VMware Horizon: Deploy And Manage [V8]

This course is a combination of VMware Horizon 8: Infrastructure Administration and Virtual Desktop Management. Using a single virtual desktop infrastructure platform, you gain the hands-on skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications. You will learn how to provide a customized desktop environment to end-users and configure and deploy pools of virtual machines.

Candidates will also get to learn the methods of configuration and installation of a virtual desktop infrastructure platform. You will learn how to install and configure VMware Unified Access Gateway™, VMware Horizon® Connection Server™, how to configure a load balancer for use with Horizon, and how to establish Cloud Pod Architecture.


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VMware Horizon: Deploy And Manage [V8] Course Overview

VMware certifications are prestigious achievements for IT professionals. They are designed to authenticate your expertise in virtualization technologies and this course helps you scale up in your career in the virtualization world. This course is an ideal start for beginners who do not have prior working experience in virtual environments.

This training prepares you for the VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2020 (VCP-DTM 2020) certification.

Course Curriculum


The VMware Horizon, Deploy and Manage training is ideal for:

  • Administrators/architects for VMware Horizons
  • Tier 1 operators who are responsible for the maintenance, creation, and delivery of virtual and remote desktop services.
  • Individuals responsible for support, administration, and implementation of organization’s end-user computing infrastructure

Course Objectives

The Deploy and Manage [V8] course aims at teaching candidates how to:

  • Recognize the benefits and features of VMware Horizon
  • Define a use case for your application infrastructure and virtual desktop
  • Use vSphere to create VMs to be used as desktops for VMware Horizon
  • Create VMware Horizon desktops and optimize Windows VMs 
  • Install and configure Horizon Agent on a VMware Horizon desktop
  • Configure, manage, and entitle desktop pools of full VMs
  • Connect the client to a VMware Horizon desktop
  • Configure and manage the VMware Horizon Client systems
  • Configure, manage, and entitle pools of instant-clone desktops
  • Create and use application pools and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops
  • Monitor the VMware Horizon environment using the VMware Horizon console Dashboard and Horizon Help Desk Tool
  • Identify VMware Horizon Connection Server architecture, requirements, and installation
  • Describe the certificate options and authentication for a Horizon environment
  • Recognize the benefits and integration process of Horizon 8 and Workspace ONE Access
  • Compare the remote display protocols that are available in VMware Horizon
  • Describe the 3D rendering options available in Horizon 8
  • Discuss scalability and different security options available in Horizon 8


To attend this course, participants must have the skills to:

  • Use VMware vSphere® Web Client to view the state of datastores, virtual machines, and networks
  • Access the guest operating system and open a virtual machine console on VMware vCenter Server®
  • Convert a virtual machine into a template
  • Create snapshots of virtual machines
  • Deploy a virtual machine from a template
  • Configure guest customization specifications
  • Modify virtual machine properties

The following Microsoft Windows system administration experience is also required:

  • Configure Active Directory services, including DHCP, DNS, and time synchronization
  • Build an ODBC connection to an SQL Server database
  • Restrict user activities by implementing Group Policy objects
  • Configure Windows systems to enable Remote Desktop Connections

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Course Outline

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives
  • Recognize the features and benefits of Horizon
  • Describe the conceptual and logical architecture of Horizon
  • Convert customer requirements to use-case attributes
  • Define a use case for your virtual desktop and application infrastructure
  • 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
  • Create a Windows and a Linux virtual machine using vSphere
  • Optimize and prepare Windows and Linux virtual machines to set up Horizon desktop VMs
  • Outline the configuration choices when installing Horizon Agent on Windows and Linux virtual machines
  • Create a golden image for Windows and Linux Horizon desktops
  • 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
  • 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

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Recognize VMware Horizon reference architecture
  • Identify the Horizon Connection Server supported features
  • Identify the recommended system requirements for Horizon Connection Server
  • Configure Horizon event database
  • Outline the steps for the initial configuration of Horizon Connection Server
  • Discuss the AD LDS database as a critical component of Horizon Connection Server installation
  • 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
  • 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
  • Deploy virtual applications with Workspace services
  • Compare the remote display protocols that are available in VMware Horizon
  • Describe BLAST
  • Describe the BLAST Display Protocol Codecs
  • Summarize BLAST Codec options
  • List ideal applications for each BLAST codec
  • Describe BLAST and PCoIP ADMX GPO common configurations
  • Describe the 3D rendering options available in Horizon 8
  • Compare vSGA and vDGA
  • List the steps to configure graphics cards for use in a Horizon environment
  • Describe the purpose of a replica connection server
  • Explain how multiple Horizon Connection Server instances in a pod maintain synchronization
  • 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
  • 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

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Virtualization is undoubtedly dominating the entire globe and consequently, gaining expertise in various aspects of the domain would welcome new market opportunities. Organizations would require a large number of certified professionals in 2022 and beyond.

With VMware Horizon is a simple, secure, fast, and scalable platform for delivering virtual applications and desktops with cloud-like elasticity and economics.

ESXi 7.0 requires a RAM of at least 16 GB to run VMware on your system. To support 64-bit virtual machines, support for hardware virtualization (Intel VT-x or AMD RVI) must be enabled on x64 CPUs.

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