The Post-BlackBerry Era

A great article has been posted on the VMware CTO Office’s blog site by VMware’s Srinivas Krishnamurti.

http://cto.vmware.com/the-post-blackberry-era/

Personally I still think Horizon Mobile is the way to go for mobile devices. Yes, Mobile Device Management tools could help enterprises a lot but is that the way to go? Would you allow enterprise management tools on your own personal mobile device? Even if you use that device for your work related activities?

Personally, I wouldn’t accept that. However, a corporate phone, pushed on top of my own phone as a virtual machine..yes…I could deal with that. Assuming my employer doesn’t have access to the “personal side” of my phone..my phone, my Facebook ( oh wait, I don’t use FB), my Twitter, my private email, Google+ etc. With Horizon Mobile, that’s the case.

Again, (people keep asking this), will Horizon Mobile move to iPhone, iPad and other Tablets? I really can’t tell. My wish: yes..now. please. In fact, I would prefer Horizon Mobile to become available on tablets more than on phones… but that’s a very personal opinion.

Before I forget this (and I have had several discussions about this before) I see Horizon Mobile as a great solution to separate work and private activities on one single device. I’m not discussing mobile devices as an access point to access Virtual Machines and push corporate apps etc…That’s a whole different story.

 

 

Make Project Octopus available via Horizon App Manager 1.5

In June 2012, VMware released Horizon Application Manager 1.5.

In the beginning of this year, 2012, VMware’s Project Octopus went beta; http://blogs.vmware.com/euc/2012/05/project-octopus-public-beta-now-available.html

Via Horizon you can give users access to enterprise applications. Think about ThinApp’d and SaaS apps.

Octopus is another application you can make available via Horizon App Manager. Octopus is a on-premise virtual appliance but nevertheless, you can give your users access to this Octopus appliance via Horizon.

I created a document (with help from some of my VMware colleagues) to make Octopus available via Horizon. I aware Octopus is still beta and not every one can have access to the code. However, I would like to show beta participants how to make Octopus available via Horizon.

Click on the below file to read the step=by-step guide to add Octopus to your Horizon implementation:

Octopus via Horizon App Manager

Mac OS X Mountain Lion and VMware View Client for Mac

As most of you know, Apple released its latest operating system version last week. Mountain Lion is available in the Apple App Store.

I received a couple of questions from customers if the latest VMware View Client for Mac is compatible with Apple’s Mountain Lion. Yes, it is!!

Pat Lee, VMware’s Director of Product Management End User Clients, published an article last week. Take a look here so you know the details.

You can download the VMware View Client for all major platforms here.

Horizon App Manager- 3. Prepare desktop(s) and install/configure the Horizon agent

During the beta of Horizon App Manager 1.5, I created 3 Horizon step-by-step guides for myself;

  1. Step-by-step: Install and configure the Horizon Service-va 1.5
  2. Step-by-step: Install and configure the Horizon Connector 1.5
  3. Step-by-step: Prepare desktop(s) and install/configure the Horizon agent

Because I do get questions about the installation of Horizon App Manager, I will share the guides with you.

Follow the steps in the guides and start with installing the Service, then the Connector and lastly, prepare your desktops and install the Horizon agent. This always has worked for me.

Comments are welcome if you are running into issue.

First, download your copy of Horizon App Manager agents here.

Do read the release notes here.

Also, the official VMware installation guide can be found here.

3. Step by Step; Prepare your Desktop for Horizon

Horizon App Manager- 2. Install and configure the Horizon Connector 1.5

During the beta of Horizon App Manager 1.5, I created 3 Horizon step-by-step guides for myself;

  1. Step-by-step: Install and configure the Horizon Service-va 1.5
  2. Step-by-step: Install and configure the Horizon Connector 1.5
  3. Step-by-step: Prepare desktop(s) and install/configure the Horizon agent

Because I do get questions about the installation of Horizon App Manager, I will share the guides with you.

