VMware Digital Workspace – Under the hood

People love the simplicity and intuitiveness of the VMware Digital Workspace. But under the hood lies a suite of products to secure and provide that experience. Here are the most common questions i get from my customers: So what products power VMware Digital Workspace? What are their capabilities? Brian Madden even wrote a blog on… Continue reading VMware Digital Workspace – Under the hood

Contrasting VMware Identity Manager with ADFS

I lost count on how many times I ve been asked by an ADFS customer “Why VMware Identity Manager when I already have ADFS?” Since I ve hear it almost every week, I decided to pen it down. Here I go! VMware Identity Manager(vIDM) can do many things. It can be your primary IDP for… Continue reading Contrasting VMware Identity Manager with ADFS

VDI Application Deployment Strategy

Migrating to VDI from a traditional laptop/workstations world is like relocating to a new city. Lesser the baggage, easier it is. Migrating 1000s of applications deployed through SCCM (or any other tool) from laptop/workstations landscape to a VDI infrastructure is exactly that. You will first need to conduct few preliminary exercises to understand more about… Continue reading VDI Application Deployment Strategy

Integrating VMware Identity Manager(vIDM) with Symantec VIP Push

Integration with Symantec Multi-Factor Authentication Symantec Multi-Factor Authentication can be integrated with vIDM in two ways: via RADIUS using Enterprise Gateway via SAML using VIP Login service Limitations of RADIUS integration Integrating vIDM via RADIUS with Symantec Enterprise Gateway to use Security Code is seamless and straightforward. References below: http://pubs.vmware.com/vidm/topic/com.vmware.wsair-administration/GUID-79EF08F7-B2FD-4E85-A2A8-1FEA28DDD414.html https://support.symantec.com/en_US/article.INFO3360.html Typical RADIUS integration involves… Continue reading Integrating VMware Identity Manager(vIDM) with Symantec VIP Push

Running IE 6, IE 7 and IE 8 on MacOS at the same time using VMware Fusion!

It is very common especially in the banking, insurance and government sectors to find numerous legacy applications still needing older Internet Explorer versions. Typical example is certain modules of core banking software. This is even more painful when some of the organizations try to rollout out "BYOD" programs and there are MacOS users in the… Continue reading Running IE 6, IE 7 and IE 8 on MacOS at the same time using VMware Fusion!

Migrating Desktops with Persistent disks to new VMware Cluster and Desktop Pool

Introduction One of my customers asked me about migrating Horizon linked clones (with persistent disks) from one Nutanix cluster to another. Traditional way of doing this is to detach the persistent disks and then recreate the persistent desktops as documented below. https://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2086416 But if the requirement is to have minimum downtime and to minimize touching… Continue reading Migrating Desktops with Persistent disks to new VMware Cluster and Desktop Pool

Simplifying(hopefully) vSphere for Desktop licensing

There has not been a single week at VMware so far that I have not been asked to clarify vSphere for Desktop licensing. Last week, two of Singapore’s biggest FSI customers contacted me on exactly this. I thought it will be a good idea to document some of the clarifications that was needed. Introduction vSphere… Continue reading Simplifying(hopefully) vSphere for Desktop licensing