With the recent release of VMware Horizon 6.2, I’d like to share some excellent technical videos by my colleague Alex Birch. This release brings many new features (see the release notes), and I’ve shared these videos below. At VMworld 2015 in San Francisco, Jim Yanik and I also presented a session on Horizon 6.2 What’s New. You can check that our here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsbwpBKWc2c
RDS Host Load-Balancing
First up we have an overview of the new RDSH load-balancing capability. In prior versions of VMware Horizon, it tracked the current session count (and limit) as the only method to determine where to place a new session. With Horizon 6.2 it provides enhanced RDSH load-balancing functionality by using perfmon counters, and it also allows the specification of rules to control the number of instances of a particular application.
RDS Hosts with View Composer.
Another cool feature is the ability to compose RDS hosts with View Composer. Yep, you heard that right! You can now provision your RDSH virtual machines with View Composer, giving you the benefits of managing a single RDS master image.
If you are familiar with VMware Horizon environments then you will know that today we provide external access using the Security server, which is installed on a Windows server and then placed in the DMZ, typically behind a load-balancer. Access Point is a hardened SLES 11 Linux virtual appliance that has feature parity with the Security server. One of the huge benefits of this, is you can scale the number of Access Point appliances without any Connection server pairing. Without this 1:1 pairing, you can scale independently with the added advantage that it’s a Linux appliance in he DMZ and not a Windows server.
RDS File Type Association
Providing you are running the latest Horizon Client (3.5 or later), you will now benefit from file-type association for RDS published applications. It features secure SHA 256 encryption from the Horizon client, and allows file types to be associated with RDS either automatically as applications are added, or manually by the administrator.