Install, Configure, Manage + App Volumes Fast Track [V7.10]

Session Detail:    Classroom 5 Day

This five-day, extended hour 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 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.


Customers attending this course should have, at a minimum, the following VMware infrastructure skills and should also have the following Microsoft Windows system administration experience:

  • 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
  • Configure Active Directory services, including DNS, DHCP, and time synchronization
  • Restrict user activities by implementing Group Policy objects
  • Configure Windows systems to enable Remote Desktop Connections
  • Build an ODBC connection to an SQL Server database

Who Can Benefit

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.

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Lesson 1: Introductions and course logistics
  • Lesson 2: Course objectives

Module 2: Introduction to VMware Horizon

  • Lesson 1: Recognize the features and benefits of VMware Horizon
  • Lesson 2: Describe the conceptual and logical architecture of VMware Horizon
  • Lesson 3: Define a use case for your virtual desktop and application infrastructure
  • Lesson 4: Convert customer requirements to use case attributes

Module 3: Horizon Connection Server

  • Lesson 1: Recognize VMware Horizon reference architecture
  • Lesson 2: Identify the recommended system requirements for Horizon Connection Server
  • Lesson 3: Identify the recommended virtualization requirements for a Horizon® Connection Server™ instance
  • Lesson 4: Access Horizon Manager
  • Lesson 5: License VMware Horizon components
  • Lesson 6: Outline the steps for the initial configuration of Horizon Connection Server
  • Lesson 7: Describe the capabilities that Horizon Administrator provides for monitoring the health of a VMware Horizon deployment
  • Lesson 8: Use the dashboard to quickly focus on the details of a problem
  • Lesson 9: Access the settings and status of a pool
  • Lesson 10: Access the settings and status of a specific machine and the resources controlled by vCenter Server that the VM uses
  • Lesson 11: Identify the benefits of using the VMware Horizon Help Desk tool

Module 4: VMware Horizon Desktops

  • Lesson 1: Outline the process and choices to set up Windows VMware Horizon VMs
  • Lesson 2: Assign vCPUs and RAM to Windows VMs
  • Lesson 3: Create Windows VMs
  • Lesson 4: Configure VMware ESXiTM host virtual switches
  • Lesson 5: Optimize the performance of Windows VMs
  • Lesson 6: Outline the process and choices to set up Linux VMware Horizon VMs
  • Lesson 7: Assign vCPUs and RAM to Linux VMs
  • Lesson 8: Create Linux VMs
  • Lesson 9: Optimize the performance of Linux VMs
  • Lesson 10: Compare the remote display protocols that are available in VMware Horizon
  • Lesson 11: Outline the steps to enable a machine for remote access from VMware Horizon® Client™
  • Lesson 12: Describe BLAST
  • Lesson 13: Describe the purpose of Horizon Agent
  • Lesson 14: List the steps to prepare a VM before installing Horizon Agent
  • Lesson 15: Outline the configuration choices when installing Horizon Agent
  • Lesson 16: Use the Horizon Skype for Business Virtualization Pack

Module 5: VMware Horizon Pools

  • Lesson 1: Identify the steps to set up a template for desktop pool deployment
  • Lesson 2: List the steps to add desktops to the Horizon Connection Server inventory
  • Lesson 3: Define user entitlement
  • Lesson 4: Describe how information found on the Users and Groups page is used to control and monitor VMware Horizon users
  • Lesson 5: Explain the hierarchy of global, pool-level, and user-level policies
  • Lesson 6: List the VMware Horizon Group Policy ADMX files

Module 6: VMware Horizon Client Options

  • Lesson 1: Describe the requirements for a Horizon Client installation on a Windows system
  • Lesson 2: Explain USB redirection and options
  • Lesson 3: Describe the shared folders option
  • Lesson 4: Describe the different clients and their benefits
  • Lesson 5: Discuss the benefits of the Virtual Printing feature
  • Lesson 6: Explain the architecture of the Virtual Printing feature
  • Lesson 7: List the steps to install the Virtual Printing feature
  • Lesson 8: Configure the Virtual Printing feature
  • Lesson 9: Discuss the benefits of the location-based printing feature
  • Lesson 10: Identify use cases where location-based printing is desirable
  • Lesson 11: List the client system parameters that can be used to assign a printer

Module 7: Creating Automated Desktop Pools

  • Lesson 1: Describe how an automated pool operates
  • Lesson 2: Compare dedicated-assignment and floating-assignment pools
  • Lesson 3: Outline the steps to create an automated pool

