About this course

Course type Essentials
Course code VMWAREV7
Duration 5 Days

This five-day, hands-on course gives you the skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform. This course builds your skills in installing, configuring, and managing VMware Horizon® 7 through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs. This course teaches you 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 the end-customer companies and people responsible for the delivery of remote or virtual desktop services

Prerequisites

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

Delegates will learn how to

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

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 and 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 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

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
  • 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 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 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 Environment 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 nanagement 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 connection 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
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