Author: Greg Shields
This series introduces the concepts required to implement, configure, and manage VMware Horizon 7 while exploring content relevant to the VCP7-DTM exam.
You've skilled up on server virtualization and you've migrated your physical machines onto VMware's vSphere platform. You're ready to virtualize your users' desktops. VMware Horizon 7 is an enterprise-ready platform for accomplishing the task across a wide range of use cases. In this course, VMware Horizon 7: Introduction, you'll first be introduced to the major topics to be discussed in this extensive learning path on VMware Horizon 7. Next, you'll learn about the details on how to build your own environment for following along with the courses to follow. Finally, you'll look at the intended audience for the learning path. By the end of this course, you will be ready to jump into the the rest of the VMware Horizon 7 learning path.
VMware Horizon 7 arrives as an extensive set of individual components, all of which require assembly before you ever start deploying desktops. In this course, VMware Horizon 7: Install and Configure Horizon Server Components, you will first step through the install and config tasks for the Connection and Composer Servers on the inside LAN. Next, you will step through the install and config tasks for the Security Server and Access Point appliances out in the DMZ. Finally, you will finish up all the other installing, configuring, and integrating components that make up the the Horizon 7 infrastructure. By the end of this course, you will be prepared for the next part in this learning path where you will build and deploy virtual desktops and applications.
Building that Horizon 7 infrastructure is obviously only the first step. Next up is understanding how best to use it in deploying desktops to users. In this course, VMware Horizon 7: Create and Configure Pools, you'll learn how to create and configure pools in VMware Horizon 7. First, you'll explore the steps in preparing VM images to be Horizon templates. Next, you'll understand which type of desktop pool should be used based on requirements. Finally, you'll get an introduction into managing the user data in each VM. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to create Horizon desktop pools for servicing users.
Windows Roaming Profiles and Horizon Persona Management are tools for centralizing user data, and roaming it across user sessions. However, these tools don't do much for controlling what data gets captured. In this course, VMware Horizon 7: Configure and Manage User Environment Manager, you'll explore how to use VMware User Environment Manager, which separates out application configurations from regular user files. First, you'll develop an understanding on how the tool brings control to the content in user profiles. Next, you'll learn how to utilize the tool by discovering and managing application configurations, a process that involves more time and effort. Finally, you'll explore the consoles of the tool, and how it manages user profiles through its focus on application configurations. By the end of this course, you'll be prepared to reduce your user profile sizes, and decrease login times with some creative UEM management of application configurations.
The age-old practice of installing applications just doesn't scale with the needs of a VDI environment. Even automating the process with traditional application delivery tools doesn't solve the problem well. VMware App Volumes is a simple, but remarkable, solution for virtualizing apps into VMDK virtual disks and quite literally attaching them to virtual machines. In this course, VMware Horizon 7: Configure and Manage App Volumes, you'll explore App Volumes' almost-uninterestingly simple installation. First, you'll package up a set of applications into VMDK virtual disks that can be assigned to any VM to which a user connects. Next, you'll see how writeable disks are layered over the top to maintain the capture of user settings. Finally, you'll discover how to package up a couple of apps. By the end of this course, you'll be ready to package and just-in-time deliver all manner of apps into your VMs right as their users login.
Standing a bit offset from the rest of VMware's Horizon 7 portfolio, VMware Mirage focuses its attentions predominantly on physical desktops. Arriving as a kind of a backup-and-recovery solution alongside some clever "layering" technology, Mirage offers the ability to centralize desktops against a common OS and app baseline. In this course, VMware Horizon 7: Configure and Administer VMware Mirage, you'll learn how to install and configure VMware Mirage in a simple single-server architecture. First, you'll walk through its relatively lightweight integrations with the rest of VMware Horizon. Next, you'll centralize some example desktops. Finally, you'll use those example desktops as a starting point for both OS and App layers. By the end of this course, you'll gain an appreciation for where this solution fits within VMware's greater EUC portfolio.
VMware Identity Manager is an identity federation solution that arrives in a dizzying array of editions and delivery formats, including a cloud-based version linked to VMware's AirWatch solution and an on-premises version typically bundled with VMware Horizon. This course focuses on installing and configuring the simplest of use cases using Identity Manager's on-premises version, narrowly focusing on it's integration with VMware View desktops. In this course, VMware Horizon 7: Configure and Manage VMware Identity Manager, you'll explore the setup and initial configuration of an on-premises Identity Manager appliance. First, you'll integrate it with VMware Horizon View. Next, you'll get a quick look at centralizing authentication for web services. Finally, you'll discover SaaS-delivered cloud apps and ThinApp packaged applications. By the end of this course, you'll get an introduction into how Identity Manager offers users a single, central "front door" for many of your enterprise applications.
You may have noticed that this course is by far the shortest in our eight-course learning path on VMware Horizon. That is by no means to presume that vRealize Operations is the least important. Rather, monitoring a complex environment with dozens of moving parts is arguably your most-important task once Horizon's components are assembled and VMs get provisioned to users. That task is best left to another solution in vRealize Operations Manager or vROPS, which we assume here is already monitoring your hypervisors and vCenter Servers. In this course, you'll explore the discrete tasks in integrating that already-existing vRealize Operations infrastructure into the Horizon View components we've built so far. You'll install the necessary broker agent on your connection server, create a vRealize Operations for Horizon adapter, and you'll leave with a quick-and-dirty overview of the new dashboards and reports vROPS now offers to dig into your VDI environment's deepest behaviors.
It is recommended that you have previous experience working with vSphere 6.x and are familiar with the concepts and applications introduced in the vSphere 6 Foundation path.