VMware Horizon 8 New Features

Horizon 8 2006 

On August 6, 2020, VMware announced innovations to Horizon, giving a modern platform for secure delivery of virtual desktops and applications across the hybrid cloud. The Horizon 8 release includes:

  • Deployment Options when you setup a new pod
    • Horizon on Azure VMware Solution on Day 0 of Azure VMware Solution availability
    • AWS (either VMware Cloud on AWS, or EC2 Native)
    • Horizon on Google Cloud VMware Engine
    • Horizon on VMware Cloud™ on Dell EMC
    • Oracle Cloud (the Oracle Cloud on VMware Engine)
  • Instant Clone smart provisioning, which increases the desktop per host consolidation ratio, thereby reducing costs
  • Digital Watermark for ownership protection, authenticity, and verification of intellectual property. 
  • New REST APIs to enable automation and orchestration of Horizon administration functions
  • An optimized VDI experience with popular collaboration tools, including Microsoft Teams
  • Linux Hosted Apps that allow you to leverage Linux OS to reduce costs

While VMware continue to add new capabilities, some features are being deprecated, reaching End of Life (EOL), and some entitlements are being removed with Horizon 8.

Deprecated features include Linked Clones, Persona Management, and Persistent Disks.

DEPRECATED FEATUREDESCRIPTIONREPLACEMENT
Linked ClonesIncluded in Horizon 8 2006, Horizon 7.13 (ESB), and earlier. Will not be supported in future Horizon 8 releases. Instant Clones in Horizon Standard and Advanced Editions

We recommend upgrading to Horizon 8 only if you have migrated or plan to migrate to Instant Clones.
Persistent disksIncluded in Horizon 8 2006, Horizon 7.13 (ESB), and earlier. Will not be supported in future Horizon 8 releases. Functionality in Dynamic Environment Manager (now included as a Dynamic Environment Manager Standard in Horizon Standard and Horizon Advanced), VMware App Volumes™ User Writable Volumes, and FS Logix
Persona
Management
Included in Horizon 8 2006, Horizon 7.13 (ESB), and earlier. Will not be supported in future Horizon 8 releases. Functionality in Dynamic Environment Manager (now included as a Dynamic Environment Manager Standard in Horizon Standard and Horizon Advanced), App Volumes User Writable Volumes, and FS Logix 
Support for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008Included in Horizon 7.13 (ESB) and earlier. Not supported in Horizon 8 2006 and later. N/A
Just-in-Time Management Platform (JMP) ServerIncluded in Horizon 8 2006, Horizon 7.13 (ESB), and earlier. Not supported in Horizon 8 2006 and later. Multicloud JMP workflow on Horizon Control Plane 
FLEX Admin ConsoleIncluded in Horizon 2006, Horizon 7.13 (ESB), and earlier. Not supported in Horizon 8 2006 and later. Horizon Console (HTML)
ThinPrintIncluded in Horizon 7.13 (ESB) and earlier. Not supported in Horizon 8 2006 and later.VMware Integrated Printing
Security ServerIncluded in Horizon 7.13 (ESB) and earlier.
Horizon 2006 does not support Security Servers.
VMware Unified Access Gateway™

Links:

Release Notes for VMware Horizon Version 2006 

What’s New in VMware Horizon 8 2006, CART, App Volumes, and Dynamic Environment Manager- VMware Techzone

Next post of this series, we will be discussing how to Install and Configure Horizon 8 Components.


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