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Revolutionize the provisioning of virtual desktops with the new features of VMware Horizon 7
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What Will I Learn?
  • Familiarize with the Horizon 7 architecture
  • Know the best type of design for your Horizon 7 deployment
  • Build and optimize the desktop OS for VDI
  • Learn how end-users can access their desktop anywhere via a wide range of mobile devices
  • Understand how the new features in Horizon 7 can revolutionize your VDI environment
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Requirements
  • Basic knowledge of the networking concepts.
Description

VMware Horizon 7 is a commercial desktop-virtualization product designed to manage and secure applications and virtual desktops and ensures the end-user can access it from anywhere and at any point of time. It is easy to have a fundamental knowledge of VMware Horizon 7 but it is way more challenging and difficult to implement and fine-tune it according to your business needs. This Learning Path overcomes this challenge and ensures you gain the basic to advanced practical knowledge required to manage and implement Horizon 7 efficiently in your organization. So if you want to learn to centrally manage and virtualize your desktops, then go for this Learning Path.

Packt’s Video Learning Paths are a series of individual video products put together in a logical and stepwise manner such that each video builds on the skills learned in the video before it.  The highlights of this Learning Path are:

  • Know the latest features of VMware Horizon 7
  • A comprehensive, master-level tutorial that brings the virtues of the mobile cloud to virtual desktops and applications
  • Follow and set up your lab with real-life scenarios

Let’s take a quick look at your learning journey. This Learning Path begins with an overview of the Horizon 7 architecture. You will learn how to design and deploy your Horizon 7 environment. The Learning Path demonstrates advanced installation and configuration, which will help you to customize Horizon 7 according to your business requirements. You will build out two operating systems, optimize them for your VDI, and then go through the different methods of delivery for the instant clone, linked clone, and full clone options. Moving ahead, you will delve into the latest features of Horizon 7 such as just-in-time delivery with instant clone, modernized life cycle management, better user experience, and smart policies. Finally, you will learn best practices and troubleshooting techniques of Horizon 7.

By the end of this Learning Path, you will be able to create desktop resources by using Horizon desktop pools and fine-tune the end user experience to ensure the best optimization from your virtual desktops.

About the Author:

For this course, we have the best works of this esteemed author:

  • Peter Von Oven is an experienced technical consultant and has spent the past 20 years of his IT career working with customers and partners in designing technology solutions aimed at delivering true business value. During his career, Peter has been involved in numerous large-scale enterprise projects and deployments and has presented at key IT events such as VMworld, IP EXPO, and various VMUGs across the UK. He has also worked in senior presales roles and senior presales management roles for IT giants such as Fujitsu, HP, Citrix, and VMware and was awarded VMware vExpert for 2015 and 2016. Over the past 10 years and more, Peter has focused his skills and experience by specializing in the desktop and application virtualization market and today works for market-leading desktop transformation specialists, Liquidware Labs. Peter got his first taste for writing when assisting with some of the chapters in the book Building End-User Computing Solutions with VMware View, which then led to four other Packt titles: VMware Horizon Mirage Essentials; VMware Horizon Workspace Essentials, co-written with Peter Bjork and Joel Lindberg; VMware Horizon View Essentials, and Mastering Horizon View, co-written with Barry Coombs.

Who is the target audience?
  • This Learning Path is designed for beginners who want to learn to centrally manage and virtualize their desktops using VMware Horizon 7
  • System administrators and architects who are already familiar with VDI and have a basic knowledge of VMware Horizon, but want to take their skill set to the next level can also take up this Learning Path
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Curriculum For This Course
85 Lectures
11:17:15
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Learning VMWare Horizon 7
28 Lectures 04:05:37

This video gives an overview of the entire course.         

Preview 04:28

To deploy a successful VMware Horizon 7 environment, there are a number of infrastructure components that need to be in place first. The example lab environment will give you the infrastructure foundation for this course to help build your own environment.

Installation and Setup – Example Lab Overview
02:47

The VMware Horizon View infrastructure componentsare hosted on a VMware vSphere platform (ESXi servers). Two sets of infrastructure are required:one to the View management components and another to host the actual desktops.

Installing the VmwarevSphere Infrastructure
01:35

The VMware Horizon View infrastructure is installed on Microsoft Windows Servers, along with other requirements and dependencies, such as MS SQL Server

Installing and Configuring Windows Server Components
03:03

The VMware Horizon View infrastructure relies on Microsoft Active directory to apply policies to the virtual desktop machines to deliver the end user experience

Configuring Active Directory Components
01:59

The VMware Horizon View solution comprises a number of different applications that need to be downloaded from the VMware web site

Downloading the VMware Horizon Software
02:10

VMware VDI has been around for a while and the number of features has grown with each new edition, with each adding new features and functionality to help reduce cost and improve end user experience.

