VMware Horizon 8: Skills for Virtual Desktop Management

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Course Datasheet
- Formats: Classroom, Live Online, vFlex-ILT, Onsite
- Length: 3 Days
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.

This course is also available in an On Demand format. For more information, select this link:  VMware Horizon 8: Skills for Virtual Desktop Management - On Demand.

Product Alignment
•  VMware Horizon 8 v2103

Objectives:    By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:
•  Recognize the features and benefits of VMware Horizon
•  Define a use case for your virtual desktop and application infrastructure
•  Use vSphere to create VMs to be used as desktops for VMware Horizon
•  Create and optimize Windows VMs to create VMware Horizon desktops
•  Install and Configure Horizon Agent on a VMware Horizon desktop
•  Configure, manage, and entitle desktop pools of full VMs
•  Configure and manage the VMware Horizon Client systems and connect the client to a VMware
   Horizon desktop
•  Configure, manage, and entitle pools of instant-clone desktops
•  Create and use Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and application pools
•  Monitor the VMware Horizon environment using the VMware Horizon console Dashboard and Horizon
   Help Desk Tool

VMware Horizon 8: Skills for Virtual Desktop Management is the first half of a two-course requirement for the following certification:
•  VMware Certified Professional - Desktop and Mobility 2021 (VCP-DTM 2021).

VMware Horizon 8: Infrastructure Administration satisfies the second requirement. The courses are also available as a single, bundled offering, VMware Horizon 8: Deploy and Manage, which meets the certification requirement on its own.
Intended Audience:    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.
Prerequisites:    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
Outline:    1  Course Introduction
•  Introductions and course logistics
•  Course objectives

2  Introduction to VMware Horizon
•  Recognize the features and benefits of Horizon
•  Describe the conceptual and logical architecture of Horizon

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

4  vSphere for VMware Horizon
•  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

5  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

6  VMware Horizon Agent
•  Outline the configuration choices when installing Horizon Agent on Windows and Linux virtual machines
•  Create a golden image for Windows and Linux Horizon desktops

7  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

8  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

9  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

10  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

11  Monitoring VMware Horizon
•  Monitor the status of the Horizon components using the Horizon Administrator console dashboard
•  Monitor desktop sessions using the HelpDesk tool
•  Monitor the performance of the remote desktop using the Horizon Performance Tracker