VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions

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VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions

Jason Langone, Andre Leibovici

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Book Details

ISBN 139781849681124
Paperback288 pages

Book Description

VMware View is a desktop virtualization solution that helps organizations automate desktop and application management, reduce costs, and increase data security through centralization of the desktop environment.

Written by VMware experts Jason Langone and Andre Leibovici, this book is meant as a guide for architects, solution providers, consultants, engineers and anyone planning to design and implement a solution based on VMware View 5. This book will pull information and expertise from real world scenarios so as to maximize practical learning. It will explain the settings and configurations needed to have a successful desktop virtualization solution as well as the ‘why’ behind the decisions.

This book is not meant to replace the official Administration or Installation Guides for VMware View or ThinApp published by the great people at VMware. The material in this book should be used during the design phase, which is before an implementation is underway. All components of a VMware View solution will be covered.

This book uses case studies from the real world including:

  • Hotel Kiosk

VDI solution used in a hotel lobby to provide basic connectivity to its guests

  • Federal agency with classified and unclassified information

VDI used to allow analysts to securely connect to both a classified and unclassified network from the same device

  • Remote Office

VDI used to provide connectivity to offshore developers

  • Out-of-band Scientist

VDI used to provide a secure desktop environment to scientists fighting disease in remote locales

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Components of VMware View
Core components of VMware View
Optional component—VMware View Composer
Summary
Chapter 2: Solution Methodology
Assessment
Use case definition
Design overview
Validation
Summary
Chapter 3: Persistent or Non-Persistent vDesktops
Persistent desktops
Non-persistent desktops
Other non-persistent notes and considerations
Multisite solutions
Hybrid: persistent mixed with non-persistent
How to choose
Summary
Chapter 4: End Devices
Thick clients
Thin clients
Teradici PCoIP-powered zero clients
Other clients
Choosing the proper device
Summary
Chapter 5: The PCoIP Protocol
Why lossless quality is important
PCoIP network fundamentals
Multimedia redirection
Teradici APEX offload card
Summary
Chapter 6: Sizing the VDI
Network considerations
Compute considerations
Working with VMware vSphere maximums
Summary
Chapter 7: Redundancy
Physical infrastructure
VMware vCenter Server
VMware View
Parent vDesktop and templates
User personas
Summary
Chapter 8: Sizing the Storage
VMware View Composer
VMware vSphere files
VMware View specific files
Tiered storage
Storage overcommit
Storage protocols
Maximums and limits
Storage I/O profile
Read/write I/O ratio
Storage tiering and I/O distribution
Disk types
Capacity sizing exercises
vSphere 5.0 video swap
Summary
Chapter 9: Security
The inherent security of VDI
Firewalls, zones, and antivirus
Virtual enclaves
USB redirection and filtering
Smart card authentication
Prohibiting the use of Copy and Paste functions
View Connection Server tags
Forensics
Summary
Chapter 10: Migrating from Physical Desktops to Virtual Desktops
Migration of the user persona
Summary
Chapter 11: Backing Up the VMware View Infrastructure
Backing up the VMware View Connection Server environment
Restoring the VMware View environment
Backing up the gold templates
Backing up the Parent VM
Summary
Chapter 12: VMware View 5.1
Platform features
User experience and client features
Management and administration
Persona management
Security
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Analyse the strategies and techniques used to migrate a user population from a physical desktop environment to a virtual desktop solution
  • Decide whether to use persistent or non-persistent vDesktops, which impacts many areas of the overall VDI including storage, desktop pools and management
  • Understand how end devices such as thick client, thin client, zero clients and other devices, such as the Apple iPad, are supported by VMware View
  • Correctly size the VDI and avoid slow logons, poor PCoIP performance, authentication errors, random failures, and more
  • Analyse all of the potential points of failure within a VDI and provide redundancy for each component
  • Effectively plan the storage design for your VDI
  • Ensure regular backups are taken to ensure a quick recovery in times of failure
  • Understand various VDI design considerations for disaster recovery

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Components of VMware View
Core components of VMware View
Optional component—VMware View Composer
Summary
Chapter 2: Solution Methodology
Assessment
Use case definition
Design overview
Validation
Summary
Chapter 3: Persistent or Non-Persistent vDesktops
Persistent desktops
Non-persistent desktops
Other non-persistent notes and considerations
Multisite solutions
Hybrid: persistent mixed with non-persistent
How to choose
Summary
Chapter 4: End Devices
Thick clients
Thin clients
Teradici PCoIP-powered zero clients
Other clients
Choosing the proper device
Summary
Chapter 5: The PCoIP Protocol
Why lossless quality is important
PCoIP network fundamentals
Multimedia redirection
Teradici APEX offload card
Summary
Chapter 6: Sizing the VDI
Network considerations
Compute considerations
Working with VMware vSphere maximums
Summary
Chapter 7: Redundancy
Physical infrastructure
VMware vCenter Server
VMware View
Parent vDesktop and templates
User personas
Summary
Chapter 8: Sizing the Storage
VMware View Composer
VMware vSphere files
VMware View specific files
Tiered storage
Storage overcommit
Storage protocols
Maximums and limits
Storage I/O profile
Read/write I/O ratio
Storage tiering and I/O distribution
Disk types
Capacity sizing exercises
vSphere 5.0 video swap
Summary
Chapter 9: Security
The inherent security of VDI
Firewalls, zones, and antivirus
Virtual enclaves
USB redirection and filtering
Smart card authentication
Prohibiting the use of Copy and Paste functions
View Connection Server tags
Forensics
Summary
Chapter 10: Migrating from Physical Desktops to Virtual Desktops
Migration of the user persona
Summary
Chapter 11: Backing Up the VMware View Infrastructure
Backing up the VMware View Connection Server environment
Restoring the VMware View environment
Backing up the gold templates
Backing up the Parent VM
Summary
Chapter 12: VMware View 5.1
Platform features
User experience and client features
Management and administration
Persona management
Security
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781849681124
Paperback288 pages
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