December 2016 release for Unidesk 4

Welcome to the December 2016 release for Unidesk 4.

This release of Unidesk 4 adds full support for Nutanix AHV, making Unidesk the only solution to support all leading hypervisors. You now have complete agility and flexibility in deciding where to host your Windows workspaces, today and into the future. We have also made performance improvements and added support for Windows Server 2016. You'll also get your first look at the Unidesk 4 User Layer, now supported in Unidesk Labs. Those of you who have been waiting to test the ability to persist user settings, data, and applications in non-persistent VDI environments, you need to wait no longer!

What's new in this release of Unidesk 4?

Full support for Nutanix AHV. Unidesk now fully supports Nutanix AHV, adding to our existing support for Hyper-V, vSphere/ESX, Citrix XenServer, and Azure. Like with the other platforms, you can now use Nutanix AHV to host the Unidesk Enterprise Layer Manager (ELM) virtual appliance; package application layers and layer versions; create and publish Layered Images; and use Elastic Layering to deliver custom applications at login to both virtual desktops and XenApp/RDSH sessions. You can also deliver layers and Layered Images to all supported platforms without costly re-packaging or re-imaging. Moving your users from one end user computing environment or hypervisor to another or managing across multiple environments has never been easier.

Unidesk Connector for Citrix MCS support for Nutanix AHV. You can now publish Unidesk Layered Images directly to Citrix Machine Creation Services (MCS) running on Nutanix AHV. You'll be able to manage image content (OS and Apps) once with Unidesk and continue to use MCS to manage image delivery for both your XenApp and XenDesktop environments. Instead of having to update Windows and common applications once for every delivery group and MCS image, you'll only have to apply updates once.

Windows Server 2016 Support. You can now use Windows Server 2016 as a supported Operating System layer for Citrix XenApp and RDSH published application and desktop deployments. Import your Windows Server 2016 OS and you can start building Application Layers and Platform Layers on top of it!

Improved performance when Creating App Layers on VMware vSphere. You can configure the VMware vSphere Connector to cache boot and packaging disks and reuse them. Once these disks have been cached as part of creating your first App Layer, the time it takes to create subsequent App Layers is cut in half.

Layer Management updates. We made several enhancements to general layer management usability including improvements to the Virtual Appliance Configuration Tool, the ability to edit the Layer version description, and listing the OS type in the OS Layer detail information.

Imprivata OneSign Single Sign-On. Unidesk is fully compatible with Imprivata OneSign for single sign-on efficiency. Imprivata can be packaged as a Unidesk Application Layer to make distribution to all virtual workspaces fast and easy.

Unidesk Roles. Previously released in Labs, Unidesk Roles are now generally available and with a new capability to assign Roles to AD Groups in addition to directly assigning Roles to individual users.

Elastic Fit. Also previously released in Labs, Elastic Fit is now Generally Available. This feature alerts you if an Application Layer can be delivered as an Elastic Layer at login. Unidesk gives you the option of delivering applications as Layered Images or as Elastic Layers, Elastic Fit will advise you on which of Unidesk's layer delivery options to use.

User Layer (Unidesk Labs). You can now test the ability to persist user profile settings, data, and user-installed applications in non-persistent VDI environments with the new User Layer. Initially, the User Layer will support Windows 7 64-bit environments for Citrix XenDesktop and VMware Horizon View. Additional operating systems and session environments will be supported going forward.

For more information on this Unidesk 4 release, please see the release notes. To download, please visit our Download Center.

Unidesk 4 FAQ for Unidesk 2 and 3 Customers

As we roll out support for User Layer in Unidesk 4, customers who are using Unidesk 2 and Unidesk 3 can now start planning implementation of Unidesk 4. Please check out the Unidesk 4 FAQ for Existing Customers for more information on the benefits of implementing Unidesk 4. If you have a question that's not answered here, reply and let me know.

As always, I want to hear from you. Please drop me an email or give me a call to let me know how you are using Unidesk today, and what you need for the future.

Andrea Abernathy
Head of Product Management
Unidesk Corporation