Book Review: VMware Horizon Suite: Building End-User Services

Publisher VMware Press
Author Stephane Asselin & Paul O’Doherty
ISBN 978-0-13-347908-9
Costs (UK) Amazon Book Format = £33.99
Kindle Format = £17:79

Product Description (taken from Pearson)

VMware® Horizon Suite

The authoritative guide to delivering end-user services with VMwarE  View and VMware Horizon Suite

Today, IT professionals must manage stateless, mobile, streamed workspaces delivered across devices ranging from traditional PCs to tablets and smartphones. Using VMware View and VMware Horizon Suite, they can do so–providing flexible end-user services that support any business requirement cost effectively.

Now there’s a complete guide to planning, configuring, implementing, and integrating VMware Horizon Suite technologies and using them to deliver high-value end-user services in enterprise, managed, and cloud provider environments.

This book’s deep up-to-date technical content addresses considerations ranging from architecture, deployment, and operations to user experience and support. It offers detailed guidance on integration with VMware View and key third-party technologies. Throughout, it fully reflects the newest VMware View releases, including VMware Horizon Mirage.

Relevant, clear, and usable, VMware Horizon Suite contains step-by-step configuration examples, sample scenarios helping you choose the right technologies for your users’ needs, and a complete end-user computing design checklist.

Coverage includes

  • Understanding the new end-user service model and how VMware View and VMware Horizon address it
  • Mastering VMware View 6 and VMware Workspace 1.8 architectures
  • Leveraging proven installation and implementation techniques
  • Efficiently operating Connection, Security, and Transfer servers
  • Managing agents, clients, portals, composers, and personas
  • Integrating VMware View and Workspace
  • Implementing operational best practices, such as desktop pools, user data management, and SaaS
  • Using VMware Mirage to manage desktop images more intelligently and provide a wider spectrum of end-user services
  • Delivering multimedia within a View desktop environment
  • Integrating Microsoft Lync with VMware View
  • Monitoring VMware View and optimizing its performance

It is worth the price?

I want to say yes it is, but unfortunately the book is too disjointed,  it just seems like two books in one,  there are references to View 5.3 and Transfer servers and then it talks about View 6,  it seems as though the two authors were writing their parts based on different versions,

This is a shame as as it distracts from the content that is actually in there.  and there is a lot.  if you can get past the version errors and the fact that some of the information is already dated, the content surrounding how to build, operational practices are actually very good and well worth reading.

Is it worth the price, on the whole I would say unless you can get hold of a used copy or the kindle version I would not be happy having to pay full price for this book.  which is a shame as I know the time and effort that the authors put into these pieces of work,  It would be interesting to know where the authors were let down,  my first port of call would be the Technical reviewers who failed to pick up these discrepancies in version numbers, I mean I would expect questions to be raised regarding features across version,  the book mentions Transfer servers in some chapters and then talks about View 6 where this feature has been removed. Secondly the Copy Editors who should be checking for the flow of the work, to a lessor extend should have pick up the fact that the authors were hopping about across product versions.

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