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VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.3]

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.
Product Alignment

  •   VMware Horizon 7

Intended 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


This course prepares you for the following certification:

  •   VMware Certified Professional 7 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP7-DTM)

Learning Objectives

Delegates will learn how to                    

  •   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


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 Content

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 Desktops

  •   Outline the process and choices in setting up VMware Horizon 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

5.VMware Horizon Desktop Pools

  •   Identify the steps to set up a template for desktop pool deployment
  •   List the steps to add desktops to the View Connection Server inventory
  •   Define desktop entitlement
  •   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

6.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

7.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

8.Creating and Managing Linked-Clone Desktop Pools

  •   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 a 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

9.Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Desktop 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
  •   Describe the creation of instant clones
  •   Set up an automated pool of instant clones

10.VMware Horizon Authentication

  •   Compare the authentication options that View Connection Server supports
  •   Describe the purpose and components of TrueSSO single sign-on

11.Managing VMware Horizon Security

  •   Compare tunnels and direct connections for client access to desktops
  •   Compare the benefits of using either the VMware Horizon security server or VMware 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
  •   Preparing infrastructure for User Environment Management
  •   Outline the steps that are required to install and configure User Environment Manage components
  •   Use the User Environment Manage management console and application profiler to manage user personalization and application configurations

13.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

14.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

15.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

16.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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