VMware User Environment Manager 9.0 – What’s New

Earlier this month VMware released a new version of User Environment Manager that brings some new and exciting features, not only to User Environment Manager, but also to the Horizon Suite. To learn about the new features in Horizon 7 you can see my blog here.

Here I would like to highlight the new main features of VMware User Environment Manager 9.0

Smart Policies

The new Smart Policies offer more granular control of what users can do when they connect to their virtual desktop or applications. With the first release of Smart Policies you will be able to manage these capabilities based on the following conditions:

  • Horizon Conditions
    • View Client Info (IP and name)
    • Endpoint location (Internal/External)
    • Tags
    • Desktop Pool name
  • Horizon Capabilities
    • Clipboard
    • Client drive
    • USB
    • Printing
    • PCoIP bandwidth profiles

 

For more information on these capabilities, see my more detailed blog Here.

It should be noted that to use Smart Policies you will need Horizon 7 View and User Environment Manager 9. You will also need the latest View Agent and Clients installed to take advantage of these new features. Also note that these policies only work with the PCoIP and BLAST Extreme protocols, and not RDP.

Application Authorization (Application Blocking)

This feature gives administrators the ability to white- or black-list applications or folders. In the example below you can see that some applications are allowed and some will be blocked.

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Using this feature with User Environment Managers Conditions will not only give administrators great control over what applications users can use, but also how they can be used. An example would be if a user is on the internal network they have access to company-specific applications; however, if they accessed their desktops from an external network then these applications would not be available.

With a simple check of a box, administrators have a very simple model for enforcing applications that the users are authorized to use, and using conditions in this way could be result in a different set of applications depending on where the user connects from.

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ThinApp Support

When clicking on the DirectFlex tab of an application you will now see the new check box to Enable ThinApp Support for that application.

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When this is selected you will be able to manage what happens within the ThinApp “bubble” from within User Environment Manager, rather than doing this by setting specific values during the ThinApp capture process, or afterward via a script. This integration generalizes the approach that packagers can take when choosing isolation or encapsulation. It allows them to not have to force the knowledge of each and every configuration during the capture process by setting isolation modes or creating separate packages for different application configurations.

You should also note that you do not need to configure a separate application within User Environment Manager to take advantage of this. If the box is checked the flex agent will notice if the application is natively installed or accessible via ThinApp, and automatically apply the correct settings.

Manage Personal Data

User Environment Manager now has the ability to easily manage personal data. This would include things like My Documents, My Music, My Pictures, etc.

The example below shows how easy this is to configure.

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Office 2016 Support

User Environment Manager 9.0 now supports Office 2016. As you can see from the example below this also includes Skype for Business and OneDrive. Just like with earlier versions these can all be added with the Easy Start button.

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New User Environment Manager Conditions

As part of the new deep integration with Horizon 7, User Environment Manager has added a number of new conditions that can be pulled from Horizon 7. These include Pool-Name, Tags, and client location – such as internal or external.

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I have also posted this blog on VMware.com here

VMware Horizon Smart Policies

With the release of VMware Horizon 7 and User Environment Manager 9 VMware has introduced Smart Policy’s to help administrators manage their Virtual environments better and improve what users can get access to and from where.

Smart Policys can be set on the following conditions

  • View Client Info (IP & Name)
  • Endpoint location (Internal/External)
  • Horizon Tags
  • Desktop Pool name

Below is a list of the smart policy that can be set and how they can be used by the Horizon administrators.