Module 8: Configuring and Managing Linked-Clone Desktop Pools

  • Lesson 1: Describe VMware linked-clone technology
  • Lesson 2: Explain why both a parent VM and a snapshot must be used to create linked clones
  • Lesson 3: Outline the system requirements for View Composer
  • Lesson 4: Describe the relationship between a vCenter Server instance and a View Composer instance
  • Lesson 5: Identify the View Composer objects in a vCenter Server inventory
  • Lesson 6: Describe the preparation required for installing View Composer
  • Lesson 7: Outline the steps to install View Composer
  • Lesson 8: Outline the necessary steps to set up an automated desktop pool that uses linked clones
  • Lesson 9: Compare the purpose of parent and replica VMs
  • Lesson 10: Describe the additional steps that are required for linked clones that are not necessary for other automated pools
  • Lesson 11: Discuss the merits of using tiered storage for replica and linked clones
  • Lesson 12: Compare the benefits of vSAN and tiered storage
  • Lesson 13: Compare the recompose, refresh, and rebalance management operations for linked clones
  • Lesson 14: Describe the management operations for persistent disks

Module 9: Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Desktop Pools

  • Lesson 1: Describe instant clones
  • Lesson 2: List the advantages of instant clones
  • Lesson 3: Differentiate between View Composer linked clones and instant clones
  • Lesson 4: Describe the different types of instant-clone VMs
  • Lesson 5: Recognize the use of folders in delegating pool administration
  • Lesson 6: Explain how instant clones work
  • Lesson 7: Describe instant clone desktop pools
  • Lesson 8: Determine the requirements for an instant-clone desktop pool
  • Lesson 9: Identify the steps used to create an instant clone
  • Lesson 10: Set up an automated pool of instant clones
  • Lesson 11: Enable instant clones and authorize a VMware Horizon administrator account for use by ClonePrep
  • Lesson 12: Update the image of an instant-clone desktop pool using the push image operation

Module 10: VMware Horizon Authentication and Certificates

  • Lesson 1: Compare the authentication options that Horizon Connection Server supports
  • Lesson 2: Explain the purpose of roles and privileges in VMware Horizon
  • Lesson 3: Explain how folders are used to delegate pool administration
  • Lesson 4: Describe a permission and its components
  • Lesson 5: Outline the steps to create a Horizon administrator
  • Lesson 6: List the management options for permissions and folders
  • Lesson 7: Outline the steps to create a custom role
  • Lesson 8: List some of the best practices for configuring Horizon Administrator
  • Lesson 9: Describe the purpose of using TLS certificates for VMware Horizon
  • Lesson 10: Outline the benefits of using TLS certificates signed by a CA
  • Lesson 11: Outline the steps to set up TLS certificates

Module 11: Managing VMware Horizon Security

  • Lesson 1: Compare tunnels and direct connections for client access to desktops
  • Lesson 2: Identify the benefits of using VMware Unified Access GatewayTM in the DMZ
  • Lesson 3: Identify the tunnel endpoints when the security gateway is not used
  • Lesson 4: Describe a direct connection in a VMware Horizon environment
  • Lesson 5: List the advantages of direct connections
  • Lesson 6: Describe how direct connections are enabled
  • Lesson 7: Discuss the benefits of using Unified Access Gateway
  • Lesson 8: List the two-factor authentication options that are supported by Unified Access Gateway
  • Lesson 9: Describe the situations in which you might deploy Unified Access Gateway with one, two, or three network interfaces

Module 12: Profile Management Using User Environment Manager

  • Lesson 1: Identify the VMware Dynamic Environment Manager functional areas and their benefits
  • Lesson 2: Prepare infrastructure for VMware Dynamic Environment Manager
  • Lesson 3: Outline the steps that are required to install and configure VMware Dynamic Environment Manager components
  • Lesson 4: Manage user personalization and application configurations using the VMware Dynamic Environment Manager management console and application profiler
  • Lesson 5: Outline the VMware Horizon Smart Policies available when using VMware Dynamic Environment Manager in the Horizon environment

Module 13: Creating RDS Desktop and Application Pools

  • Lesson 1: Explain how App Volumes works
  • Lesson 2: Identify the features and benefits of App Volumes
  • Lesson 3: Identify the interface elements of App Volumes
  • Lesson 4: Install and configure App Volumes

Module 14: Provisioning and Managing Application Using App Volumes

  • Lesson 1: Explain how App Volumes works
  • Lesson 2: Identify the features and benefits of App Volumes
  • Lesson 3: Identify the interface elements of App Volumes
  • Lesson 4: Install and configure App Volumes

