VMware Horizon 8: Deploy and Manage

Gain the practical skills to deliver virtual desktops through a single infrastructure platform.
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  • Duration: 5 days
  • Regular price: $5,525
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Course outline

Duration : 5 days

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™, how to configure a load balancer for use with Horizon, and how to establish Cloud Pod Architecture.


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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


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 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 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

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

VMware Horizon 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

VMware Horizon Performance and Scalability

• Describe the purpose of a replica connection server
• Explain how multiple Horizon Connection Server instances in a pod maintain synchronization
• Describe the 3D rendering options available in Horizon 8
• List the steps to configure graphics cards for use in a Horizon environment
• Configure a load balancer for use in a Horizon environment
• Explain Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture LDAP replication and VIPA
• Explain Horizon Cloud Pod Architecture scalability options

Managing VMware 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

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Pierre-Edouard Brondel
Pierre-Edouard Brondel
Trainer and Desktop Application Consultant
Renowned as an educational expert in the IT and office technology field who has accumulated more than 25 years of experience, Pierre-Édouard is first and foremost passionate about human capital.
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Marc Maisonneuve
Trainer and Professional Efficiency Consultant
Frédéric Paradis
Frédéric Paradis
Certified Trainer and Cloud Architect
As a certified Microsoft trainer, Frédéric describes himself as a Cloud magician who easily navigates the mythical space between technology and reality.
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Claude Marson
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