VMware Horizon Cloud Service - next-gen | 28 JUL 2022

Horizon Agents Installer | 13 APR 2022

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About VMware Horizon Cloud Service - next-gen Release Notes

These are the initial release notes for VMware Horizon Cloud Service - next-gen. Learn about this initial release of the product.

See also the VMware Horizon Cloud Service - next-gen Documentation page.

July 28, 2022 What's New

  • Home Page - Dashboard

    • Session utilization information is available for the three-most utilized pools, pool templates, and Unified Access Gateways for sessions in use compared to the maximum sessions possible.
    • Error information regarding your Horizon Edges. The Errors section provides links to the following types of error information.
      • Horizon Edges with infrastructure errors
      • Pool templates with provisioning errors
      • Single-session VMs with agent errors
      • Multi-session VMs with agent errors
    • Real-time numbers for sessions and VM performance. The Sessions and VM Performance section provides links to the following types of information.
      • Connected sessions
      • Disconnected sessions
      • High CPU VMs
      • High Disk Latency VMs
      • High Memory VMs
  • Horizon Portal

    • Support for automatic reconnection of end-user sessions in the event that the Unified Access Gateway instance goes into maintenance mode or enters an unhealthy state and becomes inaccessible.

  • Horizon Universal Console

    • The Help button is now available at the top of the Horizon Universal Console, where you can explore VMware documentation to find the answers to your questions and access Customer Connect to get support, open tickets, and view your ticket history.

July 14, 2022 What's New

  • Activity Log

    • Administrators can now export up to 90 days of admin audit and system initiated events in the Horizon Universal Console.

  • Desktops and Applications

    • Pool Templates
      • Administrators can now add a Display Name to a pool, which is the name displayed to end users on the Horizon Client
    • Pools
      • For existing provisioned pool templates, administrators can now edit the VM type.
  • Horizon Client

    Support for storing the per-user Horizon Client remote-experience settings in the Horizon Control Plane.

June 2022 What's New

  • Horizon Agent Update

    • Horizon Agent Update now supports automated updates of the agent for dedicated single-session pools.

  • Desktops and Applications

    • Pool Templates
      • Pool Template Summary page provides administrators with information about capacity, sessions, general settings, provisioning, and the individual VMs in the pool template.
    • Pools
      • Pools Summary Page provides administrators with information about capacity, sessions, delivery policies, provisioning, power management, the pool templates associated with the pool, and the individual VMs in the pool templates.
  • Horizon Gateway Appliances

    • Previously deployed Horizon Edge Gateway and Unified Access Gateway instances with proxy settings configured, now support updating of the proxy settings.

May 2022 What's New

  • Support for activating and deactivating Microsoft Azure disk encryption on existing pool templates

    Disk encryption can be toggled on or off for an existing pool template, causing new VMs to be created using the updated setting.

  • Support for customized OS disk sizes for pool templates is now available

  • Image Management Service now supports the ability to use markers, which provides simplified workflows for administrators to easily update a group of pool templates

  • When importing an image from a customer-managed instance of Microsoft Azure Compute Gallery, the administrator now has the option to import the image as a new version into the Horizon Cloud image catalog

April 2022 What's New

  • When performing a Horizon Edge deployment, the system now validates that the required Microsoft Azure resource providers have been registered and that the Microsoft Azure service principal(s) are assigned the appropriate permissions before starting the deployment process

  • A single Horizon Edge now supports multiple Active Directory Forests with each forest supporting multiple Active Directory Domains

  • Administrators can generate and download Agent DCT logs from within the console for pool template VMs

  • Additional Supported Windows Image Versions

    • Support for Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise, version 21H2
    • Support for Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise multi-session, version 21H2

  • Administrators can now initiate a retry operation when provisioning fails on a Pool template

