Having done a few small VMware View deployments in the past with an earlier version, I figured why not update my skills with the new version of View, in this case VMware Horizon View 5.2. I definitely see the future with VDI, whether it be View or XenDesktop, the BYOD era is really starting to come out now with companies slowly starting to adapt this concept making VDI worth pursuing if you ask me.
I am no View expert as I don’t have a lot of experience with large View deployments, but I am also not new to View and having deployed it in the past definitely helps with better understanding of View 5.2. I’ll be making multiple posts on View and basically covering the VCP5-DT objectives in preparation to take the exam. I hope these posts will prove to be useful to new administrators who are looking to implement View in their environment.
For those that don’t know what VMware View is, it’s a VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) solution that allows us to deliver virtual desktops to end users on devices such as workstations, laptops, mobile devices, zero/thin clients, etc.
Just like with Datacenter Virtualization, there are many advantages to using View, some of the advantages include:
- Central management
- Hardware independent
- Simplified patch management
- Less troubleshooting on per desktop basis
- Simplified OS upgrade and deployment
- Centralized user profile management
Here’s a VMware View infrastructure diagram that can be found here
To prepare for the exam, I am going to be using the following material:
- VMware View 5 Essentials – TrainSignal
- Implementing VMware Horizon View 5.2 – Kindle Edition eBook
- VMware View 5 Desktop Virtualization Solutions – Kindle Edition eBook
There is also a free 4 hour overview course that I would recommend you check out if you’re new to View
In regards to TrainSignal videos, you can sign up for a free three day trial without having to pay first, if you really like what you see, I’d suggest you subscribe, at $49/month it’s really worth the investment if you ask me.
Like with any training, having a lab in place to install and test View is crucial to learning the product well. Below is how I’ve configured my lab, which I basically followed the lab configuration of the VMware View 5 Essentials videos on TrainSignal with the addition of the View Composer that I’ve deployed since I am using vCenter Appliance and a dedicated LUN for the Virtual Desktops. Below is a screenshot of my config:
You should also configure a separate VLAN for the View Security server, as in this server will always be sitting in the DMZ so it’s a good idea to try and mimic this in your lab. In my case, the DMZ network is 10.0.30/24.