Reviewer`s Guide for View in Horizon 7

Reviewer`s Guide for View in Horizon 7
REVIEWER’S GUIDE – JULY 2017
REVIEWER’S GUIDE
FOR VIEW IN VMWARE
HORIZON 7: INSTALLATION
AND CONFIGURATION
VMware Horizon 7 version 7.0
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Table of Contents
Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
JMP – Next-Generation Desktop and Application Delivery Platform. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Purpose of This Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Intended Audience for This Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Before You Begin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Section A: Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Exercise A1: Verifying Minimum Installation Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Infrastructure Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Network Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Hardware Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Operating System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
VMware Horizon 7 Administrator Console Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Exercise A2: Gathering Data Required During Installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Exercise A3: Downloading Horizon 7 Installers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Exercise A4: Installing the View Connection Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Exercise A5: Installing a SQL Server Database. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Exercise A6: Installing View Composer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Section B: Initial Configuration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Exercise B1: Adding a License. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
Exercise B2: Adding a vCenter Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Exercise B3: Enabling Windows Server for Creating Desktop Pools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Exercise B4: Creating an Events Database. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
Summary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Additional Guides. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Additional Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
Appendix: Terminology Used in This Guide. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
About the Author and Contributors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
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Introduction
Welcome to the Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Installation and Configuration, a
comprehensive technical overview of the View component of VMware Horizon® 7 . The View component
(formerly the product called Horizon View) offers a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and published
applications through Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) . This is done through a single platform,
which simplifies desktop administration and operations and enhances user experience . In comparison to
physical desktops, delivering View virtual desktops from centralized VMware vSphere® servers enhances
security of applications and data and improves IT responsiveness, while reducing costs . The user enjoys
a consistent and responsive experience across devices and locations, while maintaining IT-approved
levels of customization .
JMP – Next-Generation Desktop and Application Delivery Platform
JMP (pronounced jump), which stands for Just-in-Time Management Platform, represents capabilities in
VMware Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition that deliver Just-in-Time Desktops and Apps in a flexible, fast, and
personalized manner . JMP is composed of the following VMware technologies:
• VMware Instant Clone Technology for fast desktop and RDSH provisioning
• VMware App Volumes™ for real-time application delivery
• VMware User Environment Manager™ for contextual policy management
JMP allows components of a desktop or RDSH server to be decoupled and managed independently in a
centralized manner, yet reconstituted on demand to deliver a personalized user workspace when
needed. JMP is supported with both on-premises and cloud-based Horizon 7 deployments, providing a
unified and consistent management platform regardless of your deployment topology. The JMP
approach provides several key benefits, including simplified desktop and RDSH image management,
faster delivery and maintenance of applications, and elimination of the need to manage “full persistent”
desktops.
Purpose of This Guide
The Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Installation and Configuration is one of a series of
guides to help you evaluate the View component of Horizon 7. This guide provides exercises to guide
you through the basic installation and initial configuration process. For an overview of View in Horizon 7,
and information about key features, such as instant clones, Smart Policies, and more, see Additional
Guides.
Important: This guide is designed for evaluation purposes only. It uses the minimum required resources
for a basic deployment and does not explore all possible features. Do not use this evaluation environment as a template for deploying a production environment. To deploy a production environment, see
VMware Horizon 7 Documentation.
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Intended Audience for This Guide
This guide is intended for IT administrators and product evaluators who want to install View in Horizon 7
and deploy a VDI environment. Both current and new users of View can benefit from using this guide.
Familiarity with VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter Server® is assumed. Some familiarity with other
technologies is helpful, including networking and storage in a virtual environment, Active Directory,
identity management, directory services, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), and RSA SecurID.
Before You Begin
This guide is second in the series. We recommend that you follow the guides in order. For information
about all guides in the series, see Additional Guides.
Before you can perform the exercises in this guide, you must have the following infrastructure
components installed and configured:
•VMware vSphere 6.0 Update 1 or later, including VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Update 1 or later
(for more information, see VMware vSphere 6 Documentation)
•VMware ESXi™ host or hosts configured in the vCenter Server instance
•Windows 2012 R2 VM
•An authentication infrastructure that includes Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and Certificate Authority
setup
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Section A: Installation
This section provides exercises to help you evaluate the installation of your View instance. The exercises
are sequential and build upon one another, so make sure to complete each exercise before moving on to
the next. The exercises cover the following topics:
•Exercise A1: Verifying Minimum Installation Requirements
•Exercise A2: Gathering Data Required During Installation
•Exercise A3: Downloading Horizon 7 Installers
•Exercise A4: Installing the View Connection Server
•Exercise A5: Installing a SQL Server Database
•Exercise A6: Installing View Composer
Exercise A1: Verifying Minimum Installation Requirements
Before you begin the installation, make sure that your environment meets the hardware, server, and
installation minimum requirements.
