VMware Horizon 7 – First Impressions

VMware Horizon is a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product which initially allowed provisioning of Virtual Desktops off a base image in an easily to manage fashion.  Over time, VMware have added extra functionally, such as the ability to add Remote Desktop Services (RDS) servers.

Version 7 has added a number of interesting features and improvements.  The one mentioned first in the release notes is Instant Clones.  This is a technology I’ve been following for a while, ever since I read about it.  Originally known as VMFork, it’s a technology to allow very rapid, almost instant, provisioning of Virtual Machines.  Duncan Epping wrote a good overview of VMFork/Instant Clone back in 2014.  Support for Virtual Volumes and Linux desktops are some of the other features that have been added.

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