Horizon Air 15.3.3 Release Notes

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Updated on: 14 NOV 2017

VMware Horizon Air | 05 NOV 2015 

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Links to release notes for other versions (* indicates DaaS Agent): 15.3.2 | 16.6 | 16.6.1 | 16.6.2* | 16.11 | 16.11.1 | 16.11.2* | 17.1 | 17.1.1 | 17.2

What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

New Features

Custom Applications in Horizon Air

Prior to 15.3.3, remote applications could only be detected on RDSH images when they are installed on an image by an installer directly on the gold pattern. Starting in 15.3.3, customers who wish to use remote applications invoked via an executable path on an RDSH Server VM can now define and associate these remote application settings with an RDSH image in the Application catalog.  This Custom Application definition can be used for invoking centrally managed virtualized applications such as Thinapps, as well as registering remote applications that have been installed on RDSH VMs after pool provisioning. There are now two application types:

  • Remote applications are those imported from an RDSH image that you published after adding applications to the image. This is the previously existing functionality.
  • Custom applications are added by specifying their names and paths on the image, using new functionality on the Applications page. This is not recommended, but can be used in some situations such as Thin App launches.

To facilitate custom applications, the following items have been added to the Applications page in the Horizon Air Administration Console (Inventory > Applications).

  • Three new buttons in the upper left of the page: New, Edit, and Delete.

    Note: The Edit and Delete functions are only for Custom applications.

  • The Type column in the application list, which identifies the type of each application (Remote or Custom) and allows you to sort by application type.

Add a New Custom Application

  1. Click the New button at the top of the Applications page.

    The first New Application dialog appears.

  2. Click Custom.

    Note: The other option is click Image to open the Images page, where you can install applications on an existing RDSH image and then publish it.

    The second New Application dialog appears.

  3. Enter information as described below.
    Field      Description
    Name    Unique name for the new application
    Application Path

    Location of the application executable on the VM (for example, Z:\Customapps\app.exe) or UNC-specified path (for example, \\fileserver.accounting.com\vol1\software\app.exe)

    RDSH Images to use with

    Image(s) with which you want to use the application. Click in box and select from drop-down list.

    The list includes Windows Server 2008/2012 gold patterns, which are used for applications assignments.

    Icon File 

    .png file (32 x 32 pixels) to use as application’s icon. [optional]

    Click Choose File to browse for file.

    Version Version number of application [optional]
    Publisher            Publisher of application [optional]
  4. Click Save.

Edit an Existing Custom Application

  1. Select an application on the Applications page and click the Edit button at the top of the page.

    The Edit Application dialog appears.

  2. Edit information as described below.
    Field      Description
    Name    Unique name for the new application
    Application Path    Location of the application executable on the VM (for example, Z:\Customapps\app.exe) or UNC-specified path (for example, \\fileserver.accounting.com\vol1\software\app.exe)
    RDSH Images to use with

    Image(s) with which you want to use the application. Click in box and select from drop-down list.

    The list includes Windows Server 2008/2012 gold patterns, which are used for applications assignments.

    Icon File  .png file (32 x 32 pixels) to use as application’s icon. [optional] Click Choose File to browse for file.
    Version Version number of application [optional]
    Publisher            Publisher of application [optional]
  3. Click Save.

Delete a Custom Application

  1. Select an application on the Applications page and click the Delete button at the top of the page.

    The confirmation dialog appears.

  2. Click OK to confirm delete.

Multi-Domain AD Forest Support

This new feature allows admins to create entitlements between VMs and Users in different domains so long as those domains are trusted and in a single forest.  Previously, users and VMs had to be in the same domain for entitlements to work.

  • In Horizon DaaS Platform 15.3.3, all domains are registered in the Enterprise Center, as they have been in the past. The difference is that you are able to register more than one domain using the same domain bind account (see below for details).
  • In the next major release (early 2016), domain registration will be available in the Horizon Air Administration Console.
  • Note the limitations listed below.

Registering Child Domains in the Enterprise Center

You can now use the same bind account to register all child domains in the same forest.

  • In order to do this, you need to enter the complete Domain Bind Account DN, instead of the partial name that you would normally use. The best way to do this is to copy and paste the full account name from the domain where it has already been entered to the Domain Bind Account DN field on the Domain Bind tab.

    Note: If you start typing the account name in the field, it will not auto-populate because it is from the other domain. This is why it is best to copy and paste the name instead.

