VMware Horizon 7: Install, Configure, Manage [V7.7]

This five-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 installing, configuring, and managing VMware Horizon® 7 through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs. You will learn how to configure and deploy pools of virtual machines, how to manage the access and security of the 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 pls. contact info@ateaeducation.dk 


Course participants

Technical personnel who work in the IT departments of end-customer companies and people who are responsible for the delivery of remote or virtual desktop services


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
  • 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 users’ activities by implementing Group Policy objects
  • Configure Windows systems to enable Remote Desktop Connections
  • Build an ODBC connection to an SQL Server database


1  Course Introduction

2  Introduction to VMware Horizon

  •   Recognize the features and benefits of VMware Horizon
  •   Identify the major function of each VMware Horizon component
  •   Define a use case for your virtual desktop and application infrastructure

3  View Connection Server

  •   Identify the system and virtualization requirements for a View Connection server
  •   License VMware Horizon components
  •   Configure View Connection Server
  •   Use the dashboard to quickly focus on the details of a problem
  •   Identify the benefits of using the VMware Horizon Help Desk tool

4  VMware Horizon Desktops

  •   Outline the process and choices in setting up VMware Horizon virtual machines
  •   Compare the remote display protocols that are available in VMware Horizon
  •   Outline the configuration choices when installing Horizon Agent

5  VMware Horizon Desktop Pools

  •   Identify the steps to set up a template for desktop pool deployment
  •   List the steps to add desktops to the View Connection Server inventory
  •   Define desktop entitlement
  •   Describe how information on the Users and Groups page can be used to control and monitor Horizon users
  •   Explain the hierarchy of global policies, pool-level policies, and user-level policies
  •   List the Horizon Group Policy administrative template files

6  Horizon Client Options

  •   Enlist the requirements for a Horizon Client installation
  •   Install Horizon Client and connect to a virtual desktop
  •   Explain USB redirection and options
  •   Define and compare a thin client with a system running Horizon Client
  •   Configure Virtual Printing for location-based printing

7  Creating Automated Pools of Full Virtual Machines

  •   Recognize how an automated pool operates
  •   Compare dedicated-assignment and floating-assignment pools
  •   Outline the steps to create an automated pool

8  Creating and Managing Linked-Clone Desktop Pools

  •   Describe the VMware linked-clone technology
  •   Enlist the system requirements for View Composer
  •   Outline the steps to install View Composer
  •   Outline the steps necessary to set up a desktop pool that uses linked clones
  •   Compare the purpose of the parent and the replica virtual machines
  •   Compare the recompose, refresh, and rebalance management operations for linked clones
  •   Describe the management operations for persistent disks

9  Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Desktop Pools

  •   Identify the advantages of instant clones
  •   Differentiate between View Composer linked clones and instant clones
  •   Identify the types of instant-clone virtual machines
  •   Enlist the requirements of instant clones
  •   Outline the steps to set up an automated pool that uses instant clones
  •   Set up an automated pool of instant clones
  •   Update the image of an instant clone desktop pool using the push-image operation

10  VMware Horizon Authentication

  •   Compare the authentication options that View Connection Server supports
  •   Explain the purpose of roles and privileges in VMware Horizon
  •   Outline the steps to create a Horizon administrator and a custom role
  •   List some of the best practices for configuring Horizon administrators
  •   Configure Horizon Server to use a new TLS Certificate

11  Managing VMware Horizon Security

  •   Compare tunnels and direct connections for client access to desktops
  •   Compare the benefits of using VMware Unified Access Gateway™ in the DMZ
  •   List the advantages of direct connections
  •   Discuss the benefits of using Unified Access Gateway 
  •   List the two-factor authentication options that are supported by Unified Access Gateway 
  •   Configure a Unified Access Gateway appliance

12  Profile Management Using User Environment Manager

  •   Identify the User Environment Manager functional areas and their benefits
  •   Outline the steps that are required to install and configure User Environment Manager components
  •   Manage user personalization using the User Environment Manager management console
  •   Install User Environment Manager 
  •   Describe User Environment Manager smart policies

13  Creating RDS Desktop and Application Pools 

  •   Explain the difference between an RDS desktop pool and an automated pool
  •   Access a single application by using the RDS application pool
  •   Compare and contrast an RDSH pool, a farm, and an application pool
  •   Create an RDS desktop pool and an application pool
  •   Identify the load-balancing options for Remote Desktop Session Hosts

14  Using App Volumes to Provision and Manage Applications 

  •   Explain how App Volumes works
  •   Identify the features and benefits of App Volumes
  •   Identify the interface elements of App Volumes
  •   Install and configure App Volumes

15  JMP and Horizon 7 Overview

  •   Identify the benefits of JMP
  •   Enlist the JMP and Horizon 7 components
  •   Identify JMP deployment considerations 
  •   Install and configure JMP Server

16  Command-Line Tools and Backup Options

  •   Describe key View Connection Server features that are available as command-line options with the vdmadmin command
  •   Explain the purpose of kiosk mode for client systems and how it is configured
  •   Identify the log locations for each VMware Horizon component
  •   Describe the backup options for VMware Horizon databases

17  VMware Horizon Performance and Scalability

  •   Describe the purpose of a replica server 
  •   List several best practices for multiserver deployment in a pod
  •   Describe the benefits of the Cloud Pod Architecture feature for large-scale VMware Horizon deployments
  •   Establish a session with a desktop machine in a different pod by logging in to a local View Connection Server instance
  •   Create global entitlements for accessing Horizon Desktops

By the end of the course, you should be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Identify VMware Horizon components
  • Install and configure View Connection Server
  • Install and configure virtual desktops
  • Configure and manage VMware Horizon® Client™ systems
  • Configure and manage pools of physical and virtual machines
  • Configure and manage automated pools of full virtual machines
  • Configure and manage pools of linked-clone desktops
  • Configure and manage automated pools of instant clones
  • Configure and manage Remote Desktop Services (RDS) pools of desktops and applications
  • Use Horizon Administrator to configure the VMware Horizon environment
  • Configure secure access to virtual desktops
  • Use VMware User Environment Manager™ to manage user personalization and application configurations
  • Describe steps to deploy profile management
  • Use VMware App Volumes™ to provision and manage applications
  • Manage the performance and scalability of a VMware Horizon deployment


This course prepares you for the following certification:

  • VMware Certified Professional 7 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP7-DTM)