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Jason Langone (@langonej) has been involved in VMware solutions for over seven years and has designed and implemented solutions around the world. Langone has a long history of designing VMware-based tools (for example, V-Moses and ESX Recovery Center), as well as designing robust solutions for enterprise customers. Langone spoke at VMWorld 2006 and won a VMware Vanguard Award in 2007 for Best DR Solution. He is a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX), a VMware vExpert, and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP). In addition, Langone has been involved in some of the largest VDI deployments from the Middle East to deployable solutions in the US. Langone maintains a blog dedicated to virtualization and cloud computing at Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) is a leading expert in the current area of virtualization and End User Computing and maintains an award-winning and world-recognized blog. For the last 10 years, his passion and dedication around virtualization and End User Computing has helped many organizations while working for VMware Professional Services, EMC Virtualization Team (vSpecialists), and through creating professional blogging resources. His expertise is backed by more than 20 years industry experience managing IT infrastructures for large organizations. Andre's blog is recognized as one of the industry leading technical VDI blogs with more than 1.5 million views every month. Based on his field experience, he developed a number of free tools to help beginners and advanced architects to appropriately size and architect VDI solutions. Those tools include the VMware View Online Calculator, the XenDesktop Online Calculator, and the Display Protocol Online Calculator. His passion for End User Computing led him to find the APAC Virtualization Podcast and speak at conferences such as the Brazil vForum 2011, Las Vegas VMworld 2011, and the Sydney vForum 2010. Due to his creativity and accomplishments, he received the VMware Virtual Desktop Ingenuity Award 2009 and was recognized as vExpert recipient award for two consecutive years.Degree qualified, Andre also holds VCP 5, VCAP4-DCA, VCAP4-DCD, VCP4-DT, ITIL V3, EMCCA, EMCDCA, and MCSE certifications. He is currently helping to shape the future of End User Computing by working at VMware as an architect in the Office of the CTO and enjoying his work.
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (June 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849681120
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849681124
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kaplan on June 23, 2012
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I want to start off this review with a disclaimer. Jason Langone mentioned me under his acknowledgements - though that was for general mentorning (which certainly has gone both ways), not for specific content for the book. The first time I saw any actual content was after I ordered it via Kindle.

I am not a hands-on engineer, but only a geek wannabe. While at times the book dove a little too deep into technical details around configuration and such for my purposes, it helped me understand the View architecture much better. I also gained an increased knowledge around assessment, design and implementation methodology.

The book is very well written - especially for a technical tome. It briefly covers the basics for people like me, but also goes deep into the intricacies of virtual desktops and View. I've already begun strongly recommending it as must reading to our engineers even though we have many very astute View implementers on staff. The storage and networking sections are particularly detailed and informative. The authors also include a link to their VDI Fox tool which provides a questionnaire for assisting with View assessments.

I would have liked to have seen a bit about View's place in VMware's overall vision of desktop or DTaaS, and how it is positioned vis-a-vis Horizon. Similarly, it would have been interesting to see some of the synergies View provides for a vSphere shop. Some coverage of licensing (including Microsoft) and comparisons between View and other platforms would have been beneficial as well. While I am a huge fan of T-Rex and LiquidWare Labs, I think a little more coverage on alternative solutions would have been appreciated (certainly by those more familiar with the alternatives).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Antonowicz on July 6, 2012
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As an IT professional that designs and deploys virtualization solutions, I have been working with VMware View for several years. While there have been manuals and walk-thru instructional documentation available, there was no book available for Systems Administrators to reference for design, sizing, and integration. Information was available online at places such as the authors' blogs, [...] and [...], but nobody put it together in a single resource. Similar to most other technical books, the content isn't unique, and can be found elsewhere if you took the time to search hard enough. The majority of us don'thavethe time and patience to spend in pursuit of said sources. The genius of this book is to bring it all together for us in one location. Additionally, they go through several sizing exercises to show the reader how different design decisions can affect the overall hardware and storage requirements for a given solution.
This book changes the landscape for VMware View references. Lebovici and Langone have aggregated information on multiple topics such as Installation, hardware and storage sizing, image optimization, security and backups, and end clients in a comprehensive fashion. More importantly, this book is well written. When reading technical books and manuals, they tend to be long on the 'technical' and short on the 'book', meaning they are difficult to follow along and most useful when searching for a specific topic. VMware View 5 Virtualization Solutions is an easy read. It delivers plenty of technical information while at the same time flowing well from chapter to chapter. I was able to read it from cover to cover during a cross-country flight and learn a few new tips and tricks along the way.
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The authors make an offhand, throwaway remark about ESX being a former term for vSphere, like it was a long time ago. Yikes! Doesn't seem that distant when ESX was the only term. Well, the current text demonstrates the progress made in virtualisation at the desktop level, aka. VDI. There are various 'moving' parts to this, especially to hook to the back end. Part of the task for the reader is to understand how these all work together.

You can quickly see that VMware has provided several very useful abilities for the administrator. Like being able to take a snapshot of a specific virtual machine. And you can do several of these. Giving rise to another object, defined as a linked clone. The practical effect is to let you tweak the configuration of a base virtual machine into different snapshots. Assuming of course enough disk and memory. For protection, you can even designate a virtual machine as read only, which is termed a template.

Crafty things have also been done so that if a virtual machine has a virtual disk of some size, eg. 20 Gb, then it might be actually granted only 5 Gb on a real disk. Like lazy loading at run time, if you are familiar with the term. This way, a virtual disk will only expand on actual need. Hence you can pack several such virtual disks of different virtual machines onto a single real disk.

But the book is more than just explaining the software. An entire chapter is devoted to detailing questions to be put to users and managers, when planning a new configuration of virtual machines. These range from checking if there is a current Microsoft desktop licence to whether VoIP will be needed. This particular chapter aims at removing much of the fuzzy stuff about planning. The level of discussion and metrics to be measured can greatly reduce the setup risk.
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