Archive for the ‘Windows’ tag
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.
VMware has released a new version of Horizon Mirage. The new version includes new features and bug fixes.
- 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.
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.
Image source: http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vmware-os-optimization-tool
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
WinTPC (Windows Thin PC) is a small footprint version of Windows 7 which should help customers to repurpose old computer hardware as a thin client. With WinTCP there is no need for a VDA (Virtual Desktop Access) license for accessing VDI desktops as the Microsoft connect website states. (See screenshot below)
At the moment Windows TPC is available for everyone through the beta program but this will stops latest when WinTPC will be released. As of an article at silicon.de the WinTPC software will only be available for Software Assurance customers. But anyway it should be possible to run the VMware View Client for Windows on WinTPC to access your VMware View environment. This might help to lower the investment costs for a VDI project. In the first step customers can repurpose their old PC hardware and then start a step by step soft migration to proper Zero client hardware like the EVGA or Wyse P20.