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Course 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.

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® ClientTM 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
•  Identify the benefits of JMP architecture
•  Manage the performance and scalability of a VMware Horizon deployment

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.


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 enable Remote Desktop Connections
•  Build an ODBC connection to an SQL Server database

1  Introduction

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 system and virtualization requirements for a View Connection server
•  License VMware Horizon components
•  Configure View Connection Server
•  Use the dashboard to quickly focus on the details of a problem
•  Identify the benefits of using the VMware Horizon Help Desk tool

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
•  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 Horizon users
•  Explain the hierarchy of global policies, pool-level policies, and user-level policies
•  List the Horizon Group Policy administrative template files

6  Horizon Client Options
•  Enlist the requirements for a Horizon Client installation
•  Install Horizon Client and connect to a virtual desktop
•  Explain USB redirection and options
•  Define and compare a thin client with a system running Horizon Client
•  Configure Virtual Printing for location-based printing

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

8  Creating and Managing Linked-Clone Desktop Pools
•  Describe the VMware linked-clone technology
•  Enlist the system requirements for View Composer
•  Outline the steps to install View Composer
•  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 recompose, refresh, and rebalance management operations for linked clones
•  Describe the management operations for persistent disks

9  Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Desktop Pools
•  Identify the advantages of instant clones
•  Differentiate between View Composer linked clones and instant clones
•  Identify the types of instant-clone virtual machines
•  Enlist the requirements of instant clones
•  Outline the steps to set up an automated pool that uses instant clones
•  Set up an automated pool of instant clones
•  Update the image of an instant clone desktop pool using the push-image operation

10  VMware Horizon Authentication
•  Compare the authentication options that View Connection Server supports
•  Explain the purpose of roles and privileges in VMware Horizon
•  Outline the steps to create a Horizon administrator and a custom role
•  List some of the best practices for configuring Horizon administrators
•  Configure Horizon Server to use a new TLS Certificate

11  Managing VMware Horizon Security
•  Compare tunnels and direct connections for client access to desktops
•  Compare the benefits of using VMware Unified Access Gateway™ in the DMZ
•  List the advantages of direct connections
•  Discuss the benefits of using Unified Access Gateway
•  List the two-factor authentication options that are supported by Unified Access Gateway
•  Configure a Unified Access Gateway appliance

12  Profile Management Using User Environment Manager
•  Identify the User Environment Manager functional areas and their benefits
•  Outline the steps that are required to install and configure User Environment Manager components
•  Manage user personalization using the User Environment Manager management console
•  Install User Environment Manager
•  Describe User Environment Manager smart policies

13  Creating RDS Desktop and Application Pools
•  Explain the difference between an RDS desktop pool and an automated pool
•  Access a single application by using the RDS application pool
•  Compare and contrast an RDSH pool, a farm, and an application pool
•  Create an RDS desktop pool and an application pool
•  Identify the load-balancing options for Remote Desktop Session 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  JMP and Horizon 7 Overview
•  Identify the benefits of JMP
•  Enlist the JMP and Horizon 7 components
•  Identify JMP deployment considerations
•  Install and configure JMP Server

16  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
•  Identify the log locations for each VMware Horizon component
•  Describe the backup options for VMware Horizon databases

17  VMware Horizon Performance and Scalability
•  Describe the purpose of a replica server
•  List several best practices for multiserver deployment in a pod
•  Describe the benefits of the Cloud Pod Architecture feature for large-scale VMware Horizon deployments
•  Establish a session with a desktop machine in a different pod by logging in to a local View Connection
   Server instance
•  Create global entitlements for accessing Horizon Desktops

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