New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0009

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Mai 192017
 

Today VMware has released the following new security advisory:

&#rsquo;VMSA-2017-0009 – VMware Workstation update addresses multiple security issues&#rdquo;

This documents an important severity insecure library loading issue via ALSA sound driver configuration files (CVE-2017-4915) and a moderate severity NULL pointer dereference issue (CVE-2017-4916) affecting Workstation Pro/Player.

All VMware Workstation Pro/Player 12.x are affected.

Successful exploitation of the insecure library loading issue may allow unprivileged host users to escalate their privileges to root in a Linux host machine.

The NULL pointer dereference vulnerability exists in the vstor2 driver and may allow host users with normal user privileges to trigger a denial-of-service in a Windows host machine.

Workstation Pro/Player 12.5.6 fixes all these issues.

VMware would like to thank Jann Horn of Google Project Zero and Borja Merino for reporting these issues to us.

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Customers should review the security advisories and direct any questions to VMware Support.

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New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0008

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Apr 182017
 

Today VMware has released the following new security advisory:

VMSA-2017-0008 – VMware Unified Access Gateway, Horizon View and Workstation updates resolve multiple security vulnerabilities

This documents several critical memory corruption vulnerabilities affecting VMware Unified Access Gateway (formerly called Access Point) (8.2.x), Horizon View (7.x, 6.2.x) and Workstation (12.5.x).

Issue (a) is a heap-based buffer overflow vulnerability (CVE-2017-4907) which affects VMware Unified Access Gateway and Horizon View. This issue may be exploited remotely to execute code on the security gateway. VMware Unified Access Gateway 2.9 is not affected. This issue has been addressed in VMware Unified Access Gateway 2.8.1, Horizon View 7.1.0 and 6.2.4.

Issues (b), (c) and (d) are heap-based buffer-overflow, out-of-bounds read/write and integer-overflow vulnerabilities (CVE-2017-4908, CVE-2017-4909, CVE-2017-4910, CVE-2017-4911, CVE-2017-4912, CVE-2017-4913) in JPEG2000 and TrueType Font (TTF) parsers in the TPView.dll. These issues exist due the use of vulnerable Cortado ThinPrint component and impact VMware Horizon View Client for Windows and Workstation. Exploitation is possible only if virtual printing has been enabled. This feature is not enabled by default on Workstation but it is enabled by default on Horizon View. These issues have been addressed in VMware Workstation 12.5.3, Horizon View Client for Windows 7.1.0 and 6.2.4.

We would like to thank Claudio Moletta (redr2e), and Ke Liu of Tencent&#rsquo;s Xuanwu Lab, Gogil and Giwan Go of STEALIEN working with ZDI for reporting these issues to us.

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Security Matters: Mac Hypervisor Edition

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Mrz 302017
 

 

As I’m sure you noticed, we’ve delivered a flurry of patch-releasesfor Fusion and Workstation in the last few weeks. Want to know why? Because security matters.

More visibility

The Pwn2Own competition at the CanSecWest conference put a huge bounty on‘vmescape‘. They’re not the first to do this, and they won’t be the last. And I want to be clear up front, we’re delighted that they helped us make our products more robust, and more secure.

For those not following this closely, ‘vmescape’ is the challenge of executing code on a host machine, that originated on a virtual machine. In other words, you have to execute something on a virtual computer, that tricks thehypervisor, such as Fusion, Workstation, ESXi, etc, in to passing that code through to the host computer, effectively breaking out of the guest with the intent of controlling or damaging the host.

While the successful exploits themselves are interesting to note, the likelihood of this causing actual damage to you, in the real world is pretty small. Partly becauseofthe nature and complexity of the technology involved, and partly because of the bevy of unknowables of a real production system.Mike Foley, one of our foremost security gurus, notes:

“VM Escape is not the threat your security guy thinks it is. It’s really, really hard to do.”

Hard to do, but still imperative that we fix. And so we have. With an abundance ofgratitudeto our incredibly talented security team,working directly with our multi-discipline engineering teams, we think we’ve been on top of things.

Platform security iscritically important

Virtualization technology today is used more widely, and in morecritical systems than ever. With VMware having such a prominent footprint both on the desktop and in the data center, we take our role and responsibility in this very seriously.

While many of our Fusion & Workstation customers are considered ‘consumers’, (i.e. they have a single copy installed on their own personal machine), the majority of our customers are business, both small and large. Security for the end-user is important, but when we’re talking about corporate systems and virtual desktops that connect to those systems, the need for an air-tight virtualization stack becomes an imperative.

To that end,we’ve delivered 3 critical patches for bothFusion and Workstation (both Pro and Player), eachaddressing different security issues documented in ourSecurity Advisory announcements (which can be found here), all within the past 3 weeks.

