VMware Horizon View
7.4 / January 4, 2018
|Operating system||Windows, GNU/Linux, Mac OS X|
VMware Horizon View is a commercial desktop virtualization product developed by VMware, Inc for Microsoft Windows, GNU/Linux and Mac OS X Operating Systems. Its was first sold under the name VMware VDM, but with the release of version 3.0.0 in 2008 it was changed to "VMware View", changing again to "Horizon View" with the launch of version 6 in April 2014.
VMware Horizon View provides virtual desktop capabilities to users utilizing VMware's virtualization technology. A desktop operating system - typically Microsoft Windows - runs within a virtual machine on a hypervisor. The VMware View product has a number of components which are required to provide the virtual desktops, including:
- VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi with a vSphere license)
- VMware vCenter Server (management of virtualization environment)
- View Composer (advanced View management, with automation and cloning)
- View Manager (administration of the View Environment)
- View Client (communication between View and the desktop OS)
- VMware ThinApp (application virtualization)
- View Persona Management (user profile management)
- vShield Endpoint (offloaded desktop antivirus)
Although VMware licenses vSphere hypervisor per physical CPU-socket, it licenses VMware View per concurrent desktop. The bundled hypervisor, vSphere for Desktops, is functionally equivalent to vSphere Enterprise Plus.
VMware View has two licensing options, Enterprise and Premier. Enterprise comes with vSphere for Desktops, vCenter Server, and View Manager, and has an MSRP of $150 per concurrent desktop. View Composer, Persona Management, vShield Endpoint, and ThinApp are included in the Premier edition at an MSRP of $250 per concurrent desktop.
In order to transport the desktop resources to users, keyboard, video, mouse and other interactions travel over a network connection. VMware View supports the VMware Blast Extreme, Microsoft RDP, and the Teradici PCoIP protocols.
Users establish client connections to VMware View sessions by running the VMware View Client, through a web browser using HTML5, or using a thin client that supports the protocols in use. The VMware View client supports Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux, while ChromeOS is able to connect through the web browser.
Ubuntu 12.10 can login to VMware View desktops directly from the login screen.
Version release history:
VMware View 3.1.3 (May 5, 2009)
VMware View 4 (November 9, 2009)
- VMware View 5.1 (May 16, 2012)
- VMware View 5.1.1 (August 16, 2012)
- VMware View 5.1.2 (December 13, 2012)
- VMware View 5.1.3 (March 14, 2013)
- VMware View 5.2 (October 4, 2012)
- VMware View 5.3 (November 21, 2013)
- VMware View 5.3.1 (March 11, 2014)
- VMware View 5.3.2 (June 24, 2014)
- VMware View 5.3.3 (November 25, 2014)
- VMware View 5.3.4 (March 17, 2015)
- VMware View 5.3.5 (September 10, 2015)
- VMware View 5.3.6 (March 1, 2016)
VMware Horizon 6.0 (June 19, 2014)
- VMware Horizon 6.0.1 (September 9, 2014)
- VMware Horizon 6.0.2 (December 9, 2014)
- VMware Horizon 6.1 (March 12, 2015)
- VMware Horizon 6.1.1 (June 4, 2015)
- VMware Horizon 6.2 (September 3, 2015)
- VMware Horizon 6.2.1 (December 8, 2015)
- VMware Horizon 6.2.2 (February 4, 2016)
- VMware Horizon 6.2.3 (July 21, 2016)
VMware Horizon 7.0 (March 22, 2016)
- VMware Horizon 7.0.1 (June 16, 2016)
- VMware Horizon 7.0.2 (September 15, 2016)
- VMware Horizon 7.0.3 (December 8, 2016)
- VMware Horizon 7.1 (March 16, 2017)
- VMware Horizon 7.2 (Jun 20, 2017)
- VMware Horizon 7.3.2 (November 20, 2017)
- VMware Horizon 7.4 (Jan 04, 2018)
- VMware Horizon 7.5 (May 29, 2018)
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PALO ALTO, Calif., December 2, 2008 – VMware Inc. [...] today announced the general availability of VMware View 3 [...]
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Horizon 6 consolidates a few VMware applications.[...] VMware View becomes Horizon View.
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