VMware Horizon: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.3]

COURSE OUTLINE:

Description

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 the access and security of the machines, and how to provide a customized desktop environment to end users.

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.

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 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

Learning 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

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 Desktops

  • Outline the process and choices in setting up VMware Horizon 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

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 View users
  • Explain the hierarchy of global policies, pool-level policies, and user-level policies
  • List the View Group Policy administrative 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 Desktop Pools

  • 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 a 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 Desktop 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
  • Describe the creation of instant clones
  • Set up an automated pool of instant clones

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

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
  • Explain a direct connection
  • List the advantages of direct connections
  • Discuss the benefits of using Unified Access Gateway
  • Compare how Unified Access Gateway and the security server are deployed
  • List the two-factor authentication options that are supported by Unified Access Gateway
  • Describe the situations in which you might deploy Unified Access Gateway with one, two, or three network interfaces

Profile Management Using User Environment Manager

  • Identify the User Environment Manager functional areas and their benefits
  • List User Environment Manager components
  • Describe User Environment Manager and its architecture
  • Identify User Environment Manager profile management and its features
  • Describe User Environment Manager smart policies

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
  • Use View Composer linked-clone technology and instant-clone technology to automate the build-out of RDSH farms
  • Describe the default and alternative load-balancing feature for RDS hosts that optimizes placement of sessions

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
  • Identify the log locations for each VMware Horizon component
  • Describe the backup options for VMware Horizon databases
  • Explain the potential problems if the databases are not synchronized

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
  • Describe the purpose of interpod communication and the View InterPod API
  • Explain how global entitlements can benefit a single-pod environment