VMware Horizon Workspace Essentials

VMware Horizon Workspace Essentials
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Table of Contents
Sample Chapters
  • Design, install, and configure a Horizon Workspace infrastructure
  • Deliver a user's workspace to mobile devices such as Android and iOS
  • Easy to follow, step-by-step guide on how to deploy and work with Horizon Workspace

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 158 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : March 2014
ISBN : 1782172378
ISBN 13 : 9781782172376
Author(s) : Peter von Oven, Peter Björk, Joel Lindberg
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started with VMware Horizon Workspace
Chapter 2: Design, Install, and Configure
Chapter 3: Horizon Files
Chapter 4: Integrating SaaS Applications
Chapter 5: Mobile Management
Chapter 6: Integrating ThinApp Packages
Chapter 7: Horizon View Integration
Chapter 8: Troubleshooting
Appendix: Useful Links
  • Chapter 1: Getting Started with VMware Horizon Workspace
    • Introduction to VMware Horizon Workspace
      • Ease of deployment
      • Proving the technology
    • Prerequisites
      • Infrastructure requirements for an initial test setup
      • Infrastructure requirements for production deployment
      • Network, DNS, and Active Directory requirements
      • vCenter Server requirements
      • External access
      • Certificates
    • Horizon Workspace vApp
      • An overview of vAPP
    • Users
    • Downloading the software
    • Summary
    • Chapter 2: Design, Install, and Configure
      • The Horizon Workspace architecture
      • The Horizon Workspace sizing guide
        • Sizing the Horizon Workspace virtual appliances
        • Sizing for Preview services
        • The Horizon Workspace database
        • External access and load balancing considerations
      • Deploying and configuring the vApp
        • Configuring an IP pool
        • Deploying the vApp
      • The command-line configuration process
      • Web-based configuration
      • Summary
      • Chapter 3: Horizon Files
        • An introduction to Horizon Workspace Files
        • Horizon data appliance architecture
        • Configuring storage on the data-va virtual machine
          • Calculating user storage requirements
          • Adding a new VMDK
          • Adding a new NFS data store
        • Enabling Horizon Files and entitling users
          • Enabling the Horizon Files module
          • Entitling users to Horizon Files
        • Configuring a Class of Service
          • COS configuration options
        • User accounts
          • Domain users
          • Virtual users
        • Document preview
          • LibreOffice
          • Microsoft Windows Preview
        • Managing files and folders
          • Uploading a file
          • Sharing a file
          • Version control
          • Comments
          • Creating a new folder
          • Sharing a folder
          • History
        • Synchronizing Horizon Files and offline access
        • Multi-device access
          • The Android app
          • The iOS app
        • Summary
          • Chapter 5: Mobile Management
            • An overview of Horizon Workspace on a mobile
            • Configuring Mobile Management
              • Horizon Mobile Workspace policies
            • Mobile device enrolment
              • Enrolling an Android device
              • Enrolling an iOS device
            • Summary
            • Chapter 6: Integrating ThinApp Packages
              • An overview of ThinApp integration
              • Enabling Horizon management in your ThinApp packages
              • Enabling ThinApp integration in Horizon Workspace
                • ThinApp configuration in Horizon Workspace
                • Entitling a user to the ThinApp-packaged application
              • Updating ThinApp packages
              • Summary
              • Chapter 7: Horizon View Integration
                • Configuring Horizon Workspace for view access
                  • Configuring user accounts for Horizon View
                  • Enabling and configuring Horizon View pools
                • Configuring the Horizon View Workspace integration
                  • Configuring SAML authentication
                • Configuring HTML5 desktop access
                • Accessing your desktop
                • Summary
                • Chapter 8: Troubleshooting
                  • Installation troubleshooting
                    • Networking
                      • Configuring the IP pool
                      • DNS errors
                    • Web-based setup wizard issues
                    • Troubleshooting AD errors
                    • User-synchronization issues
                  • Time-synchronization issues
                  • Changing the Fully Qualified Domain Name
                  • Accessing the Horizon Workspace logfiles
                    • Virtual appliance logs
                    • Downloading the appliance logfiles
                    • Client logfiles
                  • Summary

                    Peter von Oven

                    Peter von Oven is an experienced technical consultant and has spent the last 20 years of his IT career working with customers and partners in designing technology solutions aimed at delivering true business value. During his career, Peter has been involved in numerous large-scale enterprise projects and deployments, presented at key IT events, and has worked in senior pre-sales roles for some of the giants of IT. Over the last eight years, Peter has focused his skills and experience within the end user computing market, and today he leads the End User Computing Pre Sales team at VMware in the UK&I, tasked with delivering the next generation of end-user computing and workforce mobility solutions.