Follow the steps in the guides and start with installing the Service, then the Connector and lastly, prepare your desktops and install the Horizon agent. This always has worked for me.

Comments are welcome if you are running into issue.

First, download your copy of Horizon App Manager Connector here.

Do read the release notes here.

Also, the official VMware installation guide can be found here.

2. Step by Step; Install and Configure Horizon Connector 1.5

Horizon App Manager- 1. Install and configure the Horizon Service-va 1.5

During the beta of Horizon App Manager 1.5, I created 3 Horizon step-by-step guides for myself;

  1. Step-by-step: Install and configure the Horizon Service-va 1.5
  2. Step-by-step: Install and configure the Horizon Connector 1.5
  3. Step-by-step: Prepare desktop(s) and install/configure the Horizon agent

Because I do get questions about the installation of Horizon App Manager, hereby I will share the guides with you.

Follow the steps in the guides and start with installing the Service, then the Connector and lastly, prepare your desktops and install the Horizon agent. This always has worked for me.

Comments are welcome if you are running into issue.

First, download your copy of Horizon App Manager Service-va here.

Do read the release notes here.

Also, the official VMware installation guide can be found here.

1. Step by Step; Install and Configure Horizon Service-va 1.5

Horizon Application Manager- Overview

On June 13th 2012, Horizon Application Manager 1.5 became general available.

Horizon Application Manager is a cross-platform end-user management solution that unifies, secures and controls access to SaaS, enterprise web and Windows applications across different end-user devices.

That’s a nice sentence (I copied it to be honest), but what does that mean?

I see Horizon App Manager as a services broker, meaning, it can broker different kinds of services. A service can be SaaS applications, Enterprise web apps and ThinApps, to name few. VMware View on the other hand, can only broker VMware View virtual desktops. No matter where I am, I can connect to my View installation and connect to my desktop, which is running somewhere in a datacenter. Great but there are other services as well which can provide applications to end users and which don’t require a full Windows desktop to do so. Think about SaaS applications. Yes, I could logon to my virtual desktop via View and then access that SaaS app but that isn’t the smartest way of doing things, right.

You can access SaaS apps with a browser and every device (laptop, desktop, virtual desktop, smart phone and tablet) has a browser. I can access that SaaS app from every device and from anywhere. That’s cool…. But there are some downsides.

What if a company is using multiple SaaS apps? A user connects to those apps directly. Every SaaS app provider has an account for that user. Let’s assume that user leaves the company. The company’s IT department needs to delete that account with every SaaS provider manually. If they forget an account, the user will still be able to access the company’s resources. I bet the IT department would like to use a method to disable a user at 1 place and that user, from that moment on, cannot use any resource anymore.

Also from a user perspective there are some downsides. Let’s go back to the SaaS app example: To use these SaaS apps, the user needs to logon/authenticate every time he/she wants to use these apps. No Single Sign On. Also, no real overview of which services/apps you can use. Wouldn’t it be great, when you start your working day, to logon to a portal, see all your apps you can use, just click on them and they start without authenticating every time, over and over again!?

This is where Horizon App Manager comes into play. Basically, Horizon App Manager 1.5 is an on-premise solution (it is running in the customer’s environment/behind the firewall). It provides a central place for IT to manage users and apps. IT can entitle groups and users to different apps and also remove these entitlements from 1 place. No more managing accounts which exists at different providers

Horizon also is a user’s central workspace/portal, where he/she can access his/her

applications and services. One central portal you access in the morning and use during the day to access all your resources.

For the record, at this moment Horizon is able to broker SaaS, enterprise web and Windows apps. With Windows apps I mean Windows applications which have been ThinApp’d. Do I think Horizon should also broker other services like XenApp, VMware View, a data service like Octopus (which still is in beta)? Yes, Horizon should! That would make sense, right.

More and more information about Horizon is becoming available. To see a nice video which shows the user’s workspace/app portal side, go here.  Also, attached the official data sheet;

VMware-Horizon-App-Manager-Datasheet