Release: VMware Horizon Mirage 4.2

On last Wednesday (06.06.2013) VMware released version 4.2 of Horizon Mirage. This new version features support for Windows Vista (migrations from Vista to Windows 7 are also supported), client and file portal localization (French, German, Japanese and Simplified Chinese),  optimizations of the endpoint centralization process, a brand new Web console for help desk users and much more.

Here is a snippet from the what’s new section of the release notes:

  • Endpoint centralization – Performance improvement when a large number of endpoint centralizations are performed, by reducing the number of IO operations required from the storage.
  • Vista OS support – Horizon Mirage supports the disaster recovery use case for Vista, and Vista to Windows 7 migration.
  • New help desk Web console – Help desk users can troubleshoot and fix endpoints using a Horizon Mirage Web interface.
  • Client and file portal localization – The Horizon Mirage client and file portal now supports: French, German, Japanese and Simplified Chinese.
  • Windows 7 in-place migration encrypts endpoints with Sophos 5.5 software – There is no need to decrypt endpoints during an in-place Windows 7 migration.
  • Aligned Mirage license scheme to the Horizon user-based license scheme – Horizon Mirage no longer enforces license based on device count.

If you want to know more about this release I recommend the official VMware blog post to this release: Announcing Horizon Mirage 4.2!

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Vote now! VMworld US 2013 public voting has begun!

The public voting for the VMworld sessions started yesterday. There are many really good sessions in the voting and you should really have look and take the opportunity to vote for the sessions you want to see.

Christoph from thatsmyview.net and I submitted a few sessions and we are really glad that all of them are now online. If you want to learn about Horizon Mirage, Workspace, View and ThinApp it would be great if you vote for us.

Here is an overview of our sessions:

4836 Managing Windows desktops is like playing with Lego (Disclaimer: But only if using Horizon Mirage and ThinApp)
Everyone loves the simple approach of Lego in terms of inventing and building new things. Just throw some Lego bricks together and build something completely new. And when you have a new idea you can simply build something completely different again. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could build Windows desktops as easy as building something with Lego? With VMware Horizon Mirage and ThinApp you can do exactly this. Just think about all these different components like drivers, operating system, applications, anti virus as different bricks which can be combined in every possible way you can imagine. We show you how you can accomplish this using Horizon Mirage and ThinApp.

4863 Dare to compare: Mirage application layering and ThinApp
This session compares Mirage application layering and ThinApp. We will start by examine how each of the products work and how they compare. We will discuss pros and cons of each product and show how we can offer the best of both worlds by combining them. As conclusion we will show different use cases and explain which product will the best fit.

4901 Horizon Suite and ThinApp – the perfect match
ThinApp is now an integral part of the Horizon Suite. It brings new functionalities and advantages to each product (i.e. Mirage, Workspace and View) included in the Horizon Suite.. Do you want to know how you can track the usage of your ThinApp packages? Or maybe you always wanted to use ThinApp in your branch offices but until now it was a hassle to deploy those packages to your branch office users? VMware Horizon View, Mirage and Workspace in combination with ThinApp can help you with that. Attend this session if you want to learn what this new match made in heaven has to offer and which benefits each of the products gains.

4960 Things you never thought were possible with ThinApp
Using ThinApp is a breeze, but did you ever wonder how you could do X or Y with ThinApp? Or did it seem impossible to do some specific task with ThinApp out-of-the-box? And what about the those features the other vendors promise but ThinApp allegedly doesn’t offer? We tell you some neat things you can do with ThinApp you never thought were possible. Stuff like:

  • Deploying delta updates using AppLink
  • Native shell integration with virtual packages
  • Check for prerequisites before running a package

Join our session to see how highly customizable and easily extendable ThinApp is.

Link to the voting: https://vmworld2013.activeevents.com/scheduler/publicVoting.do

VMware announced Horizon Suite, but where did ThinApp go?

VMware today announced Horizon Suite as well as three new products called Horizon Workspace, Horizon Mirage and Horizon View.

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As you probably noticed two of these four products aren’t actual new. VMware View and VMware Mirage are still the same products, but updated and rebranded to match the new Horizon umbrella.

VMware Horizon View 5.2 contains many new cool features like clientless HTML 5 access, hardware accelerated 3D graphics and Windows 8 support. Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) wrote a very good article about what’s new in VMware Horizon View 5.2VMware Horizon Mirage 4.0 biggest new feature is the support for application layering. This allows you to deploy applications and ThinApp packages using Mirages new app layering technique.

VMware Horizon Workspace is a brand new product enabling IT departements to deliver secure and policy-driven data and applications to any device. Last but not least, Horizon Suite is a new product bundle which combines View, Mirage and Workspace. To get more information about the Horizon Suite and Workspace I suggest another great article by Andre: Introduction to the new VMware Horizon Suite.

With all the excitement about this product launch you may still have noticed that ThinApp is gone from the product listing. Don’t panic, ThinApp is still alive and kicking but there are some changes.

Unfortunately ThinApp will not be available as a standalone product anymore. ThinApp is now bundled with the Horizon product line. No matter if you buy Horizon Mirage, View, Workspace or the whole Suite you will always get ThinApp. ThinApp will be integrated in each of this products, so that you can see and use it as a product feature now.

To make a long story short: ThinApp transformed from being a standalone product to being an integral part of the Horizon product family. In my opinion that is a good thing. ThinApp will gain a lot of traction being an integral part of Horizon and also it will gain additional functionality. For example reporting and auditing when combined with Horizon Workspace or a completely new deployment method using Mirages app layers.

To be clear you can still use ThinApp in standalone mode. There is no need to deploy Horizon Workspace, View or Mirage to use ThinApp, but to license ThinApp in the future you have to buy one of the Horizon products. If you still want to buy ThinApp as a standalone product the ThinApp standalone licenses are still available to buy until the end of 2013. After that ThinApp will only be available as part of the Horzion product family. You can read more about the end of availability announcement of VMware ThinApp as a standalone product in the following FAQ: VMware ThinApp Client & Suite End of Availability and End of Support Lifecycle FAQs (direct link to PDF).

Ps: The ThinApp product page is still available.