Tuesday, March 26, 2019

vROPs for Horizon - Regain Compatibility and Insight into your VDI

If your business happens to utilize VMware Horizon for VDI, and vRealize Operations (vROPs) for infrastructure monitoring, insight, and capacity planning, you may also be a business that uses the vROPs for Horizon Adapter (V4H) to bring that level of insight into your virtual desktop infrastructure. That being the case, you likely noticed that good stretch of time where vROPs 6.7 broke compatibility with the existing vROPs Horizon Adapter (V4H) 6.5.1 forcing you to delay upgrades, or lose your vROPs insights into the Horizon environment until it was fixed.

So what's needed to bring everything to compliance and compatibility to get insight back into Horizon with vROPs? Ultimately, you need the 6.6 adapter and a patched vROPs instance. The V4H Adapter 6.6 now supports vROPs 6.7 and 7.0. And the process for patching and licensing the vROPs instance is outlined below.

Step 1:  Upgrade your V4H license

Head to the VMware Portal and find your vRealize Operations 6 Manager for Horizon license. Go through the process via the portal to upgrade it to vRealize Operations Manager for Horizon

Reference: How to upgrade license keys in My VMware

Step 2:  Patch vROPs

Follow the steps outlined in KB 60301 to apply the appropriate patch to your vROPs instance

NOTE: vRealize Operations Manager 6.6.1 GA, 6.7 GA, and 7.0 GA, do not include the Security Patch.

How can you tell if you already have this patch? 
If you're on version 7.0 and you see the patch below, you're still on GA and need to apply the security fix. Once it's been applied, you should see  build Verify your working build per the KB linked above.

Step 3:  Install the new license 

Implementing the new key in your vROPs manager will bring compliance and compatibility once again. Here's the official documentation for applying licenses.

For the latest on vROPs and Horizon compatibility, always check the Interop Guide, and take a peek at KB 59651 as well.

Happy patching!


Friday, March 15, 2019

VMware Horizon 7.8 is here!

Horizon 7.8 was pushed yesterday, along with version 5.0 of the Horizon Client, App Volumes 2.16, and UEM 9.7. Here's what's new! Links to AppVol/UEM release notes below.

Update: check out the technical overview video recently posted!

Horizon 7.8

  1. Enhance HTML5 console functionality as we drive toward feature parity with Horizon Admin Console (Flex)
  2. Support for Windows Server 2019 for Horizon Infrastructure/Management components
  3. Increase CPA scale to 250k session
  4. Improved RDSH load balancing
  5. RDSH App restriction using OU
  6. TrueSSO unlock support for vIDM
  7. Windows Server 2016 support in nested/dual hop mode.
  8. UEM: Enable application blocking and privilege elevation in SyncTool scenario
  9. Support latest RHEL 7.6 and CentOS 7.6 with LinuxVDI.
  10. Support SLED 12.x when using NVIDIA GPU hardware
  11. Improved LinuxVDI feature compatibility across distributions.
  12. Qualified for VMC deployments

Horizon Clients 5.0, Blast Extreme and Remote Experience

Check out the new Icon and Dark Mode!
  1. Client UI redesign
  2. Resolve Blast uplink bandwidth usage spike caused by network continuity
  3. Support for 6 monitors for trader/financial uses cases with Blast Extreme
  4. Support multi-threaded encoding for Blast protocol on Windows
  5. Improved USB redirection peripheral support over WAN
  6. Enhance URL redirection to use IP addresses
  7. Support scanner redirection on Linux clients
  8. Support IPv6 addressing with RTAV
  9. Allow session collaboration in view only mode
  10. .net smartcard support for MacOS clients
  11. DPI synchronization per connection

Release Notes

  1. Horizon Server
  2. App Volumes
  3. UEM
  4. Clients


Take note of this security vulnerability posted today. Check out the details on the announcement page, but ultimately you'll want to bring any Horizon 7.x environment to at least version 7.5.2 (if you're on the ESB branch), or the newly released 7.8

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