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VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop (VMware Press Technology) [Paperback]

by Paul O'Doherty
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Book Description

December 13, 2012 032182234X 978-0321822345 1

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.

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About the Author

Paul O’Doherty is a Cloud Solution Manager at Onx.com, specializing in the architecture and delivery of cloud-based services. Prior to that, Paul spent 10 years as the Managing Principal Consultant at Gibraltar Solutions architecting and delivering

end-user computer and virtualization environments in Fortune 500 companies involving VMware, VMware View, Citrix XenApp, and XenDesktop technologies. Paul has a broad range of infrastructure experience and has achieved numerous industry certifications such as VCP, CCEA, MCITP, RCSP, and is recognized as a VMware vExpert. In addition, Paul maintains a blog at http://virtualguru.org and has contributed to sites such as http://virtualization.info and is reoccurring speaker at VMUG sessions and other technical conferences.

Product Details

  • Series: VMware Press Technology
  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: VMware Press; 1 edition (December 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 032182234X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321822345
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for those new to VDI December 14, 2012
This is an excellent book for those new to virtual desktops, not only does it cover specific steps on how to implement, but also provides a useful history on VDI and explains why certain areas are critical for you to consider. For those already familiar with virtualization, this book also covers the components specific to VMware View such as Composer, ThinApp etc. and provides links to other 3rd party vendors and products that will be useful as you plan your VDI project. As is true with most technical books, there are a few technical errors (Max VMFS5 LUN size and a couple mis-statements on FT) but otherwise accurate. Chapter one is a little rough, there are several back to back paragraphs that are redundant so it made me stop, go back and make sure it didn't lose my spot. Push through that and it smooths out, later chapters dont seem to have this problem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book to learn VMware View January 4, 2013
By John
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Where to start? Oh yeah the beginning

*If you want labs and how-to's, look no further buy this book!*

The books starts out by laying the ground work and architecture of View, this included vCetner, vSphere, ESXi, storage, etc etc. Basically what any VMware administrator would expect from any environment set up properly.

It covers a large portion of view 5/5.1 (Note: not 5.1.1 but if you read with release notes for 5.1 most all concepts follow, 5.1.1 was more about bugfixes and optimizing what 5.1 has delivered) The setup of servers, what purpose they serve, what you might care to do with those servers. It doesn't go into PowerCLI in a view environment so if that is what you are after, you are a bit above what this book is addressing. This is a book for administrators who are deploying a View environment (big or small) and want to know the setup and requirements for a successful deploy.

Things I loved:
-> End user optimization HOWTO and why
-> vShield chapter AKA antivirus in a VDI
-> Automation/Composer

On the flip side the only thing I am somewhat disappointed on per say is
-> Lack of Thin Print, this is not a huge issue
-> Could have addressed a few more points over all about view but a few minutes of google'ing should give you the information you need.
-> Doesn't give you the number crunching things for planing, this book is implementing. The book for that is, search on amazon, "VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions" It's more tuned to planning a new deploy, and gets into some of logistics of it all.

Other notes: Realize this isn't a book for the VCP-DT exam, but I would say in the short time I have had it, this should cover most of what you will see on the blueprint and outline of the VCP5-DT .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent implementation guide. February 4, 2013
By midus
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Provides a single pane of glass to understand all that is required for a successful View deployment. However some chapters like Thinapp is thin (no pun intended) on details. Last 30% of the book feels rushed. Some spelling mistakes here and there. Some explanations after 50% of the book are confusing due to how the sentence structure was organized.

However still a very good read and the best reference resource available now. (Feb '13)

Great if you are new to View and need a structured manner to get up to speed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best reference resource available now December 27, 2013
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Provides a good starting point for anyone wanting to learn about virtual desktop and needs to get up to speed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction April 25, 2013
By N74JW
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This book is a great introduction to VMWare View and is very detailed in its design, setup, configuration and maintenance.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book February 25, 2013
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It's a one of the best VMware Book which is can make more understanding on Vmware view 5 as well as to know how to architecture it.
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