VMware released, on December 13 2018, a new version of Horizon 7.7, User Environment Manager 9.6 and App Volumes 2.15.
They are releasing those 3 products together for a couple of versions now and with the most recent release of App Volumes, a couple of features caught my eye.
They added a new template called Profile Only. In reality, this template was there, way back when it was still Cloud Volumes but when that company was acquired, that template was removed from the product. It is now back and Administrator will be able to use it to manage their users profile. The name is self-explanatory, it is a profile only template. Users with local admin privilege installing applications in their desktop, will be disapointed to see that those apps are not saved. If user need Apps and profile, use the UIA+Profile template.
The other nice addition is the partnership work that VMware has done with Box.net and Microsoft. One of the frequently seen scenario is when users need to use a cloud based file sharing solution, like Box or OneDrive. when this is required and user want to sync their files locally, on a virtual desktop, Administrators need to plan for that data to be preserved on a non-persistent desktop (like Horizon Instant-Clones). Well, in App volumes 2.15, users will be able to have their local cache stored in their writable volumes for Box Drive and OneDrive for business. This is a good addition by VMware as we see more and more enterprise rely on cloud based file sharing and a local cache is almost always a requirement for any power user or knowledge worker. They just want access to their data, locally, fast and in a Windows Explorer view.
The other interesting feature for me is support of App Volumes on VMware Cloud on AWS. Horizon 7 has been supported on Amazon Web Services for a while now but VMware just added App Volumes support, with their 2.15 release.
The deployment of App Volumes in the cloud is almost the same as doing it on-premise. When you are installing it in your SDDC, just make sure to check the box that mentions “vCenter on VMware Cloud on AWS”. Provisioning and entitlements are done the same way as on-prem.
Kudos to VMware for a strong release of their Application Virtualization solution. Looking forward to what they have in store for 2019!