VMware Horizon 8: Deploy and Manage is a five-day combination course of VMware Horizon 8: Skills for Virtual Desktop Management & VMware Horizon 8: Infrastructure Administration. This training collection gives you the hands-on skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure platform. You will build on your skills in configuring and managing VMware Horizon 8 through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs. You learn how to configure and deploy pools of virtual machines and how to provide a customized desktop environment to end-users. Additionally, you will learn how to install and configure a virtual desktop infrastructure platform. You learn how to install and configure VMware Horizon Connection Server, VMware Unified Access Gateway


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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
Recognize the features and benefits of Horizon
Use VMware vSphere to create VMs to be used as desktops for Horizon
Create and optimize Windows VMs to create Horizon desktops
Install and configure Horizon Agent on Horizon desktop
Configure and manage the VMware Horizon Client systems and connect the client to a VMware Horizon desktop
Configure, manage, and entitle desktop pools of full VMs
Configure, manage, and entitle pools of instant-clone desktops
Create and use Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and application pools
Monitor the Horizon environment using Horizon Console Dashboard and Horizon Help Desk Tool
Identify Horizon Connection Server installation, architecture, and requirements.
Describe the authentication and certification options for a Horizon environment
Recognize the integration process and benefits of VMware Workspace ONE Access and Horizon 8
Discuss performance and scalability options available in Horizon 8
Describe different security options for the Horizon environment

  • Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
    Course objectives

  • Introduction to VMware Horizon

  • Recognize the features and benefits of Horizon
    Describe the conceptual and logical architecture of Horizon

  • Introduction to Use Case

  • Define a use case for your virtual desktop and application infrastructure
    Convert customer requirements to use-case attributes

  • vSphere for Horizon 8

  • Explain basic virtualization concepts
    Use VMware vSphere Client to access your Center Server system and VMware ESXi hosts
    Create, provision, and remove a virtual machine

  • VMware Horizon Desktops

  • Create a Windows and a Linux virtual machine using vSphere
    Optimize and prepare Windows and Linux virtual machines to set up Horizon desktop VMs

  • VMware Horizon Agents

  • Outline the configuration choices when installing Horizon Agent on Windows and Linux virtual machines
    Create a gold master for Windows Horizon desktops

  • VMware Horizon Pools

  • Identify the steps to set up a template for desktop pool deployment
    List the steps to add desktops to the VMware Horizon Connection Server inventory
    Compare dedicated-assignment and floating-assignment pools
    Outline the steps to create an automated pool
    Define user entitlement
    Explain the hierarchy of global, pool-level, and user-level policies

  • VMware Horizon Client Options

  • Describe the different clients and their benefits
    Access Horizon desktop using various Horizon clients and HTML
    Configure integrated printing, USB redirection, and the shared folders option
    Configure session collaboration and media optimization for Microsoft Teams

  • Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Desktop Pools

  • List the advantages of instant clones
    Explain the provisioning technology used for instant clone desktop pools
    Set up an automated pool of instant clones
    Push updated images to instant clone desktop pools

  • Creating RDS Desktop and Application Pools

  • Explain the difference between an RDS desktop pool and an automated pool
    Compare and contrast an RDS session host pool, a farm, and an application pool
    Create an RDS desktop pool and an application pool
    Access RDS desktops and application from Horizon Client
    Use the instant clone technology to automate the build-out of RDSH farms
    Configure load-balancing for RDSHs on a farm

  • Monitoring VMware Horizon

  • Monitor the status of the Horizon components using the Horizon Administrator console dashboard
    Monitor desktop sessions using the HelpDesk tool

  • Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
    Course objectives

  • Horizon Connection Server

  • Recognize VMware Horizon reference architecture
    Identify the Horizon Connection Server supported features
    Identify the recommended system requirements for Horizon Connection Server
    Configure the Horizon event database
    Outline the steps for the initial configuration of Horizon Connection Server
    Discuss the ADAM database as a critical component of Horizon Connection Server installation

  • Authentication and Certificates

  • Compare the authentication options that Horizon Connection Server supports
    Describe the Smartcard authentication options that Horizon Connection Server supports
    Outline the steps to create a Horizon administrator and custom roles
    Describe the roles available in a Horizon environment
    Explain the role that certificates play for Horizon Connection Server
    Install and configure certificates for Horizon Connection Server
    Install and configure True SSO in a Horizon environment

  • Workspace ONE Access & Virtual Application Management

  • Recognize the features and benefits of Workspace ONE Access
    Recognize the Workspace ONE Access console features
    Explain identity management in Workspace ONE Access
    Explain access management in Workspace ONE Access
    Describe the Workspace ONE Access directory integration
    Describe the Workspace ONE Access directory integration
    Deploy virtual applications with Workspace services

  • Horizon Protocols

  • Compare the remote display protocols that are available in VMware Horizon
    Describe the BLAST Display Protocol Codecs
    Describe BLAST and PCoIP ADMX GPO common configurations

  • Graphic Cards

  • Describe the 3D rendering options available in Horizon 8
    Compare vSGA and vDGA
    List the steps to configure graphics cards for use in a VMware Horizon environment

  • Horizon Scalability

  • Describe the purpose of a replica connection server
    Explain how multiple Horizon Connection Server instances in a pod maintain synchronization
    Explain Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture LDAP replication and VIPA
    Explain Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture scalability options

  • Horizon Security

  • Explain concepts relevant to secure Horizon connections
    Describe how to restrict Horizon connections.
    Discuss the benefits of using Unified Access Gateway
    List the two-factor authentication options that are supported by Unified Access Gateway
    List Unified Access Gateway firewall rules
    Describe the situation in which you might deploy Unified Access Gateway instances with one, two, or three network interfaces


Operators, administrators, and architects for VMware Horizon should enroll in this course. These individuals are responsible for the creation, maintenance, and or delivery of remote and virtual desktop services. Additional duties can include the implementation, support, and administration of an organization's end-user computing infrastructure.




Customers attending this course should have, at a minimum, the following 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 user activities by implementing Group Policy objects Configure Windows systems to enable Remote Desktop Connections Build an ODBC connection to an SQL Server database


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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