Release: VMware Horizon 6.1

VMware last week released version 6.1 of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) and Server Based Computing (SBC) platform Horizon. Version 6.1 is the follow up of version 6 which was released in June last year.

Version 6.1 provides the following new features and enhancements:

  • Shared GPU hardware acceleration using NVIDIA GRID vGPU
  • Smart Card for RDS desktops and Hosted Apps
  • Support for IPv6 networks
  • Support for vSAN 6.0
  • Support for Virtual Volumes
  • Support for configuring and administering a Cloud Pod Archticture environment from the View Administrator
  • USB redirection of mass storage on RDS desktops and Hosted Apps
  • Support for Windows Server 2012 R2 as a guest OS for single-user VDI desktops
  • 3rd-Party SSO credential handling
  • Message delivery through secure channels instead of signing and encrypting individual messages
  • Set the level of Transparant Page Sharing (TPS) on the ESXi host
  • Support for virtual machine hardware version 11
  • Utility to resolve database inconsistencies for VMs

Further VMware has removed support for agents which run on Windows XP or Vista Desktops. Customers can still use the old agents for this if they want to, which contain lesser functionality.