VMware Horizon (with View): Install, Configure, Manage v6.2


Course Overview

This hands-on training course gives you the skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform. Delivered in conjunction with Avnet Academy (a VMware Authorized Training Center) our Epic LIVE classes run Monday-Thursday, over 2 weeks, so you can train and still do your day job. It builds your skills in installing, configuring, and managing the View component of VMware Horizon™ 6, release 6.2, through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs. Read More

This course teaches you how to configure and deploy pools of virtual machines, how to manage access and security of the machines, and how to provide end users a customized desktop environment. This course will help prepare students for the VCP6 Desktop and Mobility (VCP6-DTM) Certification Exam.


Exam: 2V0-651


Instructor: Vince Rightley

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Skills Learned

Identify View components

  • Install and configure View Connection Server
  • Install and configure virtual machines that become desktops
  • Configure and manage VMware Horizon® Client™ systems
  • Configure and manage pools of existing physical machines
  • Configure and manage automated pools of full virtual machines
  • Configure and manage pools of linked-clone machines
  • Configure and manage Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktop and application pools
  • Use View Administrator to configure the View environment
  • Configure secure access to View virtual machines
  • Describe steps to deploy View Persona Management for user profile management
  • Manage performance and scalability of a View deployment

Who Should Attend This Course

  • System administrators and system integrators responsible for deploying the VMware® virtual desktop infrastructure, or those students preparing for the VCP6 Desktop and Mobility Certification Exam.


  • Before attending this course, students should have experience with Microsoft Active Directory administration and VMware vSphere.  Students should be able to create a template in the VMware vCenter Server system and deploy a virtual machine.

Course Outline

1. Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

2. Introduction to Horizon 6  and View

  • Overview of Horizon 6
  • Introduce View features and components
  • Explain how View can be operated in FIPS mode

3. View Connection Server

  • Install and configure View Connection Server
  • Configure View events database and the Syslog server

4. View Desktops

  • Prepare Windows virtual machines as View desktops
  • Compare PCoIP and RDP remote display protocols
  • Explain USB redirection and multimedia redirection
  • Install View Agent in a virtual machine template
  • Deploy a manual pool and entitle users to access it
  • Compare Windows and Linux VDI virtual machines

5. Horizon Client Options

  • Describe Horizon Client for Windows and Mac OS X
  • Describe Horizon Client  for mobile devices with biometric authentication
  • Describe HTML Access, thin clients, and zero clients
  • Compare options for client drive redirection

6. Creating and Managing Automated Pools

  • Configure and provision automated pools of desktops
  • Compare dedicated and floating-assignment pools
  • Compare storage options, including VMware Virtual SAN™

7. Creating and Managing Linked-Clone Desktop Pools

  • Overview of View Composer operations
  • Deploy and provision linked-clone desktops
  • Compare storage options, including Virtual SAN
  • Manage linked-clone desktops
  • Manage persistent disks

8. Creating and Managing RDS Desktop and Application Pools

  • Set up RDS hosts to create a farm of hosts
  • Deploy and provision RDS desktop pools
  • Deploy and provision RDS application pools
  • Manage application pools
  • Explain how linked clones provide automated management of  RDS server farms

9. Using View Administrator

  • Configure the View environment
  • Compare authentication options for desktop access
  • Compare 3D rendering options such as vDGA and GRID vGPU
  • Manage administrators, users, sessions, and policies
  • Monitor the View environment

10. Managing View Security

  • Describe recommended network configurations and authentication options
  • Configure the View security server
  • Describe Access Point, a Linux-based  alternative for the DMZ

11. View Persona Management

  • Configure user profiles with View Persona Management
  • Describe View Persona Management and Windows roaming profiles
  • Configure a View Persona Management deployment
  • Describe best practices for a View Persona Management deployment

12. Command-Line Tools and Backup Options

  • Introduce the vdmadmin utility
  • Describe client systems in kiosk mode
  • Back up the View databases
  • Restore the View databases

