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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)

Global settings

The whole View environment can be configured with some specific settings. These settings can be accessed via Policies | Global Policies. These settings affect all View desktop pools, as all pools inherited these policies. Each of these policies can be overwritten by the View desktop pool settings as shown in the following screenshot:

These settings fall into two sections View Policies and Local Mode Policies.

Under View Policies we have the following settings:

  • Multimedia redirection (MMR): MMR is a Microsoft DirectShow that forwards multimedia content directly to the client, which is executed on the client instead of the server. Allowing MMR redirection uses additional network ports as described in the previous chapter.

  • USB access: This switches USB redirection on or off, even if the View Client and View Agent setting allows USB redirect.

  • Remote mode: Disabling Remote mode will force users to use Local Mode, meaning that they cannot access View desktops via the View Client...