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My first experience in the UAE

As some of you may have read on my twitter account, I’m currently busy on an awesome EUC engagement. Basically designing a new VDI infrastructure with Horizon View, App Volumes, RDSH Application Pools, UEM and vROPS for View. The architecture will be spread across two datacenters and Cloud Pod Architecture will be used to make sure pools are available at both sites. A PoC with Nvidia Grid will be part of the project and everything will run on top of Vblocks and XtremeIO. Pretty cool right? This post isn’t technical though. It’s basically about my experiences as a Dutch guy that…

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UEM 8.7 is GA!

Yesterday, VMware brought 3 new versions of existing products to the GA status. Horizon Flex 1.6, Identity Manager 2.4 and User Environment Manager 8.7. That last one caught my eye. Mostly because I am busy on a project right now in which I will implement UEM on a Horizon View environment en will benefit with new features. So what are those new features: Session detection UEM is now able to detect all sorts of session types: PcoIP connections, Blast connections, RDP connections and last but not least Citrix connections. Client name/IP detection VMware added Support for detecting Client IP/Client Name in Horizon View….

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VMware Identity Manager 2.4 announced today!

Exciting times in the EUC world these days. VMworld 2015 in San Francisco was full announcements of cool new stuff like Project A2, Horizon 6.2 and of course more details on Project Enzo. As a dessert, today VMware announced a new version of the Identity Manager (vIDM). vIDM is the rebranded Workspace Portal solution. In the current 2.1 version it’s still Workspace Portal with a different name, but with 2.4 the rebranding is completed. Here is a list of some of the new features which are worth mentioning: Support for Horizon 6 Apps via HTML Access It’s finally possible to…

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VMworld 2015 day 2: More EUC announcements

As I mentioned in this earlier post, VMware announced Horizon 6.2 with tons of new features. Besides Horizon 6.2, new products were announced that will bring the End User Computing portfolio and it’s cool products more together (like I predicted in this post). VMware Identity Manager Advanced First of all, VMware Identity Manager Advanced was announced. vIDM Advanced is a combination of the vIDM (the product formerly known as Workspace Portal) and some bits and pieces of AirWatch. vIDM has it’s strong Identity Management solution. But when needing a complete chain of security with all sorts of devices and a…

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What’s new in VMware Horizon 6.2

What’s new in VMware Horizon 6.2 Today, VMware announced Horizon 6.2. In this post I will explain some of the features which are new. Windows 10 Windows 10 is fully supported as both a desktop guest OS as well as an Horizon Client. Also, smart card support for Windows 10 is added. RDSH One of the coolest features in Horizon 6.2 is the added functionality of the View Composer. It is now possible to provision RDS hosts as a linked clone and build/manage your RDSH server farms automated. Pretty awesome right? vDGA and vGPU support is added to RDSH server farms…

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vExpert 2015

When I started this blog last year, my main reason was to get people as enthusiastic and passionate about VMware products and End User Computing as I am. I truly never thought that VMware would give me the honor of becoming a vExpert. Especially so soon. So from now on, vHojan.nl is vExpert-powered.. 🙂 Also congratulations to my ITQ colleagues Marco van Baggum (@vMbaggum, vMbaggum.nl), Dennis Hoegen Dijkhof (Dutch VMUG leader, @vDennisHD, automate-it.today) and Christiaan Roeleveld (@vChrisR, automate-it.today) for achieving the same recognition.

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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 tried to create a role with the minimum permissions needed on the cluster where the desktops, RDSH servers and AppVolumes manager is running. This was the list of permissions set…

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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 think? Until a few years ago, there was a big difference in IT-related knowledge between IT staff and their co-workers. That difference is one of the reasons why most companies…

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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 on my company’s blog I am explaining those reasons and give a heads up in what is going to happen later this year. You can find the blogpost here. Happy…

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