B: Exploring the Horizon Administration Console

B: Exploring the Horizon Administration Console

Introduction to the Horizon Administration Console

You can explore the services and functionality of the Horizon Cloud Services through the Horizon Cloud Administration Console by accessing the following exercises in the navigation bar to the left:

  • B1: Exploring the Settings Options
  • B2: Modifying Contact Data
  • B3: Adding a User to a Role
  • B4: Defining an Agent
  • B5: Selecting the Default View

B1: Exploring the Settings Options

You can manage the Horizon Cloud tenant using the Horizon Cloud Administration Console.

B1.1 Explore General Settings

  1. In the navigation bar in the lower left, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click General Settings. 

    This is where you can view and modify the general configuration.

B1.2 Explore Active Directory Settings

  1. In the navigation bar, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click Active Directory

    Here, you add domain bind and domain join data, which is required before you can do anything else.

B1.3 Explore Roles & Permissions Settings

  1. In the navigation bar, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click Roles & Permissions, where you can create and assign roles to control who has access to the console.

    The Horizon Cloud environment has two built-in roles:
    • Super Administrator: A mandatory role that includes the ability to view all tenant options and apply configuration changes. A minimum of one Active Directory group must be assigned to this role. In these exercises, the Tenant Admins group is assigned to this role.
    • Demo Administrator: An optional role that includes the ability to view all options within the console but cannot change the configuration.

B1.4 Explore Infrastructure Settings

  1. In the navigation bar, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click Infrastructure, where you can create and manage file shares that are used to import data from your environment into Horizon Cloud. Infrastructure includes file shares used to import data into Horizon Cloud from your environment. You can add, import, and modify these file shares. In most cases, files placed in a file share are uploaded to the tenant. You can also manually import files.
    The two types of file shares support different sets of functions:
    • Application/Images: Stores AppStacks created by App Volumes.
    • Agents: Houses agent software updates. After the location has been defined, the agent is available on the Assignments page.
  3. Note: When creating an application or image file share, the name can be anything you choose. You must house file shares on the Utility VM, which performs functions within the tenant and helps avoid latency issues.

B1.5 Explore Storage Management Settings

  1. In the navigation bar, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click Storage Management, where you can view and manage the AppStacks in your environment when using App Volumes technology in your tenant.

    For more information about how App Volumes technology can enhance administrative capabilities within the Horizon Cloud environment, see E: Assigning Access to a Remote and Native Application, on the navigation bar to the left.

B1.6 Explore Getting Started Settings

  1. In the navigation bar, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click Getting Started, the default view when you first log in to Horizon Cloud, which you can reset using the Show at Startup slider at the bottom.

B1.7 Explore Utility VMs Settings

  1. In the navigation bar, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click Utility VMs, where you can view and manage utility VMs.

    The utility VM is a discovered VM that does not have a supported operating system for desktop use. The utility VMs provide infrastructure services within the environment, such as DNS or DHCP, and are required for housing AppStacks. You can use the Utility VMs settings to perform management tasks and implement User Environment Manager. The first utility server is free. You can add subsequent utility servers for an additional cost.

    Note: The Horizon Cloud environment does not require a utility VM, but it is recommended for services such as Active Directory, DNS, and DHCP to avoid latency issues.

B1.8 Explore 2 Factor Auth Settings

  1. In the navigation bar, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click 2 Factor Auth, where you can configure two-factor authentication for your end users using either RSA SecureID or Radius Authentication.

B1.9 Explore Identity Management Settings

  1. In the navigation bar, select Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, select Identity Management, where you can oversee all of your Identity Manager providers, and sort them by URL, Timeout Setting for Single Sign On Token, Data Center, Tenant Address, and Status. You can click Edit to add a new URL or modify an existing one.

For more information, see VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure Administration and VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure 17.1 Documentation Center.

After this brief tour of the settings options in a Horizon Cloud environment, proceed to the next section to use some of these options to set up your environment.