Clipboard

  • Enable
  • Disable
  • Allow Copy from Client to Agent
  • Allow Copy from Agent to Client

Client Drive

  • Disable
  • Allow All
  • Read Only

USB

  • Enable
  • Disable

Printing

  • Enable
  • Disable

PCoIP bandwidth profiles

  • High-Speed (20 Mbps)
  • LAN (10Mbps or Higher)
  • Dedicated WAN (5Mbps default)
  • Broadband WAN (2Mbps)
  • Low-Speed (1Mbps)
  • Extremely low-speed connections (up to 500Kbps)

The following table shows when to use the best bandwidth profile and for what use cases

Description BW(Mbps) typical network typical user
1 Best User Experience(workstation) 20 LAN M&E CAD/CAM
2 Best User Experience(VDI) 10 LAN – MAN Knowledge worker, video
3 Default Setting 5 WAN Task worker, light video
4 Optimal User Experience 2 WAN Office Apps
5 Prioritize Bandwidth 1 WAN Basic Apps only
6 Minimum Bandwidth 0.5 WAN Low Data Entry

The following table shows how the PCoIP profile is tuned based on the profile selected

GPO 1 2 3 4 5 6
Max Session BW (kbps) 9000 9000 9000 5000 2000 1000
Min Session BW (kbps) 100 100 100 100 100 100
Enable BTL 1 2 0 0 0 0
Max Initial Image Quality 100 90 80 70 70 70
Minimum Image Quality 50 50 40 40 30 30
Max FPS 60 30 30 20 15 5
Max Audio Bandwidth (kbps) 1600 1600 500 500 200 90
Image Quality performance. 50 50 50 50 25 0

 

To take advantage of these new Smart Policy you will need to use Horizon 7 and User Environment Manager 9 and have the latest Horizon Agents and Clients installed. It should also be noted that these policy only work with the PCoIP and BLAST Extreme protocols and not RDP.

For information on more new feature released with Horizon 7 see the following blog

VMware Horizon 7 New Features

VMware EUC a Year in Review

Well what a year it has been for VMware End User Computing. We have seen any number of new releases with great gains in moving the technology forward yet again. Here I will try and recap some of the great things we have seen from the VMware EUC team in 2015.

VMware Horizon 6

What a year its been for VMware Horizon 6 with 3 fantastic released 6.1, 6.1.1 and 6.2. These 3 releases brought with them so many new features its hard to cover them all, so lets tray and cover some of the big new features that were added in 2015.

Horizon 6.1

Horizon 6.1 was released in March and was the first of the big releases this year. With the release of 6.1 we got the following new features:

  • NVIDIA GRID vGPU (shared GPU hardware acceleration)
  • Smart Card for RDS desktops and Hosted Apps
  • Support for IPv6 networks
  • Support for Virtual SAN 6.0
  • Support for Virtual Volumes
  • View Administrator (UI) support for configuring Cloud Pod Architecture
  • USB Redirection of mass storage on RDS desktops and Hosted Apps
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system support for VDI desktops

Could they fit any more in to this release well yes there was much more added for the full list of new features you can see the release notes here.

Horizon 6.1.1

In June VMware release Horizon 6.1.1 with the long awaited feature, support for Linux Desktops, this was a game changer for a number of user opening up a whole new set of use cases. Here are some of the other features released in 6.1.1

  • Client Drive Redirection
  • Serial Port Redirection
  • Support for Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR) for RDS Desktops
  • HTML Access Support for Hosted Apps

For more information on this release you can fine the release notes here.

Horizon 6.2

That brings us to the Horizon 6.2 release that was released in November and this was yet another fantastic release with the following new features.

  • Windows 10 Support
  • View Composer and linked clones for RDS Server
  • Enhanced Load Balancing for RDS Farms
  • Hosted App Support for Cloud Pod Architecture
  • HTML Access (Blast) Support for Cloud Pod Architecture
  • Virtual SAN 6.1
  • Access Point Integration (New solution for external access)

Again this is only a subset of all of the new features added in 6.2 and you can find all the new features in the release notes here. You can also see my blog on the new feature working with VMware User Environment Manager here.

VMware App Volumes

Now let’s look at what’s happened with with App Volumes over the course of 2015. App Volumes had a number of great release over 2015 from 2.5.2 in January to 2.10 in November. Here are just a few of the new features that were added across the number of release in 2015.

