5 days.


Customers attending this course should have, at a minimum, the following VMware infrastructure skills and 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

Skills Gained

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Recognize the features and benefits of VMware Horizon
  • Install and configure VMware Horizon® Connection Server™
  • Create and optimize Windows VMs to create VMware Horizon desktops
  • Describe the purpose of Horizon Agent
  • Compare the remote display protocols that are available in VMware Horizon
  • Configure and manage the VMware Horizon® Client™ systems and connect the client to a VMware Horizon desktop
  • Configure, manage, and entitle automated pools of full VMs
  • Configure, manage, and entitle pools of instant-clone desktops and linked-clone desktops
  • Install and configure View Composer
  • Outline the steps and benefits for using TLS CA signed certificates in VMware Horizon environments
  • Use the role-based delegation to administer a VMware Horizon environment
  • Configure secure access to VMware Horizon desktops
  • Understand and create Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and application pools
  • Install and configure App Volumes to deliver and manage applications
  • Deploy VMware Dynamic Environment Manager™ for user and application management
  • Install and configure a Just-in-Time Management Platform (JMP) server for managing JMP components
  • Describe VMware Dynamic Environment Manager Smart Policies
  • Use the command-line tools available in VMware Horizon to back up and restore the required VMware Horizon databases
  • Manage the performance and scalability of a VMware Horizon deployment
  • Identify the benefits of the Cloud Pod Architecture feature for large-scale VMware Horizon deployments

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.

    Outline for VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.10] Training


    Course Introduction

    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives

    Introduction to VMware Horizon

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

    Horizon Connection Server

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

    VMware Horizon Desktops

    • Outline the process and choices to set up Windows VMware Horizon VMs
    • Assign vCPUs and RAM to Windows VMs
    • Create Windows VMs
    • Configure VMware ESXi™ host virtual switches
    • Optimize the performance of Windows VMs
    • Outline the process and choices to set up Linux VMware Horizon VMs
    • Assign vCPUs and RAM to Linux VMs
    • Create Linux VMs
    • Optimize the performance of Linux VMs
    • Compare the remote display protocols that are available in VMware Horizon
    • Outline the steps to enable a machine for remote access from VMware Horizon® Client™
    • Describe BLAST
    • Describe the purpose of Horizon Agent
    • List the steps to prepare a VM before installing Horizon Agent
    • Outline the configuration choices when installing Horizon Agent
    • Use the Horizon Skype for Business Virtualization Pack

    VMware Horizon Pools

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

    VMware Horizon Client Options

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

    Creating Automated Desktop Pools

    • Describe how an automated pool operates
    • Compare dedicated-assignment and floating-assignment pools
    • Outline the steps to create an automated pool

    Configuring and Managing Linked-Clone Desktop Pools

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

    Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Desktop Pools

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

    VMware Horizon Authentication and Certificates

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

    Managing VMware Horizon Security

    • Compare tunnels and direct connections for client access to desktops
    • Identify the benefits of using VMware Unified Access Gateway™ in the DMZ
    • Identify the tunnel endpoints when the security gateway is not used
    • Describe a direct connection in a VMware Horizon environment
    • List the advantages of direct connections
    • Describe how direct connections are enabled
    • Discuss the benefits of using Unified Access Gateway
    • 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 VMware Dynamic Environment Manager functional areas and their benefits
    • Prepare infrastructure for VMware Dynamic Environment Manager
    • Outline the steps that are required to install and configure VMware Dynamic Environment Manager components
    • Manage user personalization and application configurations using the VMware Dynamic Environment Manager management console and application profiler
    • Outline the VMware Horizon Smart Policies available when using VMware Dynamic Environment Manager in the Horizon environment

    Creating RDS Desktop and Application Pools

    • 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

    Provisioning and Managing Application Using App Volumes

    • 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

    Just-in-Time Management Platform and VMware Horizon

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

    Command-Line Tools and Backup Options

    • Describe key Horizon 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 limit the domains that Horizon Connection Server displays to users as they attempt to authenticate
    • Identify the log locations for each VMware Horizon component
    • Collect Horizon Client and Horizon Agent log files
    • Describe the backup options for VMware Horizon databases
    • Explain the potential problems related to not synchronizing databases
    • Outline solutions to handle orphaned linked clones

    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 Horizon Connection Server instances in a pod maintain synchronization
    • List several best practices for multiserver deployment in a pod
    • Describe how a load-balancing capability might improve VMware Horizon performance
    • Describe the benefits of the Cloud Pod Architecture feature for large-scale VMware Horizon deployments
    • Establish a session with a desktop machine in a different pod by logging in to a local Horizon Connection Server instance
    • Compare the purpose of the global LDAP instance and the local LDAP instance
    • Describe the purpose of interpod communication and the View Interpod API (VIPA)
    • Create global entitlements for accessing Horizon Desktops

    Product Alignment

    • VMware Horizon 7.10
    • VMware User Environment Manager™ 9.10
    • App Volumes™ Manager 4.0