This extended-hours, hands-on training course provides students with skills that they need to deploy a unified image management system using VMware Mirage™ as well as installing, configuring, and managing the VMware Horizon™ View™ component of VMware Horizon™. Students learn how to configure security, manage images, perform a Windows migration, set up endpoint protection, and perform various management functions with Mirage. Students will also gain practical experience with View concepts through the completion of hands-on labs that include VMware View® Manager™, VMware View® Composer™, and the View security server.

Prerequisites

  • Ability to use VMware vSphere® Client™ to view the state of virtual machines, datastores, and networks
  • Experience accessing the guest operating system from the VMware vCenter Server™ virtual machine console
  • Ability to navigate Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2008
  • Experience in Microsoft Windows Active Directory administration

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe the key concepts of Mirage
  • Recognize how Mirage fits into the VMware end-user computing vision
  • Identify the main Mirage use classifications
  • Define the function of each of the Mirage solution components
  • Install, configure, and upgrade Mirage
  • Identify the tasks for SSL configuration on a Mirage system
  • Discuss the management functions available in the Mirage Management Console
  • Deploy Mirage to endpoints
  • Explain the tasks for capturing and assigning base layers and application layers
  • Describe methods for performing disaster recovery with Mirage
  • Outline how to plan and perform a mass hardware migration with Mirage
  • Recognize how the file portal is set up and used
  • Identify View components
  • Install and configure View Connection Server
  • Install and configure virtual machines that become desktops
  • Configure and manage VMware Horizon® Client™ systems
  • Configure and manage pools of existing physical machines
  • Configure and manage automated pools of full virtual machines
  • Configure and manage pools of linked-clone machines

Who Should Attend

Experienced system administrators and system integrators responsible for deploying Mirage and Horizon with View

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Course Introduction

  • Introductions and course logistics
  • Course objectives

Lesson 2: Introduction to Mirage

  • Discuss the key concepts of Mirage
  • Describe how Mirage works with Horizon 6
  • Define the main Mirage use cases
  • Discuss Mirage features and benefits

Lesson 3: Components and Architecture

  • Identify the function of each of the Mirage solution components
  • Define the Mirage layers
  • Diagram the Mirage architecture

Lesson 4: Installing and Configuring Mirage

  • Outline the tasks for installing and configuring Mirage
  • Discuss the process for deploying the Mirage client
  • Identify the high-level tasks for upgrading Mirage

Lesson 5: Mirage Security

  • Recognize the architecture and components of the Mirage Gateway server and how they interact
  • Identify tasks for performing SSL configuration on a Mirage system
  • Explain how to configure Mirage load balancing

Lesson 6: Mirage Management Overview

  • Explain how to use the Mirage dashboard and transaction logs to monitor your Mirage system environment
  • Recognize the process for setting up static and dynamic centralized virtual desktop (CVD) collections
  • Explain the main Image Composer functions
  • Describe how Mirage roles are set up and used

Lesson 7: Mirage Web Manager

  • Identify the main installation and configuration tasks for Mirage Web Manager
  • Discuss how to use Mirage Web Manager logs
  • Recognize how to configure SSL on Mirage Web Manager

Lesson 8: Mirage Single Image Management

  • Diagram the layer management lifecycle
  • Explain how to set up a reference machine
  • Recognize the process for capturing and assigning base layers and application layers

Lesson 9: Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 Migration

  • Identify steps for performing a Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 migration and how to monitor the migration process
  • Discuss the backup capabilities of Mirage
  • Explain the Mirage endpoint disaster recovery options

Lesson 10: Endpoint Protection with Mirage

  • Discuss the backup capabilities of Mirage and how upload policies are used to define backup parameters
  • Explain the Mirage endpoint disaster recovery options

Lesson 11: Working with the Mirage File Portal

  • Explain the process for configuring the file portal
  • Recognize how to configure end-user CVD mapping
  • Describe how to access files using the file portal

Lesson 12: Introduction to Horizon and View

  • Overview of Horizon 6
  • Introduce View features and components

Lesson 13: View Connection Server

  • Install and configure View Connection Server
  • Configure the View events database and syslog server

Lesson 14: View Desktops

  • Prepare virtual machines as View desktops
  • Compare PCoIP and RDP remote display protocols
  • Explain USB redirection and multimedia redirection
  • Install Horizon View Agent in a template
  • Deploy a manual pool and entitle users to access it

Lesson 15: Horizon Client Options

  • Introduce Horizon Client for Windows and Mac OS X
  • Describe HTML Access, thin clients, and zero clients
  • Configure Virtual Printing with Horizon Client

Lesson 16: Creating and Managing Automated Pools

  • Configure and provision automated pools of desktops
  • Compare dedicated and floating-assignment pools
  • Compare storage options, including VMware Virtual SAN™

Lesson 17: Creating and Managing Linked-Clone Desktop Pools

  • Overview of View Composer operations
  • Deploy and provision linked-clone desktops
  • Compare storage options, including Virtual SAN and tiered storage
  • Manage linked-clone desktops
  • Manage persistent disks

Lesson 18: Creating and Managing RDS Desktop and Application Pools

  • Set up RDS hosts to create a farm
  • Deploy and provision RDS desktop pools
  • Deploy and provision RDS application pools
  • Manage application pools

Lesson 19: Using View Administrator

  • Configure the View environment
  • Compare authentication options for desktop access
  • Manage users, sessions, and policies
  • Implement role-based delegated administration
  • Monitor the View environment

Lesson 20: Managing View Security

  • Describe recommended network configurations and authentication options
  • Configure the View security server

Lesson 21: View Persona Management

  • Configure user profiles with View Persona Management
  • Describe View Persona Management and Windows roaming profiles
  • Configure a View Persona Management deployment
  • Describe best practices for a View Persona Management deployment

Lesson 22: Command-Line Tools and Backup Options

  • Introduce the vdmadmin utility
  • Describe client systems in kiosk mode
  • Back up the View databases
  • Restore the View databases

Lesson 23: View Performance and Scalability

  • Describe multiserver deployments to create a pod
  • Explain performance considerations and load balancing for a single pod
  • Explain Cloud Pod Architecture for multiple View pod deployments