VMware Horizon General Availability – Licensing and Promotions!

VMware Horizon Suite and all of the components that make up the suite were made Generally Available (GA) on Monday (March 4, 2013).  VMware Horizon View 5.2, VMware Horizon Mirage 4.0, and VMware Horizon Workspace 1.0 versions are available as stand-alone products or all bundled into the Horizon Suite.  This is an exciting set of releases from VMware.  I wrote a summary of the releases last week if you don't yet know what is included in the upgrades and new products. With GA came information on pricing and licensing for individual products and for the Horizon Suite, which includes all of … [Read more...]

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” -VMware ThinApp

I've had questions from customers and have seen some musings on social media about a VMware End of Availability Notice (EOA) for VMware ThinApp.  I thought I might set the record straight here.  The EOA notice is posted on the VMware ThinApp How To Buy page, with a PDF FAQ document here: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/thinapp/VMware-ThinApp-EOA-FAQ.pdf.  From the How to Buy page, we read that ThinApp will no longer be available as of December 15, 2013, with no orders for ThinApp being accepted after that date.  This is crappy wording by VMware. ThinApp is not being discontinued!  The … [Read more...]

Optimize Microsoft Office and Outlook in VDI Environments

I've been working on a VMware View Optimization and Best Practices whitepaper for Clearpath.  The document isn't quite ready for publication yet, but I wanted to share a section that I've been working on as I've had several people ask me about this topic recently.  This section is dealing with deploying Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Outlook in particular in VMware View VDI environments.  Stay tuned for the full document.  In the meantime, I hope this bit is helpful to you. Microsoft Office in View Desktops Microsoft Office, including Outlook, can be deployed as a ThinApp to View … [Read more...]

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Learn VMware ThinApp with New ThinApp Essentials Book

ThinApp is an essential piece of VMware's end user computing portfolio as it acts as the decoupling agent between legacy Windows applications and the underlying operating system.  Leveraging ThinApp allows administrators to overcome application compatibility issues while providing new application deployment options to both physical desktops as well as VMware View desktops.  ThinApp does this by virtualizing everything that makes a Windows app a Windows app - registry entries, DLL registrations, Program Files directories, and user personalization - into a single .exe or .msi file.  The ThinApp … [Read more...]

Clearpath & VMware View Lunch & Learn Presentation

I recently presented at a couple of Clearpath Solutions Group Lunch & Learn style events that focused on VMware View and touched on many of the components of VMware's growing End User Computing portfolio.  The presentation walked attendees through the concept of VDI, why it matters, and how IT groups can leverage desktop virtualization to transform from an or organization servicing devices (legacy desktops) to an organization that delivers services (apps & data) to users. A few key points that I wanted to call out from the presentation are: Cloud is both a journey & a … [Read more...]