13. View Performance and Scalability

  • Describe multiserver deployments to create a View pod
  • Explain performance considerations and load balancing for a  pod
  • Explain Cloud Pod Architecture for multiple View pods

Hands-On Labs

1. Installing and Configuring View Connection Server

  • Log in to the Control Center Desktop
  • License the vCenter Server System and the ESXi host
  • Verify the setup of the virtual machine to be used as the connection server
  • License the View Manager software
  • Associate vCenter server instance with View Connection Server
  • Configure an Event Database

2. Installing Horizon View Agent in Desktops

  • Create a vCenter Server Resource Pool for Horizon View Desktop Pools
  • Prepare the Windows 7 Desktop
  • Install Horizon View Agent
  • Establish a Remote Desktop connection to the Virtual Desktop

3. Creating and Entitling a View Desktop

  • Clone the dt1 Virtual Machine to a Template
  • Modify the Customization Specification that is used to clone Windows 7 Desktops
  • Deploy a second Windows Desktop Virtual Machine from the Template
  • Verify correct deployment of the Virtual Machine
  • Create two manual pools, each with a Desktop Virtual Machine
  • Entitle manual pools

4. Installing and Using Horizon Client

  • Install Horizon Client on the Client A machine
  • Connect to a View Desktop

5. Configuring and Using Virtual Planning

  • Install and use a Virtual Printer
  • Configure a Virtual Printer Instance on the Virtual Desktop

6. Creating and Using an Automated Pool

  • Set up a vCenter Server Folder for View Machines
  • Create an Automated Desktop Pool with Dedicated-Assignment Desktops
  • Verify the creation of the Pool by connecting to a Machine
  • Test a second, concurrent connection to a Machine in the Pool
  • Delete the Automated Desktop Pool

7. Installing View Composer on a Standalone System

  • Prepare the Standalone Windows 2008 System for View Composer
  • Install View Composer on the Standalone System

8. Deploying Linked-Clone Machines

  • Install View Agent in the Parent Virtual Machine and take a Baseline Snapshot
  • Enable View Composer and authorize a View Administrator Account for QuickPrep to use
  • Create an Automated Desktop Pool of Linked-Clone Machines
  • Test an Individual Linked-Clone Machine

9. Modifying Linked-Clone Machines

  • Install Foxit Reader on all Linked-Clone Machines

10. Managing Linked-Clone Persistent Disks

  • Detach a View Composer Persistent Disk from a Linked-Clone Machine
  • Attach the Detached Persistent Disk to another Linked-Clone Machine as a Secondary Disk
  • Verify that the Secondary Disk is the Persistent Disk from the first Linked-Clone Machine

11. Creating and Using RDS Pools

  • Set up a Remote Desktop Servics Host
  • Create a Farm
  • Create an Application Pool
  • Verify the creation of the Application Pool
  • Create an RDS Desktop Pool
  • Verify the creation of the RDS Desktop Pool

12. Modifying Global Settings and Managing Users and Sessions

  • Modify Global Settings Values
  • Limit vCenter Server Provisioning Operations
  • Use View Administrator to disconnect a Logged-In User and reset a Virtual Desktop
  • Retrieve Information about specific users
  • Examine recent Connection Server Events

13. Role-Based Delegated Administration

  • Create a View Access Group
  • Move a Desktop Pool into a New Access Group
  • Modify Permissions on an Access Group
  • Verify Permissions on an Access Group
  • Use Global Permissions to allow a User or Group Limited Access to the View Environment
  • Remove all Administrator Permissions

14. Configuring a View Security Server

  • Install and Configure the View Security Server
  • Configure Client B to Access the Security Server from the Public Network

15. Configuring View Persona Management in the Local Computer Policy Environment

  • Set up a Remote Repository for User Profiles on the Connection Server
  • Add the View Persona Management Administrative Template to the Local Computer Policy Environment
  • Configure Group Policy Settings for View Persona Management
  • Deploy a Floating Desktop Pool from a New Parent Virtual Machine Snapshot
  • Connect to a Machine in the Persona Management Pool and Verify that You View the Same Machine at Each Login