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Mastering VMware Horizon 7.8 - Third Edition

By : Peter von Oven, Barry Coombs
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Mastering VMware Horizon 7.8 - Third Edition

By: Peter von Oven, Barry Coombs

Overview of this book

Desktop virtualization can be tough, but VMware Horizon 7.8 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 and 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 it 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 the mobile cloud, so that you can use them to take full control of your virtualized infrastructure.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
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Section 1: Installation and Configuration
Section 2: Building and Delivering the Virtual Desktop Experience
Section 3: Advanced Features, Troubleshooting, and Upgrading an Environment

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introducing VDI and VMware Horizon 7, covers an introduction to VDI, explaining what it is, and how it compares with other VDI-type technologies. We will then cover a brief history of the VMware VDI story, followed by an overview of the latest solution.

Chapter 2, Understanding Horizon 7 Architecture and Components, introduces you to the architectural components that make up the core VMware Horizon solution, concentrating on the virtual desktop elements of Horizon View and the functionality of brokering virtual desktop machines.

Chapter 3, Design and Deployment Considerations, introduces you to design and deployment techniques to take into consideration when undertaking your VMware Horizon project. We will discuss techniques for proving the technology and understanding how it will work inside your business, methods for assessing your user's existing workload, and how to use
this information to help design your VMware Horizon Solution.

Chapter 4, Installing and Configuring Horizon 7 – Part 1, covers the installation process of the core Horizon View components, these being the Connection Server and View Composer in this first part.

Chapter 5, Installing and Configuring Horizon 7 – Part 2, completes the installation of the Horizon environment by installing the Security Server, Replica Server, Enrollment Server, as well as the Cloud Pod Architecture feature. Following installation, we will start to configure the base elements of a Horizon View installation.

Chapter 6, Securing Horizon View with SSL Certificates, covers the aspect of VMware Horizon View and, in particular, how we deliver secure communication to the end user client, and also the different infrastructure components within the data center. The first half of this chapter will comprise an overview of what an SSL certificate is, and then look at how to create and issue a certificate before configuring Horizon View to use it. In the second half of the chapter, we will look at configuring the VMware True SSO feature.

Chapter 7, Building and Optimizing the Virtual Desktop OS, covers how to create and configure the virtual desktop machines after building the Horizon View infrastructure and its components, and then build the desktop operating system on them, configuring it so that it is running at its optimum performance level to run in a virtual environment.

Chapter 8, Configuring and Managing Desktop Pools – Part 1, covers how Horizon View uses the concept of desktop pools to create a collection of virtual desktop machines for specific use cases, which, in turn, are allocated to the end users. In this chapter, we will look at the process for configuring the different types of desktop pools.

Chapter 9, Configuring and Managing Desktop Pools – Part 2, completes the process of managing desktop pools, focusing on Linked Clones, Manual Desktop Pools, and some of the day-to-day management tasks.

Chapter 10, Fine-Tuning the End User Experience, covers one of the key tasks in building the best user experience possible, which is to start fine-tuning the performance and experience for the end user's session with their virtual desktop machine. In this chapter, we will look at the tuning techniques and the pre-built group policy objects that can be applied to create that experience.

Chapter 11, Delivering Published Apps with Horizon 7, dives deeper into the key features of Horizon Advanced Edition, and looks at how Horizon View publishes an application directly in the Horizon View Client, without the need to launch a full virtual desktop machine. We will walk through the installation and configuration process to get our first set of Horizon View published applications available to end users.

Chapter 12, Horizon Client Options, covers how the Horizon Client is used to receive and display the virtual desktops and applications on the end user's device. In this chapter, we will look at the options for the Horizon Client, both hardware and software, and discuss the various options and why you would choose one method over another.

Chapter 13, Upgrading to a New Version of Horizon, covers all the things you need to consider before upgrading, and will then take you through the upgrade process. This chapter is designed for those individuals who are currently running a previous version of Horizon View and are looking to upgrade to the latest version.

Chapter 14, JMP and VMware Horizon 7 Deployment Considerations, covers the new just-in-time management platform feature in Horizon 7 and how this brings together UEM, App Volumes, and Instant Clones to deliver desktops on demand. This chapter discusses the architecture and walks you through installation and configuration.

Chapter 15, Troubleshooting, covers a number of troubleshooting techniques and methods to adopt within Horizon View, rather than going through a list of problems and issues.

Chapter 16, What is New in Horizon 7, discusses the latest features in the newest version of Horizon 7.

Chapter 17, Managing the End User Environments in Horizon, introduces you to Horizon View Persona Management, what it is, and why you would want to deploy it. We will then examine how it is driven by standard active directory group policy, finishing with an in-depth look at the policies available. The second part of this chapter introduces you to VMware UEM and how to get up and running.

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Chapter 18, Delivering Published Desktops with Horizon 7, covers the other half of View's publishing capabilities and looks at how Horizon View can deliver session-based desktops from a Microsoft RDSH infrastructure.

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