A couple of weeks ago I was informed that I would be awarded the EUC Champion for the second time. The EUC Champions program grew from 35 to 42 and you can find all of us over here: https://www.vmware.com/euc-champions/current-champions.html As you can see in that list my very good friend and vmug stage buddy Hans Kraaijeveld was also awarded the EUC Champion title as well into this EUC elite group of people.
So what are the EUC Champions?
What is the EUC Champions program?
EUC Champions is an experts-only program that provides a forum for the EUC community and VMware EUC product teams to share industry trends, new product information and ideas through in-person meetings, networking events, industry conferences and webinars.
This is the official statement but there is more. We also have access to dedicated EUC Champions Slack channels at the VMware slack with direct contact to some of the EUC product teams. Also the knowledge sharing between each other has been awesome in my opinion. Plus we get to test some flings that Andrew Morgan created that might or might not be released at https://labs.vmware.com/flings
Removed machine listings from session view (overkill)
Improved Environment view to include metrics on all connected infrastructure:
Added repeated queries for logon breakdown if missed on first instance
Added event query support for logon breakdown
Added events view for Farm and Desktop pools
Added inbuilt find / search to users / machines in pool views
Added support for multiselect in pool / farm views
Added graph / chart views of machines / sessions and problem machines on the environment overview
Added a pod switcher to the environment overview
Added a global search to the environment overview
Added support for Pod Jumping.
the ability to jump to a pod on demand
the ability to jump to a pod a session belongs to
Added support for an architecture view of Desktop Pools
Added support for an architecture view of Farms
Enhanced view of servers load evaluator value
Added bulk user tasks via pool or farm views:
Bulk log off
Added support for a local pod view (AKA environment view):
Added documentation (finally)
Added MSI installation support
Added a start time column to user sessions (this will persist as a preference)
Let’s take a look some of the new goodies, the first change is that you now get a proper connection alert:
The POD switcher
The show environment button will show you the environment as seen from the pod you are currently connected to. A lot of tabs with health information about those components and some counts on sessions, machines and problem machines.
The address behind Connected To will send you to the Horizon Admin Console, this might sound small but I like it!
When you open a pool this is what you see
All of the events for that pool and yes you can sort & filter them!
Some details for a users session
If there are multiple sessions (unlike in my lab) you can select them and mass send messages or do other actions against them.
The view for an RDS farm
So yes the best Horizon helpdesk tool ever just got improved by a 100%!
The policy builder is an hosted fling that helps the user to create custom MDM policies for Workspace UEM (former Airwatch)
This cloud hosted Fling helps users with custom Mobile Device Management (MDM) policy generation that use MDM capabilities available through Microsoft’s Windows 10 MDM Configuration Service Providers (CSPs).
Note: On login with My VMmware credentials, the tool provides an easy to use form based UI that allows the Windows 10 admin to simply enter the required values for the policies and auto generates corresponding syncML that can be copied to publish through Workspace ONE Unified Endpoint Management.
This tool greatly reduces the effort of hand rolling syncML and the possibility of code and formatting errors when creating or managing custom settings profiles through Workspace ONE UEM.
SDDC Certificate Tool
The SDDC Certificate Tool is an automated process that replaces all certificates in a SDDC for you. This normally can be a lengthy process but should be a breeze with this fling.
Replacing SSL certificates across VMware products is a manual and time-consuming process. The SDDC Certificate Tool automates this workflow and makes it easy to keep certificates across your SDDC up to date. It will replace all certificates in the supported products and reestablish trust between the components.
Not my cup of tea but this fling is supposed to be an example where you can talk against vRealize Automation.
vAssist.ai, a Natural Language Processing (NLP) platform, enables bot developers to train machine learning models for intent classification and entity extraction. This platform is available as a SaaS model which exposes easy-to-use REST APIs to train and parse natural language inputs. It also provides a multi-tenant user interface dashboard which can be used to annotate and visualize training data expressions and train machine learning models in the cloud.
VMware customers who are serious about building conversational interfaces can benefit from this platform. With this Fling we trained a sample model for vRealize Automation. Users can chat with the test bot to query available catalog services and initiate a provisioning request in a natural, conversational way. Please note that we are using a sample internal environment for vRealize Automation.
NLU Engine for Intent and entity extraction
Customizable NLU pipeline
Rule based and ML based Conversation Engine
Privacy of the data
Scalable and Fault Tolerant
REST APIs exposed for integration with multiple channels and platforms
The Workspace ONE UEM Samsung E-FOTA Tool is designed to add to the existing abilities of AirWatch’s Samsung E-FOTA implementation. These new abilities include scheduling a firmware/OS update in a targeted window. This feature is dependent on the existing abilities within AirWatch which enroll the MDM into Samsung E-FOTA and push profiles to enroll the device into Samsung E-FOTA. Users should use this tool along with the information gathered from the Workspace ONE UEM console. The information can then be used to make an API command to schedule the firmware/OS update to your Samsung devices.
Horizon Helpdesk Utility
Like I said yesterday the Horizon Helpdesk Utility is how the original Horizon View Helpdesk Tool should have been. Please read yesterdays;s post for more information and screenshots.
The Horizon Helpdesk Utility is designed to be a tool used by real help desk agents. The Horizon Helpdesk Utility takes all of the functionality of the current HTML5 based Helpdesk in VMware Horizon and adds true desktop integration features, including:
Greater speed in queries
Reduced steps to find a session
Multiple monitoring windows
Keystrokes for fast access
Native remote control functionality
Built-in session experience score based on session performance and variables
VMware OS Optimization Tool
July 30, 2018, b1100
Issue fix: With group selection operation, unselected optimization items are applied.