VMware Horizon Cloud Service next-gen | 15 FEB 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.

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.
    • RDSH - Currently, no method exists for setting Launch Folder or Parameters for individual 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

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

  • 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

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