What’s New in Linux Desktops in VMware Horizon 6.2.1

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By Yanzhao Zhang, Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

I am excited to announce new capabilities for Linux desktops in Horizon 6.2.1.

Improved 3D Graphics Capabilities for Linux Desktops

In Horizon 6.2.1, we made some improvements to the 3D graphics capabilities that have been available in Linux desktops since Horizon 6.2.

The ability to run specialized 3D applications on Linux desktops is critical for organizations in the oil, gas, hardware design, manufacturing, and entertainment industries. VMware Horizon 6.2 is the first major desktop virtualization solution to support all popular 3D graphic technologies, including Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA), Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA), and NVIDIA GRID vGPU with GRID 2.0 for both Windows and now Linux.


Figure 1: vGPU on Linux Desktops with VMware Horizon 6.2

The following table presents a short summary of the 3D graphics support for Linux desktops with Horizon 6.2 and 6.2.1.

Linux Distribution3D Graphics
vSGAvDGAvGPU
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Workstation x86_64NoHorizon 6.1.1 or laterRequires NVIDIA M60 card, GRID 2.0, and Horizon 6.2 or later
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Workstation x86_64Horizon 6.2 or laterNoRequires NVIDIA M60 card, GRID 2.0, and Horizon 6.2 or later

Note: vSGA and vDGA need an NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 card, and vGPU requires an NVIDIA M60 card with GRID 2.0.

You can access 3D remote Linux desktops with VMware Horizon Client for Windows, VMware Horizon Client for Mac, or VMware Horizon Client for Linux.

Other New Features of Linux Desktops in VMware Horizon 6.2.1

Linux desktops in VMware Horizon 6.2.1 include the following new features.

Clipboard Redirection, Also Known as Copy and Paste

With clipboard redirection, you can now copy and paste plain text, rich text, or images in Rich Text Format (RTF) between a local client and a remote Linux virtual desktop.

One important reason that organizations deploy virtual desktops is for intellectual property (IP) protection. Linux desktops in Horizon 6.2.1 enable administrators to control clipboard redirection. An administrator can set policies to allow one-way clipboard redirection (client to remote desktop, or remote desktop to client) or two-way clipboard redirection, or to disable clipboard redirection entirely by updating settings in the /etc/vmware/config configuration file. See Setting Up Horizon 6 for Linux Desktops for more detailed information.

In Horizon 6.2.1, clipboard redirection is officially enabled on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Workstation x86_64 and CentOS Linux 6.6. You can also enable clipboard redirection on Ubuntu by installing the libexpat1 library manually; however, this is not officially supported.

Single Sign-On

With single sign-on, you do not need to enter the account and password twice to log in to a Linux virtual desktop. Linux desktops for Horizon 6.2.1 have a secure design for single sign-on, so the user’s credential information is not saved locally or transported across the network explicitly.

The single sign-on feature is currently enabled on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Workstation x86_64 and CentOS 6.6 x86_64. Organizations can even integrate Linux virtual desktops with Microsoft Active Directory through Open LDAP. You can use single sign-on with Horizon Client for the Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms.

Smart Card Authentication

Smart card authentication is a mandatory feature for federal agencies and other organizations that have strict requirements about security. Linux desktops in Horizon 6.2.1 support both Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards and Common Access Cards (CAC) with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Workstation x86_64. You can connect the card to a Horizon Client and log in to a remote Linux desktop with the credential information encrypted in the card.

Kerberos Authentication

With Linux desktops in Horizon 6.2.1, the View Connection Server can use Kerberos authentication to authenticate Linux virtual desktops against Microsoft Active Directory after you install the View Agent. You have the flexibility to select the previously supported MD5 digest authentication or Kerberos authentication, according to your business needs.

Consolidated Client Environment Information

Prior to Horizon 6.2.1, Horizon 6 for Linux entered the client environment information, such as client host name, IP address, and so on, into the standard log file, which included other debugging information. This large, complex file was inconvenient for administrators who wanted to use the environment information to control client access to a remote Linux desktop. For example, some organizations used the client host name to determine whether the user was logging in from a certain location. They could then use auto-logout to automatically log that user out after using the desktop.

Now, with Linux desktops in Horizon 6.2.1, the client environment information is saved in one smaller, dedicated file, /var/log/vmware/Environment.txt. The administrator can now easily parse the information to control the deployment of Horizon 6 for Linux.

