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Windows Phone 8.1 Mobile Device Management Overview

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Microsoft has published a 15 pages overview which helps you to explore the built-in Mobile Device Management (MDM) capabilities of Windows Phone 8.1.

Mobile device management (MDM) in Windows Phone 8.1 is based on the Synchronization Markup Language (SyncML) version 1.2, which is the Open Mobile Alliance Client Provisioning standard for device management. Windows Phone 8.1 builds on this standard to create an integrated MDM client that allows MDM system vendors to manage Windows Phone devices. This overview will show you how you can manage Windows Phone 8.1 by using an on premises, off premises, or hybrid MDM solution, such as those that System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune provide. It also covers the use of MDM solutions in conjunction with Exchange Server, which allow you to not only manage the device and configuration settings, but also protect the email messages users send and receive on their Windows Phone 8.1 devices.

Link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42508

Written by Christoph Harding

April 11th, 2014 at 1:02 pm

Project Orcha

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Yesterday at VMworld Scott Davis, VMware’s Desktop CTO has announced a new project called Orcha. This new projects leverages VMware Horizon Workspace and VMware Horizon View. But what does it exactly? When a user is working on an iPad an wants to open a Microsoft Visio file i.e. the iOS has usually no viewer for those kind of files. If a user opens this file within the Horizon Workspace app on the iPad he gets redirected to his View desktop to show the file. But watch the following video to make it clear.

 

Written by Christoph Harding

August 27th, 2013 at 3:47 pm

VMware Horizon Mirage 4.2.3 released

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VMware has released a new version of Horizon Mirage. The new version includes new features and bug fixes.

New features:

  • Optimized storage disconnection handling
  • SSL configuration option for Mirage Server installation
  • CE Calculator
  • Branch Reflector Enhancements 

Tim has published a bit more information on his blog.

  • Better storage disconnects handling – Horizon Mirage servers now identify high load conditions on storage that can cause disconnects and can throttle down to allow storage utilization to return to normal.
  • SSL configuration option in Horizon Mirage server installation – The IT manager can now configure SSL communication during server installation. There is no need to perform this operation with the Management console after installing.
  • CE calculator – A new tool enables VMware personnel to better estimate Horizon Mirage centralization process requirements. The calculator estimates the network resources and storage that will be required and the time that the centralization will take.
  • Branch reflector enhancements – The IT manager can better design and monitor branch reflector deployment by simulating the branch reflector selection on endpoints. The IT manager can now click any device from the Management console and see if it has a branch reflector in its vicinity.

Links:

Release Notes

Installation Guide

Web Manager Guide

Administration Guide

Via: HorizonFlux

Written by Christoph Harding

August 7th, 2013 at 9:03 am

VMware OS Optimization Tool

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A new tool on the VMware Labs website might be interesting for a few readers here. It’s a Windows desktop optimization tool which helps to customize the operating system to perfectly work with VMware Horizon View. The tool includes templates to configure system features and services per VMware recommendations.

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Image source: http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vmware-os-optimization-tool 

Link: http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vmware-os-optimization-tool

Written by Christoph Harding

July 30th, 2013 at 8:50 am

ThinPrint Technology on VMware® Horizon View™ 5.2 Supports Finishing Options on Windows 8

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Cortado has published an interesting news article about ThinPrint, integrated in View 5.2.

Cortado´s ThinPrint technology is integrated with the recently announced VMware® Horizon View™ 5.2. New important printing features include: VMware Horizon View 5.2 has the ability to support printer finishing options, such as hole punching, stapling, and binding on Windows 8, with the use of the ThinPrint Output Gateway virtual printer driver. Other features include driver-free printing, print data compression, and optimized printing for PCoIP.

Please visit the Cortado website for more information.

Link: http://www.thinprint.com/News/News/ArticleDetails/tabid/392/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/217/Default.aspx

Written by Christoph Harding

March 20th, 2013 at 5:52 pm

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VMware Windows 7 Migration Twitter Chat March 26th at 6am and 9am PST

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Coming soon! The VMware Windows 7 Migration Twitter Chat! Join VMware invites everyone to the #vEUCchat on March 26th at 6am and 9am PST. 

Who’s chatting with you?

The VMware EUC Team (@VMwareMirage) and Forrester Analyst Dave Johnson (@david_kjohnson)

To download the calendar invite click on the time: 6am | 9am

It’s recommended to use Twitterchat. The Hashtag for the event is #vECUchat

Here’s what VMware says:

Windows XP support ends in April 2014, at which time any remaining XP deployments can leave organizations at risk for compliance violations, security vulnerabilities and undesired support costs associated with user satisfaction and productivity.  This Twitter Chat is designed to help address important questions and challenges IT is currently mitigating, while offering industry insight and solutions to move toward successful implementations.

Link: http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2013/03/windows-7-migration-twitter-chat-march-26th-at-6am-and-9am-pst-join-us.html

Written by Christoph Harding

March 18th, 2013 at 10:27 pm

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ThinApp, OS migrations and application compatibility

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A new article on HorizonFlux should get everyones attention who’s involved in Windows Migration projects. Tim Arenz again has published a great read on VMware ThinApp. Here’s a quick quote of his article but please visit his blog an learn how ThinApp can help you within a Windows 7 migration.

However other issues aren’t fixable at all. If an application relies on 16-bit components or is a 16-bit application itself and you want to migrate to a 64-bit version of Windows you are out of luck. The application simply will not work. You could however use VMware Workstation orView to deploy 32-bit virtual Windows machines for your legacy 16-bit applications. Another example for an application which will probably not work if it depends on APIs which are deprecated or undocumented and therefore not available or working different in Windows 7.

Other reasons why an application might fail to work on Windows 7 like deprecated .dll files, hard-coded locations and dependencies to specific versions of Internet Explorer are a perfect fit for ThinApp!

Link: http://www.horizonflux.com/thinapp-os-migrations-and-application-compatibility/

Written by Christoph Harding

February 5th, 2013 at 12:24 pm

HowTo: VMware Mirage Installation, Setup and Windows Migration

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The French blog (english language) www.vladan.fr has published a cool three article series about VMware Mirage. Learn how to install and setup Mirage and in the last article see how to migrate a Windows XP desktop to Windows 7.

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Image source: http://www.vladan.fr/wp-content/uploads/images/mirage-windows7-migration.jpg

Links:

  1. http://www.vladan.fr/vmware-mirage-installation/
  2. http://www.vladan.fr/vmware-mirage-setup/
  3. http://www.vladan.fr/vmware-mirage/

 

Written by Christoph Harding

January 24th, 2013 at 10:27 am

Win the Veeam Dream Lab for Christmas

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I really like the idea! Win a dream home lab for Christmas! It includes everything you need for your private datacenter. Thin about running your View desktops on those SDD’s.

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This year, Veeam will be your Santa! We’ve listened to your wishes and prepared a great gift! In December you may become the happy winner of the ULTIMATE NEW YEAR’s RESOLUTIONwhich includes a VEEAM DREAM LAB, Microsoft Surface and more!

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Written by Christoph Harding

December 18th, 2012 at 4:07 pm

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SAP GUI Virtualization with ThinApp

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Interesting video on how to capture SAP GUI with VMware ThinApp. As mentioned in an old article on my blog there is a SAP support note ID which declares support for this solution.

Written by Christoph Harding

October 17th, 2012 at 2:16 pm