We understand that this makes it tricky for you. Updating software is never fun – even if it’s fully automated – and we appreciate the anxiety we may have caused you, but I hope you agree, it was worth it

Collaboration is Key

We’re very proud of our engineering teams. Cross collaboration between them is critical whenaddressing complex issues, made more difficultby the need for rapid delivery. And of course while patchingis critical, maintaining ahigh level of product quality is something we refuse to compromise on.

We work directly with security researchers who demonstrate some pretty slick exploits at several security shows, and we’re keento see that trend continue. In this day-and-age, when breaches and data privacy issues are making mainstream headlines, we couldn’tdo this without the collaboration we get from thecommunity. We are immensely grateful to you.

Now, Secure yourself

It’s always important to stay up to date with security patches for all software you own/use/control. If your software hasn’t auto-updated already, get the latest patches [here]. And while we have your security attention, we recently came up with a nice little way to use Fusion and Workstation to help increase both your own security and privacy when dealing with online threats.

For this use case, we have a nice summary infographic and video, with more detailed writeups for safely surfing the Internet withFusion and Workstation[linked respectively].

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Security Matters: Mac Hypervisor Edition

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Mrz 302017
 

 

As I’m sure you noticed, we’ve delivered a flurry of patch-releasesfor Fusion and Workstation in the last few weeks. Want to know why? Because security matters.

More visibility

The Pwn2Own competition at the CanSecWest conference put a huge bounty on‘vmescape‘. They’re not the first to do this, and they won’t be the last. And I want to be clear up front, we’re delighted that they helped us make our products more robust, and more secure.

For those not following this closely, ‘vmescape’ is the challenge of executing code on a host machine, that originated on a virtual machine. In other words, you have to execute something on a virtual computer, that tricks thehypervisor, such as Fusion, Workstation, ESXi, etc, in to passing that code through to the host computer, effectively breaking out of the guest with the intent of controlling or damaging the host.

While the successful exploits themselves are interesting to note, the likelihood of this causing actual damage to you, in the real world is pretty small. Partly becauseofthe nature and complexity of the technology involved, and partly because of the bevy of unknowables of a real production system.Mike Foley, one of our foremost security gurus, notes:

“VM Escape is not the threat your security guy thinks it is. It’s really, really hard to do.”

Hard to do, but still imperative that we fix. And so we have. With an abundance ofgratitudeto our incredibly talented security team,working directly with our multi-discipline engineering teams, we think we’ve been on top of things.

Platform security iscritically important

Virtualization technology today is used more widely, and in morecritical systems than ever. With VMware having such a prominent footprint both on the desktop and in the data center, we take our role and responsibility in this very seriously.

While many of our Fusion & Workstation customers are considered ‘consumers’, (i.e. they have a single copy installed on their own personal machine), the majority of our customers are business, both small and large. Security for the end-user is important, but when we’re talking about corporate systems and virtual desktops that connect to those systems, the need for an air-tight virtualization stack becomes an imperative.

To that end,we’ve delivered 3 critical patches for bothFusion and Workstation (both Pro and Player), eachaddressing different security issues documented in ourSecurity Advisory announcements (which can be found here), all within the past 3 weeks.

We understand that this makes it tricky for you. Updating software is never fun – even if it’s fully automated – and we appreciate the anxiety we may have caused you, but I hope you agree, it was worth it

Collaboration is Key

We’re very proud of our engineering teams. Cross collaboration between them is critical whenaddressing complex issues, made more difficultby the need for rapid delivery. And of course while patchingis critical, maintaining ahigh level of product quality is something we refuse to compromise on.

We work directly with security researchers who demonstrate some pretty slick exploits at several security shows, and we’re keento see that trend continue. In this day-and-age, when breaches and data privacy issues are making mainstream headlines, we couldn’tdo this without the collaboration we get from thecommunity. We are immensely grateful to you.

Now, Secure yourself

It’s always important to stay up to date with security patches for all software you own/use/control. If your software hasn’t auto-updated already, get the latest patches [here]. And while we have your security attention, we recently came up with a nice little way to use Fusion and Workstation to help increase both your own security and privacy when dealing with online threats.

For this use case, we have a nice summary infographic and video, with more detailed writeups for safely surfing the Internet withFusion and Workstation[linked respectively].

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New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0005

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Mrz 142017
 

Today VMware has released the following new security advisory:

VMSA-2017-0005 – VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability

The advisory documents a critical severity out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability (CVE-2017-4901). Exploitation of the issue may allow a guest to execute code on the operating system that runs Workstation or Fusion.ESXi is not affected.

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New VMware Security Advisory VMSA-2017-0005

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Mrz 142017
 

Today VMware has released the following new security advisory:

VMSA-2017-0005 – VMware Workstation and Fusion updates address out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability

The advisory documents a critical severity out-of-bounds memory access vulnerability (CVE-2017-4901). Exploitation of the issue may allow a guest to execute code on the operating system that runs Workstation or Fusion.ESXi is not affected.

