Earlier this week, VMware released Horizon View 7 and AppVolumes 3.0 to general availability. Over the next few days I’m upgrading Clearpath’s lab environment and running both updates through the ringer. I’ll update this blog with any obstacles I encounter; below are some highlights of the updates that I’ve noted so far. As an FYI, AppVolumes 3.0 requires repackaging all applications just to get started.
Some highlights of what’s new in Horizon 7:
- Instant Clone – Utilizes VMFork technology that shares both memory and disk of the parent VM. This eliminates boot storms as the parent desktop is always powered on and all instant clones are created from this state – no View Composer, refresh, or recompose. Additionally, It requires AppVolumes for guest customization. Now the limitations:
- RDSH servers are not currently supported
- Floating desktop pools only. No support for dedicated assignment pools.
- 2000 desktops maximum
- Single vCenter and single vLAN only
- Limited 3D support – no support for vGPU or vDGA, limited support for sVGA.
- VSAN or VMFS datastores only. NFS is not supported.
- Blast Extreme – Built to replace PCoIP (and the associated licensing royalties, I’m sure). UDP by default fails back to TCP.
- SSO / Authentication Enhancements – vIDM / AD / Horizon / Cert Authority support. In my opinion, this is probably the biggest update from a user experience point of view.
- 3D not limited to NVIDIA. AMD S7150 and Intel IRIS Pro GPUs are supported. I’m guessing that NVIDIA GRID cards are still the most supported solution, though I’ve not seen it written anywhere. 5. Scaled Display for high DPI Windows Clients - If you have connected to a VDI desktop from a Surface/bootcamped MBP, etc. then you know how big this is.