I reviewed the book, Citrix XenMobile Mobile Device Management by Akash Phoenix, published by PACKT Publishing. The book is about one of the hot issues in the world of IT, BYOD and/or Mobile Device Management. The appropriate audience for this book would be Director level’s, or Engineers who are brand new to XenMobile. Engineers that are looking for a much deeper 300 level, technical deep dive will most likely be disappointed with the material however, as it serves as an introduction and 1,000 foot view of what Citrix XenMobile product can do.
The book starts out with a good explanation of the different components that make of XenMobile, which frankly can be difficult to understand and grasp their function. The book better explains in a concise, business fashion which components are required based on business needs than most of Citrix’s own materials do.
The author does a good job of explaining and walking through the basic installation, and also does a good job of explaining App Controller, which is generally a difficult topic to grasp for admins. I would have liked to see more info on the session policies for AppController with Netscaler but, the book is clearly a higher level overview versus the nitty gritty details.
Overall, Akash does a great job of explaining what XenMobile does, the components that make up the XenMobile solution, and how your individual business needs will drive your implementation design and requirements. It also does a good job of explaining the flexibility that XenMobile gives you, as well as an understanding of the overall capabilities of the system. For technical deep dives on each topic however, you may need to augment it with outside resources to get the complete picture.
Here is a link to the book so you can purchase it directly from Packt:
And here is a link to some of the XenMobile resources on the site: