VMware Horizon 7.7 Released

VMware has released Horizon View 7.7 and more:

Horizon View 7.7

What’s new:

Horizon Connection Server

  • Horizon Administrator
    • To identify the Horizon 7 pod you are working with, Horizon Administrator displays the pod name in the Horizon Administrator header and in the Web browser tab.
    • You can monitor the system health of Unified Access Gateways version 3.4 or later from Horizon Administrator.
    • You can view the connected user when you verify user assignment for desktop pools.
  • Horizon Console (HTML5-based Web Interface)
    • You can manage View Composer linked-clone desktop pools.
    • You can manage manual desktop pools.
    • You can manage persistent disks for linked-clone desktop pools in Horizon Console.
  • Horizon Help Desk Tool
    • You can end an application process running on an RDS host for a specific user in the Horizon Help Desk Tool.
  • Cloud Pod Architecture
    • When you create a global application entitlement, you can specify whether users can start multiple sessions of the same published application on different client devices. This feature is called multi-session mode.
    • When you create a shortcut for a global entitlement, you can configure up to four subfolders.
    • You can use a single vCenter Server instance with multiple pods in a Cloud Pod Architecture environment.
  • Published Desktops and Applications
    • A farm can contain up to 500 RDS host servers.
    • For published applications, users can configure the multi-session mode to use multiple instances of the same published application on different client devices. For published desktop pools, users can initiate separate sessions from different client devices.
    • You can set the RDS host in the drain mode state or in the drain mode until restart state. Horizon Agent communicates the status of the RDS host to Connection Server. You can monitor the status of the RDS host in Horizon Administrator.  
    • You can enable hybrid logon for after you create an unauthenticated access user. Enabling hybrid logon provides unauthenticated access users domain access to network resources such as fileshare or network printers without the need to enter credentials.
  • vSphere Support
    • vSphere 6.7 U1 and vSAN 6.7 U1 are supported.
  • Virtual Desktops
    • vMotion support for instant-clone desktop pools, linked-clone desktop pools, and automated desktop pools that contain full virtual machines.

Horizon Agent for Linux

  • Single sign-on support on additional platforms
    Single sign-on (SSO) is now supported on the SLED/SLES 12.x SP1/SP2/SP3 desktops.
  • Audio-in support on additional platforms
    Audio-in is now supported on SLED 11 SP4 x64 or SLED/SLES 12 SP3 x64 desktops​.
  • Instant-clone floating desktop pool support on additional platforms
    Instant-clone floating desktop pool support is now available on SLED/SLES 11 and 12.x or later desktops.
  • Session Collaboration
    When the session collaboration feature is enabled for a remote Linux 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.
  • Instant-clone offline domain join using Samba​
    Instant-cloned Linux desktops are allowed to perform an offline domain join with Active Directory using Samba. This feature is only supported on Ubuntu 14.04/16/04/18.04, RHEL 6.9/7.3, CentOS 6.9/7.3, and SLED 11 SPF4/12.

Horizon Agent

  • Client drive redirection over VMware Virtual Channel (VVC) or BEAT side channel has improved when copying a large number of small files and also when indexing a folder that includes a large number of files.
  • Horizon 7 version 7.7 supports VMware Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business in an IPv6 environment.
  • When client drive redirection is enabled, you can drag and drop files and folders between the client system and remote desktops and published applications.
  • The VMware Virtual Print feature enables users to print to any printer available on their Windows client computers. VMware Virtual Print supports client printer redirection, location-based printing, and persistent print setting.
  • You can add a Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) device to instant clone desktop pools and add or remove a vTPM during a push-image operation.
  • Windows Server 2019 is supported for RDS hosts and virtual desktops.
  • The Virtual Printing feature is supported for published desktops and published applications that are deployed on RDS hosts that are physical machines.
  • The clipboard audit feature is supported for all Horizon Client platforms. With the clipboard audit feature, Horizon Agent records information about copy and paste activity between the client and agent in an event log on the agent machine. To enable the clipboard audit feature, you configure the VMware Blast or PCoIP Configure clipboard audit group policy setting.
  • Physical PCs and workstations with Windows 10 1803 or higher can be brokered through Horizon 7 via Blast Extreme protocol.

Horizon GPO Bundle

  • You can configure group policy settings for the VMware Virtual Print Redirection feature.
  • You can configure group policy settings to specify the direction of the drag and drop feature.

