VMware Horizon View 5.3 Design Patterns and Best Practices

VMware Horizon View 5.3 Design Patterns and Best Practices
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Identify the reasons why you are deploying Horizon View, a critical step to identifying your metrics for success
  • Determine your Horizon View desktop resource requirements, and use that to size your infrastructure
  • Recognize key design considerations that should influence your Horizon View infrastructure
  • Learn how third party add-on solutions can complement and enhance your Horizon View deployment

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 124 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2013
ISBN : 1782171541
ISBN 13 : 9781782171546
Author(s) : Jason Ventresco
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to VMware Horizon View Design
Chapter 2: Understanding Desktop Deployment Options
Chapter 3: Understanding the View Environment
Chapter 4: Determining vSphere Resource Requirements
Chapter 5: View Storage Considerations
Chapter 6: View Client Management and Connectivity
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to VMware Horizon View Design
    • The benefits of virtual desktops
      • The ideal upgrade path for our legacy desktops
      • New options for office mobility
      • Platform and data security
      • Simplifying the support model
      • Bring your own devices (BYOD)
    • Risks of end user computing
      • Saving money should not be priority number one
      • Knowing our virtual desktop use cases
        • Complex workstations
        • Heavy offline requirements
        • Application and service compatibility
        • Mobility within the office
      • Storage considerations
        • Traditional shared storage spinning disk arrays
        • Shared storage all-flash arrays
        • Storage acceleration platforms
        • Traditional host-based storage
        • Abstracted host-based storage
        • Converged infrastructure solutions
      • User acceptance
    • VMware Horizon View design considerations
      • Migrating user persona data
      • Application virtualization with ThinApp
      • Infrastructure monitoring
    • Sizing the View infrastructure components
      • Gathering desktop resource requirements
        • Network adapter bytes total/sec
        • Physical disk – read/write bytes
        • Physical disk – reads/writes
        • Percent processor time
        • Memory committed bytes
      • Analyzing performance monitor data
        • Determining vSphere host's desktop capacity
        • Determining storage array requirements
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: Understanding Desktop Deployment Options
    • Full clone or linked clone – which should we choose?
      • Understanding View Composer linked clone desktops
      • Understanding full clone desktops
    • Floating versus dedicated user assignments
      • Defining dedicated user assignments
      • Defining floating user assignments
    • Deciding between persistent and non-persistent desktops
      • What is a persistent desktop?
      • What is a non-persistent desktop?
    • Building desktop pools
      • The fewer the better
      • When to use small desktop pools
        • Accommodating varying CPU and RAM requirements
        • Accommodating varying storage I/O needs
    • Putting Windows on a diet
      • Windows optimization – impact on storage I/O
      • Windows optimization – impact on CPU utilization
      • Always test windows optimizations
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Understanding the View Environment
    • Defining the View Connection Server requirements
      • Key limits of VMware Horizon View
      • Understanding View Connection Servers
      • Understanding View Security Servers
    • Key View infrastructure design considerations
      • High availability – you need it
        • Load balancing options
      • Disaster recovery and VMware Horizon View
        • The bad news
        • View infrastructure backup options
        • User persona data replication
        • VMware high availability (HA)
        • vCenter Server Heartbeat
    • View client protocol options
      • PC-over-IP
      • Remote desktop protocol
      • HTML
        • Limitations of HTML client access
        • Supported HTML client web browsers
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Determining vSphere Resource Requirements
    • Building vCenter Server
      • vCenter Server resource requirements
      • Using vCenter Server Appliance
      • vCenter database space requirements
        • New to vCenter 5.5 – SQL Cluster support
    • Overview of View Composer
      • Why use a dedicated View Composer server
        • View Composer resource components
    • Sizing the vSphere hosts
      • Important View vSphere limits
      • Scaling up versus scaling out the vSphere hosts
        • Scaling out – using more vSphere hosts
        • Scaling up – using larger vSphere hosts
      • Accommodating Virtual Machine overhead
      • The importance of reserve vSphere capacity
    • Managing PCoIP network bandwidth requirements
      • Common PCoIP bandwidth estimates
      • Customizing PCoIP image quality levels
      • Configuring the maximum PCoIP session bandwidth
    • Summary
  • Chapter 5: View Storage Considerations
    • Why storage performance is so important
    • Choosing the View storage platform
      • Dedicated storage for View is best
      • Mechanical disk and hybrid shared storage arrays
        • All-flash shared storage arrays
        • Server local storage
        • Storage acceleration platforms
        • Converged infrastructure solutions
        • VMware VSAN
      • Key reminders concerning View storage performance
    • Understanding View storage-related features
      • View Storage Accelerator
      • Tiered storage for View linked clones
        • User persistent data disk
        • Replica disks
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: View Client Management and Connectivity
    • Understanding the View Client options
      • The View software client
      • Understanding thin clients
      • Zero clients
      • HTML Client Access
    • Choosing a View client
      • Why software clients?
      • Why thin or zero clients?
    • Managing View user persona data
      • View Persona Management
        • Folder redirection
        • Persona Management infrastructure requirements
    • Third-party persona management tools
      • AppSense Environment Manager
      • Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity
    • Monitoring View using vCenter Operations Manager for View
      • vCenter Operations Manager for View in action
        • Top Desktops
        • Top Sessions
        • View Sessions
    • Summary