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Black Friday sale is now live!

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Nov 232016
 

 

It’s that time of year again! Our biggest sale of the year is now live on store.vmware.com!

  • Save 40% on Fusion 8.5 Pro and Workstation 12.5 Pro
  • Save 30% on Fusion 8.5
  • Save 30% on Workstation 12.5 Player
  • Save 50% when you bundle Fusion and Workstation together
  • Save 55% when switching from Parallels!

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Aug 262016
 

Yes, you read that right. Twenty virtual reality headsets. Wow.

Of course, writing to me and asking for one won’t cut it; you have to work a little harder than that.

We recently conducted a TechValidate survey, and it’s evident from the results that people love and would recommend VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion. So, we thought, let’s encourage people to do just that. Then we went shopping.

Here’s the idea. You make a short video—30 seconds to 2.5 minutes—telling your peers what you think of Workstation or Fusion. Perhaps you could mention how they saved your butt that time your data center fried. Or perhaps how you love developing with multiple operating systems just a fingertip away. Maybe, you just like carrying a laptop that’s capable of running any app.

Whatever your story, make it interesting, get our attention, and we just might send you a free Oculus Rift headset. You might also consider tweeting your masterpiece with the hashtag #WorkstationLove or #FusionLove.

The videos don’t have to be of amazing quality, or feature 1,000 friends reenacting a heroic story. They just have to have heart. (We like funny, too.)

The competition ends Sept. 19, so you don’t have much time. Get filming. Rules, legal and submission form are all here.

Good luck. We can’t wait to hear your stories.

Follow your peers on #WorkstationLove and #FusionLove.

[Related: Meet the VMware Workstation &Fusion Team]

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Aug 262016
 

Yes, you read that right. Twenty virtual reality headsets. Wow.

Of course, writing to me and asking for one won’t cut it; you have to work a little harder than that.

We recently conducted a TechValidate survey, and it’s evident from the results that people love and would recommend VMware Workstation and VMware Fusion. So, we thought, let’s encourage people to do just that. Then we went shopping.

Here’s the idea. You make a short video—30 seconds to 2.5 minutes—telling your peers what you think of Workstation or Fusion. Perhaps you could mention how they saved your butt that time your data center fried. Or perhaps how you love developing with multiple operating systems just a fingertip away. Maybe, you just like carrying a laptop that’s capable of running any app.

Whatever your story, make it interesting, get our attention, and we just might send you a free Oculus Rift headset. You might also consider tweeting your masterpiece with the hashtag #WorkstationLove or #FusionLove.

The videos don’t have to be of amazing quality, or feature 1,000 friends reenacting a heroic story. They just have to have heart. (We like funny, too.)

The competition ends Sept. 19, so you don’t have much time. Get filming. Rules, legal and submission form are all here.

Good luck. We can’t wait to hear your stories.

Follow your peers on #WorkstationLove and #FusionLove.

[Related: Meet the VMware Workstation &Fusion Team]

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Jul 072016
 

One of our signs at our Palo Alto campus.

The VMware Fusion and Workstation teams are having a very busy year. Since we shipped Fusion 8 and Workstation 12 almost a year ago, we’ve been busy adding new skills to the development teams so that we can take the products in a new and compelling direction. Addedto that, the team has released several updates that you really should be loading on to your systems. They make the products better in a bunch of ways that are described here, here and here.

Given that some of the new features we’re working on are aimed at developers, we recently sponsored a MacWorld party at WWDC so that people could meet me and the rest of the management team. I was impressed by how passionate and supportive the party-goers were, and we certainly learned a lot. Our backlog of ideas almost doubled!

Early shot of the rooftop Patio Party with MacWorld and friends during WWDC 2016..

Back in the office, it occurred to us that more people might like to meet the team too. The management team is boring; it’s just the five of us Powerpoint jockies. The real teams that do the hard work of building, delivering and supporting the products are a diverse group of people spread all over the world.

Our Palo Alto braintrust. Without these geniuses, we wouldn’t be having this conversation! Ooh, and check out the turtles in our pond!

The core compute, storage and network guys work on all of VMware’s hypervisors and are known as Layer 1. These guys build the hypervisor, as well as our Virtual Devices (all the “hardware” that Windows/guests see), the Graphics stack, the Networking stack, VMware Tools, VMRC (the ‘console’ view), USB devices and the list goes on… In the photois about halfof the group. Every one of the people in this photo is a certifiable genius, and without these guys, a whole industry would not exist.

Our Hosted UI and Quality teams

Once they’ve done their voodoo, as they do, they pass the base code to these guys, our Hosted-UI (Product) and QE (Quality) teams. These folkshave the incrediblydifficult task of turning what is basically just cool tech into the products you love. And they do it exceedingly well. Every time we do a customer survey, Workstation and Fusion score the highest of all our products for quality and satisfaction. Our Hosted-UI team members, past and present, put in a lot of hours making Fusion and Workstation the amazing products they are today, and for that we can’t begin to express our gratitude. By the same extension, we couldn’t be more excited about what we have in store for the future!

