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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)


Logging works in the following way.

The Event Database

The Event Database (DB) stores all events that occur with a View Connection Server in a SQL DB. This sounds rather weak but actually can be extremely useful. The events stored in the DB can be read out with a business analyzing software such as Crystal Reports, IBM Cognos, and others, which enable the correlation between View and business events. This automatically provides a tool to find out what business event has the View desktop and user triggered. The power this gives for investigation should be clear. Also, it lets you understand who logged on when and where.

We now will configure the Event DB:

  1. Create a new Microsoft SQL or Oracle database (refer to VMware View Installation Guide for more details).

  2. Log in to the View Administration Console.

  3. Navigate to View Configuration | Event Configuration. The following screenshot shows VMware View Administrator:

  4. Click on Edit.

  5. In the following menu you now can attach a SQL Database or Oracle...