The post Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3: The Next Step in Win10, UX, Automation & Availability appeared first on VMware End-User Computing Blog .


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Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3: The Next Step in Win10, UX, Automation & Availability

Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3: The Next Step in Win10, UX, Automation & Availability – VMware EUC Blog

Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3: The Next…

The VMware Horizon team continues the push to deliver our vision of any application on any device. We’re pleased to announce that with the general availability of Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3, we’ve taken the next step on that journey. [Download Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3] These releases extend Windows 10 capabilities, push […] The post Horizon 7.0.3 and Horizon Client 4.3: The Next Step in Win10, UX, Automation & Availability appeared first on VMware End-User Computing Blog .


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VMware Horizon View 7 License Comparison

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VMware Horizon View 7 License Comparison

If you are like me, I am not a fan of how VMware website shows the features and license comparison. I made a table that’s visually appetizing.


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Horizon 7 Blast Extreme Technical Whitepaper

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VMware Horizon 7 Blast Extreme Primer—Everything an Admin Needs to Know

Everyone watches videos on their phones, tablets, PCs, or laptops, either as part of their daily work or as a break-time activity. Most people like to use more than one type of device to do their work, and they like the flexibility of being able to work from a variety of settings: office, home, hotel, café, doctor’s waiting room, and so on. Work-life balance has become something of an extreme sport. For these people, VMware is here to help, offering the Blast Extreme display protocol, a major feature of the VMware Horizon 7release.

This user-interface remoting technology is easy to set up, manage, and troubleshoot, and now all the information administrators need is gathered into one concise document. VMware End-User-Computing Technical Marketing is happy to announce the publication of a new white paper, Blast Extreme Display Protocol in Horizon 7.

Blast Extreme uses standard, natively supported encoding formats, including H.264 and JPG/PNG, and can use either UDP or TCP transport, which means

  • Broad client support: Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, iOS, Chrome, Web browsers (HTML Access), and more than 70 thin and zero clients
  • Port sharing over TCP: Requires opening only one port on the front-end firewall when TCP port sharing is used with Access Point
  • Lower CPU consumption on H.264-capable devices because video decoding is performed by hardware on the user’s phone, tablet, or computer

In addition, VMware designed Blast Extreme in partnership with NVIDIA so that video encoding can be performed by hardware in an NVIDIA GRID card. With Blast Extreme and NVIDIA GRID vGPU, many power users of 3D-rendering applications can share a single GPU. To see how greatly Blast Extreme improves performance when compared with PCoIP, the incumbent protocol, see VMware Horizon Blast Extreme Acceleration with NVIDIA GRID.

Of course, performance without features would not be very useful, so Blast Extreme provides the same feature-rich experience that users are accustomed to enjoying with PCoIP. The following figure shows all possible ports and protocols that can be used for Blast Extreme, including those used for various remote-experience features, for both internal and external connections.

 

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This white paper, Blast Extreme Display Protocol in Horizon 7, includes sections on deployment, optimization tips, security, and using logs for troubleshooting and verifying configuration on both the client side and the agent side (virtual desktop or hosted application).

 

Horizon 7 – Blast Extreme Whitepaper:  Click Here!

 

VMware Horizon 7 Instant Clones Best Practices

VMware Horizon 7 Instant Clones Best Practices – vDelboy’sView

VMware Horizon 7 Instant Clones Best Practices

Recently, I have been working with Instant Clones in my lab. Although I have found this easy to get up and running (for more information, see my blog here), it hasn’t been easy to find best practices around configuring Instant Clones, as they are so new.


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VMware Horizon 7 Blast Extreme…

VMware Horizon 7 Blast Extreme Primer—Everything an Admin Needs to Know -VMware EUC Blog

VMware Horizon 7 Blast Extreme…

VMware End-User-Computing Technical Marketing is happy to announce the publication of a new white paper, Blast Extreme Display Protocol in Horizon 7. This white paper includes sections on deployment, optimization tips, security, and using logs for troubleshooting and verifying configuration on both the client side and the agent side (virtual desktop or hosted application). The post VMware Horizon 7 Blast Extreme Primer—Everything an Admin Needs to Know appeared first on VMware End-User…Read More


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VMware Horizon 7.02 & User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.1 – WHAT’S NEW!!

VMware Horizon 7.02 & User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.1 – WHAT’S NEW!!

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EVMware Horizon 7.0.2 Provides the Following New Features & Enhancements

 

VMware Blast policy
View administrators can configure the H.264 Quality Blast policy settings to specify the image quality for the remote display configured to use H.264 encoding.

Client Drive Redirection
For Horizon Client 4.2 or Horizon 7 version 7.0.2 or later, if VMware Blast Extreme is enabled, files and folders are transferred across a virtual channel with encryption.

Global data collected by VMware
If you join the customer experience improvement program, VMware collects data aboutTrue SSO for the View environment.

Restrict remote desktop access outside the network
View administrators can allow access to specific entitled users and groups from an external network while restricting access to other entitled users and groups.

