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Daniel Berkowitz

There were a lot of new updates to the Horizon Air platform announced around VMworld this year; Expansion into Canada, the Client for Chrome OS, HTML access for RDSH, the helpdesk portal, Access point and a new Interface (coming soon). These are all great features that bring the Horizon Air platform together to deliver what you expect from VMware. These updates are about the user experience as well as the IT Admin; a rich feature set that allows the user to do what they need, while also providing the IT Admin with a simpler mechanism to support those users.View Full Post

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don wiggins

Throughout my time working in the View and Horizon portfolios, there has always been one driving factor for every deployment: the desktop. From handling the intense I/O of boot storms, to abstracting every element to achieve a non-persistent environment, to licensing of the Windows OS and applications, it’s all about the desktop. That probably isn’t going away, at least any time soon, but new additions to the Horizon and AirWatch suites are creating options that can allow us to ask “Is a desktop needed?”View Full Post

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don wiggins

This year’s VMworld, beyond the obvious updates and announcements, brought some new\old\recycled strategies that offer a way to better utilize the current technology trends achieving 21st century business goals. There are many takeaways and a couple revelations that I came to during my week in San Francisco.

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john harpell

Recently, I was asked to design a unified virtual office solution for a large client with roughly 45 autonomous organizational units spanning North America. The catch? Some of the organizational units had already implemented their own virtual desktop and virtual appliance offerings based on VMware and Citrix, all of these must be integrated into the final solution, G and the various file-sharing services being used by the organizational units, such as Box, DropBox, and OneDrive, ought to be supported as well. With no central authority to mandate adoption of the unified solution, it would have to be compelling enough that the organizational units would WANT to adopt it. Sigh.

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Daniel Berkowitz

Directory Services or more specifically, Microsoft’s version of Active Directory (AD) is something that we tend to take for granted these days. Most environments have some implementation of AD. If you’ve deployed VMware Horizon View, then you’ve used AD to manage access to virtual desktops, client configurations, and other configuration options. Horizon View requires AD; Horizon Air implementations are no different. While Horizon Air is a different platform, many of the requirements are the same and require AD to manage portal and desktop access.

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What makes a great End-User Computing (EUC) specialist can certainly be debated. Some companies focus on technical know-how and others on personality traits that fit with their culture.  What’s the right mix and do you have what it takes to be the best in your industry? Our recruiters have seen their fair share of resumes, CVs and cover letters from EUC professionals. They share the top five traits they look for in an EUC specialist.

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don wiggins

Whether you are knee deep or in the beginning phases of your Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) or End-User Computing (EUC) project, you have probably encountered what most Architects and Engineers do as they push through the rabbit hole of the project. After a smooth start to creating desktop pools and wowing at the magic of Linked Clones, the project has come to gridlock and the design principles have been compromised to accommodate for applications with requirements so rigid that under traditional deployment methods they do not fit into the upside down, backwards shift End User Computing often brings.

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don wiggins

With the advent of virtualization and End-User Computing (EUC), a complex set of variables comes in to play in order to build a successful EUC solution. Over time, I have learned my best bet is to use the Occam’s Razor approach, designed by English philosopher William of Ockham. Occam’s Razor is a problem-solving principle that states among competing hypotheses that predict equally well, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.

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Mike Calwell

The world has been a-buzz about Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for several years. For VMware, this journey accelerated in 2007 with the acquisition of Dunes Technology. Dunes Technology gave VMware their initial brokering and provisioning framework. In the beginning and for several years thereafter, it was all about brokering a virtual machine.

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don wiggins

By far, the most complicated component of a successful virtual desktop deployment is applications. Fully understanding applications, the installation, licensing, and update process are a time consuming, complex,, and unnerving process. With the advent of the decoupling of components in Linked Clone Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Desktop as a Service (DaaS), and application virtualization, certain methods of application licensing, installation, and configuration currently used in persistent physical environments will require changes to meet licensing compliance and insure proper functionality in a Linked Clone environment. In some instances, with all the tools available, an application can be problematic or not function when introduced into a Linked Clone environment. Sometimes, you get it to work and are downright baffled at how it does.

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