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VMware Releases Horizon View 7.3.1

Earlier this week, VMware released an update to their flagship product for VDI, VMware Horizon View 7.3.1.  With that update, VMware brought about a series of improvements and new features.

One of those new features is dedicated instant clone desktop pools.  Why is this important?  Unlike linked clones, instant clones do not need to be recomposed, refreshed, or rebalanced.  For VDI desktop environments, when a user logs out of a desktop, that desktop gets deleted and then recreated.  This approach staggers the patching operation across desktops, eliminates boot storms, reduces storage IOPS and lessens the load on vCenter Server.

Dedicated instant-clone desktop assignment means that there is a 1:1 relationship between users and desktops.  Once an end user is assigned to a desktop, they will consistently receive access to the same desktop and corresponding virtual machine.  This feature is important for apps that require a consistent hostname, IP address, or MAC address to function properly.  

Windows Server operating systems are also now supported for instant clones in this release.   And instant clones are also now compatible with Storage DRS (sDRS).

VMware Horizon View 7.3.1 - What's new?

There are a number of new features, resolved issues and workarounds made available in this new update.  Some of which include:

Horizon Help Desk Tool - Integrated help desk utility which views application and process names and resource use within a virtual or published desktop to identify which applications and process are using up machine resources; view event log information about the user's activities; view session metrics such as the VM information, CPU, or memory usage; assign predefined administrator roles to delegate the troubleshooting tasks between administrator users; and create custom roles and add privileges based on predefined administrator roles.

Blast Extreme Metrics - Blast extreme metrics added include estimated bandwidth (uplink), packet loss, and transmitted and received traffic counters for imaging, audio, and CDR.

Cloud Pod Architecture - The total session limit was increased to 140,000 and the site limit was raised to 7.  You can also configure the Windows Start menu shortcuts for global entitlements.  When an entitled user connects to a Connection Server instance in the pod federation, Horizon Client for Windows places these shortcuts in the Start menu on the user's Windows client device.

Published Desktops and Application Pools - You can restrict access to entitled desktop pools, application pools, global entitlements, and global application entitlements from certain client computers.

Database Support - Always On Availability Groups feature for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 has been added.

NVIDIA GRID vGPU Support - The hardware H.264 encoder is now available and used when the vGPU is configured with the NVIDIA graphics card that has the NVIDIA driver 384 series or later installed on it.  

HTML5 Video Redirection - Feature is added by selecting the HTML5 Multimedia Redirection custom setup option in the Horizon Agent installer.  With HTML5 Multimedia Redirection, if an end user uses the Chrome browser, HTML5 multimedia content is sent from the remote desktop to the client system, reducing the load on the ESXi host.  The client system plays the multimedia content and the user has a better audio and video experience.

Filtering Redirected Printers - You can now create a filter to specify the printers that should not be redirected with ThinPrint.  A new GPO ADMX template (vmd_printing_agent.admx) has been added to enable this functionality.

Virtual Desktops and Desktop Pools - Blast Extreme provides network continuity during momentary network loss on Windows clients; Performance counters displayed using PerfMon on Windows agents for Blast session, imaging, audio, CDR, USB, and virtual printing provide an accurate representation of the current state of the system that also updates at a constant rate.

Linux Virtual Desktops - KDE support is available on CentOS 7, RHEL 7, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and SLED 11 SP4 platforms

Security - With the USB over Session Enhancement SDK feature, you do not need to open TCP port 32111 for USB traffic in a DMZ-based security server deployment.  This feature is supported for both virtual desktops and published desktops on RDS hosts.

This is not your ordinary minor dot release update.  There are a host of new enhancements and fixes found throughout this release, making Horizon View so much better than ever before.  So if you're in the market for VDI, this update may have answered many of your challenges.  VDI has also become a reality for most Linux shops, no longer limited to a Windows world.  And you can also support a mixed mode guest operating system environment.

Ready to get started and learn more?

Download VMware Horizon View 7.3.1.

Read the VMware Horizon View 7.3.1 release notes.

Published Friday, October 06, 2017 3:11 PM by David Marshall
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