What’s New in Horizon 7.13, Client 5.5/2009, App Volumes 4 2009, and Dynamic Environment Manager 2009

October 16, 2020

This release of VMware Horizon 7.13 boasts many new improvements and enhancements, including improvements to the platform and instant clone functionality, enhancements to Linux support and Blast Extreme updates, and a variety of boosts to Horizon Agents and Horizon Clients.

(For additional support guidance for Horizon 7, see https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/81189.)

Here’s a summary:

Platform Updates

Enhancements to the Horizon 7.13 platform include:

  • More support – A variety of support for:
    • CVDS, which includes vSphere 7.0 and NSX 3.0, as well as a replacement for NVDS.
    • CBRC 2.0 in vSphere 7.
    • IPv6 support with VSAN.
    • Support for Hyper-V via unmanaged use cases – Includes Horizon VDI and RDSH, and stepped migration to Horizon.
  • More reliable Public IP Sent to Agent – The end user’s public IP is now sent to the Agent instead of the private address, as was done previously. This is more reliable and improves the end-user location data at the Agent.
    reliable Public IP Sent to Agent
  • Faster Helpdesk and Events UI – Improvements to Helpdesk and Events UI come in the form of new SQL queries in the EventsDB and a new NewEventSummaryView API to return event data. This makes the Events UI and Helpdesk screens faster and more responsive; queries that used to take hours now take only a few seconds.
    Faster Helpdesk and Events UI
  • No running out of sessions – View-API will not run out of Horizon Console sessions. A change to the Horizon Console timeout used to also modify the View-API idle timeout. This caused View-API to run out of sessions if Horizon Console was set to a high value and not properly logged out. Now this is prevented by the use of separate timeout settings.
    No running out of sessions
  • Faster, Smarter Connection Server Timeouts – It now takes you only a few seconds to customize your session timeout parameter separately from the client timeout parameter, which means the Connection Server is smarter about how long to wait before timing out.
    Faster, Smarter Connection Server Timeouts
  • Modernizing VDI for a New Horizon – See the new Modernizing VDI for a New Horizon guide for how to migrate from Persona Management, persistent disks, and Linked Clones. With the release of VMware Horizon 8 (2006), these legacy components are removed or deprecated. If you are currently using Horizon 7, this guide will help you plan for such a migration to modern alternatives.
    Modernizing VDI for a New Horizon
Instant Clone Updates

Advancements in instant clone technology include:

  • Instant Clone Updates – Instant clones are now supported by both Standard and Advanced licenses. You must upgrade to Horizon 7.13 to enjoy this. For releases prior to 7.x, instant clones are supported only with an Enterprise license.
    • Multiselect C-VDS Port Groups – A new NSX port group type has been added.
    • Registry Value can support Carbon Black – Horizon 7.13 fully supports instant clones with Carbon Black Sensor 3.6.
    • Smart Provisioning – You can now deploy instant clones with or without ParentVMs. Pools can contain machines with or without a ParentVM. The pool can start small and grow over the density level, or start large and shrink under the density level. Instant clones that are created without a ParentVM are slightly slower to provision than pools with ParentVMs, but they save on memory and disk space.
      Smart Provisioning
      In the example above, the ParentVMs reserve all memory allocated which is 30GB of RAM and 92GB of disk space. This RAM/disk space is saved by using Instant Clones without a ParentVM:
  • Instant Clone Type – To compare:
    Instant Clone Type
  • Switching Instant Clone Types – There are 2 types:
    • Less than 12 VMS / Host then goes over – When a pool created without a ParentVM goes over the density level, new Parents are added and all new instant clones are created with ParentVMs. Upon logoff, the instant clones without ParentVMs are recreated with ParentVMs.
    • More than 12 VMS / Host then goes under – When a pool created with a ParentVM goes under the density level, new VMs are created without a ParentVM. Upon logoff, existing instant clones switch from being with a ParentVM to being without. When the last instant clone with a ParentVM converts to being without, the ParentVM is deleted. For example, a pool or farm created without ParentVMs maps the following flow:
      More than 12 VMS / Host then goes under
Horizon Console Updates

The Horizon Console sports a number of upgrades, one example being that you can view pools being deleted from the Machines window.

