VMware Horizon 8 

Duration: 5 days

Industry: Information Technology

About this course

VMware Horizon 8: Deploy and Manage is a five-day combination course of VMware Horizon 8: Skills for Virtual Desktop Management & VMware Horizon 8: Infrastructure Administration. This training collection gives you the hands-on skills to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure platform. You will build on your skills in configuring and managing VMware Horizon ® 8 through a combination of lecture and hands-on labs. You learn how to configure and deploy pools of virtual machines and how to provide a customized desktop environment to end-users. Additionally, you will learn how to install and configure a virtual desktop infrastructure platform. You learn how to install and configure VMware Horizon ® Connection Server VMware Unified Access Gateway how to configure a load balancer for use with Horizon, and how to establish Cloud Pod Architecture.

For more information about this course, please check this blog from P2L, as well as this page from VMware.

Who can benefit?

Operators, administrators, and architects for VMware Horizon should enroll in this course. These individuals are responsible for the creation, maintenance, and or delivery of remote and virtual desktop services. Additional duties can include the implementation, support, and administration of an organization's end-user computing infrastructure.

This is what you'll learn

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

  • Recognize the features and benefits of Horizon 
  • Use VMware vSphere ® to create VMs to be used as desktops for Horizon 
  • Create and optimize Windows VMs to create Horizon desktops 
  • Install and configure Horizon Agent on Horizon desktop 
  • Configure and manage the VMware Horizon ® Clients systems and connect the client to a VMware Horizon desktop
  • Configure, manage, and entitle desktop pools of full VMs
  • Configure, manage, and entitle pools of instant-clone desktops
  • Create and use Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and application pools
  • Monitor the Horizon environment using Horizon Console Dashboard and Horizon Help Desk Tool Identify Horizon Connection Server installation, architecture, and requirements.
  • Describe the authentication and certification options for a Horizon environment
  • Recognize the integration process and benefits of VMware Workspace ONE® Access and Horizon 8 Discuss performance and scalability options available in Horizon 8
  • Describe different security options for the Horizon environment 

Course Outline

Product Alignment 

VMware Horizon 8 V2006 


VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2020 (VCP-DTM 2020). 


Course Introduction 

Introductions and course logistics 

Course objectives 

Introduction to VMware Horizon 

Recognize the features and benefits of Horizon 

Describe the conceptual and logical architecture of Horizon 

Introduction to Use Case 

Define a use case for your virtual desktop and application infrastructure 

Convert customer requirements to use-case attributes 

vSphere for Horizon 8 

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 

VMware Horizon Desktops 

Create a Windows and a Linux virtual machine using vSphere 

Optimize and prepare Windows and Linux virtual machines to set up Horizon desktop VMs VMware Horizon Agents 

Outline the configuration choices when installing Horizon Agent on Windows and Linux virtual machines

Create a gold master for Windows Horizon desktops 

VMware Horizon Pools 

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 

VMware Horizon Client Options 

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 

Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Desktop Pools 

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 

Creating RDS Desktop and Application 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 

Monitoring VMware Horizon 

Monitor the status of the Horizon components using the Horizon Administrator console dashboard Monitor desktop sessions using the HelpDesk tool 

Horizon Connection Server 

Recognize VMware Horizon reference architecture 

Identify the Horizon Connection Server supported features 

Identify the recommended system requirements for Horizon Connection Server Configure the Horizon event database 

Outline the steps for the initial configuration of Horizon Connection Server

Discuss the ADAM database as a critical component of Horizon Connection Server installation VMware Horizon Authentication and Certificates 

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 

Workspace ONE Access & Virtual Application Management 

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 

Describe the Workspace ONE Access directory integration 

Deploy virtual applications with Workspace services 

VMware Horizon Performance and Scalability 

Describe the purpose of a replica connection server 

Explain how multiple Horizon Connection Server instances in a pod maintain synchronization Describe the 3D rendering options available in Horizon 8 

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 

Managing VMware Horizon Security 

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 

List Unified Access Gateway firewall rules 

Describe the situation in which you might deploy Unified Access Gateway instances with one, two, or three network interfaces

Prerequisite Skills

vSphere - VMware vSphere: Install Configure Manage [V7]

Schedule (iMVP)

Sep 20, 2021 - Sep 24, 2021

Oct 25, 2021 - Oct 29, 2021

Nov 29, 2021 - Dec 3, 2021

Dec 13, 2021 - Dec 17, 2021