                    Peter got his first taste for writing last year while assisting with some of the chapters in the book Building End-User Computing Solutions with VMware View, Lulu, and got the writing bug. He went on to write his own book, VMware Horizon Mirage Essentials, Packt Publishing, which was published in December 2013.

                    Peter Björk

                    Peter Björk has many years' experience in VMware Horizon Workspace and ThinApp. He started out working with Thinstall, and continued after VMware acquired the product in 2008, renaming it ThinApp. Peter supports Horizon Workspace and ThinApp in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. As a teacher, Peter has educated many ThinApp packagers around the world. Peter lives in Sweden with his wife and two kids, a boy and a girl. Peter Björk is very active on the VMware community pages and the official VMware Workspace and ThinApp blogs. You can follow Peter on Twitter (@thepeb) to get the latest ThinApp and Workspace news.

                    Peter Björk published his first book, VMware ThinApp 4.7 Essentials, Packt Publishing, in 2012.

                    Joel Lindberg

                    Joel Lindberg has 20 years' experience in the IT industry in various positions and is currently working at VMware as a Senior Systems Engineer specializing in end-user computing solutions. He has spoken at VMworld several times and is an active member and moderator on the VMware user communities. Joel interacts with customers, partners, and vendors, and has been involved in many successful customer projects. You can follow him on Twitter (@viewgeek).

                    Joel lives in Stockholm, Sweden with his family.

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                    What you will learn from this book

                    • Design, install, and configure a Horizon Workspace infrastructure
                    • Deploy a data collaboration platform and apply a policy on how data is shared internally and externally
                    • Deliver a user’s workspace to mobile devices such as Android and iOS
                    • Manage the entire solution from a single management console
                    • Integrate with existing systems and policies
                    • Set up your Horizon instance
                    • Generate reports on application usage
                    • Configure Horizon Workspace for desktop brokering
                    • Understand broker software as a service securely, using SAML and single sign-on

                    In Detail

                    The Horizon suite is VMWare's end user solution suite. VMware Horizon Workspace allows administrators to virtualize operations systems, applications, and user data, and also delivers modern desktops to end users. VMware Horizon Workspace is a new type of solution that is commonly referred to as a "Workspace Aggregator” or “Universal Services Broker”. It delivers a solution that provides end-users with a single point of access to their corporate data, applications, and other IT-resources as well as providing IT administrators with a single point of administration and management.

                    This guide will show you how to deliver a complete user environment based on their entitlement, their location, and the end point device they are connecting with. It will also show you how, from an IT administrator’s perspective, everything can be managed from a single console.

                    This book starts by introducing the concepts behind Horizon Workspace, how they work, and how they map onto the everyday tasks faced by an IT administrator. It also covers the challenges a user faces in accessing the technology. It will then look in detail at the different features and functionality offered by Horizon Workspace in delivering against application brokering, data collaboration, and mobility. The book will take you through each one in detail, using illustrations and screenshots with the option to follow in real time to build out your own lab/pilot environment. You will also be guided through the product capabilities using step-by-step instructions and screenshots of each feature and how to implement it.


                    This book uses a step-by-step approach to teach you how to design, deploy, and manage a Horizon Workspace based on real world experience. Written in an easy-to-follow style, this book explains the terminology in a clear and concise manner. Each feature is explained starting at a high level and then drilling down into the technical detail, using diagrams and screenshots.

                    Who this book is for

                    This book is perfect for IT administrators who want to deploy a solution to centrally manage access to corporate applications, data, and virtual desktops using Horizon Workspace. You need to have some experience in delivering BYOD initiatives and delivering applications from the Cloud (SaaS).

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