Category: Horizon View

Horizon View 7 – Initial Horizon View Configuration

In this post, we are about configuring the Connection Server so that it can create pools of VDI desktops. We use the Horizon Administrator UI to perform these Connection Server configuration tasks. Before we create a desktop pool we must have the following parameters configured: Horizon 7 license vCenter Server user account – See Horizon View 7 – Prepare Active Directory View Composer Server user account– See Horizon View 7 – Prepare Active Directory View Composer Server user account – See Horizon View 7 – Prepare Active Directory Horizon 7 License In Horizon Administrator, navigate to View Configuration, and select Product Licensing…

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Horizon View 7 – Creating a Desktop Template

Horizon view uses a virtual machine template as the basis of the pool whatever it is linked pool or instance pool. With an automated desktop pool that contains full virtual machines, you create a virtual machine template and Horizon 7 uses that template to create virtual machines in vCenter Server for each desktop. I will spend more on this post than others and we will go through all the parameters and configuration that are required because as much you improve the efficiency of virtual machine template, it will aim to reduce troubleshooting and improve the efficiency of the desktop pool.…

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Horizon View 7 – Configure Event Database

The event database stores information about horizon view events in a database. You create an event database by adding it to an existing database server and then configure horizon view to use this database for storing events. Add a Database and Database User for View Events If you are not familiar with the procedure to create databases on Microsoft SQL Server database servers, review the steps in Horizon View 7 – Install View Composer. After the database is created you need to configure the database in View Administrator in order to install schema. Configure the Event Database In View Administrator, select View…

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Horizon View 7 – Configure Certificate For Connection Server

For Horizon View it is recommended that you configure your VMware View Horizon Servers with a signed SSL certificate. After you enter the URL of view horizon administrator to log in, you will see the following error in the address bar that is related to the certificate. In this post, we will discuss how to assign a proper certificate to your connection server. we assume you have active directory certificate services in your environment. Open the Certification Authority program in the tools section in the Server Manager. Expand the server and right click on Certificate Template and choose to manage.…

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Horizon View 7 – Install Horizon Connection Server

The Connection Server acts as a broker for client connections by authenticating and directing incoming user desktop requests. When you install the Connection Server, the Horizon Administrator is installed as well. The Horizon Administrator is the web-based interface for the management, provisioning, and deployment of virtual desktops. As an administrator, you can centrally manage thousands of virtual desktops from a single Horizon Administrator. Depending on the performance, availability, and security needs of your Horizon 7 deployment, you can install a single instance of connection server, replicated instances of connection server, and security servers. You must install at least one instance…

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Horizon View 7 – Install View Composer (Linked Clone)

As I explained here view composer is a component which is responsible for creating linked clone pools from a specified virtual machine template. We have different types of desktop pools in horizon view and I will describe them in another post. To use view composer, you need to create a database and a data source name (DSN) to store view composer data and then install view composer. The View Composer service does not include a database, view composer requires an SQL database to store data. Add a View Composer Database to SQL Server On the SQL server, select Start >…

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Horizon View 7 – Prepare Active Directory

Horizon 7 uses Active Directory to authentication and management users and computers. You have to the following task to  prepare Active Directory for use with Horizon 7 Creating an OU for Remote Desktops Creating Groups for Users and Admins Creating a User Account for vCenter Server Create a User Account for View Composer AD Operations Create a User Account for Instant-Clone Operations … Domain functional level should be 2008 and above. Let us start by opening active directory users and group console in windows server. Create an OU for remote desktops Like a non-VDI environment, you need different OU to…

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Introduction of Horizon View

Today I’m going to talk about the first part of VMware horizon series. Before I go through horizon I’d like to turn your attention to virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and discuss virtual desktop infrastructure briefly and then point out to the VMware Horizon. VDI is software technology which offers users a virtualized version of the desktop interface while the user desktop runs and process inside a virtual machine that lives on a server in the datacenter. The user desktop is delivered over a network to an endpoint device such as Laptop, PC, Tablet and etc. which allows the user to…

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VMware Horizon 7

Horizon View is a VMware solution for virtual desktop infrastructure to securely deliver Windows, Linux and cloud-hosted desktops and applications to users. In this series, we want to talk about, what is horizon view,  how to install, configure and maintain horizon view 7 in your environment. We will discuss all details and describe best practice based on different environment and situation. Here, you have access to all the part of this series, Feel free to guide me in these series to make a complete tutorial together. I will be going through the installation of Horizon View 7.3 and then we…

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