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Mastering VMware Horizon 6

Peter von Oven, Barry Coombs

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Book Details

ISBN 139781784399238
Paperback640 pages

Book Description

Horizon 6 is VMware's latest end-user computing solution, designed not only to centralize and virtualize desktop environments but also to deliver individual applications securely to any device by means of a virtual workspace.

Your journey starts by investigating an end-user computing project including assessment, pilot, and production. Next, we move into the design phase where we will first take a deeper look at the Horizon 6 solution and its components and how to plan their use in a successful project. Once we have our design and have identified our use cases, we will start to install and configure the core solution. With that in place, we will fine-tune the best end-user experience. Finally, we examine the advanced and enterprise features of Horizon 6, such as VSAN, vCOPS for View, and Horizon Mirage.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to VMware Horizon 6
What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?
The benefits of deploying VDI
A brief history of VMware and VDI
VMware Horizon 6
The VMware Horizon 6 product family
Summary
Chapter 2: An Overview of Horizon View Architecture and its Components
Introducing the key Horizon components
A high-level architectural overview
Persistent or nonpersistent desktops
Horizon View Composer and linked clones
View Persona Management
Printing from a Horizon View virtual desktop
Managing USB devices
ThinApp application virtualization
Antivirus software for virtual desktops
PCoIP Protocol – delivering the desktop experience
Hardware-accelerated graphics for Horizon View
Unified communications support
Real-Time Audio Video
View Clients
Summary
Chapter 3: Design and Deployment Considerations
Understanding your business requirements
Considering your options and choosing your technologies
Implementation strategy (test, test, and test again)
Horizon View pod and block architecture
Cloud Pod Architecture
vSphere design for Horizon View
Horizon View design specifics
Supporting infrastructure design
Performance and management
Desktop design
Disaster recovery and backup
Full solution scenario
Summary
Chapter 4: Installing and Configuring Horizon View
Preparing Active Directory
System requirements
Installing the View Composer Server
Installing the Connection Server
Initial configuration of the View Connection Server
Installing the replica server
Installing the security server
Configuring View for GPU-enabled virtual machines
Summary
Chapter 5: Securing Horizon View with SSL Certificates
Introducing SSL certificates
What is a certificate authority?
SSL certificates for Horizon View
Post-certificate configuration tasks
Summary
Chapter 6: Building and Optimizing the Desktop Operating System
Virtual desktop hardware requirements
Creating a Windows 7 virtual desktop machine
Creating a Windows 8.1 virtual desktop machine
Creating a GPU-enabled virtual desktop machine
Preparing virtual desktops for delivery
Summary
Chapter 7: Managing and Configuring Desktop Pools
Automated desktop pools
Manual desktops
Entitling users
Pool management
Managing persistent disks
Creating a desktop pool for high-end graphics
Summary
Chapter 8: Fine-tuning the End User Experience
Configuring AD
Configuring policy settings
PCoIP tuning tool
Summary
Chapter 9: Managing User Profiles with View Persona Management
Defining a user profile
Why do we need profile management?
View Persona Management features
Understanding how Persona Management works
Persona Management and roaming profiles
Configuring View Persona Management
Installing the ADM template on the virtual desktop
Installing the ADM template in AD
Installing the View Agent with Persona Management
Installing Persona Management on physical PCs
Testing Persona Management
Best practices
Summary
Chapter 10: Delivering Remote Applications with Horizon Advanced
Architecture overview
RDSH sizing guidelines
Load balancing application publishing in View
Installing and configuring remote applications in View
Installing the Horizon View Agent
Configuring app publishing in the View Administrator
Summary
Chapter 11: Delivering Session-based Desktops with Horizon View
Architecture overview
Load balancing session-based desktops in View
Installing and configuring desktop sessions in View
Configuring the RDSH role
Configuring RDSH for desktop sessions
Installing the Horizon View Agent
Configuring desktop sessions in Horizon View
Enhancing the end user experience
Summary
Chapter 12: View Client Options
Software clients
Hardware clients
HTML5 browser desktop access
Summary
Chapter 13: Upgrading to Horizon View 6
Compatibility and the upgrade procedure
Upgrading View Composer
Upgrading the View Connection Server
Upgrading the View Security Server
Upgrading Group Policy templates
Upgrading Horizon View Agent
Upgrading Horizon View Clients
Summary
Chapter 14: Horizon 6 Advanced Edition
Introducing VMware Mirage
VMware Workspace Portal 2
Summary
Chapter 15: Introduction to App Volumes
What is App Volumes?
ThinApp, Mirage, or App Volumes?
The architecture and components of App Volumes
Installation
Creating, assigning, and delivering an AppStack
Best practice
Summary
Chapter 16: Introduction to VSAN for VDI
VSAN overview
VSAN licensing with Horizon View
Designing a VSAN
Creating a VSAN cluster
Creating a View pool on a VSAN cluster
Summary
Chapter 17: Troubleshooting
Looking at the big picture
Is the issue affecting more than one user?
Performance issues
Horizon View-specific issues
Getting further help
Summary

