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Aug 3 2012   10:36AM GMT

Building VMware End-User Computing Solutions with VMware View Book

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

Phew. I know it’s a long title. But I wanted to shoehorn the word “end-user computing” and Barry wanted “VMware View” in the title – so this is the mash-up we can up with.

It’s our joint pleasure to finally make available the end-user computing book that myself, and fellow vExpert, Barry Coombs – have been work in on for sometime. We never thought when we embarked on the project that it would take this length of time. That was partly caused by us both having other projects on the table, and the review process colliding with the release of VMware View 5.1 and ThinApp 4.7.2. It was also delayed by my sojourns into other complementary technologies such as vShield, Teradici APEX, ThinApp Factory and Horizon Application Manager.

I do I’d like to thank my co-author, Barry Coombs. It was Barry who approached me shortly after completing my SRM 5.0 book with the idea to update my old View 4.5 guide to be View 4.6 piece. Back then it was small under-taking to retro fit the book with the new support for the “PCoIP Gateway Mode”. Then quite quickly it became clear that with View 5.0 being released we might as well go the whole hog. Anyway, without Barry’s interested I might have not even bothered with this book. Also I wanted to recognise that where I have the luxury of bags of free time during the day to write – Barry has to hold down a proper job, and house move at the same time. Well done, Barry!

We’d both like to take this opportunity to thank everyone one who has assisted in bringing this text to the Community.

We spent many long dark nights toiling away in our man-caves to complete this project. Barry would like to thank his wife Laura Coombs, and I would like to thank his long-term partner, Carmel Edwards – for all their support and patience during this time.

From VMware would like to thank – Spencer Pitts, Peter von Oven, Peter Björk, Christoph Harding and Matthew Northam. Additionally I would like to thank Aaron Black, Jared Cook, Alejandro Guzman, Alan LaMielle and Deam Flaming who helped greatly with the ThinApp Factory and Horizon Application Manager chapters.

We would also like to thank Paul Pindel of F5 Networks, Andrei Valentin of BitDefender and Elcio Mello of Teradici.

Finally, we would like to thank all the people in the vExperts Community and elsewhere who assisted in the review process including: Duco Jaspars, Gabrie Van Zantan, Chris Mohn, Jonathan Medd, Rick Al Eqesem, Bas Raayman, Jane Rimmer, Stu McHugh, Ivo Beerens, Chris Deardon, Bilal Hashmi, James Bowling, Brian Jordon, Shane Williford, Andrew Hancock, Brian Suhr, Alex Muetstege, Dan Berkowitz, Matt Murray, Ryan Makamson, Julian Wood, Tim Myers, Matthew Northam, Alan Renouf, Michael Letschin and Kong L. Yang.

As special thanks goes to  Christian Mohn who wrote the forward to the book.

For the now the book is only available on LULU as both a hard-copy or as PDF format. Given the length of the book and shipping costs incurred from LULU we would recommend downloading the PDF. Remember most e-readers support PDF or you can find tools that convert PDF into the format from your selected e-reader. The PDF is $10 to download – and there’s a $10 royality charge on the hard-copy. These royalties will be paid to UNICEF as charitable donation after 1 year. It doesn’t matter what you buy – the royality charge is the same. Of course the PDF isn’t secured – but if people do see this winding up on other website. Let us know and we apply the usual community pressure.

We are also working on getting the book into the iBookStore, and via my contacts with Pearson Publishing – we are hoping to get it distributed on Safari Books Online too. That’s very much a “work in progress”…

This may well be my last book for sometime. Believe it or not I’ve been solidly writing in the long form ever since I published my first “Admin” guides to ESX 2.x and VirtualCenter 1.x back in 2003/4. We’d would love to be able to keep this book up to date – we’d love to add AppBlast and Octopus when they are released. I’m sure Barry would be more than interested in working again with another author when View 6.0 rolls around the corner. As Barry and I are the sole copyright owners we are very flexible on this –  I personally would love to see the book go online and be maintained and developed by the community. I think the days of technical material in paper books that are sealed in amber are rapidly drawing to a close.

Lastly, I recognise that there maybe people who are interested in ThinApp Factory and Horizon Application Manger – who have no interest in VMware View. I’ve decide to let these chapters be available separately as free download as well.

The book both in PDF is available NOW. The hard-copy will be online once me and Barry have recieved our personal copy and we are happy with the production quality.

As with the VMware Site Recovery Manager 4.0 books all royalities will be donated to our chosen charity of UNICEF.


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