Horizon Client

For information about new features in Horizon Client 4.10, including HTML Access 4.10, see the Horizon Clients Documentation page.

Horizon 7 Cloud Connector

  • You can upgrade the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance.
  • VMware Horizon Cloud Service integrates with Horizon 7 using the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector for on-premises and VMware Cloud on AWS deployments. With this integration, Horizon Cloud Service provides a unified view into health status and connectivity metrics for all of your cloud-connected pods. For more information, see the Horizon Cloud Service documentation.

VMware Cloud on AWS

  • Instant clones are supported on VMware Cloud on AWS. For a list of Horizon 7 features supported on VMware Cloud on AWS, see the VMware Knowledge Base article 58539.

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-7/7.7/rn/horizon-77-view-release-notes.html

VMware Horizon Client 4.10

What’s new:

  • Use published applications in multi-session mode
    When multi-session mode is enabled for a published application, you can use multiple sessions of the published application when you log on to the server from different client devices. For example, if you open a published application in multi-session mode on client A, and then open the same published application on client B, the published application remains open on client A and a new session of the published application opens on client B.
  • TLS v1.0 is disabled
    TLS v1.0 is no longer supported.
  • Clipboard audit feature enhancements
    With the clipboard audit feature, Horizon Agent records information about copy and paste activity in an event log on the agent machine. A Horizon administrator can now configure the clipboard audit feature to record information only about data that is copied from the client machine to the agent machine, only about data that is copied from the agent machine to the client machine, or about data that is copied in both directions. This feature requires Horizon Agent 7.7.
  • Select specific monitors to display published applications
    If you have three or more monitors, you can select the monitors on which to display published applications.
  • Geolocation redirection feature enhancements
    You can now use the geolocation redirection feature with Google Chrome. To use this feature, a Horizon administrator must enable the VMware Horizon Geolocation Redirection Chrome Plugin on the agent machine.
  • VMware Virtual Print Redirection feature
    With the VMware Virtual Print Redirection feature, you can print to a virtual printer or USB printer that is attached to the client system from a remote desktop or published application. This feature requires Horizon Agent 7.7.
  • Drag and drop files and folders
    You can drag and drop files and folders between the client system and Windows remote desktops and published applications. This feature requires Horizon Agent 7.7.
  • Share Linux remote desktops
    You can now use the Session Collaboration feature to share Linux remote desktops.
  • Support for Virtual Printing on physical RDS host machines
    The Virtual Printing feature is now supported for published desktops and published applications that are deployed on RDS hosts that are physical machines. This feature requires Horizon Agent 7.7.
  • Allow High Efficiency Video Decoding (HEVC) with VMware Blast
    When you allow HEVC for VMware Blast sessions, performance and image quality are improved if the client machine has a GPU that supports HEVC decoding.

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-Client-for-Windows/4.10/rn/horizon-client-windows-410-release-notes.html

App Volumes 2.15

What’s new:

  • Profile-only Template for Writable Volumes – The App Volumes agent now leverages a new dual-write capability to ensure support of AppStacks while retaining only the files related to the user’s profile. Also new with this feature is an ability to specify folders within the profile to be excluded, giving administrators additional controls to reduce files persisted to a user’s Writable Volume.
  • App Volumes on VMware Cloud on AWS – Using App Volumes 2.15 or later you can configure vSphere to work with VMware Cloud servers.
  • Microsoft OneDrive For Business Support – Improved support for Office 365 on non-persistent desktops using Writable Volumes to persist OneDrive’s local files across login sessions.
  • Box Drive Integration – Box Drive version 2.1.105 or later is now supported on App Volumes 2.15 using Writable Volumes to persist credentials and file cache.
  • See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-App-Volumes/2.15/rn/VMware-App-Volumes-215-Release-Notes.html

User Environment Manager 9.6.0

What’s new:

  • Folder redirection improvements. More control over the location to which folders are redirected.
  • Configuration Changelog. Provides you with insight into the change history of User Environment Manager configuration files.
  • Additional Windows Support.
    • Windows 10 Version 1809 (November 2018 Update)
    • Windows Server 2019 Standard and Datacenter x64

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-User-Environment-Manager/9.6.0/rn/VMware-User-Environment-Manager-Release-Notes-960.html

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