Few months ago, VMware released their vSphere and vSAN new versions recently and they announced release of EUC product VMware Horizon version 7.5. Since i didn’t have enough time during the past months, in this post I am going to share the details of new enhancement and new updated version details.
First, I would like to share the support of exciting integration with the VMware Horizon Cloud on AWS and complete Microsoft Azure support.
Additionally VMware released Components of Horizon Release
- User Environment Manager (UEM) 9.4.0
- App Volumes 2.14.0.
Find the below components has the new features and enhancements of Horizon 7.5
- Horizon Connection Server
- Horizon Agent for Linux
- Horizon Agent
- Horizon GPO Bundle
- Horizon Client
- Horizon JMP Server
- Horizon 7 Security
Horizon Connection Server and Features
- Horizon Console
This is the new feature and latest version of the Web interface, where you can create and manage virtual desktops, publish desktops and applications. Horizon Console has the ability to integrate VMware Horizon Just-in-Time Management Platform (JMP) Integrated Workflow features for managing workspaces.
- VMware Cloud Support on AWS
With this release, you will be able to create desktop pools that contain full virtual machines on VMware Cloud on AWS and you can scale Horizon 7 desktops and applications on an elastic cloud platform.
- Virtual Desktops
Now You can create a virtual machine in vSphere to use Virtualization-based security (VBS) , VBS is a features released with vSphere 6.7 .By support of VBS you will achieve better protection from vulnerabilities and malicious exploits to the operating system. You can add a vTPM device for enhanced security support with Virtual machine has VBS enabled , this is available with automated desktop pool option .
- Instant Clones
Horizon 7.5 supports instant-clone API in vSphere 6.7. and you can configure Multiple vGPU profiles for instant clones . Horizon 7.5 supports PCoIP or VMware Blast (non h264 hardware encode) as a display protocol with NVIDIA GRID vGPU for an instant-clone desktop pool. Also you have the option to change the 3D vSGA or 3D software settings for instant-clone pools.
- Cloud Pod Architecture
Great enhancement to the maximum session and total site support, session limit increased to 200,000 and total site limit increased to 10. Desktop shortcuts features is available and you and configured it for global entitlements. · Horizon Help Desk Tool Horizon Help Desk Tool is integrated into Horizon Console and now you can troubleshoot Linux and Windows desktop sessions, Disk IOPS data, applications like skype for business etc using Horizon Help Desk Tool in Horizon Console.
Horizon Agent for Linux
Control of USB Redirection, Clipboard Redirection, and Client Drive Redirection features are available with Horizon Agent for Linux .With help of UEM you can define policies to control these features . Now Blast can dynamically chooses to use either UDP or TCP to provide the best user experience to transmit the data using VMware Blast Network Intelligence.
- Microsoft Edge browser supported with the HTML5 Multimedia Redirection feature.
- URL Content Redirection now supports subdirectories.
- 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 monitors Windows user logons and reports performance metrics can used for troubleshooting the issues like slow logon performance. And it is very helpful for system administrators, support admins etc.
- VMware Horizon Performance Tracker monitors the performance of the display protocol and system resource usage in a remote desktop. Also you use this Performance Tracker for a published application inside application pool.
Horizon GPO Bundle
Horizon GPO bundle includes new Performance Tracker ADMX template file (perf_tracker.admx) which can be added to GPO to apply the setting related this.
Horizon Client 4.8 is release with Horizon version 7.5 including HTML Access, More Information can found on Horizon Clients Documentation page.
Horizon JMP Server
JMP means Just-in-Time Management Platform, new JMP have the capability to integrate the Workflow features in Horizon Console. This will allow you to easily define and manage desktop workspaces that consist of a desktop operating system, applications, and settings. JMP is the collection of Instant Clones technology for the rapid provisioning of images, VMware App Volumes for just-in-time app delivery, and User Environment Manager for user personalization, profile management, and policies.
You can combine these capabilities together and will achieve the ability to create personalized and truly stateless desktops in seconds. With Horizon 7.5 JMP has the collection of these technologies together and integrate them into a single common workflow. With support of this capability, VDI admins can easily create VDI workspaces consisting of a desktop OS, applications, and settings in a proper workflow. For more information, check Getting Started with JMP Integrated Workflow for Administrating and deployment
New Subscription Licensing Model
With Horizon 7.5 VMware announce new universal subscription license model that allows you to deploy Horizon Cloud or Horizon 7 for one low price. This will help to deploy Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS and you will have the choice to enable this as part of a larger Workspace ONE deployment.
New Horizon Universal subscription license starting as low as $8.25/user/month for apps and $16.50/user/month for desktops and apps , For More Details Refer – VMware
Horizon 7 Security
Horizon 7 supports TLS 1.2
Extended Service Branch (ESB) Support
With new Version VMware offers a new Extended Service Branch (ESB) for VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise deployments, which will include the core Horizon 7 platform, VMware App Volumes, and VMware User Environment Manager
In the upcoming weeks I’m going to release a new blog series on Horizon 7.5. Stay tuned.