- Offline Desktop - This is a biggy. It allows you to use a laptop that's not always on the network. This means "Yes, you are a candidate for VDI, Mr. CEO."
- Windows 7 - Another biggy. Fully supports Win 7. You can now get rid of your legacy XP boxes :-)
- Support for vSphere and vCenter 4.1 - Like this required any thought. vSphere 4.1 came out, and didn't support View Composer - obviously because they knew they were about to release View 4.5.
- More View Clients - they extended this to Mac OS X
- Easy ThinApp Delivery - It's all integrated, so you don't have to worry.
- Administration Based on Roles - You can define who can administer what; something View 4.0 was missing. Big deal for Enterprises.
- Support added for Tiered Storage - You can now take advantage of more storage options for your VDI clients to improve performance and control costs.
- A bunch of other stuff
Needless to say, there's some cool new stuff. If you want to see the full list, check out the release notes:
We're getting ready to install / play with View 4.5 in our lab so that we can figure out the caveats. I'll post back about those when we figure them out.
Here's some books that should help out:
VMware vSphere 4 Implementation
VMware vSphere 4 Administration Instant Reference
Mastering VMware vSphere 4 (Computer/Tech)
VMware Cookbook: A Real-World Guide to Effective VMware Use