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Flings On A Roll in 2016

So far this year we have already had seven Fling updates and three new Flings released. The feedback we get from you helps in a big way so we can fix bugs and add new features to Flings!

We kicked off the year with important updates that included bug fixes and new features. Be sure you have the latest downloads:

  • VNC Server and VNC Client – This Fling is a stand-alone, cross-platform VNC implementation based on the remoting technology found in vSphere and VMware Workstation. It allows remote access to a desktop session running on another native system, or inside of a virtual machine.
  • Horizon Toolbox 2 – VMware Horizon Toolbox 2.0 is a web portal that acts as an extension to View Administrator in VMware Horizon™ 6 or above.
  • ESXi Embedded Host Client – This version of the ESXi Embedded Host Client is written purely in HTML and JavaScript, is served directly from your ESXi host, and should perform much better than any of the existing solutions.
  • OS Optimization Tool – The VMware OS Optimization Tool helps optimize Windows 7/8/2008/2012/10 systems for use with VMware Horizon View.
  • Horizon View Configuration Tool – The Horizon View Configuration Tool automates Horizon View 6.2 installation and deployment.
  • VCS to VCA Converter – This Fling allows you to migrate from Windows vCenter Server with an External Microsoft SQL Server Database to the vCenter Server Appliance with an embedded vPostgres database.
  • Horizon Service Installer for NSX – This Fling is an easy-to-use utility that inserts Horizon View services into NSX, and then combines them into Service Groups.

We’ve also had three new Flings released this year that you’ll want to try out:

  • vSphere HTML5 Web Client – The vSphere HTML5 Web Client is here! It is written using HTML5 and Javascript. We are looking forward to having you try it in your environment, and hearing your feedback!
  • vSphere SDK for JavaScript – The vSphere SDK for JavaScript enables programmatic access to various vSphere-related Web Service APIs and supports both browser and Node.js environments.
  • App Volumes Backup Utility – This Fling allows VMware App Volumes AppStacks and Writable Volumes to be backed up and recovered.

In addition to many updates and new releases this quarter, Fling download numbers are at a record high. At the end of last quarter, the top Fling (OS Optimization Tool) had 9,914 downloads. This quarter, the top Fling (Embedded Host Client) leads with a whopping 21,829 downloads, with the OS Optimization Tool close behind.

Flings on a roll

Over the five years that I’ve been managing the Fling program, I’ve watched some Flings rise in popularity, but not like the first two Flings called out above. Part of the success of these particular Flings stems from wide-spread customer needs, and because the developers of these Flings are great about turning customer feedback into new features and bug fixes.

It’s a privilege to work with our Fling developers. In order to have all of you get to know them too, I have writing about them in a Fling Developer Spotlight series, and will continue doing so. Read the last two articles here: