This session discusses how the Horizon vCenter Orchestrator plugin scales the value of Horizon for our customers and partners by enabling automation, self-service by request and approval, and scalable administration across multi-tenant or highly distributed environments. We’ll cover an introduction of the architecture and system requirements, the primary use cases, and walk through the initial configuration steps with some show-n-tell for end users and administrators.
Speaker: Aaron Black, End User Computing Product Line Manager
In this session we will cover Horizon 6 integration points with Virtual SAN as well as the ease, streamline management and implementation capabilities for virtual desktop infrastructures.
Speaker: Rawlinson Rivera, Sr Technical Marketing Architect
The Workspace best practices and architecture session details how to deploy Workspace, best-practices from customer deployments, what to avoid and how to architect for scale.
Speaker: Rasmus Jensen, VMware End User Computing Architect
This session covers the core architecture principles to design a centralized image management solution for physical, virtual, and BYO devices. We’ll review design methodology, sizing and scalability, and integration with Horizon.
Speaker: Stephane Asselin, End User Computing Architect
These bootcamps include:
■ Desktop and Applications Virtualization Best Practices
■ Image Management Architecture Guide with Mirage
■ Workspace Portal Deployment Best Practices
■ Horizon 6 Integration with Virtual SAN
■ Getting Started with Horizon vCenter Orchestrator Plug In
■ High-Performance Graphics for VDI with NVIDIA GRID vGPU
At the end of this video bootcamp, you will have a good understanding of the VMware Horizon solution.
This session includes an overview of the new features in Horizon 6, deployments best practices, conducting assessments, and how to define use cases.
Speaker: Jim Yanik, End User Computing Architect
Hardly a day goes by without somebody asking how to deploy App Volumes or take advantage of Virtual SAN on View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6. This new VMware Horizon 6 with App Volumes and Virtual SAN Reference Architecture provides the answers.
Based on the proven approach of modular pod and block design principles, this validated architecture offers a standard, repeatable, scalable design that IT architects, consultants, and administrators can adapt to their own requirements and environments.
The reference environment and hardware configuration were both subjected to rigorous performance benchmarking, workload simulation, and operations testing.
Wherever possible, this reference architecture offers alternate ways to answer customer needs. For instance, Horizon 6 provides end users with access to all their desktops and applications through a single, unified workspace, whether they connect to their View desktops directly or use RDSH to connect to a desktop session. Similarly, RDSH application remoting and App Volumes AppStacks and writable volumes provide different methods for delivering applications. These alternatives and many more are supported by Virtual SAN.
Test results support the following conclusions:
- App Volumes improved the desktop consolidation ratio and reduced CPU and memory usage while providing satisfactory or better end-user experience.
- Storage provisioning and management required little effort, and performance was excellent, with low latency from Virtual SAN, even under heavy load.
- Desktop maintenance, storage provisioning and management, and application delivery and patching required only minimal time and effort from one administrator for this large deployment.
The bottom line is that the VMware Horizon 6 with App Volumes and Virtual SAN Reference Architecture shows how a deployment for 960 users on 700 linked-clone View desktops and 260 RDSH sessions can provide performance equivalent to high-end physical computers.
The book can be found here VMware Horizon 6 with App Volumes and Virtual SAN Reference Architecture.
1st in our 5 part series on VMware NSX with Horizon
Explore the VMware Horizon 6 Toolbox Auditing and Remote Assistance Capabilities
If you have VMware Horizon® Enterprise Edition with VMware vRealize™ Operations for Horizon, you can already audit sessions and usage. If you have Horizon View Standard Edition or Horizon Advanced Edition (which do not contain vRealize Operations for Horizon), you can use the Horizon Toolbox to audit sessions and usage. Horizon Toolbox has some additional functionality that vRealize Operations for Horizon does not provide:
- Client (device) auditing
- Snapshot auditing
- Remote assistance
Downloading Horizon 6 Toolbox
Administrators who have deployed View virtual desktops in VMware Horizon 6 can now download the free Horizon Toolbox Web portal from VMware Labs. When you install Horizon Toolbox on the View Connection Server, you can access the Horizon Toolbox Web UI through the administrator account. The latest version of Horizon Toolbox is 1.5 and contains the auditing and remote assistance functions. Future development plans include policy management capabilities.
App Volumes Overview
App Volumes is a real-time application delivery and life cycle management tool. Enterprises can use App
Volumes to build real-time application delivery systems that ensure that applications are centrally managed.
Applications are delivered to desktops through virtual disks. There is no need to modify desktops or
applications themselves, and the App Volumes solution can be scaled out easily and cost-effectively, without compromising end-user experience.
App Volumes complements the VMware End-User Computing portfolio by integrating with existing VMware
Workspace™ Portal, application, and desktop solutions.
The book can be found here VMware App Volumes Deployment Guide.