Horizon Console Updates

The client version is displayed in the sessions grid, and the display name supported for global entitlements. The grid layout is improved, with more detail on the desktop pool summary page.

In addition, there is a new Admin role, which includes all privileges except the ability to grant others administration privileges.

  • Horizon Client Restrictions – If you’re about to connect with older Horizon Clients, a warning message alerts you. You can configure this and other messages under Global Settings. This feature is supported only by Horizon 8.x (2006) Clients and later, and is not supported on thin clients.
    Horizon Client Restrictions
  • More detail in the Network window – While creating pools, you can see more details on the network window, including Show Binding, Network Name, Total Ports, Available Ports, and incompatible network types.
    More detail in the Network window
Linux and Blast Extreme Updates

Enhancements to both Linux and Blast Extreme are included in this release:

Linux Support

This release includes Linux updates to the gnome-shell break in the Horizon Linux Agent. This provides support for the upstream gnome-shell library and Ubuntu 20.04. Note that there is no vGPU support.

Blast Extreme

Refinements to Blast are focused on cursor updates, which move the cursor position of the main encoder thread, as was done for audio. The cursor position is updated at different FPS. This is configured via GPO and supports sensitivity settings and cursor jumping, which translates into bandwidth savings.

Horizon Agent Updates

Boosts to the Horizon Agents include:

  • Skype for Business – You have the option to force fallback mode for external UAG connections. This is configured through the GPO and is already supported by F5.
  • Windows Agent – This release includes support for Windows 10 20H2 and for Hyper-V via unmanaged use case scenarios. This includes Horizon VDI and RDSH. Note that it is not supported for Windows servers in VDI Desktop mode.
  • Installation – You can now update the Horizon Agent without needing to uninstall and reinstall​ it, which makes for a faster and easier update process.
Horizon Client Updates

Enhancements to Horizon Clients include:

  • Horizon 5.5 vs 2009 Clients – CART 2009 indicates the year and month of the build release. Have you been wondering what’s the difference between Horizon 5.5 and 2009 Clients? Here’s a handy way to compare:
    Horizon 5.5 vs 2009 Clients
  • Windows Client 5.5 – Includes Microsoft Teams video and desktop sharing optimization​, one-way trust with login as a current user without Kerberos​, and Windows 10 20H2 support.
  • Video and Desktop Sharing optimization-MS Teams – Now supported on RDSH / Win 10 multisession (Horizon Cloud on Azure). Includes an optimization pack for video and desktop sharing with Microsoft Teams on Horizon 2006, and can be configured with Group Policy on the Horizon Agent, as well as on the Client during installation. Supports the following platforms:
    • Horizon 7.13 Server​
    • Horizon 5.5 Windows Client​
    • Teams for VDI installed with per machine option​
  • Linux Client 5.5 – Supports Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, as well as client restriction messages.
  • Mac Client 5.5 – Supports client restriction messages.
  • iOS Client 2009 – Supports iOS 14, External Mouse, and client restriction messages.
  • Android Client 2009 – Supports client restriction messages.
  • Chrome ARC++ Client 2009 – Packs enough punch to support three monitors, as well as client restriction messages.
  • Chrome Native Client 2009 – Gets a face-life this release: a new icon plus versioning. Chrome 81 and 82 are supported, as well as client restriction messages. It can pass the device ID to the agent, which enables you to search in the Google admin console for your device.
    Chrome Native Client 2009
App Volumes 4 (2009) Updates

This release includes improvements to VMware App Volumes 4 in the form of:

  • Customer Experience Improvement Program – App Volumes has joined the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program to get a better understanding of what’s most important to you. We encourage you to participate in this optional program because your comments will help guide us in the future development of App Volumes.
Dynamic Environment Manager (2009) Updates

This release includes improvements to VMware Dynamic Environment Manager, such as:

  • Customer Experience Enhancement – This now enables you to run startup and shutdown tasks in the context of the local system account.
  • Customer Experience Enhancement
  • Multiple Additional Supports – Dynamic Environment Manager now offers support in a variety of ways, including Windows 10 versions, using Active Directory attributes in FlexEngine configuration settings, Active Directory attributes, and ViewClient properties in predefined settings, and more. For more details, see Dynamic Environment Manager 2009 Release Notes.

For additional support guidance for Horizon 7, see https://kb.vmware.com/s/article/81189.

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