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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.
Back in March VMware published the first version of Horizon Workspace which includes a component called Data. Data is the former Project Octopus, the “Dropxbox for Enterprises” without leveraging public cloud technologies. That means that your data stays in your datacenter and will be synced on the devices allowed in the policy IT has created. Within the web interface for the user, files can be previewed. By default PDF files are getting rendered but for Microsoft Office files you’ll need to install either LibreOffice or Microsoft Office components. Be aware that for Microsoft Office components each user needs a proper MS Office license. You can read more about this in the Horizon Workspace installation guide. So if you want to go for free you should use LibreOffice instead. This works also well. One of my customers had an issue whilst installing the LibreOffice. His Workplace appliances wasn’t connected to the Internet and so they couldn’t install the needed components. With a quick workaround it was possible. They’ve downloaded the zipped RPM from the LibreOffice website (Link included in the installer Script) and put it onto a local web server. After changing the download address of the file from the LibreOffice server to the local server (bold marking in the script) it just worked fine.
echo $PLATFORM | egrep -q UBUNTU
if [ $? = 0 ]; then
PKGCMD=”$RPM -U –force –quiet –nodeps”
Horizon Workspace comes as a vApp containing several virtual appliances which handle different jobs. The first rule for installing Horizon Workspace is: Get your DNS working! After that the configuration is quite easy. All setup for the vApp is done on the Configurator virtual appliance which propagates the settings to the other appliances. This information is sent via the SSH port which means that all appliances must be reachable from the Configurator via port 22. But what about the other services on the appliances? How do they communicate to each other? The following diagram gives you an overview of the open ports needed in your Horizon environment.
Please note that a few ports are configurable. This includes the connection to the database, the Active Directory, theView and SMTP server and last but not least the vCenter.
VMware’s new product Horizon Workspace includes three components. Files, Applications and Desktops. Applications is the Horizon Application Manager functionality, Desktops as you can already guessing is the HTML and PCoIP access to VMware View and Files is Horizon Data formally known as Project Octopus. Horizon Data is a great solution for synchronizing your files between multiple devices such as Windows, Mac, iOS or Android based computers / smartphones / tablets. Another great functionality in Horizon Data is the file sharing option. With that you can share files internally with other Horizon Data users but also externally. It’s easy as this!
Login to your Horizon Workspace account via the web interface. in the Files tab you can see all your files and folders. Go into a folder and select a file. By clicking the arrow a contact menu will appear giving you the option to share a file publicly. Doing this Horizon Data gives you a unique link which can be send via email to anyone who should download the file. Very easy, isn’t it?
But what if you want to share multiple files? Of course you could repeat what you just learned before and send all the links but there is a easier way to go. Just go back to the folder structure and click on the arrow. You’ll find the option share here. Click on this and a popup will appear.
Within the popup you can add users you want to share the folder with. As Horizon Workspace is connected to the Active Directory it will automatically give you usernames which are also on Horizon Data when entering the first characters of a name or email address. You can choose what people can do with your data.
- Just viewing it
- Viewing it but also editing
- Viewing it, editing it and sharing it with other people
By adding an email address from someone external and then sharing the folder, the Horizon Data application sends an email to the recipient.
After sharing you notice that a folder is shared by the two blue symbols on the folder.
The recipient gents an email with a unique link Clicking on this Horizon Data starts to provision an account for that specific user.
The user needs to choose a password and can optionally select a picture for the account.
Done this he can see the shared folder in his My Files pane.
Clicking on the folder icon takes the user to the files included in that folder.
Horizon Workspace is great and I’m already using it for sharing files with my customers and partners. It’s very user friendly and the recipient is happy not getting large mail attachments anymore.
I’ve put a graphic together with the SKU’s needed to upgrade your VMware EUC products to Horizon. These information is taken from the VMware price list.
No guarantee for completeness or correctness.
As already mentioned in many blog posts out there, the EOA products are not going End of Life! They’re just going off the price list as a standalone SKU. ThinApp will live in View, Mirage and Workspace, Horizon Mobile and Application Manager are going into the Horizon Workspace SKU.
Good overview on VMware Horizon Suite 1.0 licensing in the VMware Knowledge Base. This article shows how the products are licensed and which components are included.
Protip: Logging into the Horizon Workspace web interface from your Mac without using credentials or SecurID
VMware has a announced the availability of the Horizon Suite for this quarter. Part of the Horizon Suite is Horizon Workspace, a unified workspace for your end users. Workspace consists of the former Horizon Application Manager, the Project Octopus now known as Horizon Data and the Blast technology which gives you HTML5 access to your virtual desktop from any device. I’m already working with Horizon Workspace and I really love it as it is so easy to share files with my colleagues, customers and partners. Horizon Workspace gives you a client for Mac, Windows, iOS and Android and also a Web Interface for managing your files and folders.
In my case when accessing the Web Interface my admin has configured a 2-factor authentication with RSA’s SecurID. In the first few days I thought I’ve to login to the website with the SecurID every time but this was quite annoying. There must be another way to get into your files with a better user experience and there is.
On my Mac I’ve my Horizon folder in the finder where I can manage my files just like with Dropbox. If I want to access the web interface I only have to click on the Workspace icon in the task bar and then choose “Open Horizon web page”. In that case the client uses SSO (Single Sign On) to access the web interface without having need for the SecurID passcode.