This course gives you the skills necessary to deliver virtual applications and desktops through a single virtual desktop infrastructure platform. Our VMware Horizon: Skills for Virtual Desktop is a 3-day course that builds your knowledge and skills in managing and configuring the VMware Horizon® 8 environment through a blend of hands-on labs and theory lectures.


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The course, as its name suggests, enables you to learn and validate the skills for virtual desktop management. Learners will learn about the methods of deploying and configuring pools of virtual machines and also about providing a customized desktop environment to end-users.

The VMware Horizon: Skills for Virtual Desktop course is one of the two-course requirement for the VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2020 (VCP-DTM 2020) certification.

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The VMware Horizon: Skills for Virtual Desktop Management is ideal for:

  • Individuals who are responsible for creating, maintaining, or delivery of virtual and remote desktop services
  • Administrators, operators, and architects for VMware Horizon

Course Objective

The 3-day course about virtual VMware desktop management aims at the following objectives:

  • Recognize the benefits and features of VMware Horizon
  • Create VMs to be used as desktops for Horizon using VMware vSphere®
  • Create Horizon desktops by creating and optimizing Windows VMs
  • Install and configure Horizon Agent on Horizon desktop
  • Connect the client to a VMware Horizon desktop and configure and manage the VMware Horizon® Client™ systems
  • Configure, manage and entitle desktop pools of full VMs
  • Configure, manage and entitle pools of instant-clone desktops
  • Create and use application pools and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops
  • Monitor the Horizon environment using Horizon Help Desk Tool and Horizon Console Dashboard

Eligibility Criteria

Learners willing to take this course must have the following VMware infrastructure skills:

  • View the state of datastores, virtual machines, and networks using the VMware vSphere® Web Client
  • Open a virtual machine console on VMware vCenter Server® and access the guest operating system

Apart from the above, the following Microsoft Windows system administration experience is also required:

  • 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

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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


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

•  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 gold master for Windows 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

Course Reviews


VMware Horizon is a modern platform that runs and delivers virtual apps and desktops across the hybrid cloud. It allows simplification, automation, and security of desktop and app management while also providing a consistent experience to users across locations and devices.

A Pentium IV 2.0GHz processor or higher processor with 4GBRAM and 100Mbps NIC network adapter is required for a Horizon server connection. These are the minimum system requirements. You will get to learn about more specific hardware prerequisites during the course.

Horizon can be used for unified communications, device redirection, and access to desktops and applications. It provides an easy Single Sign-On access on any device, deploys virtual desktops to any location, and gives end-users the freedom to work anywhere.

VMware Horizon is based on VMware vSphere and uses the vSphere environment for hosting virtual desktops.

VMware Horizon 7.10 (Sep 17, 2019) This is an ESB release.

Yes, of course! We want our students to be trained well before entering their roles. So, we provide extensive hands-on labs in combination with theory-based lectures to foster learning.

Please write to us at enquiry@vinsys.com with your queries and we will respond at the earliest.