Virtualization Technology: VMware View 4.5 Gains Windows 7, Mac OS X and Disconnected Local Mode

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2010-11-09 Print this article Print
VMware View 4.5 Gains Windows 7, Mac OS X and Disconnected Local Mode

VMware View 4.5 Gains Windows 7, Mac OS X and Disconnected Local Mode

by Cameron Sturdevant
The VMware View 4.5 virtual desktop platform gained enterprise features including role-based administration, Local Mode (formerly known as Offline Desktop), full support for Windows 7 and a View client for Mac OS X, making this version the pace setter for virtual desktop infrastructure. View 4.5 started shipping Sept. 13. View Premier, the version that enables Local Mode and most other storage and customization features, costs $250 per concurrent user. View Enterprise costs $150 per concurrent user. VMware View 4.5 depends on the latest version of vSphere 4.1 to get all the storage and virtualization goodness. A workable test environment needs a View Connection Server, a View Transfer Server and several virtual machine templates. The View server components are integrated with a vCenter 4.1 server along with Microsoft Windows Active Directory infrastructure to handle user rights and the new role-based administration. To read the full review, check out "VMware View 4.5 VDI Goes Local". ??íOr if you have experience with VMware View 4.5, share your thoughts at
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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