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VMware View: Desktop Fast Track [V4.5] On-Site Training

This on-site training class is also available as Public Schedule Seminar.

VMware View: Desktop Fast Track [V4.5]

Course Description/Agenda

In this hands-on course based on VMware┬« View™ 4.5 and VMware ThinApp™ 4.5 and 4.6, applications-oriented administrators will build skills on the VMware View suite of products: VMware View Manager, VMware View Composer, and VMware ThinApp. You will gain the knowledge and skills to virtualize Windows applications with ThinApp and to choose the best deployment and updating processes for your environment. You will learn a methodology for analyzing and designing a View solution for the VMware vSphere™ infrastructure.

This fast-paced, extended-hours course includes the content of the following courses:

  • VMware View: Install, Configure, Manage
  • Application Virtualization with VMware ThinApp
  • VMware View: Design Best Practices

It also includes a prepaid voucher for the VMware Certified Associate 4 - Desktop exam.


This course is recommended as preparation for the following certifications:

  • VMware Certified Associate 4 - Desktop (VCA4-DT)
  • VMware Certified Professional 4 - Desktop (VCP4-DT)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Desktop (VCAP-DT)

What You'll Learn

  • Features and operation of View, View design principles, and ThinApp operation
  • Install and configure View components
  • Create and manage dedicated and floating desktop pools
  • Deploy and manage linked-clone virtual desktops
  • Configure and manage desktops that run in local mode
  • Configure secure access to desktops through a public network
  • Use ThinApp to package applications
  • Major components of the ThinApp architecture
  • Modify Package.ini parameters to increase the variety and complexity of applications that can be virtualized
  • Use Application Link to dynamically link application components such as Microsoft .NET to multiple applications
  • Use Application Sync to update applications deployed from servers
  • Troubleshoot problems with ThinApp packages
  • Identify design goals, requirements, and constraints
  • Information that is required for design decisions
  • Situations that benefit from best-practice recommendations
  • Use the recommended design process
  • Analyze design choices in the following areas:
    • View Manager infrastructure
    • View desktop options
    • vSphere infrastructure
    • Network infrastructure
    • Client access devices
    • End-user management
  • Construct a comprehensive View solution

Who Should Attend

  • Solution architects
  • System architects
  • System administrators
  • Application administrators
  • IT managers

Course Prerequisites

Completion of VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage or equivalent experience with vSphere

Course Outline

View: Install, Configure, Manage

1. Introduction to VMware View

  • View features and components

2. View Connection Server

  • Installation and configuration

3. View Desktops

  • View Agent
  • PCoIP and other remote display protocols
  • USB redirection and multimedia redirection

4. View Client Options

  • View Client
  • View Client with Local Mode
  • Thin clients
  • Virtual printing

5. View Administrator

  • Configuring automated pools of dedicated and floating desktops
  • Role-based delegated administration
  • Managing ThinApp applications with View Manager
  • Monitoring the View deployment

6. Configuring and Managing Linked Clones

  • View Composer
  • Deploying and provisioning linked-clone desktops
  • Managing linked-clone desktops
  • Managing persistent disks

7. Local Mode Desktops

  • Local mode desktops
  • View Transfer Server and Transfer Server repository
  • Local mode operations

8. Command-Line Tools and Backup Options

  • vdmadmin utility
  • Clients in kiosk mode
  • Backing up the View databases
  • Restoring the View databases

9. Managing VMware View Security

  • View security server
  • Network configuration and authentication options

10. View Manager Performance and Scalability

  • Replica connection servers
  • Performance considerations and load balancing

11. VMware ThinApp

  • Using ThinApp to capture applications
  • Deploying and updating ThinApp packages
  • Virtualizing Internet Explorer 6 for use on a Windows 7 system

Application Virtualization with ThinApp

1. VMware ThinApp Architecture

  • Architecture that supports a virtualized application
  • Relationships between the ThinApp runtime, the virtual file system, and the virtual registry

2. Packaging Applications

  • Capturing and virtualizing an application

3. Modifying Package.ini Parameters

  • Entry points, access control, and isolation parameters
  • The sandbox folder and the sbmerge.exe utility

4. Building Applications with Application Link

  • Application Link features
  • Application Link parameters in the Package.ini file

5. Deploying and Updating Applications

  • EXE files vs. MSI files for local application deployment
  • Streaming applications from servers
  • Using the versioning model to update applications
  • Using Application Sync to update applications

6. Performance and Troubleshooting

  • Performance considerations
  • Troubleshooting ThinApp packages

View: Design Best Practices

1. Design Methodology

  • General design process
  • Elements of a successful View solution
  • A design process for View solutions

2. Use Case Definition

  • Use cases and their characteristics
  • Options for collecting performance data

3. Pool and Desktop Design

  • Mapping use cases to View pools
  • Design decisions for pool configurations
  • Configuring and optimizing virtual desktops

4. VMware View Pod and Block Design

  • Designing the access infrastructure
  • Design decisions for remote display protocols
  • Designing a load-balancer solution
  • Designing the View infrastructure

5. VMware Infrastructure Design

  • Mapping View infrastructure requirements to vSphere
  • Sizing VMware ESX™/ESXi hosts for CPU and memory
  • Sizing configuring VMware vCenter Server™ systems
  • Sizing network capacity for PCoIP and RDP

6. Storage Design

  • Designing the storage solution
  • Sizing datastores based on capacity and performance metrics
  • Deploying tiered storage for View Composer linked clones

7. End-User Session and Client Device Design

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