VMware Horizon View is a commercial desktop virtualization product developed by VMware, Inc for Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS XOperating Systems. Its was first sold under the name VMware VDM, but with the release of version 3.0.0 in 2008 it was changed to “VMware View”, changing again to “Horizon View” with the launch of version 6 in April 2014.

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VMware Horizon View provides virtual desktop capabilities to users utilizing VMware’s virtualization technology. A desktop operating system – typically Microsoft Windows – runs within a virtual machine on a hypervisor. The VMware View product has a number of components which are required to provide the virtual desktops, including:

  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi with a vSphere license)
  • VMware vCenter Server (management of virtualization environment)
  • View Composer (advanced View management, with automation and cloning)
  • View Manager (administration of the View Environment)
  • View Client (communication between View and the desktop OS)
  • VMware ThinApp (application virtualization)
  • View Persona Management (user profile management)
  • vShield Endpoint (offloaded desktop antivirus)

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The benefits of VMware View include the following:

1.Control and manageability in a single product – Administrators can more easily provision, manage, and maintain desktops because the desktops are running in thedatacenter.

2.Familiar end‐user experience – Users get flexible access to a personalized, virtual desktop that behaves just like their PC desktops.

3.VMware desktop integration – View extends the benefits of virtualization to the desktop by leveraging the backup, failover, and disaster recovery capabilities of VMware Infrastructure
4.Lower total cost of ownership (TCO) – By reducing administration and energy costs and extending the useful life of PCs, VMware View Manager delivers lower TCO.

VMware Horizon Client

VMware Horizon Client is software that establishes a connection between endpoint devices and Horizon View virtual desktops and applications.VMware offers versions of Horizon Client for Windows and Linux, Apple iOS, Mac OS X, Google Android and Chrome OS. IT administrators can also install Horizon Client for Windows on the Windows Server operating system to deliver Horizon View desktops remotely to thin client and zero client deployments.

The Horizon Client app communicates with the View Connection Server, which acts as a broker between the client device and View desktops. Users enter credentials into Horizon Client and the View Connection Server authenticates them and then finds their virtual desktops. IT administrators can also use Horizon Client and the View Connection Server to deliver Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) desktops and applications from an RDSH farm or to deliver VMware ThinAppapplications within Horizon View.Horizon Client can use the PCoIP, Microsoft RDP and VMware Blast remote display protocols to establish a network connection between client devices and Horizon View desktops running on a server in the data center. VMware only supports Blast — which it released in Horizon 7 — on Horizon Client 4.0 or later.

VMware Horizon Client supports USB peripheral devices, real-time audio and video and security features such as single sign-on (SSO) and biometric, smart card and two-factor authentication. Horizon Client also integrates with the VMware AirWatch enterprise mobility management platform, allowing administrators to apply mobile device management (MDM) policies to users’ virtual desktop instances. VMware Horizon Client was previously named the Horizon View Client until Horizon 6.

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Version release history:

VMware View 3.1.3 (May 5, 2009)

VMware View 4 (November 9, 2009)

  • VMware View 5.1 (May 16, 2012)
  • VMware View 5.1.1 (August 16, 2012)
  • VMware View 5.1.2 (December 13, 2012)
  • VMware View 5.1.3 (March 14, 2013)
  • VMware View 5.2 (October 4, 2012)
  • VMware View 5.3 (November 21, 2013)
  • VMware View 5.3.1 (March 11, 2014)
  • VMware View 5.3.2 (June 24, 2014)
  • VMware View 5.3.3 (November 25, 2014)
  • VMware View 5.3.4 (March 17, 2015)
  • VMware View 5.3.5 (September 10, 2015)
  • VMware View 5.3.6 (March 1, 2016)

VMware Horizon 6.0 (June 19, 2014)

