VMware builds a bridge between privat and public clouds

Last year at VMworld 2010 we got a peak at VMware’s Project Horizon:

Today VMware announces the brand new VMware Horizon App Manager:

VMware describes Horizon App Manager as follows:

VMware Horizon App Manager is a hosted service that enables organizations to centrally manage the provisioning, access and usage of software-as-aservice (SaaS) applications, while applying the standardized security and access controls the organization requires. This dramatically reduces the cost of ownership and increases the security of SaaS applications for the enterprise. Users have a single login across multiple devices, with selfservice access to a corporate store for their SaaS and Web-based applications.

And they outline the following key benefits :

  • Radically simplify and accelerate the delivery of enterprise management of SaaS and Web-based applications to line of business (LOB) teams.
  • Lower the TCO for cloud applications by reducing the manageability of users across multiple applications.
  • Increase enterprise security with a federated identity service and multifactor authentication for SaaS and Web-based applications.
  • Streamline the user experience, with single login access to public and private SaaS and Web-based applications—anywhere, anytime, on any device.
  • Leverage robust user activity reports, making it easier to manage and track application licenses and to address audit and compliance needs.

The Horizon App Manager is delivered as a virtual appliance, and has the following “recommended” system requirements:

  • Processor: One Intel Xeon Dual-Core 3.0GHz, with 4MB cache
  • Memory: 2GB DDR2 667MHz, ECC registered
  • Virtual disk space: 20GB
  • On-board LAN: Two 10/100/1000Base-TX ports

The VMware Horizon App Manager Vision: Single End-User Services Catalog from the Cloud Picture:



VMware is offering this on a per user per year subscribtion of $ 30,-

For more information and the resources used in this post:

VMware Horizon App Manager

VMware Horizon App Manager Datasheet

project horizon finally goes public





Using RMPrepUSB to install VMware ESXi 4.1 U1 on a USB stick

To get VMware ESXi 4.1 U1 installed on a USB stick you’ll need to download these two items:

The VMware ESXi 4.1 U1 (Build 34381) ISO: Download here

The RMPrepUSB files: Download here

Once you’ve got hold of these, let’s start the installation:

First open the ESXi ISO using Winrar and open imagedd.bz2


The following screen will show:


Click Extract to, to extract the imagedd file to a location of your choice.

That’s all we need of the VMware ISO, the next thing we need to do is to start RMPrepUSB

Go to –> Start –> All Programs –> RMPrepUSB –> RMPrepUSB


The following screen will appear (make sure the USB stick is inserted) and click File – USB

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The following screen will show appear: (Make sure All files is selected)

File to read

Click on the Imagedd file and press Open:

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The following screen will appear, 0 is OK (you’re free to change it, but you’ll need at least 1GB) Press OK

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The following screen will appear, again 0 is OK (Change if needed) Press OK

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The following screen will appear, 0 is OK and press OK

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The following screen will appear (check everything) and press OK

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The installation process will begin with this screen:

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You can monitor the process as shown in the next screen:

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When the installation process is done, the following screen will appear, click OK:

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We’re done! Take the USB stick and put it in a USB port on your server, make sure to select the boot from USB drive option in the BIOS and select to boot from USB first. You’ll need some kind of storage (SAN/NAS/DAS) to get the VM’s up and running.