 

The Support team!

Of course, even with awesome quality control, sometimes you just need help solving a problem, and that’s where these guys come in. This is about half of our 24-hour, 7-days a week Fusion and Workstation support staff. These guys are the ones we listen to the most. Building new products is fun, but we’re very aware that you rely on them to solve real-world problems. These guys are our canaries, our triage, our compass. We couldn’t do it without them.

This combined team is working tirelessly to support you in your business. They’ve got a great surprise lined up for Q3, something very interesting for Q4 and something very big for H1. It’s not easy delivering a product that is downloaded almost 5 million times a year, but these people are the very best at what they do, and we’re proud to have them with us.

Thank you for reading!

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Jul 072016
 

One of our signs at our Palo Alto campus.

The VMware Fusion and Workstation teams are having a very busy year. Since we shipped Fusion 8 and Workstation 12 almost a year ago, we’ve been busy adding new skills to the development teams so that we can take the products in a new and compelling direction. Addedto that, the team has released several updates that you really should be loading on to your systems. They make the products better in a bunch of ways that are described here, here and here.

Given that some of the new features we’re working on are aimed at developers, we recently sponsored a MacWorld party at WWDC so that people could meet me and the rest of the management team. I was impressed by how passionate and supportive the party-goers were, and we certainly learned a lot. Our backlog of ideas almost doubled!

Early shot of the rooftop Patio Party with MacWorld and friends during WWDC 2016..

Back in the office, it occurred to us that more people might like to meet the team too. The management team is boring; it’s just the five of us Powerpoint jockies. The real teams that do the hard work of building, delivering and supporting the products are a diverse group of people spread all over the world.

Our Palo Alto braintrust. Without these geniuses, we wouldn’t be having this conversation! Ooh, and check out the turtles in our pond!

The core compute, storage and network guys work on all of VMware’s hypervisors and are known as Layer 1. These guys build the hypervisor, as well as our Virtual Devices (all the “hardware” that Windows/guests see), the Graphics stack, the Networking stack, VMware Tools, VMRC (the ‘console’ view), USB devices and the list goes on… In the photois about halfof the group. Every one of the people in this photo is a certifiable genius, and without these guys, a whole industry would not exist.

Our Hosted UI and Quality teams

Once they’ve done their voodoo, as they do, they pass the base code to these guys, our Hosted-UI (Product) and QE (Quality) teams. These folkshave the incrediblydifficult task of turning what is basically just cool tech into the products you love. And they do it exceedingly well. Every time we do a customer survey, Workstation and Fusion score the highest of all our products for quality and satisfaction. Our Hosted-UI team members, past and present, put in a lot of hours making Fusion and Workstation the amazing products they are today, and for that we can’t begin to express our gratitude. By the same extension, we couldn’t be more excited about what we have in store for the future!

 

The Support team!

Of course, even with awesome quality control, sometimes you just need help solving a problem, and that’s where these guys come in. This is about half of our 24-hour, 7-days a week Fusion and Workstation support staff. These guys are the ones we listen to the most. Building new products is fun, but we’re very aware that you rely on them to solve real-world problems. These guys are our canaries, our triage, our compass. We couldn’t do it without them.

This combined team is working tirelessly to support you in your business. They’ve got a great surprise lined up for Q3, something very interesting for Q4 and something very big for H1. It’s not easy delivering a product that is downloaded almost 5 million times a year, but these people are the very best at what they do, and we’re proud to have them with us.

Thank you for reading!

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VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together, Part 4

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Dez 042015
 

By Anthony Rizzo, Staff End-User-Computing Technologist, VMware

This series discusses the concept of VMware Horizon 6.2 and VMware Horizon Air Desktops and Horizon Air Apps as a flexible end-user-computing tooling system.

Part 1 of VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together reviewed the main ideas behind this concept.

Part 2 of VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together covered key characteristics of end-user-computing centralization with secure and remote access.

Part 3 of VMware Horizon Integration – How the Pieces Fit Together examined the mapping of business requirements to VMware product-set features for tooling end-user-computing solutions.

This part concludes the series with an explanation of how the products in the VMware End-User-Computing portfolio can be combined and adapted to form solutions that meet your needs. Reference architectures and other very useful tools are provided at the end of this blog post to educate you further.

What Are VMware End-User-Computing Product-Sets and Products (Tool Sets and Tools)?

The following terminology differentiates products from product sets. The table illustrates the relationship between them.

VMware End-User-Computing product setsGroupings of end-user-computing products that add functionality for Desktop Virtualization, Desktop Containerization, or Physical Desktops. Product sets can be combined to form a single solution.

