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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)

View connections

We will now discuss how View establishes a connection and how the View desktops work. The View connection is basically broken down into three components.

  • The View Agent that is installed on the VM, that is, the source for the desktops

  • The View Client that is installed on a remote PC, Mac, thin client, or other devices that are receiving the remote desktop

  • The last and third part is the View connector that acts as a connection broker and lets the View Client choose a View desktop, and connects it to the View Agent

The View Client will by default try to establish a direct connection between the View Client and the View Agent/desktop using either RDP or PCoIP as a desktop protocol. We will later learn how to configure a secure HTTPS or PCoIP Secure Gateway connection between them.