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VMware Mirage for desktop endpoint management October 8, 2012

Posted by vbry21 in VMworld 2012 Barcelona.

The afternoon session at the VCI day  (08/10/2012) at VMworld Barcelona consisted of a presentation of End User Computing.

The consensus is that VMware have been successfully virtualising servers for years, the presentation on End User Computing looked at how VMware can help automate and manage the desktop.

VMware have used VMware View to allow us to deploy desktops as Virtual Machines that we can then connect to via a client.

The first presentation, introduced us to VMware Mirage, this new product from VMware allows us to manage our physical end point devices.

We can use Mirage to easily manage and recover physical devices such as laptops and desktops.

Here’s a quick list of the highlights.

Centralized single image management enables IT to take advantage of “the power of one” – manage and update a single copy of Windows and a single copy of each application instead of trying to manage thousands of endpoints.


Total image recovery creates a complete image of any computer to allow disaster recovery to same or different machine types – even down to user files, applications, and settings. The image is continuously propagated to the datacenter, preserving hourly, daily and monthly snapshots. Restoring is as easy as installing a new Mirage client – no need for CDs, DVDs, or other

complicated alternatives.


Full bi-directional network optimization and integrated deduplication stores only one copy of a file, application, or operating system in the data center and does not transfer any blocks of user files, applications, or operating system over the WAN if another user’s system has already done so.


Integrated PC break-fix and troubleshooting enables IT to use centralized images to solve common PC issues or revert back to a point in time with last known working configuration – without affecting newly created user data.


Automated OS and Hardware Migration enables IT to migrate a large number of endpoints from XP to Win7 (or from one hardware to another) without manually installing the new images and not requiring external boot media. Furthermore, Mirage leverages network optimization to transfer the image efficiently over the WAN, even to remote locations. It minimizes user

downtime to 30 minutes, and creates a backup copy of the XP image. The bottom line is 100 migrations per centralized technician per day, regardless of the location of the end users, compared to four-to-five a day using standard methods.


The session lasted 45 minutes , so too much to include in this post, for more information visit VMware’s Mirage website page also have a read of the datasheet it all makes for interesting reading.




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