Smart Cards for multiple user accounts
In some environments, a user’s smart card certificate can map to multiple Active Directory domain user accounts. A user might have multiple accounts with administrator privileges and needs to specify which account to use in the Username hint field during smart card login. To make the Username hint field appear on the Horizon Client login dialog box, the administrator must enable the smart card user name hints feature for the Connection Server instance in View Administrator. The smart card user can then enter a user name or UPN in the Username hint field during smart card login.

Remote desktop operating systems
The following remote desktop operating systems are supported:
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise and Professional; Build 1511
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise Long Term Service Branch (LTSB); Fresh installation only; Build 1507
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Anniversary Update; Fresh installation only; Tech preview only; Build 1607. Upgrade is not supported.

Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR) operating systems
The following Windows MMR operating systems are supported:
Windows 10
Windows Server 2016 is a tech preview feature

Windows registry keys for Flash Redirection
View administrators can set requireIECompatibility=true to enable Flash Redirection for Web sites that support HTML5 by default. This parameter is not required for the YouTube Web site. In certain situations, setting appMode=0 can improve performance, and setting appMode=1 can result in a better user experience.

Real-Time Audio-Video for session-based desktops and remote applications
The Real-Time Audio-Video feature is supported with session-based desktops and remote applications. This feature also requires Horizon Agent 7.0.2 or later. This feature is supported with Windows, Linux, Mac clients and HTML access.

Generic USB redirection for session-based desktops and remote applications
Customers can use generic USB redirection with Horizon RDS to redirect USB device peripherals to their session-based desktops and remote applications. By default, all device peripherals are excluded from using generic USB redirection. To enable USB redirection for USB peripherals, delete the following Windows registry key settings ExcludeAllDevices and IncludeFamily from the following path: HKLM\Software\Policies\VMware, Inc\VMware VDM\Agent\USB.

This feature is only supported with Windows clients and with RDS desktops and applications running on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.
**Granular control of clipboard data formats

You can configure group policy settings to filter out specific data formats when users copy and paste data during PCoIP and VMware Blast sessions. For example, you can enable the Filter images out of incoming clipboard data setting to prevent users from copying images to their remote desktops. This feature provides added flexibility when you need to restrict copy and paste operations for security reasons.

Horizon 7 for Linux desktops enhancements

  • Automated full-clone desktop pool
  • SSO for SLED 11 SP3 and SP4
  • Horizon Client 4.2.0 for Android

Sharpen your Horizon Demo skills by referencing all of our Horizon QuickStart Guides and Walkthroughs here:  support.vmtestd…gory/26-horizon

 

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New User Environment Manager (UEM) Enhancements

 

Hash-based Application Blocking
Hash-based application blocking lets you control the applications that can be started based on the hash values of the applications.

NoAD
The NoAD mode is an alternative to configuring User Environment Manager with Active Directory Group Policy. In the NoAD mode, there is no dependency on Active Directory. You do not need to create a GPO, any logon and logoff scripts, or configure Windows Group Policy settings.

Extended Horizon Smart Policies
The Horizon Smart Policy “Bandwidth profile” setting (formerly known as “PCoIP profile”) now applies to both VMware Blast and PCoIP. The new “HTML Access file transfer” setting lets you control file transfer between agent and client.

Endpoint Platform Condition
The Endpoint Platform condition lets you target User Environment Manager actions to specific platforms like Android, iOS, Mac, or Windows.

Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 are not supported.
VMware User Environment Manager 9.1 does not support Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server 2008.

Sharpen your UEM Demo skills by referencing our QuickStart guide here:  support.vmtestd…ick-start-guide

VMware Horizon 7.02 & User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.1 – WHAT'S NEW!!

VMware Horizon 7.02 & User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.1 – WHAT’S NEW!!

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EVMware Horizon 7.0.2 Provides the Following New Features & Enhancements

 

VMware Blast policy
View administrators can configure the H.264 Quality Blast policy settings to specify the image quality for the remote display configured to use H.264 encoding.

Client Drive Redirection
For Horizon Client 4.2 or Horizon 7 version 7.0.2 or later, if VMware Blast Extreme is enabled, files and folders are transferred across a virtual channel with encryption.

Global data collected by VMware
If you join the customer experience improvement program, VMware collects data aboutTrue SSO for the View environment.

Restrict remote desktop access outside the network
View administrators can allow access to specific entitled users and groups from an external network while restricting access to other entitled users and groups.

Smart Cards for multiple user accounts
In some environments, a user’s smart card certificate can map to multiple Active Directory domain user accounts. A user might have multiple accounts with administrator privileges and needs to specify which account to use in the Username hint field during smart card login. To make the Username hint field appear on the Horizon Client login dialog box, the administrator must enable the smart card user name hints feature for the Connection Server instance in View Administrator. The smart card user can then enter a user name or UPN in the Username hint field during smart card login.

Remote desktop operating systems
The following remote desktop operating systems are supported:
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise and Professional; Build 1511
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise Long Term Service Branch (LTSB); Fresh installation only; Build 1507
◦ Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Anniversary Update; Fresh installation only; Tech preview only; Build 1607. Upgrade is not supported.

Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR) operating systems
The following Windows MMR operating systems are supported:
Windows 10
Windows Server 2016 is a tech preview feature

Windows registry keys for Flash Redirection
View administrators can set requireIECompatibility=true to enable Flash Redirection for Web sites that support HTML5 by default. This parameter is not required for the YouTube Web site. In certain situations, setting appMode=0 can improve performance, and setting appMode=1 can result in a better user experience.

Real-Time Audio-Video for session-based desktops and remote applications
The Real-Time Audio-Video feature is supported with session-based desktops and remote applications. This feature also requires Horizon Agent 7.0.2 or later. This feature is supported with Windows, Linux, Mac clients and HTML access.

Generic USB redirection for session-based desktops and remote applications
Customers can use generic USB redirection with Horizon RDS to redirect USB device peripherals to their session-based desktops and remote applications. By default, all device peripherals are excluded from using generic USB redirection. To enable USB redirection for USB peripherals, delete the following Windows registry key settings ExcludeAllDevices and IncludeFamily from the following path: HKLMSoftwarePoliciesVMware, IncVMware VDMAgentUSB.

This feature is only supported with Windows clients and with RDS desktops and applications running on Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2.
**Granular control of clipboard data formats

You can configure group policy settings to filter out specific data formats when users copy and paste data during PCoIP and VMware Blast sessions. For example, you can enable the Filter images out of incoming clipboard data setting to prevent users from copying images to their remote desktops. This feature provides added flexibility when you need to restrict copy and paste operations for security reasons.

Horizon 7 for Linux desktops enhancements

  • Automated full-clone desktop pool
  • SSO for SLED 11 SP3 and SP4
  • Horizon Client 4.2.0 for Android

Sharpen your Horizon Demo skills by referencing all of our Horizon QuickStart Guides and Walkthroughs here:  support.vmtestd…gory/26-horizon

 

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New User Environment Manager (UEM) Enhancements

 

Hash-based Application Blocking
Hash-based application blocking lets you control the applications that can be started based on the hash values of the applications.

NoAD
The NoAD mode is an alternative to configuring User Environment Manager with Active Directory Group Policy. In the NoAD mode, there is no dependency on Active Directory. You do not need to create a GPO, any logon and logoff scripts, or configure Windows Group Policy settings.

Extended Horizon Smart Policies
The Horizon Smart Policy “Bandwidth profile” setting (formerly known as “PCoIP profile”) now applies to both VMware Blast and PCoIP. The new “HTML Access file transfer” setting lets you control file transfer between agent and client.

Endpoint Platform Condition
The Endpoint Platform condition lets you target User Environment Manager actions to specific platforms like Android, iOS, Mac, or Windows.

Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 are not supported.
VMware User Environment Manager 9.1 does not support Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server 2008.

Sharpen your UEM Demo skills by referencing our QuickStart guide here:  support.vmtestd…ick-start-guide

Check Out This Great “The Story of VMware Blast” Blog!

Check Out This Great “The Story of VMware Blast” Blog!

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The ultimate goal in user interface (UI) remoting is to make the remoted end-user experience as close as possible to local application execution. This is a challenging goal that becomes increasingly more feasible as connection latency (RTT) drops under 50 milliseconds. In addition, there is still much room for innovation on how to efficiently determine changed pixels on a server, encode, transport, present those pixels on the user device and obtain user input in response.

VMware Blast is the VMware UI remoting technology in VMware Horizon. Blast uses standardized encoding schemes, including JPG/PNG and H.264 for pixel encoding, and Opus for audio. Unlike proprietary encoding schemes, these standard formats are supported natively, hence efficiently, in browsers and mobile devices.

Blast-JPG/PNG shipped in the Fall of 2013 in support of browser clients and in early 2015 in support of Linux virtual machines. Blast-H.264 shipped in March 2016 with Horizon 7, as Blast Extreme, with feature and performance parity with PCoIP. Much was written about Blast Extreme since. Here, we provide background and more in-depth technical details.

Check out the rest of this blog article here!

Check Out This Great "The Story of VMware Blast" Blog!

Check Out This Great “The Story of VMware Blast” Blog!

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The ultimate goal in user interface (UI) remoting is to make the remoted end-user experience as close as possible to local application execution. This is a challenging goal that becomes increasingly more feasible as connection latency (RTT) drops under 50 milliseconds. In addition, there is still much room for innovation on how to efficiently determine changed pixels on a server, encode, transport, present those pixels on the user device and obtain user input in response.

VMware Blast is the VMware UI remoting technology in VMware Horizon. Blast uses standardized encoding schemes, including JPG/PNG and H.264 for pixel encoding, and Opus for audio. Unlike proprietary encoding schemes, these standard formats are supported natively, hence efficiently, in browsers and mobile devices.

Blast-JPG/PNG shipped in the Fall of 2013 in support of browser clients and in early 2015 in support of Linux virtual machines. Blast-H.264 shipped in March 2016 with Horizon 7, as Blast Extreme, with feature and performance parity with PCoIP. Much was written about Blast Extreme since. Here, we provide background and more in-depth technical details.

Check out the rest of this blog article here!