VMware End-User-Computing products – Independent software components that form VMware End-User-Computing product sets.

PRODUCTSPRODUCT SETS
DESKTOP VIRTUALIZATIONDESKTOP CONTAINERIZATIONPHYSICAL DESKTOPS
View in Horizon 6X
VMware RDS-Hosted ApplicationsX
Horizon Air DesktopsX
Horizon Air AppsX
ThinAppXX
MirageXXX
App VolumesX
VMware User Environment ManagerXX
VMware Identity ManagerX
vRealize Operations for HorizonX
Horizon FLEXX
VMware Fusion ProX
VMware Player ProX

Some tools like VMware Identity Manager can be used across all three product sets, naturally integrating with each product set to maintain a consistent desktop and application experience as end users move between devices and operating systems.

Solution Examples

The following examples are not intended to detail every possible tooling combination. Instead, they highlight the flexibility of the VMware End-User-Computing portfolio. Consider the following example scenarios.

Scenario 1 – Mobile Workers

Scenario 1 illustrates mobile and office workers. Regardless of the worker’s location or device, they must use corporate, Windows-based applications to access customer records. Both mobile and in-office access must ensure the privacy and security of customer data.

In the office, workers use Windows-based applications inside virtual desktops to keep data secure.When visiting customers in the field, consultants bring their iPads (iOS) for mobility and need secure access to Windows-based applications.
  • RDS-hosted applications provide the same secure Windows application experience to thin-client and iPad users
  • VMware Identity Manager securely presents RDS-hosted applications from a common portal on any device
  • Non-Windows users do not have to learn anything new
  • Administrators do not have to manage different versions of the applications

Variation 1a
To simplify administration, App Volumes can help to automate the population of RDSH application pools and keep applications up to date. Because ThinApp packages are post-install images of applications, you can eliminate lengthy and repetitive application installations by combining ThinApp packages with RDSH and App Volumes.

Variation 1b
For temporary deployments, it makes sense for Horizon Air Apps to host the RDSH applications, eliminating the need to invest in long-term architecture for short-term projects.

Scenario 2 – Stateless Desktops

In Scenario 2, IT administrators need to maintain a small-scale infrastructure for workers in rotating shifts. Virtual desktops must instantly provide workers with applications tailored to their role, and with the ability to customize these applications. To keep the infrastructure small, CPU, memory, and other virtual desktop resources must be instantly recycled and customized for the next shift.

When a user signs in, View in VMware Horizon 6 assigns a fresh, simple, unused virtual desktop to the user.
  • VMware App Volumes instantly delivers user-specific applications to the virtual desktop.
  • VMware User Environment Manager instantly delivers user-specific customizations to the virtual desktop.
  • The user now has a complete virtual desktop with administrator-assigned applications and customization information from their prior sessions.
  • Upon logout, customizations and applications are dismounted from the virtual machine. The virtual machine is then discarded.

Variation 2a
What if Mac users want secure access to Windows-based applications without first opening a virtualized desktop? You can set up an RDSH application pool in View, then use App Volumes to deliver applications to the application pool. By using an HTML5 browser or a Horizon Client loaded on the Mac, you can offer secure Windows applications directly to Mac users—or to users with any device.

Variation 2b
Take it a step further. Offer a common RDS-hosted application experience to users on any devices. All you need is VMware Identity Manager as the interface to both virtualized desktops and RDS-hosted applications.

Flexibility Is the Key
As you can see, the VMware End-User-Computing portfolio is powerful enough to tool for current needs, and flexible enough to re-tool quickly as needs change.

What Have You Learned in This Blog Series?

  • The VMware End-User-Computing portfolio (including Horizon 6.2, VMware Horizon Air Desktops, and Horizon Air Apps) is a flexible system for tooling, and re-tooling, end-user-computing business solutions.
  • Centralization and secure cross-platform access is an important part of end-user-computing solution flexibility.
  • Clear requirements and constraints are critical to a well-planned end-user-computing solution. Skilled engineers need to be involved in building and planning integrated solutions.
  • VMware and VMware partners can help.
  • With clear requirements, and appropriate skills, you can combine VMware End-User-Computing products into solutions that fit virtually any end-user-computing need. These integrated and flexible solutions can be easily adapted as needs change.

What to Do Next

  1. Have your engineering staff review the following courseware, documentation, and reference architectures to improve their skills at tailoring VMware End-User-Computing tools to your business.
  2. Contact a VMware representative to explore how VMware End-User-Computing tools and next generation end-user-computing architectural concepts can help your business.

Educate Your Technical Staff

VMware End-User-Computing CoursesChoose from a wide variety of technical VMware End-User-Computing courses for educating your technical staff to professionally tool and re-tool your business.

Customize a Search for More Technical Documentation

VMware Technical Papers DatabaseFind more VMware technical documents from a deep database that will let you easily customize your search using filters.

