Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Horizon View 6.X Desktop Pool types.

In Horizon View 6.X there are 3 types of Desktop pools that we can create as per the requirements. These 3 types are as listed below.

  • Manual Desktop Pool
  • Automated Desktop Pool
  • RDSH Desktop Pool
Manual Pool:

This type of pool can contain managed VMs (Existing VMs that are managed by vCenter Server), unmanaged systems (VMs managed by VMware Server, Physical Computers, Blade PCs).

As the name suggest, desktops are not provisioned automatically. At the time of creation of pool, you need to select systems that are going to be member of this pool.

Automated Pool:

In this type of pool, member desktops are automatically created by Connection server using two different methods.

One method is to  use virtual machine templates to create new desktops. These VMs are also called as full clones alternatively.

Another method is called as linked clone technology. Will write about linked clones separately as this is vast topic.

RDSH Pool:

In this type of pool, RDS sessions are provided as machines to View users. Microsoft RDS host can be installed in virtual machine or Physical server. Connection server manages the sessions much like normal  machines.

Monday, 9 May 2016

VMware Horizon 6.x suite editions

VMware Horizon suite contains multiple products inside it like Horizon View, VMware Mirage, VMware Workspace and new addition like VMware Identity manager Below is the information about each edition that is available with Horizon 6.X suite  along with its components and features along with license models.
Standard Edition:
This version includes a standalone version of View, VMware ThinApp, vSphere Desktop, and vCenter Desktop. Horizon Standard Edition and its components are licensed per concurrent connection.
Per concurrent connection license model is for virtual environments with a high number of users who share machines throughout the day such as students and shift workers.
Advanced Edition:
In addition to the features in Horizon Standard Edition, this edition also includes the functionality for hosted applications, a unified workspace with VMware Workspace Portal, virtual storage with VMware Virtual SANTM, and image management for physical desktops using VMware Mirage and VMware Fusion® Pro.
License entitlement for Horizon 6 Advanced Edition is available as concurrent user and named user. Per named user license model is for virtual environments with staff that need dedicated access to a virtual machine throughout the day.
(VMware Identity Manager is replacing Workspace Portal in the Horizon 6 Advanced and Enterprise editions.)

Enterprise Edition:
This edition includes all features of Horizon View Standard Edition and Horizon Advanced Edition, also Horizon Enterprise Edition includes VMware vRealize Operations Manager for Horizon.
Horizon Enterprise Edition also includes the VMware vRealize Orchestrator plug-in that enables automated provisioning of desktops and applications using vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Automation.
License entitlement for Horizon Enterprise Edition is available as concurrent user and named user.
vSphere Desktop included in Horizon editions has the same features and functionality of VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition. This also means that if you already have VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition, you can use this license with Horizon suite.

 Horizon 7 Suite is also in news and you can find more details about the it at VMware Portal.

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