Linux Desktops in VMware Horizon 6.2.1

You can acquire VMware Horizon 6 for Linux in two ways. Horizon 6 for Linux is included in VMware Horizon 6 Enterprise Edition licenses, or you can purchase Horizon 6 for Linux standalone (select version 6.2.1). For help, post questions to the Horizon 6 for Linux community. You can also get more updates from VMware by visiting us on the VMware Horizon Facebook page, and following us on the VMware Horizon Twitter handle.

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What’s New in Linux Desktops in VMware Horizon 6.2.1

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By Yanzhao Zhang, Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

I am excited to announce new capabilities for Linux desktops in Horizon 6.2.1.

Improved 3D Graphics Capabilities for Linux Desktops

In Horizon 6.2.1, we made some improvements to the 3D graphics capabilities that have been available in Linux desktops since Horizon 6.2.

The ability to run specialized 3D applications on Linux desktops is critical for organizations in the oil, gas, hardware design, manufacturing, and entertainment industries. VMware Horizon 6.2 is the first major desktop virtualization solution to support all popular 3D graphic technologies, including Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA), Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA), and NVIDIA GRID vGPU with GRID 2.0 for both Windows and now Linux.


Figure 1: vGPU on Linux Desktops with VMware Horizon 6.2

The following table presents a short summary of the 3D graphics support for Linux desktops with Horizon 6.2 and 6.2.1.

Linux Distribution3D Graphics
vSGAvDGAvGPU
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Workstation x86_64NoHorizon 6.1.1 or laterRequires NVIDIA M60 card, GRID 2.0, and Horizon 6.2 or later
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 Workstation x86_64Horizon 6.2 or laterNoRequires NVIDIA M60 card, GRID 2.0, and Horizon 6.2 or later

Note: vSGA and vDGA need an NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 card, and vGPU requires an NVIDIA M60 card with GRID 2.0.

You can access 3D remote Linux desktops with VMware Horizon Client for Windows, VMware Horizon Client for Mac, or VMware Horizon Client for Linux.

Other New Features of Linux Desktops in VMware Horizon 6.2.1

Linux desktops in VMware Horizon 6.2.1 include the following new features.

Clipboard Redirection, Also Known as Copy and Paste

With clipboard redirection, you can now copy and paste plain text, rich text, or images in Rich Text Format (RTF) between a local client and a remote Linux virtual desktop.

One important reason that organizations deploy virtual desktops is for intellectual property (IP) protection. Linux desktops in Horizon 6.2.1 enable administrators to control clipboard redirection. An administrator can set policies to allow one-way clipboard redirection (client to remote desktop, or remote desktop to client) or two-way clipboard redirection, or to disable clipboard redirection entirely by updating settings in the /etc/vmware/config configuration file. See Setting Up Horizon 6 for Linux Desktops for more detailed information.

In Horizon 6.2.1, clipboard redirection is officially enabled on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Workstation x86_64 and CentOS Linux 6.6. You can also enable clipboard redirection on Ubuntu by installing the libexpat1 library manually; however, this is not officially supported.

Single Sign-On

With single sign-on, you do not need to enter the account and password twice to log in to a Linux virtual desktop. Linux desktops for Horizon 6.2.1 have a secure design for single sign-on, so the user’s credential information is not saved locally or transported across the network explicitly.

The single sign-on feature is currently enabled on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Workstation x86_64 and CentOS 6.6 x86_64. Organizations can even integrate Linux virtual desktops with Microsoft Active Directory through Open LDAP. You can use single sign-on with Horizon Client for the Mac, Windows, and Linux platforms.

Smart Card Authentication

Smart card authentication is a mandatory feature for federal agencies and other organizations that have strict requirements about security. Linux desktops in Horizon 6.2.1 support both Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards and Common Access Cards (CAC) with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Workstation x86_64. You can connect the card to a Horizon Client and log in to a remote Linux desktop with the credential information encrypted in the card.

Kerberos Authentication

With Linux desktops in Horizon 6.2.1, the View Connection Server can use Kerberos authentication to authenticate Linux virtual desktops against Microsoft Active Directory after you install the View Agent. You have the flexibility to select the previously supported MD5 digest authentication or Kerberos authentication, according to your business needs.