B2: Modifying Contact Data

You can modify the contact information through the General Settings option in the Horizon Cloud Administration Console.

B2.1 Edit General Settings

  1. In the Horizon Cloud Administration Console, select Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click General Settings.
  3. On the General Settings page, click Edit.

B2.2 Edit General Settings

  • View the information that is displayed when other administrators log in to the Administrative Console.

B2.3 Contact Info Page

  1. Scroll to the Contact Info section, and enter the name, phone, and email information.
  2. Click Save.

B2.4 Verify Contact Info Pane

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the General Settings page to the Contact Info section.
  2. Verify that the contact information is correct.

After using General Settings to modify the contact information, proceed to the next exercise to use the Roles & Permissions settings to add a user or group to a role.

B3: Adding a User to a Role

You can control who has access to the console and assign or modify membership to roles. Horizon Cloud provides two built-in roles.

  • Super Administrator: This mandatory role can view all options in the tenant and apply configuration changes. At least one Active Directory group must be assigned to this role. In this exercise, the Tenant Admins group is assigned to this role.
  • Demo Administrator: An optional role that can view all console options, but cannot make configuration changes.

B3.1 Navigate to Roles & Permissions

  1. In the navigation bar, select Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click Roles & Permissions.

B3.2 Select Role

  1. Under Roles, select Demo Administrator.
  2. To add a user or group, click Edit.

B3.3 Search for a User or Group

  1. In the User Group field in the upper left, search your Active Directory for a user or group to add.
  2. In this example, the Guests group is selected.

B3.4 Save Changes

  1. In the Edit page, verify that your selection is displayed under Selected User Group.
  2. Click Save.

After using the Roles & Permissions setting to add a user group, proceed to the next exercise to use the Locations settings to define an agent.

B4: Defining an Agent

Infrastructure includes file shares that are used to import data into Horizon Cloud from your environment. You can choose between the following two different types of file shares:

  • Application/Images:  Stores AppStacks created by App Volumes.
  • Agents: Houses agent software updates. After you define the location, the agent is available on the Assignments page.

When you define a file share as an agent, you must name the folder agentFiles. (Unlike Agent shares, you can give Applications/Images shares any name.) You must house the file share on the utility VM, which performs functions within the tenant and helps avoid latency issues.

B4.1 Navigate to Infrastructure

  1. In the Horizon Cloud Administration Console, select Settings.
  2. In the Settings menu, click Infrastructure.
  3. On the Infrastructure page, click New.

B4.2 Enter the New File Share Information

  1. In the New File Share page, enter the following information:
    • Name: Enter the name of the file share.
    • Domain: Select the domain of the file share from the drop-down list.
    • Username: Enter the username of the file share administrator.
    • Password: Enter the administrator password for the file share.
    • Type: Select the type of file share from the drop-down menu:
      • Agents: Used to import agent software updates only
      • Applications/Images: Used to import AppStacks
    • Source Path: Enter the network path to the file share.
  2. Click Save.

B4.3 Confirm Status

  • Verify that the Agents share is now listed with a status of green.

After using the Locations options to define an agent, proceed to the next exercise to change the default view upon start up.

B5: Selecting a Default View

The Getting Started page is the default view when you log in to Horizon Cloud for the first time. You can change the default view to the Dashboard page at any time.

B5.1 Navigate to the Getting Started Preferences

  1. In the Horizon Cloud Administration Console, select Settings .
  2. In the navigation bar, select Getting Started.

B5.2 Set the Startup Default

  1. Scroll to the end of the Getting Started window.
  2. In the Preferences box at the bottom, use the slider to indicate whether you want the Getting Started page to appear at startup.
    • Yes: The Getting Started page is displayed upon login.
    • No: The Dashboard page is displayed upon login.

B5.3 Verify the Getting Started Preferences

  • In the confirmation page, click Yes to confirm your selection.

For more information, see VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure Administration.

After using Getting Started settings to set the default view upon startup, you have completed the exploration of the settings available to you in a Horizon Cloud environment. Proceed to the next section to create an image.