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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.

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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: 7.1 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Frappier on December 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 By John on January 4, 2013
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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 By midus on February 4, 2013
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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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Format: Paperback
I found this book to be good on View basics, but overall, it tends to be repetitive and filled with a lot of needless how-to. I understand completely that this is supposed to be a how-to book and that gratuitous use of basic text and screenshots will and should be present; however, many of the topics given precious page space are simply superfluous. These topics tend to be tangentially or even directly related to a VMware View how-to, but none of them are something that should exist within a View technical guide, and as such, they end up just being filler.

The vSphere portion of chapter two also seemed very out of place, and it reads like it was written by going through product pages and pulling out tidbits of information. It ends up being very light on actual vSphere design for View guidance. I also would have liked to see it include guidance on vSphere 5.1 and View 5.1.1. They were released in August, with official support coming in late-October, so it shouldn't have been out of the question for a book not published until mid-December.

There were a couple of sections that I thought were outstanding, which were:

* vCenter Operations for View how-to and guide
* PCoIP tuning section

In the end, this book is very competent at its stated goal, though I would have liked to have seen it a couple hundred pages shorter. A bit of diligent editing could have made this book much more concise and on topic, both of which are essential in technical guides.
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Format: Paperback
This is an excellent beginner/intermediate's book on View implementation: the book was well written and had a lot of how-to's covering steps on how implement all components to properly set up a View environment.
It covers every aspect of a View environment: from configuration within vSphere to security, management, high availability and monitoring.
In particular I think that the high availability chapter is one of the most interesting: it not only review how to implement resilience, but talk about consideration on why.

Other topics covered are ThinApp and it's integration with View and vCenter Operation for View.

Pro
- outstanding how-to's on every topic
- well written and easy to read and understand: you can skip the how-to's and still continue reading without getting lost
- a full chapter on vShield
- a full chapter on vCenter Operation for View
- it will become your resource book for View implementation

Cons
It's hard do find cons about this book, perhaps some how-to's about basic vSphere infrastructure (vCenter and Update Manager) could be
put in an appendix (I think that even if this is a beginner/intermediate book on View, vSphere basics can be taken as granted from the reader).

Overall, I am very satisfied by this book and I suggest it to everyone interested in View.
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