Module 15: Just-in-Time Management Platform and VMware Horizon

  • Lesson 1: Identify the benefits of Just-in-Time Management Platform (JMP)
  • Lesson 2: List the JMP and Horizon 7 components
  • Lesson 3: Install and configure a JMP server
  • Lesson 4: Identify App Volumes deployment considerations
  • Lesson 5: Identify VMware Dynamic Environment Manager deployment considerations

Module 16: Command-Line Tools and Backup Options

  • Lesson 1: Describe key Horizon Connection Server features that are available as command-line options with the vdmadmin command
  • Lesson 2: Explain the purpose of kiosk mode for client systems and how it is configured
  • Lesson 3: Explain why you limit the domains that Horizon Connection Server displays to users as they attempt to authenticate
  • Lesson 4: Identify the log locations for each VMware Horizon component
  • Lesson 5: Collect Horizon Client and Horizon Agent log files
  • Lesson 6: Describe the backup options for VMware Horizon databases
  • Lesson 7: Explain the potential problems related to not synchronizing databases
  • Lesson 8: Outline solutions to handle orphaned linked clones

Module 17: VMware Horizon Performance and Scalability

  • Lesson 1: Describe the purpose of a replica connection server
  • Lesson 2: Compare a replica server to a standard connection server
  • Lesson 3: Explain how multiple Horizon Connection Server instances in a pod maintain synchronization
  • Lesson 4: List several best practices for multiserver deployment in a pod
  • Lesson 5: Describe how a load-balancing capability might improve VMware Horizon performance
  • Lesson 6: Describe the benefits of the Cloud Pod Architecture feature for large-scale VMware Horizon deployments
  • Lesson 7: Establish a session with a desktop machine in a different pod by logging in to a local Horizon Connection Server instance
  • Lesson 8: Compare the purpose of the global LDAP instance and the local LDAP instance
  • Lesson 9: Describe the purpose of interpod communication and the View Interpod API (VIPA)
  • Lesson 10: Create global entitlements for accessing Horizon Desktops

Module 18: Horizon Application Management Bundle

  • Lesson 1: App Volumes
  • Lesson 2: Dynamic Environment Manager
  • Lesson 3: VMware ThinApp®

Module 19: Overview of App Volumes

  • Lesson 1: Features and benefits
  • Lesson 2: Scalability and limitations
  • Lesson 3: Storage group distribution strategies
  • Lesson 4: App Volumes components

Module 20: Installation of App Volumes

  • Lesson 1: Infrastructure and system requirements
  • Lesson 2: Installing and configuring App Volumes Manager
  • Lesson 3: Installing the App Volumes agent

Module 21: Packaging Applications

  • Lesson 1: Differentiate Application, Package and Program
  • Lesson 2: Create an Application
  • Lesson 3: Packaging an Application
  • Lesson 4: Updating an Application with a new Package
  • Lesson 4: Set the CURRENT Marker on a Package
  • Lesson 5: Assign an Application to an Entity
  • Lesson 6: Package Stages

Module 22: Working with Writable Volumes

  • Lesson 1: Default writable volume templates
  • Lesson 2: Writable volume policies at creation
  • Lesson 3: Updating and rescanning writable volumes
  • Lesson 4: Writable Volumes 2.x

Module 23: Working with AppStacks

  • Lesson 1: Enabling AppStacks
  • Lesson 2: Creating and provisioning AppStacks
  • Lesson 3: Assigning and updating AppStacks
  • Lesson 4: Overriding Precedence in AppStacks

Module 24: Overview of Dynamic Environment Manager

  • Lesson 1: Features and benefits
  • Lesson 2: Dynamic Environment Manager terminology
  • Lesson 3: User environment settings and scope
  • Lesson 4: User profile scenarios

Module 25: Installation of Dynamic Environment Manager

  • Lesson 1: Infrastructure and system requirements
  • Lesson 2: Dynamic Environment Manager Agent (FlexEngine) requirements
  • Lesson 3: Group Policy configuration
  • Lesson 4: Management Console configuration

Module 26: Dynamic Environment Manager Settings

  • Lesson 1: Personalization settings
  • Lesson 2: User environment settings
  • Lesson 3: Condition sets
  • Lesson 4: Application migration

Module 27: Application Configuration Management

  • Lesson 1: Predefined and user-customized application settings
  • Lesson 2: Using Application Profiler
  • Lesson 3: Using the Self-Support Tool
  • Lesson 4: Using the Helpdesk Support Tool

Module 28: VMware Horizon 7 Smart Policies

  • Lesson 1: Scope of Horizon 7 Smart Policies
  • Lesson 2: Configure Horizon 7 Smart Policies Settings
  • Lesson 3: Define Smart Policies Conditions


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