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Mastering VMware Horizon 6 by Peter von Oven, Barry Coombs

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Antivirus software for virtual desktops

In a traditional desktop model, an antivirus scanning model agent is installed, runs on every desktop, and is responsible for the performance of antivirus detection scans while maintaining and updating the definition files containing information about the latest malware.

This model works well in the physical desktop world but presents some challenges when running in a virtual desktop environment. When a detection scan starts, every virtual desktop's resource usage will increase significantly. This will result in end-user performance degradation, and the desktop host server will become resource-bound. That's fine on a physical desktop but now in VDI it's the server hosting the desktops that is going to become ...

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