VMware Horizon 7.4.0 and other Released

VMware has released Horizon 7.4.0, Horizon Client 4.7,  User Environment Manager 9.3.0, vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.5.1 and vRealize Operations for Published Applications 6.5.1.

VMware Horizon 7.4.0

What's new:

Horizon Connection Server

  • Cloud Pod Architecture
    • The Cloud Pod Architecture feature now supports one-way Active Directory trust domains. Horizon administrators can implement one-way trust topologies in a Cloud Pod Architecture environment, and end-users can select and launch remote desktops and published applications across the trust.
      • Users can now launch remote desktops and applications on a later version pod when connected to an earlier version pod in a Cloud Pod Architecture environment.
      • You can enable the Session Collaboration feature for global desktop entitlements.   
  • Published Desktops and Application Pools
    • You can use NVIDIA GRID vGPU for 3-D rendering when you create an instant-clone farm.
    • The "Empty session timeout (applications only)" option provides a new “immediate” timeout value in the farm settings to log off the session when the last application window is closed.

Horizon Agent for Linux

  • Instant-Clone Floating Desktop Pool
    • You can create a Linux-based instant-clone floating desktop pool with Horizon 7 Agent for Linux. This feature is supported only on Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 systems.
  • Active Directory Integration with PBISO 
    • Linux-based desktops are allowed to authenticate with Active Directory using PowerBroker Identity Services Open (PBISO). This feature is supported only on Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 systems.
  • 3Dconnexion Mouse
    • The 3Dconnexion mouse support is available in Horizon 7 Agent for Linux  using USB redirection.
  • Additional platform
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 12 SP3 are supported.

Horizon Agent

  • Session Collaboration
    • With the Session Collaboration feature, users can invite other users to join an existing remote desktop session.
  • Fingerprint Scanner Redirection by Using the Device Bridge BAS Plugin
    • You can redirect biometric devices, specifically fingerprint scanners, that are plugged into a serial port on a Windows client system to virtual desktops, published desktops, and published applications by using the device bridge feature. You can install the Device Bridge BAS Plugin by selecting the Device Bridge BAS Plugin custom setup option in the Horizon Agent installer.
  • Secure boot enabled machines supported with URL Content Redirection
    • URL content can now be redirected from machines that have secure boot enabled.
  • URL Content Redirection with Chrome 
    • URL content can now be redirected in the Chrome browser. Both agent-to-client and client-to-agent redirection are supported. To use this feature, the VMware Horizon URL Content Redirection Helper extension must be installed and enabled in Chrome.

Horizon GPO Bundle

  • Configure Session Collaboration group policy setting
    • Use the Collaboration group policy setting in the VMware View Agent Configuration ADMX template file (vdm_agent.admx) to configure Session Collaboration on remote desktops.
  • Device Bridge BAS Plugin group policy setting
    • Use the Disable Device Bridge BAS Plugin group policy setting in the VMware View Agent Configuration ADMX template file (vdm_agent.admx) to disable the Device Bridge BAS Plugin.
  • Server clipboard memory size group policy settings for VMware Blast and PCoIP
    • Use the Clipboard memory size on server group policy setting for VMware Blast sessions, and the Configure clipboard memory size on server for PCoIP sessions, to specify the server's memory size value for clipboard redirection in bytes or kilobytes. The VMware Blast setting is in the VMware Blast ADMX template file (vdm_blast.admx). The PCoIP setting is in the PCoIP ADMX template file (pcoip.admx).
  • H264 High Color Accuracy
    • The VMware Blast setting in the VMware Blast ADMX template file (vdm_blast.admx) increases color accuracy when using H.264 encoding by using the YUV 4:4:4 colorspace instead of 4:2:0

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-7/7.4/rn/horizon-74-view-release-notes.html

 Horizon Client 4.7

What's new:

  • VMware Blast network recovery improvements
    • The VMware Blast network recovery feature has been improved to be resilient against transient network failures by providing network continuity to remote desktops and applications. Applications and desktops will seamlessly resume on network connection resumption.
  • Session Collaboration
    • When the session collaboration feature is enabled for a remote desktop, you can invite other users to join an existing remote desktop session, or you can join a collaborative session when you receive an invitation from another user.
  • USB autoconnect features for published applications
    • The USB autoconnect features, including URI queries, command-line options, and group policy settings, now apply to published applications as well as remote desktops.
  • Block multiple instances with group policy
    • You can use the "Block multiple Horizon Client instances per Windows session" group policy setting in the Horizon Client Configuration ADMX template file to prevent users from launching multiple Horizon Client instances during a Windows session.
  • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update support
    • Horizon Client now supports Windows 10 1709 SAC (Fall Creators Update).
  • URL content redirection with the Chrome browser
    • URL content can now be redirected in the Chrome browser. To use URL Content Redirection with the Chrome browser, you must enable the VMware Horizon URL Content Redirection Helper extension for Chrome.
  • Fingerprint scanner redirection
    • With the device bridge feature, you can redirect biometric devices, specifically fingerprint scanners, that are plugged into a serial port on the Windows client system to virtual desktops, published desktops, and published applications.
  • High color accuracy with VMware Blast
    • You can use the VMware Blast High Color Accuracy option to allow increased color fidelity when using H.264 decoding.

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-Client-for-Windows/4.7/rn/horizon-client-windows-47-release-notes.html

User Environment Manager 9.3.0

  • Outlook Data File Storage Using App Volumes.
    • This new App Volumes setting allows you to store your offline Outlook Data File (.ost) on a writable volume. You might want to use this feature if you want to use App Volumes together with User Environment Manager to create a non-persistent virtual desktop environment. Typically, the Outlook .ost file is stored locally on the C: drive of the virtual desktop. The virtual desktop is reset back to the default settings at each logout, removing the .ost file. By combining App Volumes and User Environment Manager, the .ost file does not need to be recreated for each login.
  • Integration with Horizon View Logon Monitor.
    • VMware Logon Monitor monitors Windows user logins and reports a wide variety of performance metrics intended to help administrators, support staff, and developers troubleshoot login performance. Now, VMware User Environment manager also sends login  information to this service.
  • Enhancements to documentation.
    • The 9.3 version of VMware User Environment Manager Administration contains a new troubleshooting section that describes how to navigate FlexEngine logs and solutions for common troubleshooting issues.
  • Support for Windows 10, Version 1709 (Fall Creators Update). 

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-User-Environment-Manager/9.3.0/rn/VMware-User-Environment-Manager-Release-Notes-930.html

vRealize Operations for Horizon 6.5.1

This is a bug fix version, see the release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vRealize-Operations-for-Horizon/6.5.1/rn/vrealize-horizon-651-release-notes.html

Realize Operations for Published Applications 6.5.1

This is a bug fix version, see the release notes here:https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vRealize-Operations-for-Published-Applications/6.5.1/rn/vrealize-operations-for-published-applications651-release-notes.html

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