VMware Horizon

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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.

Prerequisites

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 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

Students 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

 


 

Course Curriculum


Section1: Course Introduction

  • Course objectives
  • Course outline


Section2: Introduction to VMware Horizon

  • Features and benefits of VMware Horizon
  • Major function of each VMware Horizon component


Section3: View Connection Server

  • VMware vSphere requirements
  • Network and firewall configurations for View Connection Server
  • License VMware Horizon components
  • Configure View Connection Server


Section4: VMware Horizon Pools and Desktops

  • Process and choices for setting up VMware Horizon 7 virtual machines
  • Outline the configuration choices when installing Horizon Agent
  • Identify the steps to set up a template for desktop pool deployment
  • Control and monitor View users
  • Hierarchy of global policies, pool-level policies, and user-level policies
  • View Group Policy administrative (ADM) template files


Section5: 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


Section6: 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


Section7: Creating and Managing Linked-Clone Desktops

  • Describe the VMware linked-clone technology
  • Outline the system requirements for View Composer
  • Describe the relationship between a persistent disk and the system disk
  • 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


Section8: 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
  • Steps to set up an automated pool that uses instant clones