Sep 092014
 

A very nice release for those wanting to understand the costs of their hybrid clouds.  Cost detail improvements, public cloud enhancements, reporting enhancements.  You can get right to the download page here.

Take a look at the what’s new section from the release notes:

The release of IT Business Management Standard Edition 1.1 focuses on improved integration, enhanced value and reduced complexity. The release has provided enhancements in several areas.

  • Integration
  • Cost Analysis
  • Public Cloud
  • Usability and Report Enhancements

Integration

The IT Business Management Standard Edition 1.1 release integrates with vCloud Automation Center 6.1. Continue reading »

Sep 092014
 

BIG release for a .1 release: Reporting improvements, Bulk import improvements, REST API Improvements, User Interface enhancements, better vCloud Air Integration, AppD integration, NSX Integration, Language localization!  WOW!  You can take a look at the release notes here.  Go and get downloading right here.

Here’s the what’s new section from the release notes:

Platform Support

vCloud Automation Center now supports Windows Server 2012 SP1 R2 (.NET 4.5.1).

Improvements in Reporting

IaaS Chargeback by Allocated Resource by Group report displays cost for blueprint, CPU, memory, storage, days, and totals.

Bulk Imports

Machines are imported with defining data such as reservation, storage path, blueprint, owner, and any custom properties. The following administrative tasks are supported:

  • Import one or more unmanaged virtual machines so that they can be managed in a vCloud Automation Center deployment.
  • Migrate one or more managed virtual machines between vCloud Automation Center instances.
  • Make a global change to a virtual machine property, such as a storage path.

REST API

vCloud Automation Center 6.1 offers the following programmatic interfaces for integrating with external systems: Continue reading »

Sep 032014
 

BIG update in the Fusion world.  You can find the full download here.  As always, you can see the What’s New Section of the Release Notes below:

VMware Fusion Pro has been updated for OS X Yosemite. Visual changes include a new flatter application icon, changes to include translucent elements, and Yosemite style full-screen behavior.

VMware Fusion Pro includes the latest virtual hardware revision with support for:

  • Advanced Haswell processor features, including AVX2 inside a virtual machine
  • A new virtual webcam, making it easier than ever to use your webcam with Windows applications
  • An updated, virtual USB controller with support for XHCI 1.0
  • A new approach to video memory that enables the VRAM limit to be specified per virtual machine
    The amount of VRAM configured is not limited by the VRAM available to the host.
  • The ability to specify a preference for the integrated or discrete GPU
    On recent Mac Book Pros that contain both GPUs, this can result in increased battery life for lightly used virtual machines.

VMware Fusion Pro is more efficient than ever with wake-ups reduced by over 60% for lightly used virtual machines.

OS X Yosemite can now be used inside a virtual machine.

VMware Fusion Pro now shows the status of each virtual machine in the library list view. This is particularly useful for power-users working with many virtual machines.

Improved support for Retina displays, including changes to Unity mode and the ability to control how Fusion scales when moving between Retina-class and standard density displays.

Direct sounds from virtual machines to a specific audio device on your Mac.

Per-virtual machine shortcut keys make jumping quickly between operating systems a breeze.

Improved support for Ubuntu 14.xx etc < New Linuxes here.

The ability to access virtual machines running on VMware vSphere, VMware ESXi, and VMware Workstation directly from VMware Fusion Pro including:

  • Remote display, keyboard, and mouse control
  • Ability to select media for CD, DVD, floppy devices, including files on your Mac
  • Ability to power virtual machines on and off and configure the network they connect to
  • Ability to move virtual machines from your Mac to a remote location by dragging and dropping
  • Ability to move virtual machines from a remote location to your Mac by dragging and dropping
  • See the state of your remote server with at-a-glance health summary based on Activity Monitor
Jun 202014
 

It’s a major release this time, Horizon 6.0 is out.  You can get to the downloads here.  As always, here’s the What’s New from the release notes:

This release of View delivers a number of important new features and enhancements.

Hosted Apps and Desktops

  • Delivers Hosted Apps and desktops (remote applications and desktops) through expanded integration with Microsoft Remote Desktop Services (RDS) on Windows Server operating systems.
  • Provides a robust way to access one or more remote applications seamlessly from any Horizon Client 3.0 or later using PCoIP.
  • Provides the ability to remote shared session desktops from RDS hosts using PCoIP.

Cloud Pod Architecture

  • Lets you deploy View in multiple datacenters that you can manage as a single deployment.
  • Provides global entitlements to desktops in multiple datacenters.
  • Provices the ability to scale up to 20K desktops across two sites and four View pods.

View integration with VMware Virtual SAN technology

  • Aggregates local server-attached storage to satisfy performance and capacity requirements of virtual desktops.
  • View recognizes the Virtual SAN storage type and automates the creation of Virtual SAN storage policies based on the type of desktops being deployed.
  • If you intend to use Virtual SAN, download vSphere 5.5 U1, which is required to support the Virtual SAN feature.

Additional Features

  • View Connection Server, security server, and View Composer are supported on Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems.
  • Ability to send View logs to a Syslog server such as VMware vCenter Log Insight.
  • Support for RDS remote applications and desktops with the View Agent Direct-Connection Plug-in.
  • Enhanced smart card authentication for View Administrator.
  • Integration of remote applications with Workspace. Users can launch View applications from the Workspace user portal.
  • Real-Time Audio-Video installs a new kernel-mode webcam driver on View desktops that provides better compatibility with browser-based video apps and other 3rd-party conferencing software.
  • The Remote Experience Agent is now integrated with View Agent. Previously, you had to install View Agent and the Remote Experience Agent to use features such as HTML Access, Unity Touch, Real-Time Audio-Video, and Windows 7 Multimedia Redirection. Now you obtain these features by installing View Agent only.
  • Virtual machine space reclamation is supported for Windows 8 and 8.1 linked clone machines in a vSphere 5.5 or later environment.
  • View Persona Management is supported on Windows 8.1 desktops. It is also supported on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 desktops that are based on physical or virtual machines.
  • The Blast Secure Gateway (BSG) now supports up to 800 connections to remote desktops from clients using HTML Access. This connection limit applies to a BSG on one View Connection Server instance or security server.
Jun 202014
 

A major release with some great new features.  Also read this article on the removal of Horizon Files (with Airwatch as an alternative).  Go get the download or check the What’s New from the Release Notes:

This release of VMware Workspace Portal 2.0 delivers the following new features.

    • Support for VMware Horizon 6 with View Hosted Applications

To launch View Hosted apps in Horizon 6, Horizon Client version 3.0 or later must be installed.

  • Workspace is simplified to provide exclusively identity and app management features
    • Horizon Files feature is removed
    • Horizon Switch device management is removed
  • Support for multiple View pod instances from the same Active Directory
  • ThinApp 5.0 64-bit support is now native in the Windows Agent (works out of the box)
  • ThinApp 5.0.1 support
  • Improved audit log reporting using Elasticsearch
  • Enhanced reporting of users’ activity and application utilization
  • More extensive custom branding controls
  • Improved entitlement and directory sync performance
  • Support for multiple DNS servers in Workspace vApp
  • Updated to the OPENSSL library version openssl-1.0.1h where necessary to address CVE-2014-0224, CVE-2014-0198, CVE-2010-5298, and CVE-2014-3470

Internationalization

VMware Workspace Portal 2.0 is available in the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Simplified Chinese