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VMware View Security Essentials

By : Daniel Langenhan
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VMware View Security Essentials

By: Daniel Langenhan

Overview of this book

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.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Chapter 1. Introduction to View

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) not only opens the door to easy desktop virtualization, but it also opens possibilities of security breaches.

We live in a world where security is paramount. As our daily life becomes more and more online-based, we need to understand more about how to secure our life online. The trend toward replacing existing physical desktops with VDI is rapidly strengthening, especially with the strong emergence of tablets and other high-end mobile devices coupled with wider and faster mobile network access. It is not only accessibility that drives the process, corporations are driven by the rising cost of CBD floor space, investment reductions in physical desktops, and the ability to centralize user data and management are key motivators for adoption of VDI. Corporations are reducing the amount of office space by introducing working-from-home schemes, using hot desks and providing the ability to work from anywhere, anytime. VDI makes this possible, thus enabling users to take their desktop home, or to the coffee shop around the corner. However, this introduces new risks to the corporate desktop environment that were not apparent before.

Corporations now have to deal with:

  • Network security for remote users

  • The ability of users to access confidential corporate information offsite

  • Securing data against theft using a simple USB stick

  • Redirecting printing to the nearest printer

VMware View is one of the leading VDI products. Its strength is that it builds upon existing capabilities, features, and investments made into the VMware infrastructure. This book will focus on the essential security features and how to address them using VMware View. Let's start off with defining what View actually contains.