Reference Architectures

Horizon 6 Reference ArchitectureThis reference architecture provides guidance for implementing a VMware Horizon 6 deployment that supports 2,000 users. You can scale the deployment up to 10,000 users.
VMware ThinApp Reference ArchitectureThis document provides the design considerations and architecture that customers and partners need for enterprise implementations of VMware ThinApp, for both physical and View desktop environments.
VMware Mirage Large-Scale Reference ArchitectureThis Mirage reference architecture and the real-world testing behind it help guide the planning and design of other successful Mirage implementations.
Horizon Mirage Branch-Office Reference ArchitectureThe test results and architectural information in this document help guide the plan and design of other successful Mirage branch-office infrastructures.
View and Virtual SAN Reference ArchitectureThis reference architecture showcases View in VMware Horizon 6 running on VMware Virtual SAN.
VMware Horizon 6 3D Engineering Workloads Reference ArchitectureThis paper offers guidance for deploying engineering workstations designed to support heavy 3D workloads on View virtual desktops.
VMware Workspace Portal Reference ArchitectureThis document includes information on View, ThinApp, and Workspace Portal (now called VMware Identity Manager) running on top of VMware vSphere.
VMware App Volumes Deployment GuideThis deployment guide presents a high-level overview of VMware App Volumes. It describes App Volumes capabilities, architecture, and implementation requirements, and addresses frequently asked high-level questions about deploying an App Volumes solution.

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New KBs for new desktop products

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Aug 262015
 
As you have probably heard by now, VMware yesterday released shiny new versions for it’s desktop virtualization products: VMware Fusion 8 and VMware Fusion 8 Pro, and VMware Workstation 12 Pro &...

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Windows 10 Receives Positive Outlook From IT Professionals

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Jul 302015
 
By Mark Margevicius, director of enterprise solutions, End-User Computing, VMware Previews for blockbuster movies are always exciting but they all come to an end as the lead-up culminates with the eventual opening weekend that draws hundreds of thousands of excited fans. Similarly, months of anticipation have culminated this week with the launch of Windows 10, […]]> By Mark Margevicius, director of enterprise solutions, End-User Computing, VMware

Previews for blockbuster movies are always exciting but they all come to an end as the lead-up culminates with the eventual opening weekend that draws hundreds of thousands of excited fans. Similarly, months of anticipation have culminated this week with the launch of Windows 10, the much-anticipated release of the latest Windows operating system that will introduce a new endpoint management paradigm to the industry.

As part of this industry moment, we commissioned a survey with TechValidate to examine the opinions and sentiments of IT professionals towards the Windows update. The survey findings represent feedback from roughly 250 VMware customers and were completed earlier this month.

Through this survey, we discovered some real nuggets of insight from customers , which I’d like to share with you in this post. So without further adieu, below are 5 key takeaways from our recent survey.

1 - IT professionals are generally keen towards Windows 10

  • Large majority of IT professionals expect Windows 10 to meet expectations (77%)
  • Perceptions about Microsoft appear to be on an upswing with 1 in 3 respondents (34%) having improved their opinion of Microsoft in the last 12 months
  • Advanced security (34%), heterogeneous device support (30%) and simpler and faster Windows deployments (19%) are the top three features IT professionals are excited for
  • Large majority (69%) expect the Windows 10 migration effort to be about the same as previous Windows OS migration

Microsoft fully understands that there is great appetite for a product that is secure, simple, and easy to manage – factors that are paramount to customers. Windows 10 has some great features in the areas of management, mobility and cloud-enabled functionality. However, the survey results show that customers may not yet fully understand these new capabilities. Despite the availability of EMM-based tools that simplify Windows migrations, most customers expect the actual migration to require approximately the same effort as prior versions of Windows where non-EMM solutions were non-existent. Windows 10 offers the opportunity for enterprise customers to approach management in a fundamentally different and better way. Customers who seize this should benefit from the EMM-based approach to managing configurations, devices, applications, and data.

2 - Customers expect Windows 10 to be difficult to deploy and have doubts about security claims

  • Top three concerns among IT professionals are application compatibility (81%), time constraints among staff (56%) and Windows 10 stability (52%)
  • Opinions about data security as it relates to heterogeneous device support in Windows 10 are largely evenly split among IT professionals without strong leanings one way or another

Changing the minds of existing and loyal customers is hard, even for Microsoft. Their experience with prior Windows releases leaves many customers expecting Windows 10 to present the usual problems of application compatibility and stability. Further, customers doubt some of the claims that Microsoft is making Windows 10 equally secure for PCs, tablets, and smartphones. We are more optimistic – we believe many customers will be pleasantly surprised with how well Windows 10 runs existing Windows applications and we expect relatively few compatibility issues. Furthermore, we believe that many of the management/deployment challenges of pre-Windows 10 migrations will be largely be a non-issue because of the new EMM techniques that Windows 10 introduces. We encourage customers to begin their Windows 10 testing within the next 3-6 months to begin the process of identifying technical and operational issues.

