Horizon 6.1

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 files on USB memory sticks and SmartCard support to enable secure login for use cases in finance and federal markets, and support for HTML Access for RDSH session based desktops….

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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 be a challenging thing. Often, Lakeside’s SysTrack is used to get that knowledge. Also, VMware has a solution called the Capacity Planner which can do an assessment, but it’s quite prehistoric. And unfortunately,…

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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 in Q1. Read more about the update on this blog.

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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 they make life more easy. Horizon Toolbox (previously know as View Auditing Portal) is one of them. It is a web portal that serves as an extension to the View…

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VMware aquires Immidio

  Exciting End User Computing news! Immidio, famous for it’s Flex+ suite will be joining the End User Computing division of VMware. A couple of years ago, the famous Flex Profile Kit was developed by Jeroen van de Kamp to have the speed of a mandatory profile and the agility of a roaming profile. This so called Hybrid Profile made sure that the login/logoff process in a Server Based Computing environment was fast and easy to manage. In 2008, Immidio was founded to further develop the Flex Profile Kit. This evolved into Flex Profiles and later on to Flex+, a complete…

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Error 1920 when starting the View Composer service

When starting the VMware View Composer Service on a Windows Server 2012 or 2012R2 machine, you receive error 1920. According to this KB article, it could be related to internet connectivity problems or missing Windows Updates. Well, this is kind-of true. Apparently, When starting the service, an internet connection is necessary to check if the certificate used on the View Composer is still valid according to the Windows Certificate Store, which on it’s turn checks Windows Update for the latest certificate revocation list. Unfortunately, Windows Server 2012 and up uses a different method in checking the certificate revocation list. Instead…

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