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Mastering VMware Horizon 7 - Second Edition

By : Barry Coombs
Book Image

Mastering VMware Horizon 7 - Second Edition

By: Barry Coombs

Overview of this book

Desktop virtualization can be a bit of a headache. But VMware Horizon 7 changes all that. With a rich and adaptive UX, improved security and a range of useful features for storage and networking optimization, there’s plenty to love. But to properly fall in love with it, you need to know how to use it. And that means venturing deeper into the software, taking advantage of its extensive range of features, many of which are underused and underpromoted. This guide will take you through everything you need to know to not only successfully virtualize your desktop infrastructure but also to maintain and optimize the infrastructure to keep all your users happy. We’ll show you how to assess and analyze your infrastructure, and how to use that analysis to design a solution that meets your organizational and user needs. Once you’ve done that, you’ll find out how to build your virtualized environment, before deploying your virtualized solution. But more than that, we’ll also make sure you know everything you need to know about the full range of features on offer, including mobile cloud, so you can use them to take full control of your virtualized infrastructure.
Table of Contents (19 chapters)
Mastering VMware Horizon 7 - Second Edition
About the Authors
About the Reviewer

Configuring View for GPU-enabled Virtual Desktops

In Chapter 2, An Overview of Horizon View Architecture and Components, we discussed the ability of Horizon View virtual desktop machines to be configured to use hardware installed in the ESXi host server hosting those desktops. In this case, the hardware in question is a graphics card.

As we discussed earlier, an advanced feature of Horizon View is the ability to use dedicated hardware installed in the ESXi host servers, configured with PCI pass-through so that the virtual desktop machine can see the hardware.

In this section, we will perform the initial steps to install a NVIDIA GRID GPU card onto one of the host servers. Later on, in Chapter 6, Building and Optimizing the Virtual Desktop OS, we will create a virtual desktop machine image, which will have a dedicated assignment and access to the GPU resource.


If you are going to be using vGPU, you will need vSphere 6 installed as the hypervisor to support this.

Configuring the ESXi hosts...