What’s New in VMware Horizon View
16:51

There are a number of different versions of the Horizon View 7 software, each one designed to fit a specific use case. Here, we look at the different versions and what features they contain.

VMware Horizon 7 Editions and Licensing
03:21

The VMware Horizon 7 architecture is made up from a number of different components that work together to provide the platform for delivering virtual desktops as well as for delivering an optimum end user experience.

VMware Horizon 7 Architecture & Feature Overview
37:23

Where do you start when considering a VDI project? There are a number of things to consider in building a business case, proving the technology, and finally, deploying a production-ready environment.

How to Approach a VDI Project
14:05

When you start your project, the first thing you should consider is to take a snapshot of what your desktop environment looks like today. Profile the users, applications, and resources in use today.

Desktop Assessments with Liquidware Labs Stratusphere
06:36

Before you deploy a solution, you need to test its suitability for your environment and that it meets your project definition, business case, and user requirements

Proving the Technology
04:03

The final phase of the project is to take all the findings, along with your business and use cases, and to start designing a production-ready environment

Designing & Deploying Vmware Horizon 7
07:58

What is "Parallel Programming in Haskell" about, and how does it differ from "Concurrent Programming in Haskell?" We answer those questions by clarifying the meaning of a few terms which are frequently confused.

Installing and Configuring
06:23

Once the Horizon View Connection Server has been installed there are a number of additional configuration tasks that need to be completed.

Post Installation Configurations Tasks
05:50

The Horizon View Administrator Management Console is a comprehensive management screen that enables you to configure how a virtual desktop is delivered to your end users.

Overview of the Horizon View Administrator Management Console
05:22

As this Windows desktop is going to be running as a VDI hosted virtual desktop, it needs to be built from the ground up as a VDI desktop, using the correct hardware configuration. We need to make this our gold image template from which all virtual desktops are created.

Creating a Windows 7 Virtual Desktop Machine
14:47

Once you have created a Windows 7 virtual desktop machine, it needs to be optimized so that it runs optimally as a VDI desktop.

Optimizing the Windows 7 Gold Image for Horizon View
06:37

Once you have built and optimized a Windows 7 image, you can prepare it for delivery. This is dependent on the way the virtual desktops are going to be built.

Preparing the Virtual Desktop Machine for Delivery
03:05

As this Windows desktop is going to be running as a VDI hosted virtual desktop, it needs to be built from the ground up as a VDI desktop, using the correct hardware configuration. We need to make this our gold image template from which all virtual desktops are created from.

Creating a Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Machine
11:24

Once you have created a Windows 10 virtual desktop machine, it needs to be optimized so that it runs optimally as a VDI desktop.

Optimizing the Windows 10 Gold Image for Horizon View
07:41

Once you have built and optimized a Windows 10 image, you can prepare it for delivery. This is dependent on the way the virtual desktops are going to be built.

Preparing the Virtual Desktop Machine for Delivery
03:15

A desktop pool is a made up from a collection of like virtual desktop machines, that are available to the end users to log into. A pool can be created to reflect different departments of different desktop configurations.

Full Clone, Non-Persistent Desktop Pool for Windows 7
21:03

A desktop pool is a made up from a collection of like virtual desktop machines, that are available to the end users to log into. A pool can be created to reflect different departments of different desktop configurations.

Building a Windows 10, Full-Clone, Persistent Desktop Pool
11:22

At this stage of the configuration, the desktops are built and optimized, and the desktop pools created. Users can now be entitled to a desktop pool, which will allow them to log in to a desktop within the pool they entitled to.

Entitling End Users to Desktop Pools
03:56

There are numerous ways of connecting to your virtual desktop machine, using different devices running the Horizon Client software. There are also hardware-based clients, and browser options.

Connecting to Your Desktop
23:51

As well as tuning the actual operating system image, with View you also can fine tune the delivery of the desktop and the end-user experience using pre-built VMware Horizon templates.

Fine Tuning the End User Experience
07:31

Once the solution has been deployed and users are logging in and using virtual desktops, it is important to ensure that they are always getting the best end-user experience possible. To do this, you need to manage, monitor, and diagnose any issues.

Entitling End Users to Desktop Pools
07:11
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Advanced VDI with VMware Horizon 7
57 Lectures 07:11:38

To deploy a successful Vmware Horizon 7 environment there are a number of infrastructure components that need to be in place first. The example lab environment will give you the infrastructure foundation for this course to help build you own environment.

Preview 06:35

The VMware Horizon View infrastructure components are hosted on a VMware vSphere platform (ESXi servers). Two set of infrastructure are required:; one to the View management components, and another to host the actual desktops.

