VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Deployment Exam

Exam Number: 3V0-653 Duration: 205 minutes
Associated Certification: VCAP6-DTM Deployment Number of Questions: 39
Exam Product: Horizon Version: 6.x Passing Score: 300
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Recommended Training: Horizon: Design and Deploy [V6] Validated Against: Horizon 6.x
Exam Price: $450 USD, More on Pricing Exam Languages: English
First Available Appointment: 01 August 2016 Format: Lab-based
Exam Information Last Updated: 25 July 2016

This exam tests your skills and abilities in implementation of a VMware Horizon 6.x solution, including deployment, maintenance, administration of Horizon components, desktop optimization, desktop pool management, endpoint management and storage.

Exam Topics How to Prepare Additional Resources
+ Section 1 - Configure Horizon Components
+ Objective 1.1 - Configure and Manage Horizon View Components
Skills and Abilities
  • Set External URLs for a View Connection Server instance
  • Configure restricted entitlements
  • Manage View Connection Server SSL connections
  • Configure and manage global settings
  • Configure redundant View Connection/Security Server instances for availability/performance
  • Configure View Composer settings according to a deployment plan
  • Create and manage custom roles and permissions
  • Import configuration data into a View Connection Server
  • Create & install a View SSL certificate
  • Configure SAML authentication with View and entitle users to desktop pools
+ Objective 1.2 - Configure and Manage VMware Mirage Components
Skills and Abilities
  • Configure/Manage Mirage permissions
  • Manage bandwidth limitation to prevent Mirage from consuming all bandwidth for a single site / subnet
  • Import Microsoft User State Migration Tools (USMT) files for required base layer operations
  • Configure/Manage Branch Reflectors
  • Configure Centralized Virtual Desktop (CVD) settings according to a deployment plan
  • Configure connectivity between Mirage components
+ Objective 1.3 - Configure and Manage VMware Identity Manager Components
Skills and Abilities
  • Prepare environment to install VMware Identity Manager Portal
    • Create DNS records and IP addresses
    • Determine database options (internal/external) with Identity Manager
    • Configure Active Directory connection
  • Deploy Identity Manager OVF file
  • Add/Edit IP pools in Identity Manager
  • Configure Identity Manager settings according to a deployment plan
  • Administer proxy server settings for Identity Manager
  • Enable the Syslog server
  • Configure redundancy/failover for Identity Manager to meet RTO requirements
+ Objective 1.4: Configure and Manage vRealize Operations for Horizon
Skills and Abilities
  • Install and configure vRealize Operations for Horizon
    • Configure license key and associate View objects
    • Create View adapter instance(s)
    • Install and configure the vRealize Operations for Horizon Broker Agent
  • Add/Remove desktop pools from the scope of monitored objects
  • Modify the Broker Agent Service logging level according to a deployment plan
  • Configure and manage vRealize Operations authentication for Horizon
  • Edit/Modify View events database credential settings
+ Objective 1.5: Collect Diagnostic Information and Locate Log Bundles
Skills and Abilities
  • Collect diagnostic information for View Connection Server using the support tool
  • Adjust the View Connection Server log levels according to a deployment plan
  • Collect diagnostic information for View Agent, Horizon Client, or View Connection Server from the console
+ Section 2 - Configure and Optimize Horizon Desktop Images
+ Objective 2.1 - Configure Group Policy Settings Related to Horizon View
Skills and Abilities
  • Configure View Persona Management settings
  • Configure PCoIP settings
  • Configure folder redirection
  • Configure location-based printing
+ Objective 2.2 - Configure and Optimize Desktop Images for Horizon View and Mirage
Skills and Abilities
  • Configure/Manage Horizon View desktop images
  • Optimize Windows services and desktop settings according to best practices
  • Utilize the VMware OS Optimization Tool (OSOT) to optimize Windows 7/8 images
  • Install and configure the Horizon View Agent
  • Modify Windows firewall settings
  • Modify Windows graphics settings
  • Create virtual machine snapshots
  • Install the VMware Mirage client
  • Optimize a CVD image according to best practices
+ Objective 2.3 - Configure vSphere Resource Management to Support Horizon Desktop Pools
Skills and Abilities
  • Create vSphere Resource Pools according to a deployment plan
  • Manage vSphere HA and DRS settings
  • Create and configure vSphere Clusters
  • Create and modify vSphere DRS Rules
+ Section 3 - Create and Manage Horizon Desktop Pools
+ Objective 3.1 - Create and Configure Horizon Desktop Pools
Skills and Abilities
  • Determine appropriate pool configurations based on a deployment plan