  • If you want to use a universal group for Admin or User groups, then you must add that universal group(s) to all registered child domains as well. The best way to do this is to copy and paste the complete group name from the domain where it exists to the appropriate field on the Group Info tab.

Multi-Domain Active Directory in Enterprise Center and Horizon Air Administration Console

In the Enterprise Center, child domain and users/group items are found in the Active Directory in the following locations: Login, Dashboard page, Mapping Page, Pool Management page.

In the Horizon Air Administration Console, Active Directory searches now include the option to search among all domains in a multi-domain configuration. As a result, you can entitle users in a universal group from any trusted domain on the entitled user’s domain.

Limitations

Note the following limitations:

  • You must register all child domains from which users will be logging in.
  • The administrator or end user must select a login domain from the provided dropdown menu to successfully log into the Enterprise Center, the Desktop Portal, or the Horizon Client. This must be a domain to which that administrator or end user belongs.

    Note: If authentication fails in the Horizon Client, you may not be able to select a domain. If this occurs, close the client and re-open it before attempting to log in again.

  • At least one of the registered domains must have the global catalog enabled. For optimal performance, all registered domains should have the global catalog enabled.
  • The use of domain local security groups is not recommended or supported when registering user/admin groups.
  • There is no support for external forest domain(s).

Disabling Global Catalog Searching (optional)

If you have tenants that for some reason do not have access to the global catalog, you can disable global catalog searching by setting the tenant fabric.ad.disable.gc.search policy to “false” in the Service Center and then restarting the tenant services.

Helpdesk Portal 2.0 (BETA)

Helpdesk Portal is a console access tool that allows you to run health scans, provide remote assistance, and view history and audit information for each VM in your system. The 2.0 (Beta) release adds the ability to display usage trends and user activity session reports.  

  • Usage trends shows concurrent users over time in a graphical format as well as provides some demographic breakdown such as how many users are external vs. internal users and other demographics. 
  • You can also get pool based usage information such as max concurrent users and unique users accessing a specific pool, which could be helpful for determining overall utilization and licensing requirements of your applications on RDSH pools. 
  • Additional enhancements in the Helpdesk portal include support for Windows Remote Assistance, and VM performance dashboard. 

For more information about trying this new beta tool, please contact your deployment representative.

Resolved Issues

This patch includes fixes for the following issues:

  • Windows 7 VMs with more than 2 vCPU were not being created properly in vCD installs. These VMs are now being created as expected. (DT-9178)
  • Users had been unable to access the Horizon Air Administration Console UI if the tenant networks have no public internet access. This has now been fixed.DT-9187()
  • Navigating directly to "roles & permissions" from the Enterprise Center dashboard was resulting in a 404 error. This has been remedied so that the error no longer occurs.(DT-9361)
  • Users had been unable to add a Session Pool even though there was quota for Session hosts. This issue has been fixed so there is no problem adding pools as expected.DT-9379()
  • With Access Point deployments, the Source IP in the user activity report was the Access Point IP. This has been corrected so that the correct IP now appears in the report.(DT-9494)
  • API logins with long UPN names had been causing audit errors every time they were invoked. This has been remedied so that these errors no longer occur.(DT-9505)
  • Pools refresh had been failing if the Local Admin password was updated on the Gold Pattern. This has been fixed so pools now refresh as expected.(DT-9520)
  • Customers had not been able to modify a pool after upgrade if a group was removed from domain without being removed from Pool first. This has been remedied so that pools can now be modified as expected.(DT-9621)
  • Attempts to disable tenants had been failing with "unexpected error occurred" in Internet Explorer. This has been fixed so that the disable task completes successfully.(DT-9803)
  • Attempts to seal a Windows 10 Gold Pattern had been failing in Horizon Air Administration Console due to an API validation issue. This has been remedied so that Gold Patterns can now be sealed as expected.(DT-9814)

Product Support Notices

DaaS Agent 15.3.3 Requirement

The new DaaS Agent 15.3.3 has been updated to configure local remote desktops and VADC group for universal groups. These changes support the new Multi-Domain feature, and if you intend to use that feature you must install the new DaaS Agent.

Horizon View Agent 6.2.1 required for Windows 10 floating desktops assignments

If you are provisioning Windows 10 floating desktops assignments in your environment, you must upgrade to View Agent 6.2.1 in order for them to function properly. View Agent 6.2.1 is currently targeted for release in late 2015.

Known Issues

  • Windows 10 floating desktops do not launch. The workaround for this is to upgrade to View Agent 6.2.1. See Product Support Notice above for more information. (DT-9831)