3 - IT Professionals regard Windows 10 as “just” another operating system

  • Large majority identify desktops and laptops as the most relevant platform for their organizational deployment of Windows 10 (90%)

Microsoft is the victim of its own positioning established over 25 years of PC product offerings. Changing the market’s perception of where Windows 10 fits will take effort and time. Windows is most relevant on desktops and laptops, and will likely remain so. Windows desktops have been and remain a staple tool of productivity for organizations, and will continue delivering great value to users. However, Microsoft has struggled extending Windows on non-PC devices. Even though the demand and growth in mobile devices is high, the use of Windows on those mobile devices remains in a minority position. We expect Microsoft to change this “PC-only” perspective over time, as products such as the Surface 3 and Xbox reach broader markets and use cases both in and out of the enterprise.

4 -Survey respondents view VDI as a top delivery model for Windows 10

  • More than half (51%) of organizations surveyed plan to use VDI to upgrade to Windows 10

Deploying Windows 10 is more than merely installing an OS on a device. It involves regression testing, application interoperability, integration testing, deployment plans and support models. One way to accelerate testing and adoption is by deploying Windows 10 images in a VDI environment where management and configuration will be quicker and easier. We also believe that VDI-based deployments have become increasingly attractive to wider audiences because of better operations, costs and security. These customer types see Windows 10 migrations as an opportunity to deliver “a better desktop” that is hardware independent, more secure, less costly and is more resilient than conventional PCs.

5 - Enterprise deployment is unlikely before mid-2016

  • Most IT professionals (35%) do not plan to deploy Windows 10 for at least another year

Windows migrations traditionally take considerable time (often years) for most organizations, based on factors such as complexity, number of users, locations and type of business. Employing sound project management methodologies requires the right organization, budget, resources, time and justification. Further, organizations do not embark on migration projects without some immediate or pending need such as security, end of support or increased functionality. Many organizations consider OS upgrades when PC refresh projects occur, typically every 4-5 years. Organizations that recently upgraded hardware, have stable Windows 7/8.1 configurations, or have well-managed PCs today will be hard-pressed to build a business justification for early Windows 10 deployments. We do believe that organizations should begin their Windows 10 testing in 2015 with eventual wide-scale adoption beginning in 2016. The management, operational and security benefits of Windows 10 makes the platform significantly more valuable than either Window 7 or 8.1 for organizations and users alike.

In summary, Windows 10 presents customers with an opportunity to apply better management to a broader set of use cases and devices that involves tablets, smartphones, as well as PCs. This holistic end-user computing approach gives customers the ability to unify both desktop and mobile management under one model that will be easier to support, take less effort, is more reliable and more secure. For IT teams searching for solutions to help with their efforts, VMware offers a variety of solutions (AirWatch EMM, Horizon 6, Horizon Air, Mirage Workspace Suite, Horizon FLEX, Fusion 7, Workstation 11) to assist in the migration along with the ongoing management of Windows 10.

When does your organization plan to upgrade to Windows 10? What do you think about the new OS? Let us know in the comment section below.

Windows 10 Receives Positive Outlook From IT Professionals

 Allgemein, Knowledge Base, Updates, VMware, VMware Partner, VMware Virtual Infrastructure, vSphere  Kommentare deaktiviert für Windows 10 Receives Positive Outlook From IT Professionals
Jul 302015
 
By Mark Margevicius, director of enterprise solutions, End-User Computing, VMware Previews for blockbuster movies are always exciting but they all come to an end as the lead-up culminates with the eventual opening weekend that draws hundreds of thousands of excited fans. Similarly, months of anticipation have culminated this week with the launch of Windows 10, […]]> By Mark Margevicius, director of enterprise solutions, End-User Computing, VMware

Previews for blockbuster movies are always exciting but they all come to an end as the lead-up culminates with the eventual opening weekend that draws hundreds of thousands of excited fans. Similarly, months of anticipation have culminated this week with the launch of Windows 10, the much-anticipated release of the latest Windows operating system that will introduce a new endpoint management paradigm to the industry.

As part of this industry moment, we commissioned a survey with TechValidate to examine the opinions and sentiments of IT professionals towards the Windows update. The survey findings represent feedback from roughly 250 VMware customers and were completed earlier this month.

Through this survey, we discovered some real nuggets of insight from customers , which I’d like to share with you in this post. So without further adieu, below are 5 key takeaways from our recent survey.

