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VMware Horizon: Install, Configure, Manage

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Overview

This five-day, hands-on 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.

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 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

Full Course Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Review course goals
  • Review course objectives
  • Review the course outline
  • Find additional resources after this course

Module 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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 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

Module 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
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