  • Create/Configure Linked/Full clone desktop pools
  • Create/Configure Dedicated/Floating desktop pools
  • Configure/Manage Remote Desktop Services (RDS) pools
+ Objective 3.2 - Create RDS Farms and Application Pools
Skills and Abilities
  • Prepare unmanaged machines
  • Prepare Parent Virtual Machine for an Automated Farm:
    • Prepare an RDS Host Parent Virtual Machine
    • Activate Windows on Linked-Clone RDS Hosts
    • Optimize Parent Virtual Machine settings
  • Create a Manual/Automated RDS Farm
  • Create Application Pools according to a deployment plan
  • Manage RDS Farms
+ Objective 3.3 - Recompose/Refresh/Rebalance Desktop Pools
Skills and Abilities
  • Based on a deployment plan, determine appropriate pool setting (Recompose/Refresh/Rebalance)
  • Recompose/Refresh/Rebalance a desktop pool
  • Schedule Recompose/Refresh/Rebalance operations
+ Objective 3.4 - Modify/Reconfigure Desktop Pools
Skills and Abilities
  • Modify settings for an existing desktop pool
  • Add machines to an existing desktop pool
  • Change the size of an automated pool
  • Reconfigure a pool based on specific types of Workers:
    • Task Workers
    • Kiosk Users
    • Skills and Abilities Workers and Power Users
  • Determine and disable specific Windows Services and Tasks that affect linked clone pools
+ Objective 3.5 - Entitle Desktop Pools Based on Requirements
Skills and Abilities
  • Analyze and entitle desktop/application pools according to a deployment plan
  • Add/Remove entitlements to a desktop pool
  • Add/Remove users or groups to a global entitlement
+ Objective 3.6 - Configure/Modify View Composer Persistent Disks
Skills and Abilities
  • Preserve user data for a persistent disk
  • Attach/Detach persistent disk(s)
  • Recreate a linked clone using a detached persistent disk
  • Restore a linked clone by importing a persistent disk from vSphere
  • Configure privileges for managing persistent disks
  • Assign a detached persistent disk to a new pool/user
+ Objective 3.7 - Configure Cloud Pod Architecture for Multi-Site Pool Access
Skills and Abilities
  • Configure cloud pod architecture for multi-site pool access according to a deployment plan
  • Initialize the cloud pod architecture feature
  • Join/Remove a pod to a pod federation
  • Create/Configure global entitlements:
    • Create/Configure a site
    • Assign a home site to a user/group
+ Objective 3.8 - Configure and Manage App Volumes AppStacks
Skills and Abilities
  • Install and Configure App Volumes Manager
  • Install App Volumes Agent
  • Administer AppStacks according to a deployment plan:
    • Create/Edit an AppStack
    • Provision an AppStack
    • Install applications
    • Assign users/groups/computers to AppStack
+ Objective 3.9 - Configure and Deploy ThinApp Packaged Applications
Skills and Abilities
  • Capture an application using ThinApp
  • Deploy an application using ThinApp
  • Apply application updates to a ThinApp package
  • Place ThinApp packages in a centralized repository
  • Assign ThinApp application to Desktop Pools
  • Deploy ThinApp installation (streaming/full) according to a deployment plan
+ Section 4 - Configure and Manage Horizon Endpoints
+ Objective 4.1: Configure and Manage Horizon Desktop/Device/Web Endpoints
Skills and Abilities
  • Perform manual installation for desktop and mobile clients:
    • Windows / Windows Store
    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    • iOS
    • Android
  • Configure silent installation options for desktop clients
  • Configure options for various clients
  • Configure HTML Access for end users
+ Objective 4.2: Configure a Kiosk Endpoint
Skills and Abilities
  • Prepare Active Directory for kiosk clients
  • Add kiosk accounts to a View Connection Server
  • Configure a desktop pool for kiosk desktops
  • Configure a kiosk endpoint using CLI tools
+ Section 5: Configure and Administer VMware Mirage
+ Objective 5.1 - Configure/Capture/Deploy Reference and Endpoint CVDs
Skills and Abilities
  • Create a reference image based on design requirements
  • Capture reference CVD
  • Capture/Update base layer from a reference CVD
  • Capture a reference CVD for application layers
  • Deploy an application layer and/or a base layer from a reference CVD
  • Configure and run dry-run reports
+ Objective 5.2 - Configure Common VMware Mirage Management Options
Skills and Abilities
  • Configure upload policies
  • Archive a CVD
  • Build a driver profile and driver library
  • Configure base layer rules and overrides
+ Objective 5.3 - Restore a VMware Mirage Endpoint
Skills and Abilities
  • Restore an endpoint after an application failure
  • Restore an endpoint after a hardware failure
  • Restore an endpoint after data loss
+ Objective 5.4 - Configure the Mirage File Portal
Skills and Abilities
  • Enable the Mirage File Portal
  • Configure permissions for users and map to appropriate CVD
+ Section 6 - Configure and Administer VMware Identity Manager
+ Objective 6.1 - Configure User Access to VMware Identity Manager
