Course Description

Desktop virtualization is the next great wave in IT’s ongoing quest to provide better service, higher availability, improved security, increased standardization and a more robust computing environment while lowering deployment, administration and infrastructure costs.

Desktop Virtualization with VMware View 5 is a 4-day intense introduction to desktop virtualization using VMware’s View 5 product suite including VMware View Composer, VMware View Manager and VMware ThinApp.

Successful VMware View implementations depend on the effective deployment and use of Active Directory, SQL Server, VMware vSphere, Windows desktop OS’, networking infrastructure, SAN storage and NFS datastores. Our class is unique in that students build or use all of these components in class, thereby ensuring they can successfully deploy View in their own office. 40%+ of class time is devoted to labs so concepts and skills are reinforced.

By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the benefits, mechanics and best practices of desktop virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage, troubleshoot and secure a robust virtual desktop environment that supports both Windows XP and Windows 7 desktops.


At the end of the course, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the many significant benefits of desktop virtualization
  • Install and configure VMware View according to best practices
  • Create, administer and manage desktop pools
  • Deploy traditional and linked-clone virtual desktops
  • Build and use virtual desktop pools including Manual pools, Floating pools and Terminal Services pools
  • Create secure desktop connections through untrusted public networks
  • Use View Composer to build Linked-clone pools
  • Use Replica Server to scale up your View deployment
  • Understand and select appropriate Thin Client or Zero Client desktops
  • Understand and plan for growth in network use caused by virtual desktops
  • Simplify printing through the use of ThinPrint
  • Deploy virtual applications using VMware ThinApp



4 days


Target Audience

This class is suitable for:

  • System architectswho need to understand and design virtual desktop infrastructure
  • Senior administratorsresponsible for technical design and lead the implementation of virtual desktop projects
  • Security specialistsresponsible for monitor, managing, securing and administering access to remote desktops
  • Operatorsresponsible for day-to-day operation of virtual desktops
  • VMware customersand prospects who want to learn how to extract the maximum benefit from their investment in virtual desktops
  • Managers who need an unbiased understanding of virtual desktops before committing their organization to a virtual desktop deployment


Course Prerequisites

Success with VMware’s View virtual desktop virtualization suite is dependent on familiarity with VMware’s enterprise virtualization products as well as competency with common tools and technology found in most IT departments.

Because of our Do-It-Yourself approach to View training, you do not need to be expert in all aspects of desktop and VMware installation and administration. However, some basic familiarity with the following topics will help:

  • Installing, configuring and administering ESXi 5.x and vCenter 5.x
  • Building virtual machines from scratch and also from clones and templates
  • Understanding and using VM Spec files that assist in rapid VM deployment
  • Working with shared storage resources including SAN LUNs and NAS shares
  • Using VMware Thin and Thick virtual disks
  • Integrating desktops into an Active Directory environment


Suggested Follow on Courses

There are a number of options of suitable follow-on courses, depending on your business needs. Please contact us for further details.


Course Content

Chapter 1 – Introduction to Desktop Virtualization

Virtualization basics

Server virtualization explained

Desktop virtualization explained

Features and benefits of desktop virtualization

Chapter 2 – VMware View

VMware View features and components

VMware View Composer

VMware View Manager

VMware ThinApp

Chapter 3 – Connection Services

Installing VMware Connection Services

Configuring and administering Connection Services

Chapter 4 – Virtual Desktops

Desktop display protocols including RDP, ICA and PCoIP

VMware View desktop agent

Working with virtual desktop removable media

Managing virtual desktop USB connections

Building a hybrid physical/virtual desktop environment

Chapter 5 – View Client Options

Working with the View Client

View Client in Local Mode

Thin client options

Connecting to printers and other network resources

Chapter 6 – Administering VMware View

Dedicated virtual desktops

Floating virtual desktops

Virtual desktop session management

Virtual desktop user management

Managing virtual desktop access and permissions

Chapter 7 – Linked Clone Virtual Desktops

Creating Linked clone virtual desktop base images

Deploying Linked Clone virtual desktop instances

Administering persistent virtual disks

Work with VMware View Composer

VMware View database administration

Chapter 8 – View Security Server and View Replica Server

Sizing your virtual desktop deployment

Monitoring key performance metrics

Scaling your virtual desktop environment

Using VMware vSphere components to manage performance and availability

Chapter 9 – View Persona Management

Use View Persona Management to manage user profiles

Compare/Contrast Persona Management with Windows Roaming Profiles

Chapter 10 – View Transfer Server and Local Mode

Local Mode virtual desktops

Installing and configuring View Transfer Server

Checking out a Local Mode Desktop

Synchronizing a Local Mode Desktop

Chapter 11 – Security

Security overview for virtual desktops

Authentication options for user access

Planning and implementing network security

Chapter 12 – VMware ThinApp

Application virtualization with VMware ThinApp

Creating and publishing virtual applications

Controlling access to virtual applications


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