App Volumes

Error downloading templates with App Volumes 2.9

Error downloading templates with App Volumes 2.9 When implementing App Volumes, there is a series of prerequisites you need to comply to if you would like things to work. One of them is to setup a role with appropriate permissions in vCenter so you can setup a template, create appstacks, provision them and assign them. As at my current project it isn’t possible to create a role with administrative permissions, I…

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Self service, a must-have in End User Computing

Last week I wrote a new post on my company’s blog about End-User Computing and all of the recent acquisitions that VMware did. As you may have read, all of these acquisitions had a purpose. The purpose is called Project Enzo, or what it’s future name might be.. I also mentioned that the one missing piece in the End-User Computing puzzle is Self Service. So why is that, you would... Read more

VMware’s acquisitions, does it make any sense? Yes it does!

After a presentation I gave recently on ITQ’s annual Technical Update Session (TUS), I got some questions about the products of the EUC proposition. What people in general don’t see is the common thread in the acquisitions done by VMware. Products like AirWatch, App Volumes and User Environment Manager were added to the portfolio in the last year. There is a reason for the products being acquired. In a post... Read more

Why it is so important to design your Horizon View infrastructure

Disclaimer: This blogpost isn’t meant to complain about wrongly made decisions. It’s meant to give you an idea why it’s better to start off building well-prepared, instead of building unprepared. Because when doing it right, in the end: 1) Your customer will be happy 2) You will be happy 3) Happy customer = more revenue Today I consulted a company that implemented a VMware Horizon View 6 environment with the... Read more

vRealize Operations, Part 1: Network Connectivity

vRealize Operations isn’t really a part of VMware’s End User Computing productsuite,  but during a new project I had to design a vRealize Operations (vROPS) environment for approximately 5000 virtual machines and came across some interesting things. So the next couple of weeks you can expect posts regarding vROPS and some of the challenges that needed to be solved during the design and implementation. So, one of the first was to... Read more

Horizon 6.1 announced

Last week VMware announced Horizon 6.1, the latest version of VMware’s End User Computing Suite. A couple of new cool features are introduced with it: Applications: Unlimited Access Of course, USB redirection is part of the Horizon Client for quite some time now, but in the new release it supports new features including the use of Scanning & Imaging devices from RDSH desktops and apps, USB Mass Storage Devices to access... Read more

VMware & Lakeside launch free SysTrack VDI assessment portal

Today, VMware and Lakeside Software launched their free VDI assessment portal. When designing a new Horizon View based VDI solution, one of the most important goals is to create a user experience that’s at least as good as the user experience on a normal desktop. So during a VDI assessment or design phase, one needs to get in-depth knowledge about the resources needed to create a good user experience. And that can... Read more

Mirage 5.3 announced

This week, during the 28 days of VMware, the VMware End User Computing devision also had some nice announcements like the recent acquisition of Immidio. Mirage, VMware’s imaging and deployment solution for physical- and virtual desktops wil get an update soon. Version 5.3 will have extended support for Point of Sales machines and the special Windows versions that come with it. Mirage version 5.3 will be expected to be released somewhere... Read more

Operating System Optimization Tool, my favorite fling

First of all, let me emphasize how cool the VMware Flings portal is. Most of you will probably know it already. But to whom that don’t know it yet, please check it. Basically, VMware developers get the chance to work on side projects to create “Flings” that they think is cool or a great addition to current products. Some of the flings, I have used before and still use them as... Read more