Skills and Abilities
  • Configure Active Directory users to sync with VMware Identity Manager
  • Create/Manage VMware Identity Manager groups
  • Assign entitlements to users/groups according to a deployment plan
  • Create/Edit Access Policy sets
+ Objective 6.2 - Integrate Desktop and Application Resources with VMware Identity Manager
Skills and Abilities
  • Integrate with Horizon View Connection Server(s)
  • Create/Configure Identity Manager resource types according to a deployment plan:
    • View desktop pools
    • View hosted applications
    • Web applications
    • ThinApp packages
    • Citrix published applications
  • Add resource(s) to a catalog
+ Objective 6.3 - Integrate ThinApp Package Services with VMware Identity Manager
Skills and Abilities
  • Configure the ThinApp Sync to bring in the ThinApp packages
  • Assign ThinApp packages to a user/group
  • Configure file shares and permissions
  • Install components needed for ThinApp integration
+ Objective 6.4 - Integrate Active Directory with VMware Identity Manager
Skills and Abilities
  • Configure Connector Services Admin for AD integration
  • Configure Identity Manager for multi-domain/trusted multi-forest domains
  • Add multiple domain names to the sign in page
  • Filter Active Directory users/groups
  • Create a domain host lookup file
+ Section 7 -Configure and Manage Storage for a Horizon Deployment
+ Objective 7.1 - Create a Virtual SAN Cluster and Configure View for Virtual SAN
Skills and Abilities
  • Configure Virtual SAN clusters according to a deployment plan
  • Configure Virtual SAN storage for a Horizon View Desktop Pool
  • Configure/Manage Virtual SAN storage policies for Horizon View
+ Objective 7.2 - Configure and Optimize Storage for Horizon View Pools
Skills and Abilities
  • Optimize placement of replica virtual machine
  • Configure disposable files and persistent disks
  • Configure and optimize storage for Floating Pools/Dedicated Pools
  • Configure storage overcommit settings
  • Determine implications of using local/shared storage
  • Configure and optimize storage based on usage of VMFS/NFS
  • Configure native NFS snapshots (VAAI)
  • Configure View Storage Accelerator/Host Caching/Regeneration cycle
+ Objective 7.3 - Configure Storage for VMware Mirage
Skills and Abilities
  • Configure local cache to increase performance
  • Configure Single-Instance Storage location
  • Add/Edit storage volumes according to a deployment plan:
    • Add/Edit multiple storage volumes
    • Mount/Unmount storage volumes
    • Block/Unblock storage volumes
+ Section 8 - Troubleshoot and Monitor a Horizon Deployment
+ Objective 8.1 - Troubleshoot a Horizon View Deployment using vROPs for Horizon
Skills and Abilities
  • Troubleshoot degraded performance of a Horizon View desktop
  • Analyze and resolve resource constraints within a Horizon View environment
  • Determine causes of faults during pool creation and configuration
  • Resolve regulatory compliance issues for a given desktop pool
  • Determine causes of faults for connectivity (e.g., PcolP, Blast, etc.)
  • Analyze and resolve login issues
+ Objective 8.2 - Troubleshoot Performance Issues in Horizon Components
Skills and Abilities
  • Use esxtop to identify performance bottlenecks
  • Use PerfMon to analyze desktop workloads
  • Use PCoIP Statistics Viewer to troubleshoot desktop sessions
  • Monitor Horizon View Connection Server performance locally/remotely
+ Objective 8.3 - Troubleshoot Mirage Installation/Configuration Issues
Skills and Abilities
  • Analyze and resolve poor network performance
  • Troubleshoot File Portal installation issues
  • Troubleshoot Mirage Gateway Server issues
  • Configure Mirage logging settings
  • Identify and interpret information in log bundles
+ Objective 8.4 - Backup and Restore Horizon View Components
Skills and Abilities
  • Backup/Restore a View Composer Database
  • Test and validate scheduled backups of Horizon View components
  • Backup/Restore View Configuration Data
  • Change the Data Recovery Password
+ Objective 8.5 - Troubleshooting Connectivity Issues with Horizon Components
Skills and Abilities
  • Troubleshoot endpoint connectivity issues
  • Analyze connectivity between a View Connection Server and an endpoint
  • Verify and resolve Active Directory entitlements/group membership
  • Analyze and determine the correct SSL certificate based on deployment needs for Horizon components:
    • Single Server Name Certificate
    • Subject Alternative Names
    • Wildcard Certificate
  • Analyze Log Bundles to resolve ongoing connectivity issues with the following components:
    • View/Security Connection Servers
    • PCoIP protocol
    • Client endpoints
    • View agents
+ Exam Contributors
Linus Baroque
Joe Cooper
Brett Guarino
Tulika Srivastava
Bryan Lenderman
Jack McMichael
Vincent Riccio
Jon Hall
John Hathaway
Tulika Srivastava
Stephane Asselin
Dale Carter
John Davis
Joshua Andrews
Dave Davis

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