Jason Ventresco

Jason Ventresco is a 14-year veteran of the IT field, currently working for EMC2 as a Principal Solutions Engineer. In this role, he architects, builds, and tests the latest end user computing solutions to validate their performance and provide guidance to EMC2 customers and partners. Jason previously worked as a member of the Global Infrastructure team for FHI 360, and as an IT consultant for WorkSmart and Xerox Global Services. He has also published the book, Implementing VMware Horizon View 5.2, Packt Publishing.

Jason lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife Christine and daughter Amanda. He holds two degrees, a Master of Science in Information Assurance from Norwich University, and a Bachelors of Science in Information Technology from the University of Phoenix. In his free time, he likes to travel, ride his WaveRunner, and is a Carolina Hurricanes season ticket holder. You can follow him on Twitter at @jasonventresco.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Identify your reasons for implementing Horizon View, the existing risks, and why this is important to your design
  • Learn about the vital considerations during the Horizon View design process including infrastructure design, monitoring, storage options, and Horizon View client types
  • Measure current desktop resource utilization and use that data to size your Horizon View infrastructure
  • Define the characteristics of Horizon View linked-clone, full-clone, persistent, and non-persistent desktops, and the reasons for using each
  • Understand desktop pool design and its influence on Horizon View maintenance
  • Recognize the limitations of vSphere and Horizon View that will impact your design
  • Decide how and why to control Horizon View client bandwidth usage
  • Discover the various options for monitoring your Horizon View environment and learn about its significance

In Detail

VMware Horizon View is easy to install and configure, but building an adequate infrastructure and deploying the ideal desktops for your environment requires careful planning and a detailed understanding of the different options that exist. The more you know about those options and the impact of choosing one versus another, the better prepared you will be to make the optimal choice for your environment.

VMware Horizon View 5.3 Design Patterns and Best Practices provides important information that will guide you through decisions that are fundamental to designing and implementing a successful View environment. You will learn about major topics that are crucial to making your Horizon View environment a success, both in the early stages of deployment and beyond.

This book discusses multiple essential topics related to the architecture and administration of VMware Horizon View. Subjects such as infrastructure design, Horizon View desktop deployment, and monitoring are all discussed, each of which are critical to building and maintaining a healthy and well-performing Horizon View architecture.

Building a Horizon View infrastructure isn’t just about buying the right hardware; it requires careful consideration of all layers of the implementation including desktop pool configuration, the ability to monitor and troubleshoot the environment, and understanding what will happen when the environment matures or is required to expand. This book will help you understand why each of these topics is important, and provide the guidance needed to help make your Horizon View environment successful.


This is an easy-to-follow guide that introduces the user to a variety of diverse topics that are instrumental to designing and implementing Horizon View, which should help the reader make an informed decision that best serves the needs of their organization.

Who this book is for

This book is aimed at individuals who are considering implementing Horizon View, but unaware of how their design decisions may impact the execution, operation, and future performance of their Horizon View environment. Readers should have some knowledge of end user computing, the capabilities of VMware Horizon View, and datacentre infrastructure to understand the concepts and ideas that the book discusses.

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