Installing the Vmware vSphere Infrastructure
03:25

The VMware Horizon View infrastructure is installed on Microsoft Windows Servers, along with other requirements and dependencies such as MS SQL Server. 

Installing and Configuring Windows Server Components
01:41

The VMware Horizon View infrastructure relies on Microsoft Active directory to apply policies to the virtual desktop machines to deliver the end user experience.

Configuring Active Directory Components
04:08

The VMware Horizon View solution comprises of a number of different applications that need to be downloaded from the VMware web site.

Downloading the VMware Horizon Software
01:45

VMware VDI has been around a while and the number of features has grown with each new edition, with each adding new features and functionality to help reduce cost and improve end user experience.

Introducing VMware Horizon View 7
24:15

The VMware Horizon 7 architecture is made up from a number of different components that work together to provide the platform for delivering virtual desktops, as well as delivering the optimum end user experience.

VMware Horizon 7 Architecture and Feature Overview
14:07

There are a number of ways in which a view-based non-persistent or persistent virtual desktop can be built.

Desktop Cloning with Instant and Linked Clones
24:46

How do you deliver the virtual desktop machine from the datacenter to the end user's device, and also ensure they get an experience that is better than or equal to a physical desktop.

Delivery Protocols and Hardware Accelerated Graphics
13:05

Where do you start when considering a VDI project? There are a number of things to consider in building a business case, proving the technology, and finally deploying a production ready environment.

Project Methodology – How to Approach a VDI Project
13:54

When you start your project, the first thing you should consider is to take a snapshot of what your desktop environment looks like today. Profile the users, applications, and the resources in use today.

Desktop Assessments with Liquidware Labs Stratusphere
06:46

Before you deploy a solution, you need to test its suitability for your environment and that it meets your project definition, business case, and user requirements.

Proving the Technology
07:52

The final phase of the project is to take all the findings along with your business and use cases, and start to design a production ready environment.

Designing and Deploying Vmware Horizon 7
04:51

The first component to install is the Horizon View Composer that is the engine behind driving Linked Clone virtual desktop machines.

Installing View Composer
09:57

The key component to Horizon View environment is the Horizon View Connection Server. It's where users connect to in order to access their virtual desktop machines.

Installing the View Connection Server
05:30

Once the Horizon View Connection Server has been installed there are a number of additional configuration tasks that need to be completed.

Initial Connection Server Configuration
07:00

To add an element of high availability as well as scalability to the Horizon View environment you need to install additional Connection Servers. These are called Replica Servers.

Installing the Replica Server
04:48

To allow end users to connect to their virtual desktop machines from the Internet you need to deploy an externally facing Connection Server. This is called the Security Server.

Installing the Security Server
07:14

The Cloud Pod Architecture allows you to expand your View deployment to up to 50, 000 users, as well as providing DR across multiple sites.

Cloud Pod Architecture Introduction and Design Overview
03:50

The configuration process allows you to create a pod federation of up to five Horizon View pods as well as configuring different user entitlements based on the end users location.

Initializing and Configuring Cloud Pod Architecture
06:44

SSL Certificates are a requirement in Horizon View to secure the communication between the different View components such as the Connection Server, Replica Server, and the clients.

Deploying SSL Certificates
08:11

As this Windows desktop is going to be running as a VDI hosted virtual desktop, it needs to be built from the ground up as a VDI desktop, using the correct hardware configuration. We need to make this our gold image template from which all virtual desktops are created from.

Building a Windows 7 VDI Image
14:34

Once you have created a Windows 7 virtual desktop machine, it needs to be optimized so that it runs optimally as a VDI desktop.

Optimizing the Windows 7 Image for Horizon View
05:52

Once you have built and optimized a Windows 7 image, you can prepare it for delivery. This is dependent on the way the virtual desktops are going to be built.

Preparing the Virtual Desktop Machine for Delivery
03:49

As this Windows desktop is going to running as a VDI hosted virtual desktop, it needs to be built from the ground up as a VDI desktop, using the correct hardware configuration. We need to make this our gold image template from which all virtual desktops are created from.

Building a Windows 10 Virtual Desktop Machine
08:26

Once you have created a Windows 10 virtual desktop machine, it needs to be optimized so that it runs optimally as a VDI desktop.

Optimizing the Windows 10 Image for Horizon View
06:48

Once you have built and optimized a Windows 10 image, you can prepare it for delivery. This is dependent on the way the virtual desktops are going to be built.

Preparing the Virtual Desktop Machine for Delivery
02:27

Horizon View uses the concept of a desktop pool to create a group of similarly configured virtual desktop machines.

What is a Desktop Pool?
09:04

The first option we will discuss is how to build a desktop pool consisting of virtual desktop machines created using Instant Clones.

Creating an Instant Clone Desktop Pool
10:42

How to entitle end users to access the virtual desktops in the desktop pool.

Entitling End Users to the Instant Clone Desktop Pool
02:02

With the Instant Clone desktop pool created, the virtual desktops are now created as per that pool configuration.

The Instant Clone View in vCenter
00:59

The next option we will discuss is how to build a desktop pool consisting of virtual desktop machines created using Linked Clones.

Creating a Linked Clone Desktop Pool
12:42

How to entitle end users to access the virtual desktops in the Linked Clone desktop pool.

Entitling End Users to the Linked Clone Desktop Pool
02:24

With the Linked Clone desktop pool created, the virtual desktops are now created as per that pool configuration.

The vCenter View of Linked Clone Desktops
00:56

The next option we will discuss is how to build a desktop pool consisting of virtual desktop machines created using Full Clones.

Creating a Full Clone Desktop Pool
08:14

How to entitle end users to be able to access the virtual desktops in the Full Clone desktop pool.

Entitling End Users to the Full Clone Desktop Pool
01:33

The next option we will discuss is how to build a desktop pool consisting of virtual desktop machines created using Manual Pool.

Creating a Manual Desktop Pool
05:47

How to entitle end users to access the virtual desktops in the Manual desktop pool.

Entitling End Users to the Full Clone Desktop Pool
02:26

The display protocol is a key component in any VDI environment, and it is responsible for delivering the desktop experience to the end users device.

What is a Display Protocol?
02:33

There are three main delivery/display protocols available in Horizon View: PCoIP, Blast Extreme, and RDP.

Display Protocol Options: PCoIP, Blast Extreme, and RDP
11:21

There are a number of different options available for an end user to connect to their virtual desktop. There are software clients available for a number of platforms as well as hardware options.

Horizon Client Options
19:45

Now that users are connecting to their virtual desktop machines, the virtual desktop machines need to be tuned to deliver the optimal end user experience.

Fine Tuning the End User Experience
07:24

Now that users are using their virtual desktop machines, the end user experience needs to be continually monitored in order to ensure users receive the optimal performance possible.

Managing and Monitoring the End User Experience
07:12

The core component of the hosted desktop session is the RDSH server that hosts the actual sessions. The Horizon View Connection Server then acts as the broker between end user and the desktop session.

Architecture and Sizing
04:20

The key to configuring the hosted desktop sessions in Horizon View is setting up and configuring the RDSH server role.

Installing and Configuring the RDSH Role
10:11

For the Horizon View Connection Server to broker the desktop sessions, you need to configure server farms that will deliver the desktop sessions to the end users.

Configuring Hosted Desktop Farms in the View Administrator
14:22

To ensure performance levels and that the desktop sessions are spread evenly across the servers within the farms, you need to configure load balancing.

Configuring Load Balancing for RDSH Desktops
05:29

The core component of the hosted application session is the RDSH server running RemoteApp, which hosts the actual sessions. The Horizon View Connection Server then acts as the broker between the end user and desktop session.

Architecture and Sizing
07:40

The key to configuring the hosted apps sessions in Horizon View is setting up and configuring the RDSH server role and RemoteApp.

Installing and Configuring RDSH for View Hosted Apps
07:05

For the Horizon View Connection Server to broker the application sessions, you need to configure server farms that will deliver the desktop sessions to the end users as well as application pools.

Configuring Horizon View Hosted App Farms
06:09

To ensure performance levels and that the application sessions are spread evenly across the servers within the farms, you need to configure load balancing.

Configuring Load Balancing for View Hosted Apps
05:12

Application layering is a relatively new technology that allows you to attach applications to virtual desktops without having to install them as part of the operating system build.

What is Application Layering?
10:12

Liquidware Labs are the market leader in application layering solutions and offers more advanced features than those delivered by the main vendors.

Capturing a FlexApp Application Layer
05:24

Once the layers have been created, you then need a mechanism in which to deliver them to the end users' virtual desktop machines.

Entitling Users to FlexApp Application Layers
03:39

When you move to a non-persistent virtual desktop environment where nobody “owns” their own desktop, you need to consider how you are going to personalize the desktop and deliver the user centric elements of the desktop, such as their settings and personal data.

What is User Environment Management?
04:31

VMware offers an entry level profile management solution known as View Persona Management.

View Persona Management
12:30

In most deployments, basic folder redirection is not enough, you will need to deploy a more advanced solution that can manage the entire user environment.

An Overview of Liquidware Labs ProfileUnity
07:30
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