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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)

Desktop connection

Selecting the right protocol, either RDP or PCoIP, is important as different services and firewalls need to be configured. Both protocols give access to a remote desktop but also have slightly different features. Policies can be set to assign different protocols to different user groups.

We will first discuss the differences between the two different display protocols RDP and PCoIP.

I will use the word "Desktop" to indicate the source of the connection, the VM that has the View Agent installed. The word "Client" will be used to indicate the View Client or thin client, the remote physical desktop.

You can set the default desktop protocol when creating the desktop pool as well as the option for users to choose a different one, refer to the following screenshot:

A quick look at TCP and UDP

Before we step into the PCoIP versus RDP discussion, let us review the difference between TCP and UDP. Just to clear up all misunderstanding, neither UDP nor TCP have anything to do with the...