This three-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 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.


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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

  • 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 vCenter 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 floatingassignment pools
    Outline the steps to create an automated pool
    Define user entitlement
    Explain the hierarchy of global, pool-level, and userlevel 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, andthe 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


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.




Customers attending 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 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: 3.0 days (24 hours)


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