At this training, which is designed for 5 days, students learn the mechanisms for students learn the mechanisms for deploying virtual desktops infrastructure (VDI) and applications. The training covers the following technologies: components of the VMware Horizon solution, licensing principles of VMware Horizon, different desktop pools, client options, authentication and security options, backup and scalability technologies of VMware Horizon.
During the laboratory works students will improve their skills in building an efficient and optimal virtual desktops infrastructure.
This training will be useful to system engineers, system administrators, technical specialists working with the VMware virtualization environment and components of Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
Expected students’ skills and knowledge
To complete this training, it is recommended to have knowledge and experience in administrating ESXi and vCenter Server equal to the VMware vSphere 6.7: Install, Configure, Manage (VICM) course. In addition, students need to have Microsoft Windows Active Directory (AD) administration experience, including DNS, DHCP, and time synchronization services administration.
Chapter 1. Course Introduction.
- Introductions and course logistics.
- Course objectives.
- Describe the software-defined data center.
Chapter 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.
Chapter 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.
- Monitor the VMware Horizon environment using the dashboard.
- Use the VMware Horizon Helpdesk tool to troubleshoot VMware Horizon.
Chapter 4. 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.
Chapter 5. 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.
Chapter 6. Horizon Client Options.
- Enlist the requirements for a Horizon Client installation.
- Install Horizon Client and connect to a virtual desktop.
- Explain USB redirection and options.
- Define and compare a thin client with a system running Horizon Client.
- Use Virtual Printing for location-based printing.
Chapter 7. 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.
Chapter 8. Creating and Managing Linked-Clone Desktop Pools.
- Describe the VMware linked-clone technology.
- Enlist 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.
Chapter 9. Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Desktop Pools.
- Identify the advantages of instant clones.
- Distinguish View Composer clones from instant clones.
- Identify the types of instant-clone virtual machines.
- Enlist the requirements of instant clones.
- Outline the steps to set up an automated pool that uses instant clones.
- Set up an automated pool of instant clones.
Chapter 10. 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 VMware Horizon administrator and a custom role.
- List some of the best practices for configuring VMware Horizon administrators.
- Configure Horizon Server to use a new TLS Certificate.
Chapter 11. 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.
- List the advantages of direct connections.
- Discuss the benefits of using Unified Access Gateway.
- List the two-factor authentication options that are supported by Unified Access Gateway.
- Configure a Unified Access Gateway Appliance.
Chapter 12. 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.
- Install User Environment Manager.
- Describe User Environment Manager smart policies.
Chapter 13. 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.
- Use View Composer and Instant Clone to automate the build-out of RDSH farms.
- Describe the default and alternative load-balancing feature for RDS hosts that optimizes placement of sessions.
Chapter 14. 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.
Chapter 15. JMP and Horizon 7 Overview.
- Identify the benefits of JMP.
- Enlist the JMP and Horizon 7 components.
- Identify JMP deployment considerations.
- Install and configure JMP Server.
Chapter 16. 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.
Chapter 17. 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.
- Explain how global entitlements can benefit a single-pod environment.