VMware User Environment Management 9
Feb. 9 – VMware has announcement the newest release of VMware UEM, version 9 was announced today. I was able to get a view of the release of the new version, several new features were added. In this blog I will describe the new features.
Five major features
VMware has added five new major features along with several fixes. The five features at a high level are;
- Application security
- ThinApp integration
- PCoIP policies
- folder redirection
Let me walk you through all of them.
It seems like a little addition as the added a Horizon condition in which you have three option available but there is more. The three option in the Horizon condition of the client property are;
- Pool name
- Client location
As I said there is more to it. With this condition you can access the volatile Horizon view client parameters. So type in any of these parameters and UEM will find them and use them. It makes your environment more manageable with more and more options.
Security with UEM was a missed feature in the previous versions, only the major UEM vendors had that feature. Now VMware enters that market with application blocking feature.
It’s not as advanced as some other offer with CRC checks and so forth but it does the job.
How does it work?
If you enable application blocking in VMware UEM all applications on all drives are blocked automatically except the applications in the following folders:
- Program Files
- Program Files x86
If you want to block applications for a specific user/department in a certain condition you need to block it. You have the ability to whitelist or blacklist an application or multiple applications.
It does only block programs and doesn’t block any other extensions like VBS or so. So all programs in program files are allowed and in a managed environment that is not an issue. If you have e.g. Visio installed there and you want to offer it for a few users you would create a block for all users that are not in a certain group, e.g. visio_users.
This is one of the major features of the new UEM version, version 9. I added a few screenshots of the features so you understand what they created.
ThinApp 5.2 had a hidden non documented feature that was there purely for this version of UEM. with VMware UEM 9 and ThinApp 5.2 you have the ability to manage ThinApp bubbles without changing anything in the bubble.
If you have a ThinApp 5.2 environment with all 5.2 bubbles and you upgrade to VMware User Environment Manager 9 you can manage all features within the bubble. So drive mappings, parameters anything within the URM sphere is at your hands without any changes or repackaging.
Pretty cool isn’t it?
Previous version of Horizon didn’t have much options to manage the virtual channels of the PCoIP protocol. There were some possibilities but not that much and not that granular.
With this release you have the ability to manage PCoIP virtual channels from your UEM management solution. There are five policies you can manage;
- USB redirection
- Client drive redirection
- PCoIP profile
Some of the features are enabled/disabled options but others are more specific like the PCoIP profile where you specify the bandwidth profile.
The advantage of this is that the policies are now managed from UEM and that you can control these policies depending of the context of the user. This is some awesome and it clearly shows the integration between the products they acquired.You can assign a certain bandwidth policy to a user in a certain scenario, so someone on a wifi connection with a laptop inside you canteen should only have limited bandwidth and someone in the main office should have unlimited bandwidth and ability to print. The options are unlimited.
the cool thing is that every policy is reevaluated every time the user reconnects not just at logon like Microsoft does but every reconnect. Moving around is notified and leads to a change in your settings.The same as for PCoIP goes for USB, client drive redirection etc.. you manage these policies now based on the context of the user, that is something we wanted for years. Finally the dumb pool based setting is gone.
The last one is folder redirection, they didn’t have this feature in the previous version. In this version this feature has been added, you can specify the location of the redirected folders but only one location for all folders. for certain folder they warn that enabling will cause impact.
There is one location you can specify different from the rest, that’s the app data location. The other locations that are known to slow down your desktop can be checked or unchecked, you can determine if they are redirected or not.
I will write about app volumes 3.0 in another blog but one thing I’ll mention here, all versions of app volumes will have VMware UEM included. Three licenses of app volumes will be available with different features enabled.