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VMware Horizon Workspace Essentials Review

VMware Horizon Workspace Essentials

If your boss pops his head in your cube and asks if you can get a Horizon Workspace PoC stood up, you can confidently answer yes if you’ve read this book. I imagine as more and more VMware customers have opted for the Horizon Suite, the need to get Workspace stood up fast will increase.

This book lays out the exact steps needed for a PoC, and the authors are very good at pointing out where scale-out will need to occur as the deployment moves towards production. If you are not familiar with using a vApp, they lay out the steps for creating IP Pools and other tasks that VMware Administrators may not have had a chance to do before.

One thing I did not like was the NFS-only storage for Horizon Data, formally known as Octopus. That is not the fault of the authors, however- Horizon Data does not support CIFS, which drives me nuts.

The part that got me fired up was pulling SaaS applications and Thinapps into Workspace. The authors showed exactly how to set up SalesForce- if it works with SalesForce, it will work with anything.

To sum up, go and get this book! This is an important part of a VDI admins toolkit. I’m really glad we have something more than the standard documentation.

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