Consolidated Client Environment Information

Prior to Horizon 6.2.1, Horizon 6 for Linux entered the client environment information, such as client host name, IP address, and so on, into the standard log file, which included other debugging information. This large, complex file was inconvenient for administrators who wanted to use the environment information to control client access to a remote Linux desktop. For example, some organizations used the client host name to determine whether the user was logging in from a certain location. They could then use auto-logout to automatically log that user out after using the desktop.

Now, with Linux desktops in Horizon 6.2.1, the client environment information is saved in one smaller, dedicated file, /var/log/vmware/Environment.txt. The administrator can now easily parse the information to control the deployment of Horizon 6 for Linux.

Linux Desktops in VMware Horizon 6.2.1

You can acquire VMware Horizon 6 for Linux in two ways. Horizon 6 for Linux is included in VMware Horizon 6 Enterprise Edition licenses, or you can purchase Horizon 6 for Linux standalone (select version 6.2.1). For help, post questions to the Horizon 6 for Linux community. You can also get more updates from VMware by visiting us on the VMware Horizon Facebook page, and following us on the VMware Horizon Twitter handle.

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As seen on The VAR Guy

Before we raise a glass to the new year, it’s only habit to reflect on the last. For VMware Partner Network, 2015 provided many great opportunities to strengthen partnerships and further our promise to be a world-class vendor.

We had our first ever Partner Exchange @ VMworld filled with endless breakout sessions and rich partner content. We made this shift so that partners could be briefed on all major announcements ahead of time in order to spend more time with their customers and have more thoughtful conversations around these announcements. Another highlight was the introduction of our marketing priorities and focus areas that Ross Brown spoke to, including predictable profitability and creating value for our partners.

As we look forward to 2016, there are a few key areas we are hoping to grow in order to further drive success for you and your customers. They include:

  1. Alignment between marketing and sales
  2. The roll out of new programs and benefits
  3. Investments in new routes-to-market
  4. Relationship building

Keep an eye out for the Annual Partner Survey and the latest Power Plays that will be launching in January 2016.

Now it’s time to throw on that new year’s hat and toast to 2016 and another year of endless opportunity, innovation and success.

Cheers!

The VMware Partner Network Team

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Dez 312015
 

As seen on The VAR Guy

Before we raise a glass to the new year, it’s only habit to reflect on the last. For VMware Partner Network, 2015 provided many great opportunities to strengthen partnerships and further our promise to be a world-class vendor.

We had our first ever Partner Exchange @ VMworld filled with endless breakout sessions and rich partner content. We made this shift so that partners could be briefed on all major announcements ahead of time in order to spend more time with their customers and have more thoughtful conversations around these announcements. Another highlight was the introduction of our marketing priorities and focus areas that Ross Brown spoke to, including predictable profitability and creating value for our partners.

As we look forward to 2016, there are a few key areas we are hoping to grow in order to further drive success for you and your customers. They include:

  1. Alignment between marketing and sales
  2. The roll out of new programs and benefits
  3. Investments in new routes-to-market
  4. Relationship building

Keep an eye out for the Annual Partner Survey and the latest Power Plays that will be launching in January 2016.

Now it’s time to throw on that new year’s hat and toast to 2016 and another year of endless opportunity, innovation and success.

Cheers!

The VMware Partner Network Team

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Built from the Customer Up: Our Candid Interview with Showpad Co-CEO Louis Jonckheere

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Alas, just as 2015 draws to a close, here is the final mobile app feature in our Appy Holidays business mobility series. But this interview with the co-founder of Showpad provides the perfect ending, thanks to a question every modern business is asking: how can technology help us align sales and marketing? As a member […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/interview-showpad-ceo-louis-jonckheere/feed/ 0 Top 10 Mobile News Headlines from 2015 http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/top-10-mobile-news-headlines-2015/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/top-10-mobile-news-headlines-2015/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:00:11 +0000

Built from the Customer Up: Our Candid Interview with Showpad Co-CEO Louis Jonckheere

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Alas, just as 2015 draws to a close, here is the final mobile app feature in our Appy Holidays business mobility series. But this interview with the co-founder of Showpad provides the perfect ending, thanks to a question every modern business is asking: how can technology help us align sales and marketing? As a member […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/interview-showpad-ceo-louis-jonckheere/feed/ 0 Top 10 Mobile News Headlines from 2015 http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/top-10-mobile-news-headlines-2015/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/top-10-mobile-news-headlines-2015/#comments Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:00:11 +0000

