Horizon View 6.2 was release one day ago and definitely I didn’t expect to see any updates like this during this time in the year. This is the third update of the VMware’s VDI solution for this year after Horizon 6.1 and Horizon 6.1.1 As a VDI engineer responsible for design and engineer the Horizon View VDI of one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in the world I am impressed that the platform is getting updated so often with adding so many, great and valuable features and capabilities.
Let’s go through one of the main new features which impressed me.
Full Windows 10 Support
I expected this support but honestly I didn’t believe that we will have it in next couple of months. Windows 10 was released a month (or so) ago and it is already added as a supported OS in Horizon View. Well Done VMware EUC! Windows 10 Support means that you can install Horizon View Client on it, you can use it as a source for your desktop pools and also the user profile migration tool provided by VMware in the previous versions is now officially supported for Win10 profiles.
Hosted Apps and Terminal Sessions over PCoIP or Blast
Now you can use View Composer to compose the creation of RDS Servers either if they will be used for Applications or Sessions provisioning. Nice, isn’t it? Also support for 3D vDGA and GRID vGPU were added similar to the support for virtual desktops.
Cloud Pod Architecture Enhancements
If you are not aware of the Cloud Pod Architecture you can check my previous post for this topic. With Horizon 6.2 we can provide Hosted Applications in the same way as we could provide virtual desktops in the previous release. HTML5 access to applications and virtual desktops could be used also CPA, which wasn’t possible in Horizon 6.1.1.
Virtual SAN 6.1
Once of the best features of VMware VSAN 6.1 is the stretch cluster support. This new enchantment could introduce some changes in your design and provide a great level of availability even if entire site is down.
Access Point Integration
Access Point is an alternative of View Security Servers which could allow access to corporate’s virtual desktop from internet without having a VPN. In my experience I had some cases where putting View Security Servers in the DMZ were a serious concern for the ITSEC teams. Now we have an alternative with putting hardened Linux appliance.
View Administrator Enhancements
This is something I will check and review in a separate article. In my opinion the View Administrator could be much powerful than it is now. This is a step forward by adding some new information and actions – pool cloning for example.
Horizon 6 for Linux Desktop Enhancements
As I wrote a month ago, you can now provide a Linux based virtual desktop. Now the support of OSes is extended and also you can use high graphical applications because of the support of NVIDIA GRID vGPU and vSGA.
As any software release it provide not only new features but also a bunch of improvements and fixed bugs. Here is the complete list with them.
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