F: Assigning Access to a Remote Application

F: Assigning Access to a Remote Application

Introduction to Remote Application Assignments

The following exercises demonstrate how to deliver applications using RDS integration capabilities. A Chrome browser is recommended for the best experience.

  • F1: Uploading and Deploying RDSH Servers
  • F2: Creating a Desktop Assignment
  • F3: Assigning Remote Applications to Users and Groups
  • F4: Accessing a Remote Application to Verify Success

F1: Uploading and Deploying RDSH Servers

Horizon Cloud Published Applications simplifies managing line-of-business applications and allows the delivery of Windows applications to non-Windows devices. This strategy can reduce CapEx and OpEx costs by minimizing installation, upgrades, and troubleshooting. With a VMware implementation, end users launch VMware Horizon Client or the HTML Access web client and then log in to the server that brokers connections to the published applications. Users see a catalog of published applications and session-based or single-user virtual desktops, if desktops have been configured.

With published applications, you install applications on servers with the RDSH role and entitle the applications to users through the Horizon Cloud Administration Console. After applications are authenticated to Horizon Cloud, users can launch an application, save files, and use network resources from a remote RDSH server, just as if the users had the application installed on their local computer, tablet, or phone.

F1.1 Navigate to the Imported VMs

  1. In the Horizon Cloud Administration Console, select Inventory.
  2. In the Inventory menu, click Imported VMs.

F1.2 Select the Pre-Populated VM

  1. Select the check box of the pre-populated VM in the optimized image provided in the tenant.
  2. If you do not have an image, contact your VMware representative to request one.

F1.3 Power On

  1. In the Imported VMs window, click More.
  2. In the More menu, select Power On.

F1.4 Convert to Image

  • Still in the More menu, select Convert to Image.

F1.5 Verify that OS Properties Is Disabled

  • On the New Image page, make sure that OS Properties is set to NO.

F1.6 Provide OS Properties Parameters

  1. In the OS Properties fields, provide the information for the other OS properties.
  2. In the Admin credentials for the desktop fields, provide the username and password.
  3. In the lower right, click Publish.

F1.7 Verify the Publication

  1. In the navigation bar, select Inventory.
  2. In the Inventory menu, click Images.
  3. In the Status column, verify that the image is published.
  4. If necessary, click Refresh in the upper right to update the window and see the most current conversion status.

For more information, see the Uploading and Deploying RDSH Hosts in Horizon Cloud video.

After you finish uploading and deploying RDSH hosts in Horizon Cloud, proceed to the next exercise to create a desktop assignment.

F2: Creating a Remote Application Assignment

This exercise describes how to create a remote application assignment.

F2.1 Navigate to the Assignments Window

  1. In the Horizon Cloud Administration Console, select Assign.
  2. In the Assignments menu, click New.

F2.2 Start the New Assignment

  • In the New Assignment window under Applications, click Select.

F2.3 Select the Remote Type

  1. In the New Application Assignment window, in the Type field, select Remote.
  2. In the Assignment name field, enter a name that starts with a letter, and consists only of letters, numbers, and dashes.
  3. In the lower right, click Next.

F2.4 Select Applications to Publish

  1. In the New Application Assignment window, click the check box of each application to select it.
  2. In the lower right, click Next.

F2.6 Review and Submit

  1. In the Summary tab, review and verify that the information is correct.
  2. In the lower right, click Submit.

F2.7 Verify Success Banner

  1. Verify that the green success banner is displayed.
  2. Confirm that the status is green, which indicates the server is ready to receive users.

F2.8 Select the Assignment

  • When the status turns green, select the assignment to view details.

F2.9 Review Assignment Details

  • View the assignment summary details.

For more information about how to deploy RDSH servers and create assignments for Horizon Cloud remote applications, see the Uploading and Deploying RDSH Hosts in Horizon Cloud video.

After creating a desktop assignment, proceed to the next exercise to assign remote applications to users and groups.

F3: Assigning Remote Applications to Users and Groups

You can entitle RDSH applications to a user or group from the Horizon Cloud Administration Console.

F3.1 Navigate to the Assignments Window

  1. In the Horizon Cloud Administration Console, click Assign.
  2. On the Assignments page, select an assignment to add a user to.
  3. In the upper left, click Edit.

F3.2 Define the Type

  1. On the Definition tab, in the Type field, select Remote.
  2. In the lower right, click Next.

F3.3 See the Applications Already Assigned

  1. On the Applications tab, scroll down the list to see the applications assigned to this entitlement.
  2. You can add or remove applications to the assignment here, but for this exercise, leave them selected.
  3. Click Next.

F3.4 Identify the User

  1. On the Users tab, enter the username to search for the user to assign.
  2. Select the user from the drop-down list.
  3. Click Save & Exit.

After you finish entitling the user to the RDSH Application entitlement, proceed to the next exercise to launch the remote application hosted in Horizon Cloud.

F4: Accessing a Remote Application to Verify Success

You can verify that you properly entitled a user to an RDSH application by launching the desktop and accessing the application in Horizon Cloud as a user would.

F4.1 Launch the Horizon Client

  • On the desktop, click the VMware Horizon Client icon.

F4.2 Log In

  • Log in to the Horizon Cloud client.

F4.3 Select a Desktop

  • From the available applications and desktops, click the desktop you just provisioned.

F4.4 Launch the Application

  1. Launch the application to verify that it opens properly.
  2. Explore the features to verify that they work. For this example, Calculator is selected.

F4.5 Disconnect and Log Off

  1. After closing the application, select Options to exit.
  2. Click Disconnect and Log Off.

F4.6 Verify Log Off

  • In the Horizon Client prompt, click OK to confirm the disconnect and log off.

After you launch the remote application to verify that the assignments work properly, you have finished this section. Proceed to the next section to find out how additional VMware products can enhance a user’s experience in the Horizon Cloud environment, in particular, VMware Identity Manager™.