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Windows Desktop Migrations using the VMware Horizon Suite

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013


One of VMware’s new features, Horizon Suite, bundles three components: Horizon View, Horizon Mirage and Horizon Workspace. Horizon Mirage 4.2 focuses on several major improvements in desktop virtualization that allows a company to save money, increase productivity and reduce downtime with ease. This new version solves several problems that can plague companies who aren’t a part of the VMware solution.

Horizon Mirage is a layered image-management solution that separates the PC into logical layers that are owned and managed by IT organizations or end users. IT-managed layers can be updated without compromising end-user files and personalization. To maximize end-user productivity, snapshots and backups of layered desktop images enable quick recovery or rollback in case of failure.

Two interconnected problems companies experience are related to time and money. There is a major need to reduce downtime and costs and increase efficiency while providing high levels of security and information protection.  Before VMware Horizon Mirage 4.2, a manual Windows 7 migration could last anywhere from four to six hours per PC. Using a data and settings migration tool drastically cuts down the time to two to three hours. Although the time is significantly reduced, IT resources are still being used to monitor the migration process, removing the PC user form their machine during the process. Horizon Mirage 4.2 allows one IT technician to handle one hundred plus migrations per day from one central management console. Downtime is reduced to only thirty minutes without IT touching the PC. Mirage has two options for Windows 7 Migrations: upgrade an existing Windows XP device in-place to Windows 7 or migrate a user’s profile and files from a previous Windows XP device to new Windows 7 hardware. To ensure that data is not compromised, Mirage 4.2 takes a full system snapshot of the system before the migration process, so a system can be restored if an error occurs. VMware estimates that an organization of five thousand can save over $1,000,000 in user productivity and $600,000 in IT time.

VMware Horizon Mirage Architecture

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VMware Educational Video Site

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

VMware Education has opened a new site that contains a series of  free educational videos introducing important VMware technology and products. Each video lasts 10-15 minutes and covers one aspect of the featured product.

VMware Learning Videos

The site,, debuted this week (October, 2012) with over fifty videos covering the following VMware products or technology:

VMware plans to add versions in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish by the end of the year.

The videos are a great way to get some basic familiarity with a VMware product. You can download an evaluation copy to try it out, and if it makes sense for your organization to deploy the product, then you can pursue additional, VMware-authorized training to quickly ramp up your IT staff to deploy and manage the technology.

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VMware Certifications – Introduction and VCP

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012


In this inaugural VMware-related Fast Lane blog post, we introduce the various VMware certifications and take an in-depth look at the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification. In subsequent posts, we’ll explore some of the other VMware certifications that you can obtain as you further your career.

VMware certifications provide a clear, objective measure of your virtualization expertise. There are two certification tracks: datacenter and desktop. You can also think of the datacenter track as infrastructure. Most of what VMware does in the enterprise virtualization space starts with a foundation based on a vSphere infrastructure. The desktop track is based on VMware View which you use to virtualize Windows desktops.

Your first certification should be the VCP. After you’ve gotten your VCP, you have several different options for more advanced certifications depending on your career interest, expertise, and virtualization experience. VMware has several levels of certification in the two tracks, as shown in the following table: Read the rest of this entry »

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