VMware Horizon- All About

What is Vmware Horizon?
VMware View is a commercial desktop-virtualization product developed by VMware, Inc. Its first two releases (2.0.0 and 2.1.0) sold under the name VMware VDM, but with the 3.0.0 release in 2008 VMware Inc. changed the name to “VMware View”. “VMware View” became “Horizon View” with the launch of Horizon 6 in April 2014.
The VMware View product has a number of components which are required to provide the virtual desktops, including:
VMware vSphere for Desktops (includes ESXi, VMware’s hypervisor)
VMware vCenter Server (management of virtualization environment)
View Composer (advanced View management, with automation and cloning)
View Manager (administration of the View Environment)
View Client (communication between View and the desktop OS)
VMware ThinApp (application virtualization)
View Persona Management (user profile management)
vShield Endpoint (offloaded desktop antivirus)
What is new in Horizon 7?
Deliver virtual or hosted desktops and applications through a single VDI platform with VMware Horizon 7.
Provide end users access to all of their virtual desktops, applications and online services through a single workspace in a few simple clicks.

*Delivers Desktops and Applications through a Single Platform Transform static desktops into secure, virtual workspaces that can be delivered on demand.

*Provision virtual or remoted desktops and applications through a single VDI platform to streamline management and easily entitle end users.

*Supports a Rich, Adaptive User Experience Provide a consistently great end user experience for knowledge workers, mobile workers and even 3D developers across devices, locations, media and connections.
*Secures Data and Simplifies Compliance Consolidate control, delivery and protection of user compute resources with end-to-end management and automation.
*Leverage virtual networking to simply and dynamically set security policies across groups of end users.
*Dramatically Improves ROI Dynamically allocate resources with virtual storage, virtual compute and virtual networking to simplify management and drive down costs.
*Reduce day to day operations costs with a single platform that allows you to extend virtualization from the data center to your devices. –



Horizon 7 Solution
The Horizon 7 virtual workspace solution combines the best-of-breed data center and desktop virtualization technologies.


The high-level infrastructure consists of
• ESXi hosts with a 2.1 GHz Intel E5-2658 or 2.9 GHz E5-2690 processor
• 128 GB RAM per ESXi host
• EMC VNX5500–based NFS storage (20 TB)
• 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) networking
• Windows 7 virtual machines with one vCPU and 1 GB vRAM
• Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) virtual machines with four vCPUs and 24 GB RAM

Extend the power of virtualization from the data center to devices. VMware Horizon 6 delivers virtualized or hosted desktops and applications through a single platform to end users. These desktop and application services—including RDS hosted apps, packaged apps with VMware ThinApp®, SaaS apps, and even virtualized apps from Citrix— can all be accessed from one unified workspace across devices, locations, media and connections Leveraging closed loop management and optimized for the software – defined data center, Horizon 6 helps IT control, manage and protect all of the Windows resources end users want, at the speed they expect, with the efficiency business demands

How To Install Vmware Horizon 7

  1. VMware Horizon View 7: Deployment and Installation
  2. VMware Horizon View 7: Apply SSL Certificates
  3. VMware Horizon View 7: Create Events Database
  4. VMware Horizon View 7: Add Microsoft RDS Farm
  5. VMware Horizon View 7: Setup Remote Access through Security Server
  6. VMware Horizon View 7: Create Master Desktop Template
  7. VMware Horizon View 7: Automated Desktop Pool
  8. VMware Horizon View 7: Instant Clone Desktop Pool

Logical View 


Horizon View 12 - Horizon 7 Administrator Console Icon

Note: The same executable is used to install both Connection and Security Server services which makes things easier!

Horizon View 1 - Launch ViewConnectionServer Exe

Click Next:

Horizon View 2 - Welcome to the Install

The EULA must be accepted to continue. Click Next:

Horizon View 3 - License Agreement

Change the installation directory if applicable. Click Next:

Horizon View 4 - Destination Folder

Select the Horizon 7 Standard Server, check the box labeled Install HTML access (HTML access uses the Blast Protocol to enable access to your View resources straight from a web browser, very cool!), select your network protocol (IPv4)then click Next:

Note: If you wish to expand past the first Standard/Connection Server you would install Replica servers. 

Horizon View 5 - Installation Options

Enter a password for the backups that View creates. Click Next:

Note: Make sure you keep this password in a safe place in case you need to do a restore from backup!



Install Vmware Horizon Installation Tutorial 




Horizon 7

Installation Horizon 7 

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