VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop

Book description

VMware View 5 for the Desktop



Companies that have already realized the benefits of VMware server virtualization are now discovering that

VMware View 5 offers equally powerful opportunities on the client side. VMware View 5 is a comprehensive

enterprise-class solution. But, until now, crucial information about it has been scattered throughout dozens

of technical documents. In VMware View 5, leading desktop virtualization expert Paul O’Doherty combines

this critical information with deep insights and best practices from his extensive enterprise deployment


O’Doherty walks through every step, from the earliest planning phases through configuration,

implementation, and management. He addresses important considerations ranging from changes to

end-user experience through support and performance management. You’ll learn how to plan and smoothly

stage virtual desktop infrastructure deployments, and avoid pitfalls associated with latency, scalability,

storage, and networking.

Whether you’re an architect, system administrator, or virtualization consultant, this guide’s proven

techniques can help you dramatically improve IT productivity as you build environments that are far more

flexible and easier to manage.


  • Understanding the business value of desktop virtualization, and how VMware View delivers it

  • Engaging end users in the process of delivering desktop services

  • Using vSphere virtual infrastructure to add even more value to the virtual desktop 

  • Properly installing and configuring VMware View environments, including View Persona

  • Virtualizing applications with ThinApp

  • Building and tuning virtual desktops for optimal performance

  • Managing ThinApp packages and pools in complex enterprise environments

  • Protecting virtualized desktops against malware with VMware vShield EndPoint

  • Delivering a rich, high-performance user experience

  • Using Offline Desktops to serve tablets and other mobile devices

  • Migrating from older versions of View

  • Providing high availability and addressing single points of failure

  • Monitoring and actively managing virtual desktops by integrating vCenter Operations Manager with VMware View Adapter

  • Paul O’Doherty is a Cloud Solution Manager at Onx.com, and has spent 20 years designing, implementing,

    and managing IT infrastructures in highly available computing environments. His experience with virtualization

    includes OS virtualization, storage virtualization, application virtualization, and WAN optimization. He

    holds numerous industry certifications, publishes reviews at virtualization.info, and maintains the popular

    virtualization site virtualguru.org.

    Table of contents

    1. Title Page
    2. Copyright Page
    3. VMware Press Page
    4. VMware Press
    5. Dedication Page
    6. Contents
    7. Preface
      1. About This Book
      2. What This Book Covers
      3. Author Disclaimer
      4. Featured in Safari Edition
    8. Acknowledgments
    9. About the Author
    10. About the Technical Reviewers
    11. We Want to Hear from You!
    12. Reader Services
    13. Chapter 1. Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Overview
      1. The Evolution of the Virtual Desktop
      2. VoIP
      3. Summary
    14. Chapter 2. VMware View Architecture
      1. Virtual
      2. VMware View Architecture
      3. Summary
    15. Chapter 3. VMware View 5 Implementation
      1. Preparing a vCenter Installation
      2. Installing Microsoft SQL Server
      3. Installing vCenter
      4. Installing vSphere
      5. Installing VMware View
      6. Configuring the View Connection Server
      7. Summary
    16. Chapter 4. Application Virtualization
      1. Why Virtualize Applications?
      2. Summary
    17. Chapter 5. Building Your Virtual Desktop
      1. P2V or Clean Build?
      2. Summary
    18. Chapter 6. View Operations and Management
      1. Managing a VMware View Environment
      2. Using View Folders
      3. Types of Desktop Pools
      4. Creating Desktop Pools
      5. Power Options
      6. View Composer Settings
      7. Entitlement
      8. View Composer
      9. Managing Persistent Disks
      10. Managing Applications
      11. Summary
    19. Chapter 7. VMware vShield EndPoint
      1. VMware vShield EndPoint
      2. High-Level Architecture
      3. vSphere Update Manager
      4. Patching Your Environment
      5. Adding the vShield Manager to the vSphere Environment
      6. Adding the vShield Driver to Your VMs
      7. Plugging In Your Third-Party Solution
      8. Integrating vShield and Trend Micro Deep Security
      9. Summary
    20. Chapter 8. A Rich End-User Experience
      1. How Do You Deliver a Rich End-User Experience?
      2. Enhancements in PCoIP
      3. Building a Performance Test Environment
      4. Installing and Configuring WANem
      5. Installing and Configuring WireShark
      6. Tuning PCoIP
      7. Tuning Parameters
      8. Further Analysis
      9. The Impact of Load or IOPS
      10. Setting Up VMware ViewPlanner
      11. Setting Up the Client Desktop
      12. Summary
    21. Chapter 9. Offline Desktops
      1. Why Deliver an Offline Desktop?
      2. Summary
    22. Chapter 10. Migrating from Older Versions of View
      1. Upgrading to New Versions of View
      2. Upgrading Example
      3. Summary
    23. Chapter 11. High Availability Considerations
      1. Making Your View Environment Resilient
      2. Storage Heartbeats
      3. Configuring iSCSI Multipathing
      4. VMware FT
      5. Other Services and Considerations
      6. High Availability Scenario
      7. Deploying a Microsoft Cluster on vSphere
      8. Summary
    24. Chapter 12. Performance and Monitoring
      1. Establishing a Performance Baseline
      2. Summary
    25. Index
    26. Ad Pages

    Product information

    • Title: VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop
    • Author(s):
    • Release date: December 2012
    • Publisher(s): VMware Press
    • ISBN: 9780132983716