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VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.7] (VMHVICM 7.7)


Duration: 5 days

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 learn howto 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.

Product Alignment

  • VMware Horizon 7.7

  • User Environment Manager 9.5

  • App Volumes Manager 2.15


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® ClientTM 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

  • Identify the benefits of JMP architecture

  • Manage the performance and scalability of a VMware Horizon deployment


Course Outline

1. 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

2. View Connection Server

  • Identify the system and virtualization requirements for a View Connection server

  • License VMware Horizon components

  • Configure View Connection Server

  • Use the dashboard to quickly focus on the details of a problem

  • Identify the benefits of using the VMware Horizon Help Desk tool

3. 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

  • Outline the configuration choices when installing Horizon Agent

4. 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 Horizon users

  • Explain the hierarchy of global policies, pool-level policies, and user-level policies

  • List the Horizon Group Policy administrative template files

5. 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

  • Configure Virtual Printing for location-based printing

6. 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

7. Creating and Managing Linked-Clone Desktop Pools

  • Describe the VMware linked-clone technology

  • Enlist the system requirements for View Composer

  • Outline the steps to install View Composer

  • 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 recompose, refresh, and rebalance management operations for linked clones

  • Describe the management operations for persistent disks

8. Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Desktop Pools

  • Identify the advantages of instant clones

  • Differentiate between View Composer linked clones and 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

  • Setup an automated pool of instant clones

  • Update the image of an instant clone desktop pool using the push-image operation

9. 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

  • Configure Horizon Server to use a new TLS Certificate

  • 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

10. Profile Management Using User Environment Manager

  • Identify the User Environment Manager functional areas and their benefits

  • Outline the steps that are required to install and configure User Environment Manager components

  • Manage user personalization using the User Environment Manager management console

  • Install User Environment Manager

  • Describe User Environment Manager smart policies

11. Creating RDS Desktop and Application Pools

  • Explain the difference between an RDS desktop pool and an automated pool

  • Access a single application by using the RDS application pool

  • Compare and contrast an RDSH pool, a farm, and an application pool

  • Create an RDS desktop pool and an application pool

  • Identify the load-balancing options for Remote Desktop Session Hosts

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. VMware Horizon Performance and Scalability

  • Describe the purpose of a replica server

  • List several best practices for multi server deployment in a pod

  • 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 View Connection Server instance

  • Create global entitlements for accessing Horizon Desktops


Technicalpersonnel who work in the IT departments of end-customer companies and people who are responsible for the delivery of remote or virtual desktop services


Customersattending 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

Attendeesshould 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



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