I’ve reviewed a Packt book before, and I am impressed with Packt Publishing. Packt asked me to take a look at another book, the Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Cookbook. It looks like another great book from Packt. This book is good for people that are approaching virtualization for the first time, because it uses step-by-step methods for practical deployment of XenDesktop 5.6.
This is a very thorough book on XenDesktop 5.6 which includes introductions to the different types of XenDesktop components. XenDesktop 5.6 runs on top of three types of Hypervisors and this book talks about each of them. XenDesktop 5.6 is feature rich, and this book touches on all the relevant features if not all of them. If I had never used or installed XenDesktop before, I would definitely be using this book to get me through the process from installation to end user experience. The book touches on deploying Virtual Desktops and Applications, so it is a complete read to getting it done in your private cloud or datacenter. Towards the end are some chapters on using Powershell and smart cards for those advanced users.
In summary, the Citrix XenDesktop 5.6 Cookbook is an easy read, and would be required reading for first time users of XenDesktop 5.6. This book is a good walkthrough of the practical use of XenDesktop 5.6. Check it out!
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