Top 10 Mobile News Headlines from 2015

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1. Apple launched powerful enterprise mobility features in iOS 9 & Mac OS El Capitan. In Apple’s big 2015 software updates, the force was strong for app management and traditional device management features. Read more about the full enterprise impact here. 2. Microsoft took a giant leap toward unifying endpoint management with Windows 10 and […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/top-10-mobile-news-headlines-2015/feed/ 0 6 Questions with Movius Work Phone: the App that Makes Mobile Telecom Smarter http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/movius-work-phone-apps-mobile-telecom-smarter/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/movius-work-phone-apps-mobile-telecom-smarter/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:45:19 +0000

Top 10 Mobile News Headlines from 2015

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1. Apple launched powerful enterprise mobility features in iOS 9 & Mac OS El Capitan. In Apple’s big 2015 software updates, the force was strong for app management and traditional device management features. Read more about the full enterprise impact here. 2. Microsoft took a giant leap toward unifying endpoint management with Windows 10 and […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/top-10-mobile-news-headlines-2015/feed/ 0 6 Questions with Movius Work Phone: the App that Makes Mobile Telecom Smarter http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/movius-work-phone-apps-mobile-telecom-smarter/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/movius-work-phone-apps-mobile-telecom-smarter/#comments Wed, 30 Dec 2015 13:45:19 +0000

Freshen Up on Our Corporate Strategy and Overall Vision

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Watch these video clip sessions to get an overview on the strategic direction of our company, products, and solutions to help you make educated decisions for your future business in 2016. Plus, if you earn the VMware SIO Achievement badge, you will get access to the same PowerPoint presentation that our Field Sales teams use to present our strategic initiatives overview to customers.

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December Exam Processing Delay

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We have discovered that exam results beginning Dec 20th are not processing through our systems correctly. Our support team is diligently and urgently working to resolve this issue and we appreciate your patience.

Due to limited support staff around the New Year’s holiday (December 31, 2015 – Jan 4, 2016) we ask that you please do not call our Certification Department or submit a case regarding missingexam results.

As soon as the support team resolves the issue, your exam will automatically appear on your transcript.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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December Exam Processing Delay

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We have discovered that exam results beginning Dec 20th are not processing through our systems correctly. Our support team is diligently and urgently working to resolve this issue and we appreciate your patience.

Due to limited support staff around the New Year’s holiday (December 31, 2015 – Jan 4, 2016) we ask that you please do not call our Certification Department or submit a case regarding missingexam results.

As soon as the support team resolves the issue, your exam will automatically appear on your transcript.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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6 Questions with Movius Work Phone: the App that Makes Mobile Telecom Smarter

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In today’s Appy Holidays series, the AirWatch Blog’s month-long spotlight on the App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE) community, I had the opportunity to chat with Jose Romero, VP of Marketing at Movius Interactive Corporation. Jose shared how Movius Work Phone benefits the mobile enterprise, the biggest trends facing mobile businesses in 2016 and what he […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/movius-work-phone-apps-mobile-telecom-smarter/feed/ 0 Looking Into 2016: What IT Will You Be? http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/2016-it-business-mobility-resolutions/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/2016-it-business-mobility-resolutions/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:00:22 +0000

6 Questions with Movius Work Phone: the App that Makes Mobile Telecom Smarter

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In today’s Appy Holidays series, the AirWatch Blog’s month-long spotlight on the App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE) community, I had the opportunity to chat with Jose Romero, VP of Marketing at Movius Interactive Corporation. Jose shared how Movius Work Phone benefits the mobile enterprise, the biggest trends facing mobile businesses in 2016 and what he […]]> http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/movius-work-phone-apps-mobile-telecom-smarter/feed/ 0 Looking Into 2016: What IT Will You Be? http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/2016-it-business-mobility-resolutions/ http://blogs.air-watch.com/2015/12/2016-it-business-mobility-resolutions/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 17:00:22 +0000
Dez 302015
 

As 2015 comes to an end, we cannot help but look back to see how far we’ve come and how much we’ve accomplished: from relaunching Virtual Blocks to launching Virtual SAN 6.1, it’s been an exciting year as we continue to strive towards providing the best hyper-converged solution in the market. In the holiday spirit,

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Dez 302015
 

As 2015 comes to an end, we cannot help but look back to see how far we’ve come and how much we’ve accomplished: from relaunching Virtual Blocks to launching Virtual SAN 6.1, it’s been an exciting year as we continue to strive towards providing the best hyper-converged solution in the market. In the holiday spirit,

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