  • VMware Horizon 6.0.1 (September 9, 2014)
  • VMware Horizon 6.0.2 (December 9, 2014)
  • VMware Horizon 6.1 (March 12, 2015)
  • VMware Horizon 6.1.1 (June 4, 2015)
  • VMware Horizon 6.2 (September 3, 2015)
  • VMware Horizon 6.2.1 (December 8, 2015)
  • VMware Horizon 6.2.2 (February 4, 2016)
  • VMware Horizon 6.2.3 (July 21, 2016)

VMware Horizon 7.0 (March 22, 2016)

  • VMware Horizon 7.0.1 (June 16, 2016)
  • VMware Horizon 7.0.2 (September 15, 2016)
  • VMware Horizon 7.0.3 (December 8, 2016)
  • VMware Horizon 7.1 (March 16, 2017)
  • VMware Horizon 7.2 (Jun 20, 2017)
  • VMware Horizon 7.3.2 (November 20, 2017)
  • VMware Horizon 7.4 (Jan 04, 2018)
  • VMware Horizon 7.5 (May 29, 2018)
  • VMware Horizon 7.5.1 (July 19, 2018)

Horizon 7

VMware Horizon 7 is the leading platform for virtual desktops and applications.

Provide end users access to all of their virtual desktops, applications, and online services through a single digital workspace.


Desktop and App Virtualization Reimagined

Simplify the move to the mobile cloud era. Securely deliver and manage Windows or Linux desktops, applications, and online services to end users through a digital workspace across virtual data centers,virtual machines, and physical devices. Provide consistently great end-user experience across locations, media, and connections to improve workplace productivity. VMware Horizon 7 goes beyond VDI to provide end users with one place to securely access all their desktops, applications, and online services from any device, everywhere. With Horizon 7, IT organizations can take advantage of closed-loop management and automation,and tight integration with the software-defined data center, to deliver and protect all the Windows or Linux and online resources users want, at the speed they expect, with the efficiency business demands.

Just-In-Time Delivery with JMP

JMP is the next-generation VMware desktop and application delivery platform that provides a new, dramatically accelerated means to provision fully featured, personalized, customized virtual desktops and published applications. With JMP, you can manage outcomes instead of technologies.Define what kind of workspace an end user should receive and JMP automates the creation of the workspace leveraging the underlying technologies including Instant Clone Technology, VMware App Volumes, and VMware User Environment Manager, Administrators can rapidly spin up desktops that retain user customization, persona, and user-installed apps from session to session, even though the desktop itself is destroyed when the user logs out. Similarly, published applications can be deployed 5–10x faster with a push of a button and with less than half the required steps when compared with competitive solutions.Virtual desktops benefit from the latest OS and application patches automatically applied between user logins, without any disruptive recompose, resulting in the elimination of patch maintenance windows. This capability is delivering customers the VDI nirvana of fully customized and personalized desktops, built on the economics and security of stateless, non persistent desktops.

Cloud Pod Architecture Improved Scale
Cloud Pod Architecture now scales to support 120,000 sessions across up to five sites. Customers can aggregate multiple pods in either the same data center or different data centers and entitle users to a desktop in any location.
Organizations now benefit from an unprecedented ability to scale, with improved fail over performance.

VMware Cloud on AWS Support for Cloud-Scale Elasticity

Rapidly scale Horizon 7 virtual desktops and apps with VMware Cloud  on AWS, a proven, elastic enterprise cloud platform. VMware Horizon 7 on VMware Cloud on AWS delivers a seamlessly integrated hybrid cloud for virtual desktops and applications. It combines the enterprise capabilities of the VMware SoftwareDefined Data Center, delivered as a service on AWS, with the market-leading capabilities of VMware Horizon for a simple, secure, and scalable solution. Take advantage of the rich feature set and flexibility you expect from Horizon 7, leveraging the same tools and architecture to simplify management across public and hybrid clouds. Cloud Pod Architecture (CPA) simplifies management by linking cloud deployments across regions, or by linking on-premises to public cloud deployments. Now, customers can easily extend desktop services to address more use cases such as on-demand capacity, disaster recovery, and cloud co-location without buying additional data center resources.

