VMware Horizon View 7.5.0 and more Released

May 29, 2018 0 By Allan Kjaer

VMware has released Horizon View 7.5.0 and other with support for vSphere 6.7 and other new features. they also released VMware User Environment Manager 9.4.0 and VMware App Volumes 2.14.0. There are also new versions of the Horizon Client 4.8.

Horizon View 7.5.0

What's new:

Horizon Connection Server

  • Horizon Console
    • Horizon Console is the latest version of the Web interface through which you can create and manage virtual desktops and published desktops and applications. Horizon Console also integrates VMware Horizon Just-in-Time Management Platform (JMP) Integrated Workflow features for managing workspaces. For more information, see the VMware Horizon Console Administration document.‚Äč
  • Deployment on VMware Cloud for AWS
    • You can deploy desktop pools that contain full virtual machines on VMware Cloud on AWS to scale Horizon 7 desktops and applications on an elastic cloud platform.
  • Virtual Desktops
    • You can create a virtual machine in vSphere to use Virtualization-based security (VBS). Using a virtual machine enabled with VBS provides better protection from vulnerabilities within and malicious exploits to the operating system. 
    • For an automated desktop pool that uses full virtual machines, if you use a virtual machine enabled with VBS, you can add a vTPM device for enhanced security.
    • Horizon 7 supports vSphere 6.7.
  • Instant Clones
    • Multiple vGPU profiles are supported for instant clones.
    • You can select either PCoIP or VMware Blast (non h264 hardware encode) as a display protocol with NVIDIA GRID vGPU for an instant-clone desktop pool.
    • You can change the 3D vSGA or 3D software settings for instant-clone pools.
    • Horizon 7 version 7.5 supports instant-clone API in vSphere 6.7.
  • Cloud Pod Architecture
    • The total session limit is increased to 200,000 and the total site limit is increased to 10.   
    • You can configure desktop shortcuts for global entitlements.
  • Horizon Help Desk Tool
    • Horizon Help Desk Tool is integrated into Horizon Console
    • You can troubleshoot Linux desktop sessions in Horizon Help Desk Tool in Horizon Console.
    • Horizon Help Desk Tool displays the following metrics: 
      • Skype for Business pairing status
      • State of the application or desktop session
      • Disk IOPS data

Horizon Agent for Linux

  • Control of USB Redirection, Clipboard Redirection, and Client Drive Redirection
    Using VMware User Environment Manager, you can define policies that allow you to control the USB redirection, clipboard copy-and-paste redirection, and client drive redirection (CDR) features.
  • Help Desk Tool Support
    You can now access the Horizon Help Desk Tool to troubleshoot Linux desktop sessions. This feature is available from Horizon Console.
  • Network Intelligence Transport Support for VMware Blast
    Network Intelligence is supported for VMware Blast. Based on current network conditions, Blast  dynamically chooses to use either UDP or TCP to provide the best user experience  when transmitting data.

Horizon Agent

  • HTML5 Multimedia Redirection support for the Edge browser
    You can now use the Edge browser with the HTML5 Multimedia Redirection feature. Previously, only the Chrome browser was supported.
  • Support for subdirectories with URL Content Redirection
    URL Content Redirection now supports subdirectories. For example, if you specify .*.acme.com/software in a rule, all URLs that include the text acme.com and the subdirectory /software are redirected. For example, http://www.acme.com/software is redirected.
  • Simple Device Orientation (SDO) Sensor Redirection
    The SDO sensor redirection can sense changes in the screen orientation of a client device and accordingly display a different view on the device.
  • VMware Logon Monitor
    VMware Logon Monitor monitors Windows user logons and reports performance metrics intended to help administrators, support staff, and developers to troubleshoot slow logon performance.
  • VMware Horizon Performance Tracker 
    VMware Horizon Performance Tracker runs in a remote desktop and monitors the performance of the display protocol and system resource usage. You can also create an application pool and run Horizon Performance Tracker as a published application.

Horizon GPO Bundle

  • The Horizon Performance Tracker ADMX template file (perf_tracker.admx) contains policy settings related to Horizon Performance Tracker.

Horizon Client

For information about new features in Horizon Client 4.8, including HTML Access, see the Horizon Clients Documentation page.

Horizon JMP Server

  • Horizon JMP Server installer and JMP Integrated Workflow features
    The new JMP (Just-in-Time Management Platform) Integrated Workflow features in Horizon Console allow you to easily define and manage desktop workspaces that consist of a desktop operating system, applications, and settings. These features integrate the JMP technologies (Instant Clones for rapid image creation, VMware App Volumes™ for real-time application delivery, and VMware User Environment Manager™ for policies and personalization) into a single workflow. For more information, see Getting Started with JMP Integrated Workflow in the VMware Horizon Console Administrationdocument and the VMware Horizon JMP Server Installation and Setup Guide document.

Horizon 7 Security

  • Horizon 7 Security Features
    • Horizon 7 supports TLS 1.2.

