The VMWare VDM Beta 2 release was made know late Friday night. Some exciting features:
What's new in this release:
- SecurID two-factor authentication
- Redesign of VM pooling
- Enterprise-class connection brokering - What organizations need to connect (and manage) their remote clients to their centralized virtual desktops.
- Web UI based management - Designed for a desktop administrator, Silverstone provides an easy look and feel that closely resembles VI3 and enables central administration of desktops from any location.
- Full Microsoft Active Directory (AD) integration and policy enforcement.
- VMware VI3 integration - Silverstone leverages VMware HA and DRS capabilities.
- Support for manually created VMs as well as pools of VMs - Support includes persistent and non-persistent pooling which allows for the flexibility of retaining changes made to desktop virtual machines after a log off, which associates users to their own unique desktop, or reverting back to a known good configuration VM. This functionality is ideal for shared compute environments such as call centers or kiosks.
- Flexible deployment options - This flexibility allows for deploying critical components of VDM to different parts of the network to improve security and scalability of the environment.
- Support for limited USB client devices.
- Ability to cluster multiple connection brokers together for high availability and redundancy.