VMware Horizon


VMware Horizon

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.

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.


Students 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 networksOpen a virtual machine console on VMware vCenter Server©_ and access the guest operating systemCreate snapshots of virtual machinesConfigure guest customization specificationsModify virtual machine propertiesConvert a virtual machine into a templateDeploy a virtual machine from a templateStudents should also have the following Microsoft Windows system administration experience:Configure Active Directory services, including DNS, DHCP, and time synchronizationRestrict users’ activities by implementing Group Policy objectsConfigure Windows systems to allow Remote Desktop ConnectionsBuild 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 componentsInstall and configure View Connection ServerInstall and configure virtual desktopsConfigure and manage VMware Horizon©_ Client systemsConfigure and manage pools of physical and virtual machinesConfigure and manage automated pools of full virtual machinesConfigure and manage pools of linked-clone desktopsConfigure and manage automated pools of instant clonesConfigure and manage Remote Desktop Services (RDS) pools of desktops and applicationsUse Horizon Administrator to configure the VMware Horizon environmentConfigure secure access to virtual desktopsUse VMware User Environment Manager to manage user personalization and application configurationsDescribe steps to deploy profile managementUse VMware App Volumes to provision and manage applicationsManage the performance and scalability of a VMware Horizon deployment  

Course Curriculum

Section1: Course Introduction
Course objectivesCourse outline
Section2: Introduction to VMware Horizon
Features and benefits of VMware HorizonMajor function of each VMware Horizon component
Section3: View Connection Server
VMware vSphere requirementsNetwork and firewall configurations for View Connection ServerLicense VMware Horizon componentsConfigure View Connection Server
Section4: VMware Horizon Pools and Desktops
Process and choices for setting up VMware Horizon 7 virtual machinesOutline the configuration choices when installing Horizon AgentIdentify the steps to set up a template for desktop pool deploymentControl and monitor View usersHierarchy of global policies, pool-level policies, and user-level policiesView Group Policy administrative (ADM) template files
Section5: Horizon Client Options
Describe the requirements for a Horizon Client installationExplain USB redirection and optionsDescribe the power states for desktopsDefine and compare a thin client with a system running Horizon ClientDiscuss the benefits of Virtual PrintingExplain the Virtual Printing architectureDescribe the configuration options for Virtual PrintingExplain the location-based printing feature
Section6: Creating Automated Pools of Full Virtual Machines
Recognize how an automated pool operatesCompare dedicated-assignment and floating-assignment poolsOutline the steps to create an automated poolExamine the entitlement of desktops in automated pools
Section7: Creating and Managing Linked-Clone Desktops
Describe the VMware linked-clone technologyOutline the system requirements for View ComposerDescribe the relationship between a persistent disk and the system diskSet up an automated desktop pool that uses linked clonesCompare the purpose of the parent and the replica virtual machinesCompare the linked-clone management operationsDescribe the management operations for persistent disks
Section8: Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Pools
Identify the advantages of instant clonesDistinguish View Composer clones from instant clonesIdentify the requirements of instant clonesDescribe the types of instant-clone virtual machinesExplain how folders are used to delegate pool administrationSteps to set up an automated pool that uses instant clones