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VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage [V7]

 
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VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage [V7]

Course Length: 5 Days

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® 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

Pre-requisites

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


Intended 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 service

VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage [V7]

  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

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