  • Horizon View integration for better performance
  • AppStack Grouping
  • Automatic AppStack Import
  • Storage Group Distribution Strategy
  • Editing a Storage Group
  • Direct-To-Host Mounting
  • Agent access to VHD
  • Multi vCenter Configurations
  • Windows 10 Support
  • Enabling vMotion
  • Storage Group management
  • Expand existing writable volumes

This is just a small number of the of the great new features that were added to App Volumes this year. You can find all of the new features in all of the release note at these links. 2.5.2, 2.6, 2.7, 2.9 and 2.10.

I have also release a number of blogs on App Volumes over the year. Here are just a couple that I think you might find useful.

VMware App Volumes Storage Group Improvements with 2.10

Storage Considerations with App Volumes

VMware User Environment Manager

VMware User Environment Manager was added to the VMware EUC portfolio this year when VMware bought Immidio, with the release of UEM 8.6 and then 8.7 update. I believe that User Environment Manager was a great addition to the VMware EUC Family and I even wrote the following white paper around the deployment of UEM VMware User Environment Manager Deployed in 60 Minutes or Less. I also did a Demo of UEM at VMworld this year in San Francisco, you can see the demo here.

Some of the new features added over 2015 include.

  • Extended Conditions
  • Improved Horizon View Support
  • Windows 10 support.
  • Improved Application Onboarding
  • Advanced Physical Support

For more information on the two releases you can see the release note here, 8.6 and 8.7.

You can also find a number of blogs around User Environment Manager on this blog site.

VMware Identity Manager

VMware renamed their Workspace product to Identity Manager with the 2.4 release in September showing a real intent on focusing on user Identity, I think this will be a big move and a great decision as this product continues to improve.

Here are the new features added in Identity Manager 2.4

  • HTML Access support for Horizon View applications
  • New integrated authentication methods
    • RSA Adaptive Authentication
    • Certificate/Smart Card Authentication
    • RADIUS Authentication
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014 as an external database
  • Simplified Admin UI for setting up directories, identity providers, and policies
  • External access to XenApp with NetScaler

You can see the release notes for Identity Manager 2.4 here.

VMware Mirage

VMware Mirage has also seen a number of updates through 2015 starting with 5.3 in March with the 5.6 release in December.

Here are some of the new features added to Mirage over the year.

  • Mirage supports managing multiple platforms, including Windows Embedded for Point of Service (WEPOS), POSReady 2009, and POSReady 7 operating systems.
  • Mirage supports automated backup and full disaster recovery for devices running Windows Embedded POSReady operating systems.
  • Administrators can perform OS migration operations using Mirage PowerCLI.
  • Administrators can automate endpoint provisioning and perform various CVD operations using Mirage API or Mirage PowerCLI.
  • Mirage requires lower IOPs, enabling faster centralization and upload operations.
  • Mirage PowerCLI supports vSphere 6.0 SDK
  • Branch PC technicians and administrators can provision new laptops and desktops directly from the device using the self-service provisioning interface
  • Administrators can specify base layer and app layer download only operations and manually initiate layer updates for a future time, for example, off-peak hours
  • Bare-metal provisioning supports POSReady 2009
  • You can now run Mirage database on Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Express, Standard, and Enterprise editions also
  • Administrator can now change the Management Server’s MongoDB data path using the Mirage Web Console

For a full list of all the new features added you can see the release notes here, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6.

VMware ThinApp

As I mentioned in my Blog here ThinApp is certainly not dead and this year in November VMware release ThinApp 5.2 that brought with it support for Windows 10, a great achievement from the ThinApp team. For more information on ThinApp 5.2 you can see the release notes here.

 

There was also updates to AirWatch, vRealize Operations Manager for Horizon, Horizon FLEX, VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion.

Well what a great year, can VMware beat that in 2016 well we will have to wait and see what’s to come but I have a feeling 2016 is going to be an even bigger year for the VMware EUC Team.

