Book Review: VMware View Security Essentials

Publisher PACKT Publishing
Author Daniel Langenhan
ISBN 978-1-78217-008-2
Costs (UK) Amazon Book Format = £24:30
Kindle Format = £15:44

Product Description (taken from PACKT)

About This Book

  • Discover how to correctly implement View connection, security, and transfer servers
  • Understand all the firewall rules and the basics of multi-layered security
  • Secure all your connections between client and desktop

Who This Book Is For

This book is a “how-to” for the novice, a “reference guide” for the advanced user, and a “go to” for the experienced user in all the aspects of VMware View desktop virtualization security.

What You Will Learn

  • Create, use, and install SSL certificates
  • Acquire a new skill set in troubleshooting security issues
  • Learn about secure tunnelling your desktop connection with RDP and PCoIP
  • Understand the concepts of pairing View security and transfer severs with View connection servers
  • Understand the key aspects of blocking undesirable USB devices

In Detail

Most people associate security with network security and focus on firewalls and network monitoring. However, there is more to security than that. Security starts with the establishment of a stable environment, protecting this environment not only from intrusion, but also from malicious intent. It is about tracking the issue and recovering from it. These elements of security are what this book aims to address.

VMware View Security Essentials addresses the topic of security in the corporate environment in a new way. It starts with the underlying virtual infrastructure and then delves into securing your base, your connection, and your client. This is not only a “how-to” book, but is also a book that explains the background and the insights of View security for the experienced professional’s desktop virtualization.

This book takes you through the four major View security areas. Each area deals with all the aspects of security and explains the background as well as laying out simple-to-follow recipes to implement a higher security standard.

We start at the Virtualization base and work our way through the various View server types. We will then dive into the problems and issues of securing a connection before we address the security of the desktop itself. We conclude with a look into the backing up of our View installation and preparing for disaster recovery.

It is worth the price?

As a reference point for VMware based VDI security concepts yes,  even though this book does not deal with the latest version of the product, it is very through round up of the documentation that you would have to read when designing and implementing a View based VDI deployment and even though it is not based on View 6 but its predecessor View 5.3, it does not distract from its usefulness.  it discusses at a reasonable depth the concepts needed to deploy a secure VDI environment.

This is not a cover to cover read, but more of a drop in refresh or learn book.