Desktop virtualization promises to be the next great wave in IT’s ongoing quest to provide better service, higher availability, improved security, increased standardization and a more robust computing environment while lowering deployment, administration and infrastructure costs.

Desktop Virtualization with VMware View 5.1 is a 4-day intense introduction to desktop virtualization using VMware’s View 5.1 product suite including VMware View Composer, VMware View Manager and VMware ThinApp.

Successful VMware View implementations depend on the effective deployment and use of Active Directory, SQL Server, VMware vSphere, Windows desktop OS’, networking infrastructure, SAN storage and NFS datastores. Our class is unique in that students build all of these components in class, thereby ensuring they can successfully deploy View in their own office. More than 40 percent of class time is devoted to labs so concepts and skills are reinforced.

By the end of the class, attendees will have learned the benefits, mechanics and best practices of desktop virtualization. Attendees will be able to design, implement, deploy, configure, monitor, manage, troubleshoot and secure a robust virtual desktop environment.

Audience: System architects, senior administrators, secuirty specialists, operators, Vmware customers, managers
Course Duration: 4 days

Success in VMware’s View virtual desktop virtualization suite is dependent on familiarity with VMware’s server virtualization products as well as familiarity with common tools and technology found in most IT departments.

Because of our Do-It-Yourself approach to View training, you do not need to be expert in all aspects of desktop and VMware installation and administration. However, some familiarity with the following topics will help:

  • Installing, configuring and administering ESXi 5.0 and vCenter 5.0
  • Building virtual machines from scratch and also from clones and templates
  • Understanding and using VM Spec files that assist in rapid VM deployment
  • Working with shared storage resources including SAN LUNs and NAS shares
  • Using VMware Thin and Thick virtual disks
  • Integrating desktops into an Active Directory environment
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Course can run from any location that has a reliable Internet connection. Each attendee needs a PC that supports Microsoft Terminal Services.

Course Objectives:
  • Explain the many significant benefits of desktop virtualization
  • Install and configure VMware View according to best practices
  • Create, administer and manage desktop pools
  • Deploy traditional and linked-clone virtual desktops
  • Build and run local mode virtual desktops
  • Create secure desktop connections through untrusted public networks
  • Deploy virtual applications using VMware ThinApp
Course Outline:
  • Introduction to Desktop Virtualization
    • Virtualization basics
    • Server virtualization explained
    • Desktop virtualization explained
    • Features and benefits of desktop virtualization


  • VMware View
    • VMware View features and components
    • VMware View Composer
    • VMware View Manager
    • VMware ThinApp


  • Connection Services
    • Installing VMware Connection Services
    • Configuring and administering Connection Services


  • Virtual Desktops
    • Desktop display protocols including RDP, ICA and PCoIP
    • VMware View desktop agent
    • Working with virtual desktop removable media
    • Managing virtual desktop USB connections
    • Building a hybrid physical/virtual desktop environment


  •  View Client Options
    • Working with the View Client
    • View Client in Local Mode
    • Thin client options
    • Connecting to printers and other network resources


  • Administering VMware View
    • Dedicated virtual desktops
    • Floating virtual desktops
    • Virtual desktop session management
    • Virtual desktop user management
    • Managing virtual desktop access and permissions


  • View Composer, Linked Clone Virtual Desktop
    • Creating Linked clone virtual desktop base images
    • Deploying Linked Clone virtual desktop instances
    • Administering persistent virtual disks
    • Work with VMware View Composer
    • VMware View database administration


  • View Security Server and View Replica Server
    • Sizing your virtual desktop deployment
    • Monitoring key performance metrics
    • Scaling your virtual desktop environment
    • Using VMware vSphere components to manage performance and availability


  • VMware ThinApp
    • Application virtualization with VMware ThinApp
    • Creating and publishing virtual applications
    • Controlling access to virtual applications


  • Security
    • Security overview for virtual desktops
    • Authentication options for user access
    • Planning and implementing network security