What's in the Limited Availability Release

  • Horizon Edge "Thin Edge" Infrastructure with Pod-less Deployments
    • Elimination of the Horizon Infrastructure Components such as the Pod Managers (Smartnode) and Microsoft Azure PostgreSQL Database
  • Global Horizon Control Plane
    • Available in the US and Ireland (EU), and Japan with country-specific locations for storing customer metadata
  • Onboarding
    • The ability for customers to choose the location in which they want to store their metadata
  • Microsoft Azure Provider Capacity
    • Support for deploying Desktops and Applications into Microsoft Azure
    • Support for Microsoft Azure Private Link Service, which allows for secure connectivity over the Microsoft Azure backbone network to the Horizon Control Plane
  • Horizon Gateway Appliances
    • Automated deployment of the Horizon Edge Gateway and Unified Access Gateway along with Day 2 Management
    • Support for customer configured proxy
    • Support for deployment into a dedicated VNet and or dedicated provider
  • Desktops and Applications
    • Pool Templates
      • Windows 10 Dedicated and Floating Single-session VDI Desktops
      • Windows 10 Enterprise Multi-session and Windows Server RDSH Published Desktops and Apps
      • Support for the NV Azure VM Sizes with Nvidia GPU
      • Support for multiple VNets and or Subnets
      • Support for Dynamic Machine Provisioning or All Machines up-front
    • Pools
      • Allows for grouping of pool templates that span across multiple Horizon Edges and is presented as a single icon that can be entitled to users and groups
      • Load-Based Power Management for Floating Single-session VDI Desktop Pools and Published Desktop & Application Multi-session Pools
    • Entitlements
      • Support for user and group entitlements which provide the link between users and their desktops and applications, regardless of where those desktops and applications reside.
  • Image Management
    • Import VM Images from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace
    • Import VM Images from an existing Image located in a customer-created Shared Compute Gallery
    • Support for installation of the Horizon Agent on Image Publish
    • Support for enabling/disabling Horizon Agent features on Image Publish
    • Support for retrying Image Publish in the event of a failure
    • Publish to multiple providers / Horizon Edges / Sites
  • Universal Broker
    • Support for connecting end-users based on Nearest Site-based Brokering Rules and Policies
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
    • User Directory / IdP
      • Azure AD - Native built-in support for Azure AD for end-user authentication & entitlements
      • Active Directory - Requires Workspace ONE Access Cloud or On-premises
    • Machine Identity
      • Active Directory
      • Azure AD Domain Services
  • Workspace ONE Access
    • Integration with Workspace ONE Access Cloud or On-premises for end-user multi-factor authentication as well as an IdP for customers utilizing Active Directory
  • Authentication
    • Support for Two-Factor / Multi-Factor Authentication provided via a configured IdP
  • Workspace ONE intelligence
    • Support for linking to a Workspace ONE Intelligence tenant
  • User Card & Search
    • Ability to search for users and review their assigned desktops and applications, active sessions, and entitlements.
  • Horizon Client
    • Windows and macOS
  • Horizon Agent
    • Support for customer configured proxy
  • Dynamic Environment Manager
    • Support for Dynamic Environment Manager and configuration of the config file from within the Horizon Universal Console

Known Limitations

The following limitations are known to exist in this inital release of VMware Horizon Cloud Service - next-gen.

  • Horizon Gateway Appliances
    • Updating the Unified Access Gateway FQDN results in end-users being disconnected from their active sessions and needing to reconnect.
  • Dynamic Environment Manager
    • The configuration file path for Dynamic Environment Manager is not validated for system connectivity to the file path when saved within the Horizon Universal Console.
  • Pool Templates & Pools
    • A Pool Templates Virtual Machine Power State is not accurately reflected within the Horizon Universal Console when power operations are performed outside the service.
    • Ability to configure the Launch Folder or Parameters is not available for Published Applications.
  • Activity
    • Specific admin initiated actions, such as creating, editing, and deleting images, are not logged under Admin Activity.
    • System-initiated events, such as pool template expansion, power management actions, etc., are not logged under Admin Activity
  • Images
    • Validation of prerequisites, such as having sufficient Microsoft Azure quota for public IPs, VM-family vCPU, etc., is not performed when importing an Image.
    • Existing published images must be manually published when adding additional providers.

Known Issues

  • (HV-8750)Pool templates that are already associated with a pool can be selected when creating a new pool

  • Warning message related to permissions is not cleared on the image version details page after successfully performing an image publish across providers

  • Image application scans may fail with time-outs

    Workaround: Perform a retry of the operation by clicking the scan button.

  • (HV-22226) A VM-based Horizon Edge that has the Enable SSL option for proxy selected fails to deploy or update

    The deployment or update of a Horizon Edge fails when you select the Enable SSL option as part of configuring proxy, which results in the Horizon Edge going into a CREATE_FAILED state.

    Workaround: As you use the Horizon Universal Console to deploy a Horizon Edge, perform the following steps, depending on the certificate type.

    • If the proxy is configured with a private certificate, use a non-SSL proxy and do not select the Enable SSL option.
    • If the proxy is configured with a well-known CA to be trusted by the Horizon Edge Gateway VM, perform the following steps.
      1. Deploy the Horizon Edge with the Enable SSL option disabled.
      2. After successful deployment, edit the Horizon Edge, configuring it with proxy details and with the Enable SSL option enabled.
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