Friday, 17 June 2016

Whats new in VMware Horizon 7

Following new features and enhancements have been introduced with Horizon 7:

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Instant Clones

  • New type of desktop virtual machines that can be provisioned faster than the current View Composer linked clones.Fully functional desktop can be provisioned in two seconds or less.
  • Clones are automatically rebalanced across available datastores.
  • View storage accelerator is automatically enabled. 

Cloud Pod Architecture Improvements

  • The Cloud Pod Architecture feature in Horizon 7 supports a pod federation of up to 25 pods across up to five sites for a scale of 50,000 sessions.
  • In the event that resources at a user's home site are exhausted or otherwise not available, the user is now automatically directed to available desktops at other sites.
  • Home site administration is now fully supported in View Administrator.
  • The Cloud Pod Architecture feature supports home site assignments for nested AD security groups.
  • Full integration of  VMware Identity Manager with the Cloud Pod Architecture feature.

Smart Policies

  • Control of the clipboard cut-and-paste, client drive redirection, USB redirection, and virtual printing desktop features through policies.
  • PCoIP session control through PCoIP profiles.
  • Conditional policies based on user location, desktop tagging, pool name, and Horizon Client registry values.

  VMware Blast Extreme

  • VMware Blast Extreme is now fully supported on the Horizon platform.
    • Administrators can select the VMware Blast display protocol as the default or available protocol for pools, farms, and entitlements.
    • End users can select the VMware Blast display protocol when connecting to remote desktops and applications.
  • VMware Blast Extreme features include:
    • TCP and UDP transport support
    • H.264 support for the best performance across more devices
    • Reduced device power consumption for longer battery life
    • NVIDIA GRID acceleration for more graphical workloads per server, better performance, and a superior remote user experience

 True SSO:

  • For VMware Identity Manager integration, True SSO streamlines the end-to-end login experience. After users log in to VMware Identity Manager using a smart card or an RSA SecurID or RADIUS token, users are not required to also enter Active Directory credentials in order to use a remote desktop or application.
  • Uses a short-lived Horizon virtual certificate to enable a password-free Windows login.
  • Supports using either a native Horizon Client or HTML Access.
  • System health status for True SSO appears in the View Administrator dashboard.
  • Can be used in a single domain, in a single forest with multiple domains, and in a multiple-forest, multiple-domain setup.

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Access Point 2.5 Integration

  • Full support for Smart card authentication.
  • RSA SecurID and RADIUS authentication methods have been added.
  • Smart policies can be used with Access Point.
  • VMware Blast protocol can now be directed to port 443. Previously, port 8443 was required.
Note: Access Point 2.6 version serves as a reverse proxy for VMware Identity Manager only.

URL Content Redirection for Windows Horizon Clients

  • For specific URLs, you can configure whether, when end users click a link to that URL in an Internet Explorer browser or an application, or if they type the URL into an Internet Explorer browser, that link gets opened always on a Windows-based client system or always in a remote desktop or application.
  • URL links can be links to Web pages, telephone numbers, email addresses, and more.
  • Configured through group policy.
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 Flash Redirection for Windows Horizon Clients

  • Flash content in an Internet Explorer browser is sent to the Windows-based client and played in a Flash container window, thereby offloading demand on the ESXi host.
  • Configured through an agent-side group policy that specifies a white list of Web sites to use Flash Redirection.

Windows Server 2016 Support

  • Windows Server 2016 can be used as an RDS host for providing remote desktops and hosted applications. For this release, Windows Universal apps are not supported as hosted remote applications. For example, Universal apps do not appear in the list of apps provided by a Windows Server 2016 RDS farm. Universal apps, such as the Microsoft Edge browser or the Calculator included with Windows 10 or a Windows Server 2016 RDS host, are built on the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Universal apps require Windows Explorer to be run. In addition, manually launching Universal apps through the Command Prompt will show an error message.