1 - IT professionals are generally keen towards Windows 10

  • Large majority of IT professionals expect Windows 10 to meet expectations (77%)
  • Perceptions about Microsoft appear to be on an upswing with 1 in 3 respondents (34%) having improved their opinion of Microsoft in the last 12 months
  • Advanced security (34%), heterogeneous device support (30%) and simpler and faster Windows deployments (19%) are the top three features IT professionals are excited for
  • Large majority (69%) expect the Windows 10 migration effort to be about the same as previous Windows OS migration

Microsoft fully understands that there is great appetite for a product that is secure, simple, and easy to manage – factors that are paramount to customers. Windows 10 has some great features in the areas of management, mobility and cloud-enabled functionality. However, the survey results show that customers may not yet fully understand these new capabilities. Despite the availability of EMM-based tools that simplify Windows migrations, most customers expect the actual migration to require approximately the same effort as prior versions of Windows where non-EMM solutions were non-existent. Windows 10 offers the opportunity for enterprise customers to approach management in a fundamentally different and better way. Customers who seize this should benefit from the EMM-based approach to managing configurations, devices, applications, and data.

2 - Customers expect Windows 10 to be difficult to deploy and have doubts about security claims

  • Top three concerns among IT professionals are application compatibility (81%), time constraints among staff (56%) and Windows 10 stability (52%)
  • Opinions about data security as it relates to heterogeneous device support in Windows 10 are largely evenly split among IT professionals without strong leanings one way or another

Changing the minds of existing and loyal customers is hard, even for Microsoft. Their experience with prior Windows releases leaves many customers expecting Windows 10 to present the usual problems of application compatibility and stability. Further, customers doubt some of the claims that Microsoft is making Windows 10 equally secure for PCs, tablets, and smartphones. We are more optimistic – we believe many customers will be pleasantly surprised with how well Windows 10 runs existing Windows applications and we expect relatively few compatibility issues. Furthermore, we believe that many of the management/deployment challenges of pre-Windows 10 migrations will be largely be a non-issue because of the new EMM techniques that Windows 10 introduces. We encourage customers to begin their Windows 10 testing within the next 3-6 months to begin the process of identifying technical and operational issues.

3 - IT Professionals regard Windows 10 as “just” another operating system

  • Large majority identify desktops and laptops as the most relevant platform for their organizational deployment of Windows 10 (90%)

Microsoft is the victim of its own positioning established over 25 years of PC product offerings. Changing the market’s perception of where Windows 10 fits will take effort and time. Windows is most relevant on desktops and laptops, and will likely remain so. Windows desktops have been and remain a staple tool of productivity for organizations, and will continue delivering great value to users. However, Microsoft has struggled extending Windows on non-PC devices. Even though the demand and growth in mobile devices is high, the use of Windows on those mobile devices remains in a minority position. We expect Microsoft to change this “PC-only” perspective over time, as products such as the Surface 3 and Xbox reach broader markets and use cases both in and out of the enterprise.

4 -Survey respondents view VDI as a top delivery model for Windows 10

  • More than half (51%) of organizations surveyed plan to use VDI to upgrade to Windows 10

Deploying Windows 10 is more than merely installing an OS on a device. It involves regression testing, application interoperability, integration testing, deployment plans and support models. One way to accelerate testing and adoption is by deploying Windows 10 images in a VDI environment where management and configuration will be quicker and easier. We also believe that VDI-based deployments have become increasingly attractive to wider audiences because of better operations, costs and security. These customer types see Windows 10 migrations as an opportunity to deliver “a better desktop” that is hardware independent, more secure, less costly and is more resilient than conventional PCs.

5 - Enterprise deployment is unlikely before mid-2016

  • Most IT professionals (35%) do not plan to deploy Windows 10 for at least another year

Windows migrations traditionally take considerable time (often years) for most organizations, based on factors such as complexity, number of users, locations and type of business. Employing sound project management methodologies requires the right organization, budget, resources, time and justification. Further, organizations do not embark on migration projects without some immediate or pending need such as security, end of support or increased functionality. Many organizations consider OS upgrades when PC refresh projects occur, typically every 4-5 years. Organizations that recently upgraded hardware, have stable Windows 7/8.1 configurations, or have well-managed PCs today will be hard-pressed to build a business justification for early Windows 10 deployments. We do believe that organizations should begin their Windows 10 testing in 2015 with eventual wide-scale adoption beginning in 2016. The management, operational and security benefits of Windows 10 makes the platform significantly more valuable than either Window 7 or 8.1 for organizations and users alike.

In summary, Windows 10 presents customers with an opportunity to apply better management to a broader set of use cases and devices that involves tablets, smartphones, as well as PCs. This holistic end-user computing approach gives customers the ability to unify both desktop and mobile management under one model that will be easier to support, take less effort, is more reliable and more secure. For IT teams searching for solutions to help with their efforts, VMware offers a variety of solutions (AirWatch EMM, Horizon 6, Horizon Air, Mirage Workspace Suite, Horizon FLEX, Fusion 7, Workstation 11) to assist in the migration along with the ongoing management of Windows 10.

When does your organization plan to upgrade to Windows 10? What do you think about the new OS? Let us know in the comment section below.