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

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About this Course

This hands-on training course gives you the skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) platform. 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. 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.

Audience Profile

  • System Administrators
  • System Integrators

At Course Completion

Upon completing the course, students will be able to meet the following objectives:

  • Identify View components
  • Install and configure View Connection Server
  • Configure and manage VMware Horizon® Client™ systems
  • 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
  • Describe steps to deploy View Persona Management for user profile management
  • Manage performance and scalability of a View deployment


  • Experience in Microsoft Windows Active Directory administration
  • Experience with VMware vSphere
  • Create a template in the VMware vCenter Server system and deploy a virtual machine

Course Outline

Module 1: Course Introduction

  • Lesson 1: Introductions and course logistics
  • Lesson 2: Course objectives

Module 2: Introduction to Horizon 6 and view

  • Lesson 1: Overview of Horizon 6
  • Lesson 2: Introduce View features and components
  • Lesson 3: Explain how View can be operated in FIPS mode

Module 3: View Connection Server

  • Lesson 1: Install and configure View Connection Server
  • Lesson 2: Configure View events database and the Syslog server

Module 4: View Desktops

  • Lesson 1: Prepare Windows virtual machines as View desktops
  • Lesson 2: Compare PCoIP and RDP remote display protocols
  • Lesson 3: Explain USB redirection and multimedia redirection
  • Lesson 4: Install View Agent in a virtual machine template
  • Lesson 5: Deploy a manual pool and entitle users to access it
  • Lesson 6: Compare Windows and Linux VDI virtual machines

Module 5: Horizon Client Options

  • Lesson 1: Describe Horizon Clent for Windows and Mac OS X
  • Lesson 2: Describe Horizon Clent for mobile devices with biometric authentication
  • Lesson 3: Describe HTML Access, thin clients, and zero clents
  • Lesson 4: Compare options for client drive redirection

Module 6: Creating and Managing Automated Pools

  • Lesson 1: Configure and provision automated pools of desktops
  • Lesson 2: Compare dedicated and floating-assignment pools
  • Lesson 3: Compare storage options, including VMware Virtual SAN

Module 7: Creating and Managing Linked-Clone Desktop Pools

  • Lesson 1: Overview of View Composer operations
  • Lesson 2: Deploy and provision linked-clone desktops
  • Lesson 3: Compare storage options, including Virtual SAN
  • Lesson 4: Manage linked-clone desktops
  • Lesson 5: Manage persistent disks

Module 8: Creating and Managing RDS Desktop and Applications Pools

  • Lesson 1: Set up RDS hosts to create a farm of hosts
  • Lesson 2: Deploy and provision RDS desktop pools
  • Lesson 3: Deploy and provision RDS application pools
  • Lesson 4: Manage application pools
  • Lesson 5: Explain how linked clones provide automated management of RDS server farms

Module 9: Using View Administrator

  • Lesson 1: Configure the View environment
  • Lesson 2: Compare authentication options for desktop access
  • Lesson 3: Compare 3D rendering options such as vDGA and GRID vGPU
  • Lesson 4: Manage administrators, users, sessions, and policies
  • Lesson 5: Monitor the View environment

Module 10: Managing View Security

  • Lesson 1: Describe recommended network configurations and authentication options
  • Lesson 2: Configure the View security server
  • Lesson 3: Describe Access Point, a Linux-based alternative for the DMZ

Module 11: View Persona Management

  • Lesson 1: Configure user profiles with View Persona Management
  • Lesson 2: Describe View Persona Management and Windows roaming profiles
  • Lesson 3: Configure a View Persona Management deployment
  • Lesson 4: Describe best practices for a View Persona Management deployment

Module 12: Command-Line Tools and Backup Options

  • Lesson 1: Introduce the vdmadmin utility
  • Lesson 2: Describe client systems in kiosk mode
  • Lesson 3: Back up the View databases
  • Lesson 4: Restore the View databases

Module 13: View Performance and Scalability

  • Lesson 1: Describe multiserver deployments to create a View pod
  • Lesson 2: Explain performance considerations and load balancing for a pod
  • Lesson 3: Explain Cloud Pod Architecture for multiple View pods