VMware Horizon 7: What's New [V6.x to V7.x]

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Course Outline

VMware Horizon 7: What's New [V6.x to V7.x]

Duration: 3 Days


This hands-on course gives you the skills to upgrade from VMware Horizon® 6 to VMware Horizon® 7. It also introduces the new features in VMware Horizon 7 that enable you to deliver virtual desktops and applications through a single virtual desktop infrastructure platform. In addition to performing an upgrade, you will use many of the new features available in VMware Horizon 7 to instantly provision virtual and remote desktops and applications.  

Product Alignment

•  VMware Horizon 7


Technical IT personnel responsible for the delivery of remote or virtual desktops, applications, and services


Customers attending this course should have attended the VMware Horizon (with View): Install, Configure, Manage course or have equivalent experience. Students must have experience managing a VMware Horizon deployment


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

•  Identify the versions of VMware Horizon components
•  Upgrade View Connection Server to VMware Horizon 7
•  Upgrade View Composer to VMware Horizon 7
•  Upgrade VMware Horizon® Client™ systems to Horizon Client 4.6
•  Upgrade Horizon Agent to Horizon Agent 7
•  Describe the new features in VMware Horizon 7
•  Configure and manage automated pools of instant clones
•  Use VMware User Environment Manager™ to manage user personalization and application configurations
•  Describe how to deploy profile management
•  Use VMware App Volumes™ to provision and manage applications
•  Troubleshoot upgrade issues


Course Introduction

        Review course goals
        Review course objectives
        Review the course outline
        Find additional resources after this course

    Evolution of VMware Horizon
        Recognize the new features and benefits of VMware Horizon 7
        Identify the major function of each VMware Horizon 7 component
        Compare the remote display protocols that are available in VMware Horizon

    Upgrading to VMware Horizon 7
        Outline the steps to upgrade to VMware Horizon 7
        Describe how to upgrade View Connection Server, View Composer, Horizon Client, and Horizon Agent
        Describe the licensing for VMware Horizon 7
        Identify the new features in VMware vSphere® 6.5

    Creating and Managing Instant-Clone Desktop Pools
        Describe instant clones
        Identify the advantages of instant clones
        Distinguish View Composer clones from instant clones
        Identify the requirements of instant clones
        Describe the types of instant-clone virtual machines
        Explain how folders are used to delegate pool administration
        Outline the steps to set up an automated pool that uses instant clones
        Describe instant-clone limitations in VMware Horizon 7
        Describe the creation of instant clones
        Set up an automated pool of instant clones

    Managing VMware Horizon Security
        Compare tunnels and direct connections for client access to desktops
        Compare the benefits of using either Horizon Security Server or VMware Unified Access Gateway™ in the DMZ
        Identify the tunnel endpoints when the security gateway is not used
        Explain a direct connection
        List the advantages of direct connections

    Profile Management Using User Environment Manager
        Identify the use cases and benefits of using User Environment Manager
        Preparing infrastructure for User Environment Manager
        Outline the steps to install and configure User Environment Manager components  
        Use User Environment Manager Management Console and Application Profiler to manage user personalization and application configurations 

    Creating RDS Desktop and Application Pools
        Explain the difference between a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktop pool and an automated pool
        Describe how a user can access a single application by using the RDS application pool
        Describe the relationship between an RDS host, a farm, and an application pool
        Create an RDS desktop pool and an application pool
        Explain how View Composer linked-clone technology can automate the build-out of RDS server farms
        Describe the load-balancing options for RDS hosts

    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

    Troubleshooting an Upgrade
        Describe Horizon Help Desk Tool
        Describe tools that can be used to help when an upgrade fails
        Describe common failures that can occur during an upgrade
        Identify the log locations for each VMware Horizon component
        Describe how to upload logs to VMware Support