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-7/7.5/rn/horizon-75-view-release-notes.html

VMware User Environment Manager 9.4.0

What's new:

  • Added All AppStacks attached event in triggered taks.You can use this new event to perform tasks when all AppStacks are attached. This configuration is useful when actions have corresponding conditions that rely on an AppStack not yet attached during logon.
  • Argument-based privilege elevation. This new method of privilege elevation allows you to elevate executable files based on specific combinations of file paths and command-line arguments.
  • Privilege elevation logging. When you enable Privilege elevation logging to the Windows event log, you now have the option of configuring User Environment Manager to also log de-elevated child processes launched by the elevated application.
  • Operating System condition. This condition changed names from "Windows Version" to "Operation System."
  • Windows 10 Start Menu. You can use this new User Environment Manager built-in setting for the Start menu layout on Windows 10 Version 1703 and higher.
  • Support for Windows 10, Version 1803 (April 2018 Update)

See the full release notes: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-User-Environment-Manager/9.4.0/rn/VMware-User-Environment-Manager-Release-Notes-940.html

VMware App Volumes 2.14

What's new:

  • Roles and Privileges with Role-based Access Controls
    Delegate the ability to create AppStacks, assign applications, and perform other end-user support and environmental monitoring tasks.
    Use pre-packaged roles to grant Active Directory groups access to the App Volumes Manager console. The following roles are now available by default:
    • Administrator
    • Administrator (Read Only)
    • AppStacks Administrators
    • Security Administrators
    • Writables Administrators
    In addition, you can create custom roles to grant a combination of specific privileges based on your security requirements.
  • Writable Volumes on Shared Datastores
    You can share Writable Volumes across vCenters using Shared Datastores and the users can access their Writable Volumes from multiple vCenters with a Shared Datastore. In larger deployments, end user persistence is no longer pinned to a specific vCenter. A user can use their Writable Volume in one session, log out and log in to a session on another vCenter and continue to use their volume.
  • Move, Back Up, and Restore Writable Volumes
    Manage your user's data more easily with App Volumes Manager. Use the new controls to move, back up, and restore Writable Volumes.
    • Move Writable Volumes – Rebalance storage by moving user volumes from one datastore to another.
    • Back Up and Restore – Make a copy of a Writable Volume to be kept outside of the system. If the volume is no longer needed in production, the admin can select to have the volume deleted from App Volumes manager after the copy. At a later time, the volume may be copied back to restore a user's previous state.
    • Regular Backups – The administrator can now provide a datastore and indicate how often to make a full copy of all Writable Volumes in the system. If a user's volume has been attached after the time period has elapsed, a copy will automatically be made to the specified datastore.
  • Support for Cached Exchange Mode and Windows Search Indexing
    Microsoft Outlook and Windows Search indexes are now saved along with the Outlook OST file to the user's Writable Volume. If User Environment Manager (UEM) is configured to redirect the user's OST file, then Outlook will use that configuration.
  • Improved Login Performance
    When asynchronous mounting is enabled, the App Volumes Manager no longer waits for disks to be attached before responding to the agent. Login times are faster and App Volumes Manager will be able to handle more simultaneous login requests. There is also reduced load on Active Directory and vCenter. For less performant vCenter configurations, administrators can configure mount throttling to further reduce peak load on the vCenter server.
  • Auto-enabling One-time Volume Deletion Protection
    In previous releases of App Volumes, if the AVM_PROTECT_VOLUMES environment variable was not enabled, the App Volumes Manager required multiple operations per login to protect volumes from unintended deletion. When using vSphere 6.5 and above, the manager now automatically leverages the more efficient, one-time protection upon volume creation.
  • Windows 10 Semi-Annual Channel Alignment
    Starting with App Volumes 2.14, Windows 10 versions 1709 and 1803 are supported. Every six months Microsoft plans to release a new version of Windows and App Volumes plans to align with Windows 10 Guest OS. See the Support FAQ for details.
  • Extended Service Branch for Horizon
    App Volumes 2.14 is an Extended Service Branch (ESB) release. See the VMware blog for more information.

See the full release notes here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-App-Volumes/2.14/rn/VMware-App-Volumes-214-Release-Notes.html

Horizon Clients:

Here are the release notes for the different clients:

VMware Horizon Client 4.8 for Windows: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-Client-for-Windows/4.8/rn/horizon-client-windows-48-release-notes.html

VMware Horizon Client 4.8 for Linux: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-Client-for-Linux/4.8/rn/horizon-client-linux-48-release-notes.html

VMware Horizon Client 4.8 for Mac: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-Client-for-Mac/4.8/rn/horizon-client-mac-48-release-notes.html

VMware Horizon Client 4.8 for Windows 10 UWP: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-Client-for-Windows-10-UWP/4.8/rn/horizon-client-windows-10uwp-48-release-notes.html

VMware Horizon Client 4.8 for iOS: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-Client-for-iOS/4.8/rn/horizon-client-ios-48-release-notes.html

VMware Horizon Client 4.8 for Android: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-Client-for-Android/4.8/rn/horizon-client-android-48-release-notes.html


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