Congratulations to everyone at VMware working on the EUC products from the Engineers to the guys out in the field meeting with customers every day.

User Environment Manager 8.7 Working with Horizon 6.2

With the release of VMware User Environment Manager 8.7 VMware added a number of new feature, all of which you will find in the VMware User Environment Manager Release Notes.

However, in this blog, I would like to call out two new features that help when deploying User Environment Manager alongside VMware Horizon 6.2. VMware’s EUC teams did a great job in my opinion getting these two great features added or enhanced to work with Horizon 6.2 in the latest releases.

You can read the rest of my post and find out what I will be doing on VMware.com. Click Here

VMware User Environment Manager Demo

At VMworld this week I co-presented on the “Managing Users: A Deep Dive Into VMware User Environment Manager – EUC4630” session. As part of the session I showed a quick 7 min demo of User Environment Manager.

This Demo included showing the User Environment Manager configurations and a couple of cool things you can do with User Environment Manager. After the session a couple of people asked me to share the video for further reference. Below you will find the Video Demo, I hope you find it useful.

Also make sure you check on my White Paper of configuring User Environment Manager in 60 minutes or Less Here.

EUC Professional Services Engineering (PSE) and VMworld

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VMworld in San Francisco is approaching very quickly. It’s a must-attend event for VMware customers, but there is a lot to take in, so I thought I would take a few minutes to highlight some key activities led by my team of End User Computing (EUC) consultants and architects that you won’t want to miss.

Our organization is called Professional Services Engineering (PSE) and is part of the Global Technical and Professional Services Organization. As VMware’s EUC subject matter experts, our team works with some of our largest EUC customers worldwide.

You can read the rest of my post and find out what I will be doing on VMware.com. Click Here

VMware User Environment Manager Application Profiler

One of the great benefits to the new User Environment Manager from VMware is the ability to be able to manage user setting at an application level for each individual applications. There are a number of ways in witch you can configure your applications to be managed by the UEM solution. The quickest and easiest is to use the Application Profiler that is available with the UEM download.

The VMware UEM Application Profiler is an extra software install that you install on a desktop or virtual machine where you have your user software installed. Once installed the application profiler can be used to quickly create the standard application settings that can be easily rolled out to your users.

As the UEM Application Profiler is not part of the standard install this blog will document just how to install and configure the UEM Application Profiler.

This blog post assumes that you have already configured User Environment Manager in your environment and everything is working as designed, if you do not have UEM installed and running then please see my blog on the VMware website Here

Capturing Application Settings

  1. Log in to the desktop where you have installed the Application Profiler software
  2. Install the Application that requires a profile
  3. Launch the Application Profiler

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  1. Click Start Session

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  1. Select the Application that requires a Profile and click OK

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  1. The Application will automatically launch
  2. Make any changes to the Application that will be required as part of the application profile
  3. Once the Application is configured correctly switch to the Application Profiler and click Stop Analysis

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  1. Click OK

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  1. Click Save and save the config file with the predefined settings

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  1. Copy the 3 saved files to the \\UEMServer\UEMShare\general\applications
    • Configuration file
    • Flag file
    • Icon file
  2. In the VMware User Environment Manager – Manager click refresh tree

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  1. The new Application will now appear in the application tree

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My good friend and colleague Stephane Asselin created some good video’s on the process that can be found here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfr3uvmY7hBwGeHiVIfo7rGA7rk4yemEV

To read more from Stephane check out his blog here http://myeuc.net/?wref=bif

Application Profiler Configuration Procedure

The following should be installed on all of the PC’s that will be required to run the Application Profiler.

  1. Run the VMware UEM Application Profiler x.exe file
  2. Click Next

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  1. Accept the License Agreement and click Next

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  1. Confirm the destination folder and click Next

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  1. Click Install

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  1. Click Finish

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