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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)

vSphere considerations

Before we start with the View considerations, let's step back a second and understand what basic security concepts have to be implemented on the vSphere level in order to secure the whole virtualization stack that VMware View depends on.

Using View means that you are using vSphere. Desktop virtualization centralizes the desktop infrastructure onto the core virtualization stack. Therefore if the core virtualization (vSphere) is not available, View will not be available; meaning anybody that uses a virtualized desktop will not be able to work. The cost implications are clear.

When we are talking about vSphere security, we have to understand that this encompasses a multitude of topics. As this book is focusing mainly on View, I will only touch this topic briefly.

The vSphere stack is built from a minimum of one VM/appliance, but in most cases we are talking about two to three VMs. Best practices for scaling and security dictate that vSphere uses a dedicated database server...