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This VMware course with Keith Barker was designed to get you up and running with the sixth version of VMware's popular virtualization product, Horizon View!...
This VMware course with Keith Barker was designed to get you up and running with the sixth version of VMware's popular virtualization product, Horizon View!

Related area of expertise:
  • Desktop Virtualization and automation

Recommended skills:
  • VCP-certified in Data Center Virtualization (or equivalent knowledge)

Recommended equipment:
  • vSphere 5.x or 6.x software
  • Microsoft Windows software
  • Horizon View software
  • Physical computer. Labs were done using VMware Workstation, and nested virtualization. The demonstrations were done on a computer with an i7 processor, with 32G of RAM, using VMware Workstation as the hypervisor, with the vSphere run as a set of VMs for the ESXi and vCenter. (See our VCP-DCV course for more details on nested virtualization).

Related certifications:
  • VMware VCP6-DT (Note: The VCP6-DT also tests on Mirage, Workspace Portal, and vSphere, in addition to Horizon View).

Related job functions:
  • IT professionals


Horizon View provides a way to automate the creation and provisioning of Virtual Machines in a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).
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1. Welcome to Horizon View (6 min)
2. What is Horizon View? (5 min)
3. Connection Server Install (9 min)
4. License the Connection Server (3 min)
5. Connect to Events Database (4 min)
6. Link CS to vCenter (3 min)
7. Install View Agent (9 min)
8. Using a Template (10 min)
9. Creating Manual Pools (13 min)
10. Using the Client (15 min)
11. Automatic Pools (21 min)
12. Linked Clone Basics (9 min)
13. Installing Composer (10 min)
14. Deploying Linked Clones (17 min)
15. Refreshing Linked Clones (9 min)
16. Recomposing Linked Clones (13 min)
17. HTML Client Access (5 min)
18. RDS Services (8 min)
19. Role Based View Administration (6 min)
20. Persona Management (19 min)
21. Using the Security Server (10 min)
22. VCP6-DT Preparation (3 min)

Welcome to Horizon View

00:00:00

[MUSIC PLAYING] My name is Keith Barker. And on behalf of the entire CBT Nuggets family, welcome to Horizon View. Let's begin. There's a phenomenon that happens all the time. And it's when we're learning something new. For example, I'd like you to think back on some skill, or some talent, or maybe a sport that you're really good at.

00:00:25

And I'd like you to think about the first, maybe 10 to 20 hours that you spent with that sport when you were first learning it. Now at the beginning, there's quite a struggle. There's that learning curve involved. But once you get over that learning curve and you can start cruising at freeway speed, you can just get better and better and better.

00:00:42

Well, one of my objectives of spending the time with you in this course Nugget by Nugget is to assist you in coming up to speed on Horizon View fairly quickly by walking you through the pieces and components of Horizon View, as well as demonstrating how to put a Horizon View environment together.

00:00:58

So that for example, in two weeks or three weeks from now, if somebody comes up and asks you, hey, can you tell me about Horizon View? You'll say, yes, I get it. Here's the concepts. Here's the ideas. And here's how you put it together. So as you and I enjoy going through these Nuggets together, we're going to cover what Horizon View is, what it does, how it works, and how you can set it up and manage it.

00:01:19

Another barrier that I've discovered in my life is making time for those things that are important. For example, if I want to exercise, I just need to go do it. There's really not much of an excuse other than do it. And what helps me with that is scheduling the time.

00:01:33

Because if I don't schedule the time, it's like that song. Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future. And indeed, it does. So I would encourage you to schedule the time on a daily basis to join me as we go through these Nuggets together.

00:01:49

I remember many, many years ago watching an early edition of The Music Man where a scam artist comes to town. And one of the things he tries to get the kids to believe is that they can learn to play an instrument just by visualizing it and thinking about it.

