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This course gives students the skills to deliver virtual desktops & applications through a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform. This course builds the skills of installing, configuring, & managing VMware Horizon 7 through lecture & hands-on labs.

Length Days: 5 | Length Hours: 40


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 have at a minimum 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

Target Audience

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

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 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

Course Outline

1 – Course Introduction

· Review course goals

· Review course objectives

· Review the course outline

· Find additional resources after this course

2 – Introduction to VMware Horizon

· Identify the purpose of a virtual desktop infrastructure

· Recognize the features and benefits of VMware Horizon

· Identify the major function of each VMware Horizon component

3 – View Connection Server

· Identify the types of servers associated with VMware Horizon

· Access VMware Horizon

· License VMware Horizon components

· Configure View Connection Server

4 – VMware Horizon Pools & Desktops

· Outline the process and choices to set up VDI virtual machines:

· Assign virtual CPUs and RAM

· Create Windows 7, Windows 8.x, or

· Windows 10 virtual machines

· Configure VMware ESXi™ host virtual switches

· Optimize the performance of virtual machines

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

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 & 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

8 – Creating & Managing Instant-Clone Pools

· Identify the advantages of instant clones

· Distinguish View Composer clones from instant clones

· Identify the requirements of instant clones

· Outline the steps necessary to set up an automated pool that uses instant clones

· Configure the additional steps that are required for instant clones

9 – Creating RDS Desktop & 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 – Advanced VMware Horizon Features

· Describe the purpose of Horizon Administrator

· Describe the objects that can be configured in the

· Horizon Configuration pages, such as servers, administrators, and global settings

· Explain how restricted entitlements can be used to control a user’s access to pools

· Compare the authentication and security options that View Connection Server supports

11 – Managing VMware Horizon Security

· Compare tunnels and direct connections for client access to desktops

· Compare the benefits of using Horizon Security Server or Access Point in the DMZ

· Identify where the tunnel endpoints are in a security server or 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 Enviroment Manager

· Identify the use cases and benefits of using User Environment Manager

· Prepare the infrastructure for User Environment Manager

· Outline the steps that are required to install and configure the User Environment Manager components

· Use User Environment Manager management console and application profiler to manage user personalization and application configurations

13 – Using App Volumes to Provision & 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 & 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 & Scalability

· Describe the purpose of a replica connection server

· Compare a replica server to a standard connection server

· Explain how multiple VMware Horizon servers maintain synchronization

· List several best practices for multi-server deployment in a pod

· Describe how a load-balancing capability might improve VMware Horizon performance

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