VMware Horizon 7.10 And more Released

VMware has released Horizon View 7.10, Dynamic Environment Manager 9.9.0, App Volumes 2.18 and ThinApp 5.2.6.

Horizon View 7.10

What’s new:

  • Horizon Connection Server On-Premises
    • Horizon Console (HTML5-based Web Interface)
    • There are several enhancements to Horizon Console. These include:
    • Monitor the status of Horizon 7 components in the Horizon Console dashboard.
    • Monitor the Connection Server load in the Horizon Console dashboard.
    • Monitor gateway service components for a Connection Server in the Horizon Console dashboard.
    • Enhancements to role-based delegated administration including privileges and roles for custom roles in Horizon Console.
    • The Console Interaction and Direct Interaction privileges are automatically applied to new roles.
    • Configure users for hybrid logon.
    • Enable the Accept logon as current user setting to allow the Connection Server instance to accept the user identity and credential information that is passed when users select Log in as current user in the Options menu in Horizon Client.
    • Configure the send domain list setting to allow the Connection Server to send the list of domain names to the client before the user is authenticated.
    • Create an automated desktop pool of full virtual machines with floating user assignments.
    • Configure load balancing for RDS hosts.
    • The restart desktop and reset virtual machine options are removed for an instant-clone farm.
    • You can duplicate a published application pool.
    • To identify the Connection Server pod you are working with, you can view the pod name in the Horizon Console header and in the Web browser tab.
    • You can duplicate an instant-clone desktop pool, linked-clone desktop pool, or an automated desktop pool that contains full virtual machines.
    • Use enhanced log to file options for event reporting.
    • A 60 second warning and subsequent error timeout window alerts you to continue the session or log in again.
    • You can select multiple virtual machines and perform relevant operations on them.
  • Cloud Pod Architecture
    • You can use the new -g option in the vdmexport command to export a Cloud Pod Architecture global LDIF configuration file. You can use the new -g option in the vdmimport command to import a Cloud Pod Architecture global LDIF configuration file. You use these options when you need to back up and restore a Cloud Pod Architecture environment. For more information, see the Horizon 7 Integration document.
  • Virtual Desktops
    • You can use instant clones in an IPv6 environment.
    • The IcCleanup.cmd utility allows you to unprotect or delete some or all internal VMs, incluing those in specific groups and their snapshots.
  • Troubleshooting
    • You can enable Horizon 7 administrator users to collect Connection Server logs for Skyline Collector Appliance.
  • APIs
    • You can use RESTful APIs for monitoring Connection Server. For more information, see https://code.vmware.com.
  • Horizon Agent for Linux
  • Supported distributions
    • ​Horizon Agent for Linux now supports RHEL 8 as an operating system for Linux remote desktops. The following limitations apply to RHEL 8 desktops:
      • Horizon Agent only supports the X11 display server protocol. The Wayland display server protocol is not supported.
      • True SSO is not supported.
      • Smartcard SSO is not supported.
    • Starting with this release, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and SLED 11 are no longer supported as operating systems for Linux remote desktops.
  • New display driver
    • ​This release uses a new display driver for Linux remote desktops. In previous releases of Horizon Agent for Linux, the driver used vRAM from the ESXi host for rendering displays. The new driver in this release uses VM host memory instead for rendering displays.
  • vSGA requirement
    • Due to enhancements from the new display driver for Linux remote desktops, this release no longer requires or supports vSGA.
  • Horizon Agent
  • Remoting Protocols
    • The new Blast encoder improves on the Adaptive and H.264 encoders in desktop usage to provide crisp text and less bandwidth for video content. For pure video usage, the Switch encoder provides a mechanism to switch to H.264.
    • You can switch between encoders by setting a registry key EncoderSwitchEnabled to 1. By default this is disabled with the value of 0.
  • Remote Experience
    • With the VMware Browser Redirection feature, when a user uses the Google Chrome browser in a remote desktop, the website is rendered in the client system instead of the agent system, and it is displayed over the remote browser’s viewport. The VMware Browser Redirection feature requires Horizon Client 5.2 for Windows on the client system.
    • For virtual desktops, the Real-Time Audio-Video feature can now redirect more than one audio and video device from the client system. This feature is not supported for published desktops or published applications. This feature requires Horizon Client 5.2 for Windows on the client system.
    • You can use group policy settings to map drive letters for the client drive redirection feature.
    • The Real-Time Audio-Video and Scanner Redirection features are now supported in nested mode. See VMware Knowledge Base article 67248.
    • You can specify staple and punch options for specified printers with the VMware Integrated Printing feature.
    • If you are installing the Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business component on a Windows 7 VM, verify that you have .Net 4.0 or later installed.
    • Smartcard redirection now works with WDEG.
  • Horizon GPO Bundle
  • The VMware Horizon Client Drive Redirection ADMX template file, vdm_agent_cdr.admx, contains the following new settings:
    • Configure drive letter mapping mode
    • Define drive letter mapping
  • The VMware View Agent Configuration ADMX template file, vdm_agent.admx, contains the following new settings:
    • Disconnect Session Time Limit (VDI)
    • Enable automatic fallback after a whitelist violation
    • Enable Navigation URL list for VMware Browser Redirection
    • Enable VMware Browser Redirection
    • Enable URL list for VMware Browser Redirection
    • Idle Time Until Disconnect (VDI)
    • Show a page with error information before automatic fallback
  • The Scanner Redirection ADMX template file, vdm_agent_scanner.admx, contains the following new settings:
    • Force the TWAIN Scanning Properties dialog
    • TWAIN Scanner Properties dialog location
  • The VMware Horizon Client Configuration ADMX template file, vdm_client.admx, contains the following new settings:
    • Allow Blast connections to use operating system proxy settings
    • Automatically synchronize the keypad, scroll and caps lock keys
    • Enable cache for browser redirection
    • Enable WebRTC camera and microphone access for browser redirection
    • Hotkey combination to grab input focus
    • Hotkey combination to release input focus
    • Ignore certificate errors for browser redirection

See the full release notes here: Release notes

For release notes on the new clients: Client release notes

Dynamic Environment Manager 9.9.0

This product have changed name from VMware User Environment Manager to now Dynamic Environment Manager.

What’s new:

  • Product Rename. For 9.9 and later, the product name is VMware Dynamic Environment Manager.
  • Active Directory Attribute Condition. This is a new condition that checks if a specified Active Directory attribute matches the specified criterion.

See the full release notes here: Release notes

App Volumes 2.18

What’s new:

  • Centralized Job Management – Administrators can use the Jobs tab under Activity in the App Volumes Manager UI to fine-tune large deployments
    For more information about sizing large deployments, see knowledge base article 67354
  • Support for Windows Server 2019
  • Support for IPv6
  • Security updates
  • Support for rolling upgrade of App Volumes Manager servers from App Volumes 2.18 to later versions

See the full release notes here: Release notes

ThinApp 5.2.6

What’s new:

  • Support for Windows 10 1903
  • Support for Mozilla FireFox ESR 68
  • Security updates
  • Support for new parameters: CopyManifestData and DllNamesMap in the package.ini file

See the full release notes here: Release notes

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