00:02:03

And although I'm a big fan of visualizing and thinking about things, it also takes a boatload of hands-on practice to get really, really good at something that requires hands-on. So I would strongly encourage you to practice hands-on. Now, in order to do that with Horizon View, Horizon View already assumes that we have a vSphere environment already set up.

00:02:24

And that could be VMware 5.x or 6.x. It really doesn't matter. But the vCenter, the ESXi hosts, and everything else are assumed to be in place as we add Horizon View into the mix. Which also brings me to another point. If you need training on vSphere, and how to configure ESXi host, and work with vCenter, I would strongly encourage you to check out our VCP Data Center Virtualization course right here at CBT Nuggets.

00:02:53

In fact, if you're brand new to VMware, you might want to start with the VCA, the VMware Certified Associate, and Data Center Virtualization, and then work up to the VCP, which is more about the hands-on, practical methods of putting it all together and making it work for data center virtualization.

00:03:10

And then we can go ahead and add Horizon View to our vSphere environment as an add-on. So if you, my friend, are in charge of Horizon View at your company, and someone else is in charge of vSphere, I would strongly encourage you to do a couple things.

00:03:24

Number one, start being really, really nice to the vSphere administrators because what goes around comes around. And secondly, I would also encourage you to maybe buy them a few lunches because they will be assisting you. If you are not the vSphere administrator or you don't have that skill set, they'll be helping you as the integration happens between Horizon View and an existing vSphere infrastructure.

00:03:46

Now, in creating all these demos, what I had the opportunity to do is I built an entire vSphere lab so I could add Horizon View onto it. And you know what? It was a lot of fun. However, if you already have a vSphere environment that's up and running, it'll be much easier to go ahead and integrate the view rather than creating it all from scratch.

00:04:04

And I'd also strongly recommend that when you're doing practice, you do it in a lab environment, a test environment that will not impact production. Because here is a very real possibility. In Horizon View, we can go ahead and create a pool inside of Horizon View.

00:04:19

And we can say, oh, let's go ahead and create 100 virtual machines. And then we can click a few buttons and it will automatically tell vSphere. If we're not careful, it'll tell vSphere, hey, go ahead and provision all of these virtual machines. Oh, and by the way, we want them all up and running as well.

00:04:35

So for a vSphere environment that wasn't really prepared for those additional 100 VMs, that could have a very negative impact on a production network. There might be some of you who are saying, you know what? I really would like to practice and work with Horizon View, but I don't have a vSphere environment.

00:04:49

And I don't want to build a whole vSphere lab. And to that I say, I hear you. I was at VMworld last year. And at VMworld I was introduced for the first time-- I'd never heard of him before, the VMware hands-on labs, which are currently free. And the URL is labs.hol-- which is an acronym for hands-on labs-- .vmware.com.

00:05:10

And you can sign up and register for free. And they do have tons and tons of great labs, including labs on Horizon View. So I wanted to at least make you aware that that resource exists over at vmware.com. Another question that might come up for many is, what about licensing?

00:05:26

And I'll tell you what, VMware is very, very generous about evaluation licenses. So if you go to vmware.com and you register for an evaluation of Horizon View, they'll give you a license for Horizon View in addition to the vSphere and vCenter and everything else you'll need to build the infrastructure to support it.

00:05:44

The other big player in a VDI environment is going to be Microsoft because we're going to be using their operating system for our virtual desktops. And Microsoft also has an evaluation process for their products as well. So my intent is to keep this introduction very, very short, so we can get right to the content, which begins in the very next video.

00:06:04

So thanks for joining me. I hope this has been informative for you, and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

What is Horizon View?

Connection Server Install

License the Connection Server

Connect to Events Database

Link CS to vCenter

Install View Agent

Using a Template

Creating Manual Pools

Using the Client

Automatic Pools

Linked Clone Basics

Installing Composer

Deploying Linked Clones

Refreshing Linked Clones

Recomposing Linked Clones

HTML Client Access

RDS Services

Role Based View Administration

Persona Management

Using the Security Server

VCP6-DT Preparation

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Keith Barker
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