A. Deploying and Configuring VMware Horizon Cloud Service

A. Deploying and Configuring VMware Horizon Cloud Service

Introduction to Deployment and Configuration

Before launching Horizon Cloud, it is recommended that you verify that the service is deployed properly, that you have the necessary information to proceed smoothly at your fingertips, and that the required resources are aligned. You can accomplish these verifications by access the following exercises in the navigation bar to the left:

  • A1: Gathering Data for Initial Configuration
  • A2: Logging In to Horizon Cloud
  • A3: Configuring Active Directory
  • A4: Configuring the Administrative Account

A1: Gathering Data for Initial Configuration

Gather the data required during configuration so the process runs smoothly without delays:

What Is Required
Your Data
LDAP bind account (can be read-only)
NETBIOS name

DNS domain name

Bind username

Bind password
Auxiliary bind username
Auxiliary bind password
Join username
Join password
Primary DNS server IP address

Secondary DNS server IP address

Table A1: Data Required During Setup

After gathering the data that you need to configure Horizon Cloud, proceed to the next exercise and log in.

A2: Logging in to VMware Horizon Cloud

The setup and administration of your tenant takes place in the Horizon Cloud Administration Console, which you access using a URL supplied by the Horizon Cloud service provider.

Note: These exercises use self-signed certificates, unlike for a production environment in which live certificates are exchanged during deployment.

The first time you log in to the tenant, you must provide a one-time username and password. After Horizon Cloud is added to your Active Directory domain, these credentials no longer allow access.

A2.1 Log In to the Horizon Cloud Administration Console

  1. In your browser, navigate to the Horizon Cloud tenant.
  2. On the Horizon Cloud login page, enter the credentials provided.
  3. Click Login.

After logging in, proceed to the next exercise to register Active Directory in the Horizon Cloud tenant.

A3: Configuring Active Directory

After the Horizon Cloud service provider provisions your Horizon Cloud environment, also known as a tenant, you must register your Active Directory with Horizon Cloud before you can allocate services or assign specific roles and permissions.

A3.1 Getting Started Page Overview

The Horizon Cloud Administration Console defaults to the Getting Started page on the first login. This page provides a high-level overview of the initial configuration process that you must complete.

A3.2 Navigate to Active Directory

  1. In the navigation bar on the left, select Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, select Active Directory.

A3.3 Register

  • On the Active Directory page, click Register.

A3.4 Register Active Directory

  1. In the Register Active Directory window, enter the following information:
    • NETBIOS name
    • DNS domain name
    • Bind username
    • Bind password
    • Auxiliary bind username
    • Auxiliary bind password
  2. Click Domain Bind.

A3.5 Join Domain

  1. On the Domain Join page, add the following information to join to the Active Directory domain:
    • Primary DNS server IP address
    • Secondary DNS server IP address
    • Default OU
    • Join username
    • Join password
  2. Click Save.

After joining Active directory to Horizon Cloud, you must use a domain account that is a member of the domain group added to the Super Administrator role during the initial configuration. The one-time password that was supplied by your provider no longer works. Proceed to the next exercise to define this administrator account.

A4: Configuring the Administrative Account

In Horizon Cloud, the domain user or group with full administrative control within the tenant is defined as the Super Administrator.

A4.1 Search for the Tenant

  1. Click the Search icon in the upper right.
  2. Enter your username, and click Go.
  3. Select Tenant Admins Group.
  4. Verify that DF/Tenant Admins appears under Selected User Group.
  5. Click Save.

After registering the Active Directory, additional services and functionality are available. Configuring the administrative account enables you to access these resources.  You are ready to proceed to Section B to tour the Horizon Administration Console and complete the configuration of your tenant.