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VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage

National Business Training - Computer Training

Course Summary

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 Schedule

    • This course is not currently scheduled. Call 919-595-8200 or email for dates or private training.
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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
◾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 Pools and Desktops
◾Outline the process and choices in setting up VMware Horizon 7 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
◾Identify the steps to set up a template for desktop pool deployment
◾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

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
◾Discuss the benefits of Virtual Printing
◾Explain the Virtual Printing architecture
◾Describe the configuration options for Virtual Printing
◾Explain the location-based printing feature

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 and 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
◾Outline the steps necessary to 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

8 – 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
◾Outline the steps to set up an automated pool that uses instant clones
◾Describe instant-clone limitations in VMware Horizon 7
◾Describe the creation of instant clones
◾Set up an automated pool of instant clones

9 – 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

10 – VMware Horizon 7 Authentication
◾Compare the authentication options that View Connection Server supports
◾Describe the purpose of TrueSSO single sign-on
◾Identify TrueSSO single sign-on components

11 – Managing VMware Horizon Security
◾Compare tunnels and direct connections for client access to desktops
◾Compare the benefits of using either VMware Horizon Security Server or 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
◾Describe User Environment Manager and its architecture
◾Explain the User Environment Manager functional areas and their benefits
◾Explain User Environment Manager profile management and its features
◾Use the User Environment Manager management console and application profiler to manage user personalization and application configurations

13 – 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

14 – 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

15 – 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


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

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.

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