Last night VMware released the new version of VMware View.

The new version 4.6 includes new features, product improvements and more than 160 bug fixes.

Here is a list:

  • Security servers PCoIP support Security servers now include a PCoIP Secure Gateway component which offers the following advantages:
    • The only remote desktop traffic that can enter the corporate data center is traffic on behalf of a strongly authenticated user;
    • Users can access only the desktop resources that they are authorized to access;
    • No VPN is required, as long as PCoIP is not blocked by any networking component;
    • Security servers with PCoIP support run on Windows Server 2008 R2 and take full advantage of the 64-bit architecture;

  • Enhanced USB device compatibility View 4.6 supports USB redirection for syncing and managing iPhones and iPads with View desktops. This release also includes improvements for using USB scanners, and adds to the list of USB printers that you can use with thin clients;
  • Keyboard mapping improvements Many keyboard-related issues have been fixed;
  • New timeout setting for SSO users With the single-sign-on (SSO) feature, after users authenticate to View Connection Server, they are automatically logged in to their View desktop operating systems. This new timeout setting allows administrators to limit the number of minutes that the SSO feature is valid for;
  • Experimental support for Microsoft Windows 7 SP1 RC operating systems.

The most compelling feature is absolutely the PCoIP support for the Security Server. Now it is possible to use PCoIP over a WAN connection without the need for a VPN connection.

If you want to check out the setup of PCoIP remote access using a Security Server watch this great video by Mark Benson.

The new VMware View 4.6 is compatible with the following versions of VMware ESX/vSphere:

  • vSphere 4.1 or later
  • vSphere 4.0 Update 2 or later
  • VMware Infrastructure 3 version 3.5 Update 5 or later and VirtualCenter Server 2.5 Update 6 or later

VMware View 4.6 now also supports smart cards and smart card readers that use a PKCS#11 or Microsoft CryptoAPI provider.

For more information check the VMware View 4.6 release notes.

For design, installation, upgrade and administration resources check the VMware View 4.6 documentation.

If you want to download VMware View 4.6 check the VMware View 4.6 download page.