Summary and Additional Resources

Summary and Additional Resources


The Quick-Start Tutorial for VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure introduces you to Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure through a brief description of features and capabilities, as well as a series of practical exercises to help you set up and explore this offering. The Overview describes the interoperability of the architecture and components, core capabilities, and new features. Sequential exercises walk you through the process of gathering prerequisite data, meeting requirements, deploying a Horizon Cloud Service node, creating a master image, creating a farm from the image, and adding and assigning desktops and applications to users and groups. Additional sections explore the reporting and analytics functionality. This tutorial ends with an exploration of the integration with VMware User Environment Manager.

Terminology Used in This Tutorial

The following terms are used in this tutorial:

Base image

A VM, also referred to as a desktop image, a golden image, or a master image, that is an RDS-enabled Microsoft Windows Server operating system VM configured with the Horizon Agent and DaaS Agents, and is created and configured for desktop deployment.


A set of securely accessed Internet-hosted services

DaaS agent

Desktops as a service agent


Input and output operations per second (IOPS, pronounced eye-ops) is an input and output performance measurement used to characterize computer storage devices like hard disk drives (HDD), solid state drives (SSD), and storage area networks (SAN).

IaaS capacity

Capacity provided through infrastructure as a service

RDSH farm

RDS session host farm VMs are the server instances that provide session-based desktops and remote applications to your end users.

Virtual desktop

The user interface of a virtual machine that has been made available to an end user

Virtual machine

A software computer running an operating system or application environment that is backed by the physical resources of a host

VMware Horizon Cloud Service control plane

VMware hosts the Horizon Cloud Service control plane in the cloud and provides ongoing feature updates and enhancements. This service enables the central orchestration and management of virtual desktops, desktop applications, remote desktop sessions, and remote applications for your users. The cloud service also manages your nodes, which are physically located in your provided capacity environments. When you log in to the cloud service, you see all your nodes and perform management activities across them, regardless of where they are physically located. The VMware Horizon Cloud Service control plane also hosts the Horizon Cloud Service Administration Console, which is accessible from anywhere at any time, providing maximum flexibility.

VMware Horizon Cloud Service Administration Console

The common management user interface hosted by the cloud control plane. The Horizon Cloud Service Administration Console runs in industry-standard browsers and provides a single location for management tasks involving user assignments and the virtual desktops, remote desktop sessions, and applications.

VNet peering

Virtual network which is used to connect Horizon Cloud Service VNet with Microsoft Active Directory. Virtual network peering enables you to seamlessly connect two Microsoft Azure virtual networks. Once peered, the virtual networks appear as one, for connectivity purposes.

Note: For additional VMware terms and concepts, see the VMware Technical Publications Glossary or VMware Technical Publications Glossary Online. For information about Microsoft Azure-specific terms, see the Microsoft Azure Glossary.

Additional Resources

About the Authors

This guide was written by

  • Rick Terlep, End-User-Computing Architect, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware
  • Jerrid Cunniff, End-User-Computing Cloud Services Senior Architect, VMware
  • Cindy Heyer Carroll, Technical Writer in End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware
  • Josh Spencer, End-User-Computing Architect, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware


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