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VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage

Course Length: 5 days

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This course gives you the skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure platform.

This course builds your skills in installing, configuring, and managing VMware Horizon® 7 through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs. You will learn how to configure and deploy pools of virtual machines, how to manage access and security of the machines, and how to provide a customized desktop environment to end users.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Identify VMware Horizon components
  • Install and configure View Connection Server
  • Install and configure virtual desktops
  • Configure and manage VMware Horizon® Client™ systems
  • Configure and manage pools of physical and virtual machines
  • Configure and manage automated pools of full virtual machines
  • Configure and manage pools of linked-clone desktops
  • Configure and manage automated pools of instant clones
  • Configure and manage Remote Desktop Services (RDS) pools of desktops and applications
  • Use Horizon Administrator to configure the VMware Horizon environment
  • Configure secure access to virtual desktops
  • Use VMware User Environment Manager™ to manage user personalization and application configurations
  • Describe steps to deploy profile management
  • Use VMware App Volumes™ to provision and manage applications
  • Manage the performance and scalability of a VMware Horizon deployment

Target Audience

Technical personnel who work in the IT departments of end-customer companies and people who are responsible for the delivery of remote or virtual desktop services

Prerequisites

Customers attending this course should have, at a minimum, the following VMware infrastructure skills:

  • Use VMware vSphere® Web Client to view the state of virtual machines, datastores, and networks
  • Open a virtual machine console on VMware vCenter Server® and access the guest operating system
  • Create snapshots of virtual machines
  • Configure guest customization specifications
  • Modify virtual machine properties
  • Convert a virtual machine into a template
  • Deploy a virtual machine from a template

Attendees should also have the following Microsoft Windows system administration experience:

  • Configure Active Directory services, including DNS, DHCP, and time synchronization
  • Restrict users' activities by implementing Group Policy objects
  • Configure Windows systems to allow Remote Desktop Connections
  • Build an ODBC connection to an SQL Server database

Course Modules

1: Course Introduction
  • Review course goals
  • Review course objectives
  • Review the course outline
  • Find additional resources after this course
2: Introduction to VMware Horizon
  • Recognize the features and benefits of VMware Horizon
  • Identify the major function of each VMware Horizon component
  • Define a use case for your virtual desktop and application infrastructure
3: View Connection Server
  • Identify the VMware vSphere® requirements for a connection server
  • Describe the network and firewall configurations for View Connection Server
  • License VMware Horizon components
  • Configure View Connection Server
4: VMware Horizon Pools and Desktops
  • Outline the process and choices in setting up VMware Horizon 7 virtual machines
  • Compare the remote display protocols that are available in VMware Horizon
  • List the ports that must be opened in the machine's firewall for VMware Horizon operations
  • Outline the configuration choices when installing Horizon Agent
  • Identify the steps to set up a template for desktop pool deployment
  • Describe how information on the Users and Groups page can be used to control and monitor View users
  • Explain the hierarchy of global policies, pool-level policies, and user-level policies
  • List the View Group Policy administrative (ADM) template files
5: Horizon Client Options
  • Describe the requirements for a Horizon Client installation
  • Explain USB redirection and options
  • Describe the power states for desktops
  • Define and compare a thin client with a system running Horizon Client
  • Discuss the benefits of Virtual Printing
  • Explain the Virtual Printing architecture
  • Describe the configuration options for Virtual Printing
  • Explain the location-based printing feature
6: Creating Automated Pools of Full Virtual Machines
  • Recognize how an automated pool operates
  • Compare dedicated-assignment and floating-assignment pools
  • Outline the steps to create an automated pool
  • Examine the entitlement of desktops in automated pools
7: Creating and Managing Linked-Clone Desktops
  • Describe the VMware linked-clone technology
  • Explain why both a parent virtual machine and a snapshot must be used to create linked clones
  • Outline the system requirements for View Composer
  • Describe the relationship between a persistent disk and the system disk
  • Outline the steps necessary to set up an automated desktop pool that uses linked clones
  • Compare the purpose of the parent and the replica virtual machines
  • Compare the linked-clone management operations
  • Describe the management operations for persistent disks
8: Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Pools
  • Identify the advantages of instant clones
  • Distinguish View Composer clones from instant clones
  • Identify the requirements of instant clones
  • Describe the types of instant-clone virtual machines
  • Explain how folders are used to delegate pool administration
  • Outline the steps to set up an automated pool that uses instant clones
  • Describe instant-clone limitations in VMware Horizon 7
  • Describe the creation of instant clones
  • Set up an automated pool of instant clones
9: Creating RDS Desktop and Application Pools
  • Explain the difference between an RDS desktop pool and an automated pool
  • Describe how a user can access a single application by using the RDS application pool
  • Describe the relationship between an RDS host, a farm, and an application pool
  • Create an RDS desktop pool and an application pool
  • Explain how the View Composer linked-clone technology can automate the build-out of RDS server farms
  • Describe the load-balancing options for RDS hosts
10: VMware Horizon 7 Authentication
  • Compare the authentication options that View Connection Server supports
  • Describe the purpose of TrueSSO single sign-on
  • Identify TrueSSO single sign-on components
11: Managing VMware Horizon Security
  • Compare tunnels and direct connections for client access to desktops
  • Compare the benefits of using either VMware Horizon Security Server or Access Point in the DMZ
  • Identify where the tunnel endpoints are in a security server or an Access Point implementation
  • Identify the tunnel endpoints when the security gateway is not used
  • Explain a direct connection
  • List the advantages of direct connections
12: Profile Management Using User Environment Manager
  • Identify the use cases and benefits of using User Environment Manager
  • Describe User Environment Manager and its architecture
  • Explain the User Environment Manager functional areas and their benefits
  • Explain User Environment Manager profile management and its features
  • Use the User Environment Manager management console and application profiler to manage user personalization and application configurations
13: Using App Volumes to Provision and Manage Applications
  • Explain how App Volumes works
  • Identify the features and benefits of App Volumes
  • Identify the interface elements of App Volumes
  • Install and configure App Volumes
14: Command-Line Tools and Backup Options
  • Describe key View Connection Server features that are available as command-line options with the vdmadmin command
  • Explain the purpose of kiosk mode for client systems and how it is configured
  • Explain why you might want to limit the domains that View Connection Server makes available to end users
  • Identify the log locations for each VMware Horizon component
15: VMware Horizon Performance and Scalability
  • Describe the purpose of a replica server
  • Compare a replica server to a standard connection server
  • Explain how multiple VMware Horizon servers maintain synchronization
  • List several best practices for multiserver deployment in a pod
  • Describe how a load-balancing capability might improve VMware Horizon performance

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