Cloud Connector

Horizon 7 deployments can now connect to the Horizon Cloud control plane through the Cloud Connector,to enable subscription licensing.This allows customers to switch from a CapEx (capital expenditure) model to an OpEx
(operational expenditure) model. Smart Policies with Streamlined Access Horizon 7 also introduces a robust suite of security and policy-focused capabilities that help customers improve their overall security posture,with a multilayered, defense-in-depth approach that goes from client endpoint to data center to the extended virtual infrastructure. Smart Policies delivers a real-time, policy-based system with intelligent, contextual, role-based management that is seamlessly integrated:
• True SSO – Streamlines the end-to-end login experience.Users logging in and authenticating via VMware Identity Manage would previously be presented with a second login prompt to access their Windows desktop,using their AD credentials.True SSO seamlessly bypasses this secondary login request for users who have already authenticated via VMware Identity Manager, using a short-lived Horizon virtual certificate, enabling a password free Windows login that brings them immediately to their desktop, for a secure, simplified, and faster overall experience.
• Policy-managed client features – Contextually aware,fine-grained control of client-side capabilities, for a more robust security posture with improved IT manageability.Now IT can selectively enable or disable features likeclipboard redirection,USB,printing, and client drive redirection.Customers can now use policy to ensure that, for instance, a desktop login from a network location considered unsecure,results in disabling of security sensitive features like cut/paste or USB drive access. Additionally, PCo IP Bandwidth Profile settings allow IT to customize the user experience based on user context and location. All of this can be enforced based on role, evaluated at login and logout, disconnect and reconnect, and at pre determined refresh intervals for consistent application of policy across the entirety of the user experience.

Blast Extreme

Adding to PCoIP,VMware now offers customers additional choice and flexibility with brand new Blast Extreme display technology, purpose built and optimized for the digital workspace. Built on industry-standard H.264 protocol, Blast Extreme supports the broadest range of client devices, billions of them, that are already H.264 capable.Customers can choose between Blast Extreme,PCoIP, and RDP based on their use cases and client device choices. Blast Extreme offers many inherent advantages over PCoIP in addition to client device support including:
• 50 percent less network bandwidth consumed
• Ability to leverage both TCP or UDP network transport
• Adaptive Transport and Network Intelligence with QoS support maintains a great user experience across a wide variety of network types, ranging from corporate LAN to public Wi-Fi and mobile networks
• Agility in adapting to challenging, lossy network conditions in which users can maintain a local-like experience

Skype for Business
The VMware Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business, developed in collaboration with Microsoft, allows you to deliver Skype for Business in a virtual desktop or as a published application while also delivering  great user experience. The optimized solution delivers a better user experience and avoids increased data center infrastructure traffic, which can lead to choke points and performance issues.

Published (RDS) Applications

Horizon 7 feature-rich published (RDS) apps can now also pre-launch,or stay active even after user logout, so users get instant access to applications without any spin-up delay. Users can also access apps directly from the start menu just like they would on their native desktop for a better user experience.

Help Desk Tool

The Horizon Help Desk Tool enables help desk and tier-1 support staff to quickly look up users calling support and troubleshoot common end-user issues. The Help Desk Tool provides the support team with a simple interface to quickly understand both performance and configuration information, and the ability to perform common desktop support actions such as remote user assistance and resetting a user’s desktop.

Horizon 7 is available in the following editions:

  • Horizon 7 Standard – Simple, powerful VDI with a great user experience
    Horizon 7 Advanced – Cost-effective delivery of desktops and applications through a unified workspace
    Horizon 7 Enterprise – Desktops and applications delivered through a unified workspace with Just-in-Time management
    Horizon Apps Standard – Simple, powerful app virtualization with a great user experience
    Horizon Apps Advanced – Powerful app virtualization with Just-in-Time management