Release: VMware Horizon View Client for Mac OS X 2.1

Besides Feature Pack 2 for Horizon View 5.2 VMware released a major update of the Horizon View Client for OS X.

The new client now supports virtual printing and running multiple desktops at the same time (without a workaround).

  • Virtual printing – End users can now use local or network printers from a View desktop without having to install additional print drivers in the View desktop. Requires Horizon View 5.2 servers and desktops.
  • Running multiple desktops at the same time – End users who are entitled to multiple desktop pools from a server can now have these desktops open on their client system at the same time. The desktop selector window for the View Connection Server instance remains open, so that after you connect to one desktop, you can easily connect to another.

You can download the new client via vmware.com/go/viewclients and find additional information using the buttons below.

Release Notes | Documentation | Download

Install OS X 10.9 Developer Preview on VMware Fusion

Last week Apple announced and released a lot of stuff. One thing they released was a Developer Preview of OS X 10.9 Mavericks. I am sure many developers and enthusiasts want to try this new release without installing it on their productive Mac systems. And this exactly is one of the many reasons why you should use VMware Fusion. Just run it inside a VM.

Unfortunately installing OS X 10.9 directly from the installer app isn’t working with VMware Fusion 5.0.3 or the Fusion Technology Preview from May 2013. The easiest way it get OS X Mavericks up and running within Fusion is to install OS X 10.8 and then upgrade it to 10.9 using the installer app.

MavDPInstaller

There is also another way of installing OS X 10.9 on VMware Fusion which can be found on Pastebin. While I have tested this solution I found it much more cumbersome then just installing 10.8 and doing an upgrade to 10.9.

MavericksOnFusion

Regardless of which way you are choosing for installing OS X 10.9 at the end it runs nice and smooth inside a VM without messing up your production machine.

Release: VMware Horizon View Clients 2.0

To support the latest VMware Horizon View 5.2 release and Unity Touch VMware release a wave of new and improved VMware Horizon View clients. The following list shows you all the latest client releases and what they are bringing to the table in terms of new features.

VMware Horizon View Client for Windows 5.3

  • Microsoft Lync support on Windows 7 client systems
  • Enhanced support for 3D applications
  • Localization support for Traditional Chinese
  • Optional customer experience improvement program (CEIP)

VMware Horizon View Client for Mac OS X 2.0

  • Support for multiple monitors
  • Retina Display support
  • USB redirection enhancements
  • Localization support for Traditional Chinese

VMware Horizon View Client for Linux 2.0

  • Support for Windows 8 Horizon View desktops
  • Localization support for Traditional Chinese

VMware Horizon View Client for Android 2.0

  • Support for Unity Touch
  • Android 4.x Dictation with Windows Applications
  • Full screen mode
  • Optimizations for VMware Horizon View 5.2
  • Localization support for Traditional Chinese

VMware Horizon View Client for iOS 2.0

  • Support for Unity Touch
  • Optimizations for VMware Horizon View 5.2
  • iOS Dictation with Windows Applications
  • Enhancements to presentation mode
  • Localization support for Traditional Chinese

VMware Horizon View Client for Windows Store 2.0 (Tech Preview)

  • Support for Windows 8 Pro client systems and Horizon View desktops
  • Pin to Start
  • Smart card support
  • User interface and documentation available in 7 languages
  • URI (Uniform resource identifier) support
  • Optional customer experience improvement program (CEIP)

The iOS and Android clients are already available in their respective app stores. All other clients can be downloaded here: vmware.com/go/viewclients

To use Unity Touch on Android and iOS you need to deploy the Feature Pack 1 for VMware Horizon View 5.2 first.

Documentation | Download

Launching multiple instances of the VMware View Client for Mac OS X

When using the VMware View Client for Mac OS X as an administrator you really want to launch multiple instances of the client. While there is no built-in way to launch a second instance of the View Client and therefore a second session to a virtual desktop it is still possible using a little workaround.

Just launch the Terminal.app and enter the following command line:

open -n "/Applications/VMware View Client.app"

As you can see in the screenshot, and hopefully for your self after executing the command above, you now have a second instance of the View Client running. It is also possible to launch additional (3rd, 4th, …) instances.

You can even select the dock option “Keep in Dock” if you don’t want to enter the command every time you want to launch an additional View client instance.

Update: Adding additional View clients to the dock seems to be a bit flakey because sometimes the open View client just gets the focus and no new instance is launched. But the command line option always works.