Horizon 7 for Linux Desktops

  • Support for SLED 11 SP3/SP4. However, Single Sign-on is not supported.
  • Support for HTML Access 4.0.0 on Chrome.
  • Support for CentOS 7.1 Linux distribution.
  • Support to check the dependency packages unique to a Linux distribution before installing Horizon Agent.
  • Support to use the Subnet option of /etc/vmware/viewagent-custom.conf to specify the subnet used for Linux desktop connections with multiple subnets connected.

Additional Features

  • Support for IPv6 with VMware Blast Extreme on security servers.
  • View Administrator security protection layer. See VMware Knowledge Base (KB) article 2144303 for more information.
  • Protection against inadvertent pool deletion.
  • RDS per-device licensing improvements.
  • Support for Intel vDGA.
  • Support for AMD Multiuser GPU Using vDGA.
  • More resilient upgrades.
  • Display scaling for Windows Horizon Clients.
    DPI scaling is supported if it is set at the system level and the scaling level is greater than 100.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Types of Identity Sources for VMware vSphere 6.x Single Sign On (SSO)

VMware vCenter Single Sign-On 5.5 and later, supports the following types of  identity sources.

  • Active Directory versions 2003 and later:
    • Single Active Directory domain can be added as an identity source including any child domains or be a forest root domain. 
    • It will be listed as Active Directory (Integrated Windows Authentication) in the vSphere Web Client.
  • Active Directory over LDAP:
    • vCenter Single Sign-On supports multiple Active Directory over LDAP identity sources. 
    • This identity source type is included for compatibility with the vCenter Single Sign-On service included with vSphere 5.1. 
    • Listed as Active Directory as an LDAP Server in the vSphere Web Client.
  • OpenLDAP versions 2.4 and later:
    • vCenter Single Sign-On supports multiple OpenLDAP identity sources. 
    • Listed as OpenLDAP in the vSphere Web Client.
  • Local operating system users:
    • Local operating system users are local to the operating system where the vCenter Single Sign-On server is running. 
    • Only one local operating system identity source is allowed. Listed as localos in the vSphere Web Client.
  • vCenter Single Sign-On system users:
    • One system identity source named vsphere.local (can be changed in vSphere 6.X) is created when you install vCenter Single Sign-On. 
    • Listed as vsphere.local in the vSphere Web Client.
At any time, only one default domain exists. If a user from a non-default domain logs in, that user must add the domain name (DOMAIN\user) to authenticate successfully.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

VMware Horizon suite 6.x editions and comparison

Horizon suite 6.X with View is available in 3 editions as below:
    • VMware Horizon Standard Edition
    • VMware Horizon Advanced Edition 
    • VMware Horizon Enterprise Edition
  • VMware Horizon Standard Edition: 

This edition provides a simple yet powerful virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution. This version includes a standalone version of below listed components.
    • VMware View
    • ThinApp
    • VMware vSphere Desktop
    • VMware vCenter Desktop
Horizon View Standard Edition and its components are licensed per concurrent connection. The 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.

  • VMware Horizon Advanced Edition: 
This edition includes all the components of standard edition and also provides the flexibility to deliver desktops and applications across any device (physical/virtual) with automation. 

This edition includes the following components:
    • Hosted applications (RDSH)
    • VMware Workspace 
    • VMware Virtual SAN 
    • Image management using Mirage and VMware Fusion® Pro
This edition is available with concurrent user and named user licensing models. 

The 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.
  • VMware Horizon® Enterprise Edition: 
This edition aims to build an enterprise-ready cloud with the orchestration and automation that is required. In addition to the features in Horizon View Standard Edition and Horizon Advanced Edition, Horizon Enterprise Edition includes the following:
    • VMware vRealize Operations Manager for Horizon for monitoring system health 
    • VMware vCenter Orchestrator plug-in to allow IT organizations to leverage Orchestrator 
    • VMware vCloud Automation Center for automated provisioning of desktops and applications

This edition is available with concurrent user and named user licensing model. 

  • vSphere Desktop included in Horizon Editions has the same features and functionality of VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus Edition. So you can use existing licenses of vSphere enterprise plus for VDI.
  • All editions are available in quantities of 10 or 100 licenses.

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