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VMware View 5: Building a Successful Virtual Desktop by Paul O’Doherty

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Chapter 7. VMware vShield EndPoint

VMware vShield EndPoint

Two common problems occur when running antivirus (AV) software on a Windows virtual desktop environment. AV software needs constant updates to the antivirus definition files to ensure the software has the latest profiles of known viruses. In an environment where you have stateless desktops that are constantly being powered on and off, it can be difficult to maintain a consistent level of definition files across all the virtual desktops. The second problem has to do with the I/O load generated on a consolidated virtual desktop platform by antivirus scanning and updating. This load can be quite significant and is generally referred to as an AV storm. Before vShield EndPoint was available, ...

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