Tutorial 1 - 10 min activityTechnical Introduction and Features
Tutorial 2 - 11 min activityComponents and Architecture
Tutorial 3 - 30 min activityInstallation
Tutorial 4 - 26 min activityInitial Configuration
Tutorial 5 - 45 min activityCreating Single-User Desktop Pools
Tutorial 6 - 27 min activityCreating RDSH-Published Desktops and Applications
Tutorial 7 - 29 min activityProvisioning Users and Accessing Virtual Desktops
Tutorial 8 - 9 min activityTroubleshooting
Tutorial 9 - 4 min activitySummary and Additional Resources
Summary and Additional ResourcesVMware Horizon 7 version 7.5 and later
Summary and Additional Resources
This quick-start guide demonstrated just how quickly and easily you can use VMware Horizon 7 to create VDI desktops and RDSH-published applications and desktops using a Horizon 7 on-premises infrastructure. You completed simple wizards to install and configure a Connection Server, which streamlines provisioning of RDSH servers and cloned desktops.
You then created automated desktop pools and an automated RDSH farm. With one simple wizard, you created multiple application pools. Next, you entitled end users to applications and desktops. In addition, this guide provided an overview of features, architecture, and components.
Finally, you enjoyed the end-user experience of launching desktops published applications from the Windows-based Horizon Client, the iOS-based Horizon Client, and the web-based HTML Access client. The native client software can be installed on Windows, Windows UWP, macOS, Linux, Chromebook, iOS, and Android endpoint devices.
Because this guide is meant to get you started quickly, it does not delve into details of all the options and features that provide a rich user experience:
- Support for use cases such as graphics-intensive 3D applications with NVIDIA GRID vGPU and Unified Communications with Microsoft Skype for Business.
- Quick and easy access to a user’s files from their virtual desktops and applications with file-type association
- Support for the most commonly used peripherals, including printers, scanners and imaging devices, smart cards, and USB storage devices
- Performance optimizations to increase application responsiveness
For more information about these and other topics, see the VMware Horizon 7 documentation.
The following documents are companion quick-start tutorials for Horizon 7:
- Creating an Optimized Windows Image for a VMware Horizon Virtual Desktop
- Quick-Start Tutorial for VMware Horizon JMP Integrated Workflow
- Horizon Smart Policies chapter of the Quick-Start Tutorial for User Environment Manager
You can find out more about Horizon 7 from the following resources:
- Horizon Techzone page
- VMware Horizon 7 Hands-On Lab
- VMware Horizon 7 (product information page)
- VMware Horizon 7 Documentation
- JMP and VMware Horizon 7 Deployment Considerations
- Blast Extreme Display Protocol in VMware Horizon 7
- Customizing Horizon RDSH Application Icons (VMware video)
- Help Desk Tool Demo (VMware video)
- VMware support:
You can learn more about infrastructure products that support Horizon 7 from the following resources:
- VMware vSphere (product information page)
- VMware vCenter Server (product information page)
- Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio Express (if installing the Horizon 7 event database)
- Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 RC Web Installer for Windows
About the Authors and Contributors
This tutorial was written by Caroline Arakelian, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware, and Cindy Heyer Carroll, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware, with appreciation and acknowledgement for assistance from:
- Jim Yanik, Senior Manager, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware
- Donal Geary, Reference Architect Engineer in End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware
- Frank Anderson, End-User-Computing Architect, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware
- Graeme Gordon, Senior Staff End-User-Computing Architect, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware
- Marilyn Basanta, Director, Global Platform Engineering & Analytics, VMware
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