What You Will Learn

  • Install and configure the VMware Horizon 6 Version 6.1 solution, including new features such as vGPU
  • Manage user profiles in a virtual desktop environment with View Persona Management
  • Configure Horizon View to deliver hosted applications and desktops
  • Build, optimize, and tune desktop operating systems to deliver a superior end-user experience
  • Perform an upgrade from a previous versions of Horizon View to Horizon View 6.1
  • Explore Horizon Advanced Edition, including Workspace Portal, VMware Mirage, and Horizon FLEX
  • Introduction to App Volumes including step-by-step configuration and deployment
  • Delve deeper into the Horizon 6 version 6.1 infrastructure to understand how the solution components work and fit together along with a methodology for approaching an EUC project
  • Configure, manage, and deploy desktop pools for individual use cases

Authors

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to VMware Horizon 6
What is Virtual Desktop Infrastructure?
The benefits of deploying VDI
A brief history of VMware and VDI
VMware Horizon 6
The VMware Horizon 6 product family
Summary
Chapter 2: An Overview of Horizon View Architecture and its Components
Introducing the key Horizon components
A high-level architectural overview
Persistent or nonpersistent desktops
Horizon View Composer and linked clones
View Persona Management
Printing from a Horizon View virtual desktop
Managing USB devices
ThinApp application virtualization
Antivirus software for virtual desktops
PCoIP Protocol – delivering the desktop experience
Hardware-accelerated graphics for Horizon View
Unified communications support
Real-Time Audio Video
View Clients
Summary
Chapter 3: Design and Deployment Considerations
Understanding your business requirements
Considering your options and choosing your technologies
Implementation strategy (test, test, and test again)
Horizon View pod and block architecture
Cloud Pod Architecture
vSphere design for Horizon View
Horizon View design specifics
Supporting infrastructure design
Performance and management
Desktop design
Disaster recovery and backup
Full solution scenario
Summary
Chapter 4: Installing and Configuring Horizon View
Preparing Active Directory
System requirements
Installing the View Composer Server
Installing the Connection Server
Initial configuration of the View Connection Server
Installing the replica server
Installing the security server
Configuring View for GPU-enabled virtual machines
Summary
Chapter 5: Securing Horizon View with SSL Certificates
Introducing SSL certificates
What is a certificate authority?
SSL certificates for Horizon View
Post-certificate configuration tasks
Summary
Chapter 6: Building and Optimizing the Desktop Operating System
Virtual desktop hardware requirements
Creating a Windows 7 virtual desktop machine
Creating a Windows 8.1 virtual desktop machine
Creating a GPU-enabled virtual desktop machine
Preparing virtual desktops for delivery
Summary
Chapter 7: Managing and Configuring Desktop Pools
Automated desktop pools
Manual desktops
Entitling users
Pool management
Managing persistent disks
Creating a desktop pool for high-end graphics
Summary
Chapter 8: Fine-tuning the End User Experience
Configuring AD
Configuring policy settings
PCoIP tuning tool
Summary
Chapter 9: Managing User Profiles with View Persona Management
Defining a user profile
Why do we need profile management?
View Persona Management features
Understanding how Persona Management works
Persona Management and roaming profiles
Configuring View Persona Management
Installing the ADM template on the virtual desktop
Installing the ADM template in AD
Installing the View Agent with Persona Management
Installing Persona Management on physical PCs
Testing Persona Management
Best practices
Summary
Chapter 10: Delivering Remote Applications with Horizon Advanced
Architecture overview
RDSH sizing guidelines
Load balancing application publishing in View
Installing and configuring remote applications in View
Installing the Horizon View Agent
Configuring app publishing in the View Administrator
Summary
Chapter 11: Delivering Session-based Desktops with Horizon View
Architecture overview
Load balancing session-based desktops in View
Installing and configuring desktop sessions in View
Configuring the RDSH role
Configuring RDSH for desktop sessions
Installing the Horizon View Agent
Configuring desktop sessions in Horizon View
Enhancing the end user experience
Summary
Chapter 12: View Client Options
Software clients
Hardware clients
HTML5 browser desktop access
Summary
Chapter 13: Upgrading to Horizon View 6
Compatibility and the upgrade procedure
Upgrading View Composer
Upgrading the View Connection Server
Upgrading the View Security Server
Upgrading Group Policy templates
Upgrading Horizon View Agent
Upgrading Horizon View Clients
Summary
Chapter 14: Horizon 6 Advanced Edition
Introducing VMware Mirage
VMware Workspace Portal 2
Summary
Chapter 15: Introduction to App Volumes
What is App Volumes?
ThinApp, Mirage, or App Volumes?
The architecture and components of App Volumes
Installation
Creating, assigning, and delivering an AppStack
Best practice
Summary
Chapter 16: Introduction to VSAN for VDI
VSAN overview
VSAN licensing with Horizon View
Designing a VSAN
Creating a VSAN cluster
Creating a View pool on a VSAN cluster
Summary
Chapter 17: Troubleshooting
Looking at the big picture
Is the issue affecting more than one user?
Performance issues
Horizon View-specific issues
Getting further help
Summary

Book Details

ISBN 139781784399238
Paperback640 pages
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