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Six must-see VMworld 2016 sessions for VDI admins

VDI pros can plan out their VMworld 2016 journey with these six essential sessions for shops that deal with App Volumes, VMware Fusion and more.

For any IT professionals making their way to Las Vegas for VMworld 2016, the time is now to plan which sessions to attend.

With more than 700 sessions, 44 of which focus on virtual application and desktop delivery, it is imperative IT administrators from VDI shops go in with a game plan. Want to learn more about Horizon 7? There are plenty of sessions to pick from. What about App Volumes? They've got a session on that too.

Get a schedule in order with this list of the top six sessions VDI admins cannot miss at VMworld 2016.

10 Tips for Troubleshooting Horizon (EUC10008-EDU)

Attendees could easily spend the entire five days learning about VMware's Horizon suite for desktop and application delivery. But if they can only make one Horizon-focused session, they should head to this one. VMware's global support team will reveal 10 problems real Horizon customers deal with all the time, and explain how to fix those issues. The session will also cover how to use automated pools, including full and linked clones.

Advances in Remote Display Protocol Technology with VMware Blast Extreme (EUC7601)

With Blast Extreme, VMware finally has its own remote display protocol, based on the HTML Access protocol. Built specifically for mobile and cloud workloads, Blast allows users to access their virtual desktops using a web browser. Because it is based on the H.264 video format code, which uses software to decode the protocol, Blast works on pretty much any device and accelerates graphics- and video-heavy apps.

This session will provide a technical overview of the Blast Extreme protocol. Plus, presenters will explain how to improve the virtual desktop user experience on LAN and WAN networks by tuning Group Policy Object parameters.

Large-Scale Deployment of VMware App Volumes and User Environment Manager (EUC8822)

VMware is throwing down the gauntlet with a session devoted to helping VDI admins make the move from Citrix to VMware products.

VDI admins who deliver virtual applications to a large number of users must attend this session. Hear how one customer uses App Volumes, VMware's layering software that breaks virtual apps down into individual components for easier deployment, and User Environment Manager (UEM), which allows admins to manage user profiles and policies.

Presenters will dive into the company's real-life experiences with 10,000 Horizon desktops, including best practices for overcoming challenges, and the benefits and drawbacks of App Volumes and UEM. The session will explore how to set up App Volumes and UEM architecture and what standards VDI shops need to package and manage user profiles.

How to Manage Personal Settings with App Volumes and ThinApp (EUC7797)

Can't get enough of App Volumes? Head to this session on managing users' settings in App Volumes and ThinApp, VMware's agentless application virtualization tool. The session will cover how IT pros can preserve users' personal profiles and app settings when their companies move to Windows 10. Attendees will not only learn how to use these app delivery tools to transfer user settings, but also how to manage those settings going forward.

Solve Your Citrix Problems with VMware Technologies (EUC7856)

It's no secret VMware and Citrix are in a constant game of one-upmanship. At VMworld 2016 VMware is throwing down the gauntlet with a session devoted to helping VDI admins make the move from Citrix to VMware products.

Presenters will tell attendees exactly how to use VMware tools such as Horizon, App Volumes, Instant Clone and VMware NSX to move away from XenApp and XenDesktop. In addition, the session will explore examples of companies that made that switch and detail how VMware evaluates a Citrix deployment to make the transition as smooth as possible.

The Future of VMware Fusion and Workstation (EUC8521)

Admins curious about what is next for VMware Fusion and Workstation should attend this session. With Fusion, a software hypervisor, admins can virtualize Windows OSes and deliver them to users who work with Macs. In Fusion 8, the product's most recent major update, VMware added support for OS X El Capitan and Windows 10, as well as better VM encryption and resolution settings.

Workstation is a test and development tool admins can use to create and run VMs against different hypervisors and OSes, and see how they react to any management tasks. Seasoned VDI admins can also use Workstation to teach inexperienced IT workers how to manage virtual deployments. In version 12.1, Workstation added support for Windows 10 and the DirectX 10 application programming interfaces.

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