Quick Review: VMware View 5- Building a Successful Virtual Desktop






















In light of the fact that I have been living in the world of End User Computing (EUC) for a while now, especially with my work around VMware Project Octopus and now Horizon Data, I have been brushing up on my VMware View knowledge to round out my expertise.

As such, I wanted to pick up the most recent, up-to-date book on View. This came in the form of: VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop by Paul O’Doherty from VMware Press. This book was billed as follows:

Deliver high-value virtual desktop infrastructure and a superior user experience

Companies that have already realized the benefits of VMware server virtualization are now discovering that VMware View 5 offers equally powerful opportunities on the client side. VMware View 5 is a comprehensive enterprise-class solution. But, until now, crucial information about it has been scattered throughout dozens of technical documents. In VMware View 5, leading desktop virtualization expert Paul O’Doherty combines this critical information with deep insights and best practices from his extensive enterprise deployment experience.

O’Doherty walks through every step, from the earliest planning phases through configuration, implementation, and management. He addresses important considerations ranging from changes to end-user experience through support and performance management. You’ll learn how to plan and smoothly stage virtual desktop infrastructure deployments, and avoid pitfalls associated with latency, scalability, storage, and networking. 

Whether you’re an architect, system administrator, or virtualization consultant, this guide’s proven techniques can help you dramatically improve IT productivity as you build environments that are far more flexible and easier to manage.


I feel this book is great for someone new to View or someone who has a the basics down and is looking to cover all the aspects of the product.

All of the elements of a successful View implementation are covered, including technical details of View Persona, ThinApp, vShield Endpoint, vCenter Operations Manager, and View Adapter.


  • Great reference
  • Can skip to whatever section you are interested in, without reading cover to cover


  • Includes information about vSphere that can be found in other sources
  • Would have loved to see more on the planning of a View implementation

Overall, I would highly recommend giving this book a try! 5/5

*Disclosure: I received an electronic copy of this book for evaluation purposes. This in no way affect this review or any review done on this site.

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