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VMH7ICM7 - VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage (V7)

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.

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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

Detailed Class Syllabus

Course Introduction

Review course goals
Review course objectives
Review the course outline
Find additional resources after this course

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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