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VMware has published a new version of Horizon Mirage with a few new features integrated.
- Endpoint centralization – Performance improvement when a large number of endpoint centralizations are performed, by reducing the number of IO operations required from the storage.
- Vista OS support – Horizon Mirage supports the disaster recovery use case for Vista, and Vista to Windows 7 migration.
- New help desk Web console – Help desk users can troubleshoot and fix endpoints using a Horizon Mirage Web interface.
- Client and file portal localization – The Horizon Mirage client and file portal now supports: French, German, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.
- Windows 7 in-place migration encrypts endpoints with Sophos 5.5 software – There is no need to decrypt endpoints during an in-place Windows 7 migration.
- Aligned Mirage license scheme to the Horizon user-based license scheme – Horizon Mirage no longer enforces license based on device count.
It has been very busy recently with new VMware View related books. This time Daniel Langenhan has a new security book for us about the essentials for a VMware View environment.
The book is expected to be released in July 2013.
What will you learn from this book: (information taken from publishers website)
- Create, use, and install SSL certificates
- Acquire a new skill set in troubleshooting security issues
- Learn about secure tunnelling your desktop connection with RDP and PCoIP
- Understand the concepts of pairing View security and transfer severs with View connection servers
- Understand the key aspects of blocking undesirable USB devices
And in details:
Yes that’s right, Feature Pack 2 for Horizon View! VMware has just released the new pack with loads of enhancements for their Enterprise virtual desktop infrastructure solution.
The new pack includes the following features.
- Real-Time Audio and Video
- Flash URL Redirection
First of all it’s important to know that the Feature Pack 2 is supported with the View Agent 5.2 as the lowest version. So please make sure that your VMWare Horizon View installation is up to date before you try the new Feature Pack. Knowing this now let’s dig into the new features.
Real-Time Audio and Video
VMware supports Video und Audio for View quite a while with dedicated solutions like Microsft Lync 2013 in example. But now their is a broader support including an improved webcam and microphone experience supporting solutions like GoogleTalk, Skype or WebEx. Webcams and microphones are generally supported with Windows based View Clients. The upstream bandwidth for audio/video is compressed to as low as 300kbps. What does this mean? Before USB redirection with Webcams could lead into bandwidth usage of up to 60 MBit per single Webcam. The settings for Real-Time Audio-Vide can be configured via GPO’s.
More information can be found at: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2013/07/3370.html
An there are also already two KB articles online:
For configuration and administration of the Feature Pack 2 check this PDF: http://www.vmware.com/pdf/horizon-view/horizon-view-52-feature-pack-document.pdf
Flash URL Redirection
This new feature is supported on Windows and Linux Clients.It allows you to stream i.e. video events to the virtual desktops without affecting the datacenter network and servers.
With more and more x86 based Android tablets coming to the market their is now a x86 Android View Client available. The clients does support tablets and phones and delivers a rich user experience with Unity Touch and Presentation Mode.
To learn more about the new clients and features please visit the VMware website: http://www.vmware.com/support/view52/doc/horizon-view-52-feature-pack-2-release-notes.html
Again there is a new VMware View book available. This time it’s a detailed guide for implementing the virtual desktop infrastructure solution from VMware. The paperback has 390 pages but the book is also available as an eBook in several formats.
Here’s the table of contents:
Chapter 1: Designing a VMware Horizon View Infrastructure
Chapter 2: Implementing VMware Horizon View Connection Server
Chapter 3: Implementing VMware Horizon View Composer
Chapter 4: Implementing VMware Horizon View Transfer Server
Chapter 5: Implementing VMware Horizon View Security Server
Chapter 6: Using VMware ThinApp
Chapter 7: Implementing View Persona Management
Chapter 8: Creating VMware Horizon View Desktop Pools
Chapter 9: VMware Horizon View Client Options
Chapter 10: Performing View Desktop Maintenance
Chapter 11: Creating a Master Virtual Desktop Image
Chapter 12: Managing View SSL Certificates
Chapter 13: Implementing VMware Horizon View Group Policies
Appendix: Advanced Details about Key Horizon View Features
Buy the book at Amazon with this link.
Link: Packt Publishing
A few days ago VMware has published the new version 4.2 of Horizon Mirage. With that they’ve also published a new Knowledge Base article with best practices which can be found here: Best practices for upgrading VMware Mirage (2031711). My colleagues Sascha & Tim have already updated their test environment and have some useful tips. You can find the information on Tim’s blog. Please follow the link.
VMware has announced a new version of Horizon Mirage which should be launched shortly. The new version offers great new features. A main optimization is the improvement for the Endpoint centralization. VMware has modified Mirage so that the total number of IOPS required is reduced. This will lead into time savings during centralization. Large environments will have the most benefit from this change. Also the new Vista support will help customers. Microsoft Windows Vista is now supported for Disaster Recovery and for the Windows 7 migration.
- Added improvements for the Endpoint centralization
- Support for Windows Vista (Disaster Recovery, Windows Migration HW and in-place)
- New web based console for the the help desk
- Localization support for French, German, Japanese and Chinese languages
- Automated in-place Windows 7 migration with Sophos 5.5
- New licensing model
Image source: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/files/2013/06/Mirage.png
There are a few new documents and articles on the VMware website which are very valuable and a good read. Please feel see to check the new content.
Security Considerations for VMware Horizon View 5.2
VMware Horizon View Optimization Guide for Windows 7 and Windows 8
Storage Considerations for VMware Horizon View 5.2
No neckties in the paper shredder: VMware Horizon Mirage Branch Reflectors
Securely deliver apps, data and desktops to personal devices
Horizon Mirage Client uploads through an F5 load balancer or IPSec VPN network device fail due to frequent disconnects
If you find any new documents which are worth to share please let me know!