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September 9, 2010

View 4.5 is out – Premier includes vShield Endpoint

Filed under: view, vmware — Justin Emerson @ 8:40 pm

Yes, View 4.5 is out, you can read more about it here on the official View blog. But there’s something important I wanted to point out that a lot of people have so far overlooked, probably because I don’t think VMware ever announced they were doing this until now. At least this is the first I heard of it, but maybe that’s not saying much.

View 4.5 Premier edition (the good one) includes vShield Endpoint protection for all your desktop VMs. This means there is now AntiVirus and Malware protection offload included with the product at no additional charge. If you already own View Premier you now get this for free. That’s a big deal!

Now that the bits are out and I can actually start posting stuff about it hopefully you’ll see some more content around View 4.5 in the coming days.



  1. As a point of clarification, while VMware is bundling vShield Endpoint along with View, this will not directly provide any protection. The vShield Endpoint “product” is merely an API interface which third-party security vendors can leverage to agentlessly interact with VMs.

    So, you get the VMware half of the license included with View. However, if you want AV, you’ll still have to purchase and deploy vShield-Endpoint-compatible anti-virus from Trend Micro or some other vendor.

    Comment by Justin Lute — September 10, 2010 @ 4:54 am

  2. Perhaps I am wrong, but vShield Endpoint only permit to offload to a security appliance. It is not a built-in antivirus.

    Comment by Steve Lavoie — September 13, 2010 @ 6:31 am

  3. Both of your comments are correct. I have added the word “offload” to my summary to reflect this. Sorry for the confusion and thanks for pointing out my omission – it was not intentional 🙂

    Comment by ermac318 — September 13, 2010 @ 7:09 pm

  4. It would have been wonderful that View Premier included some AV fonctionnality. Other than Trend Micro anybody know another product to connect to vShield Endpoint?

    Comment by Steve Lavoie — September 14, 2010 @ 5:17 am

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