•Infrastructure Requirements
•Network Requirements
•Hardware Requirements
•Operating System Requirements
•VMware Horizon 7 Administrator Console Requirements
Infrastructure Requirements
Verify that your environment includes the following prerequisites before you deploy View:
•VMware vSphere and vCenter Server – To take advantage of the new features of this release, you must
first install and configure VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter Server on your host. Next, you install
the View software on virtual machines, which function as the management components of View. For
up-to-date compatibility information, see VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes.
•Active Directory domain controller – View integrates with your existing Microsoft Active Directory, a
Windows service for authenticating and authorizing users and computers, applying and enforcing
security policies, installing and updating software, and more. View Connection Server joins to Active
Directory and sets up a lightweight directory service instance for the storage of View configuration
information.
•SSL certificate – By default, View includes a self-signed certificate that can be used for testing
purposes. For a production environment, we recommend that you replace the self-signed certificate
with an approved certificate signed by a certificate authority, a trusted entity that issues digital
certificates verifying another digital entity’s identity on the Internet.
•SQL database – If you do not have an existing SQL server, download and install Microsoft SQL Server
Management Studio Express with Tools. Download the Express Advanced version to ensure that you
get both the database and the management tools.
•License – You must have a valid product license key to use View. Obtain and make note of the license
serial number.
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Network Requirements
If you install multiple View Connection Server instances, you must do so in the same physical location,
and connect them over a high-performance LAN to avoid latency issues. At least 1 Gbps network
connectivity between all the required components and desktops is recommended.
Hardware Requirements
Make sure your hardware meets the minimum requirements for View components:
COMPONENT
VIRTUAL CPUs
RAM
View Connection Server
Recommended: 4 vCPUs
Recommended: 12 GB
View Composer
Recommended: 4 vCPUs
Recommended: 12 GB
Table 1: Hardware Requirements
Operating System Requirements
Make sure your operating system meets the requirements for a View deployment:
OPERATING SYSTEM
ARCHITECTURE
EDITION
MINIMUM DISK SPACE
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
64-bit
Standard and Enterprise
40 GB
Windows Server 2012 R2
64-bit
Standard
40 GB
Table 2: Operating System Requirements
VMware Horizon 7 Administrator Console Requirements
VMware Horizon 7 Administrator is a Web-based application that installs when you install View
Connection Server. You can use the Horizon Administrator console for configuration, for many of the
explorations in this guide and the other guides in the series, as well as for analytical activities. Make sure
the client systems that run your Horizon Administrator meet the requirements:
•Browser – Launch Horizon Administrator from a supported browser:
––Internet Explorer 10 or Internet Explorer 11
––Firefox
––Chrome
––Safari 6
––Microsoft Edge (Windows 10)
Note: For more information about supported browser versions, see the Horizon 7 release notes.
•Display – To use Horizon Administrator with your browser, install Adobe Flash Player 10.1 or later.
•Certificates – The Horizon Administrator host must trust the root and intermediate certificates of the
View Connection Server host.
When you finish verifying that your environment meets the minimum requirements, proceed to the next
exercise to gather information needed during installation.
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Exercise A2: Gathering Data Required During Installation
After verifying that your environment meets the hardware, server, and installation minimum
requirements, gather the information needed during the installation process.
1. Gather the following information about your VMware vCenter Server host required when installing
Horizon 7.
VIEW CONNECTION SERVER
CONFIGURATION INFORMATION
vCenter Server host name FQDN
vCenter Server port number
Default: 443
vCenter Server administrator user name
vCenter Server administrator password
2. Gather the following information required when creating virtual machines (VMs) for View Connection
Server and View Composer:
VIEW CONNECTION SERVER
CONFIGURATION INFORMATION
Static IP address configured
Host name of a virtual machine joined to the domain
Virtual machine host name FQDN in DNS with reverse lookup
records defined
Windows Firewall turned on
VIEW COMPOSER
CONFIGURATION INFORMATION
Static IP address configured
Host name of a virtual machine joined to the domain
Virtual machine host name FQDN in DNS with reverse lookup
records defined
Windows Firewall turned on (optional)
ODBC driver installed for your database
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3. Gather the following Active Directory information required when installing Horizon 7.
VIEW
CONFIGURATION INFORMATION
Server name of an Active Directory domain controller in the
environment
FQDN of an Active Directory domain controller in the environment
Active Directory user name with privileges to join computers to the
domain, create and delete computer objects, and write properties in
the domain
4. Gather the following SQL database information required when installing View Composer:
VIEW COMPOSER
CONFIGURATION INFORMATION
IP address for the host of the SQL database
FQDN for the database host
Database instance name
Name of the database for View Composer data
Login credentials with database owner rights on the database
When you finish collecting the required information, proceed to the next exercise to download the
installer files.
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Exercise A3: Downloading Horizon 7 Installers
After gathering the information required for installation, you are ready to download the installation files.
1. On any Web browser, navigate to the Try VMware Horizon for Free page, and under Download
Evaluation Product, click Download Free Trial.
2. In the VMware Horizon 7 Product Evaluation Center, log in. If you do not already have an account,
create one here, and log in.
3. In the VMware Horizon 7 Product Evaluation Center under License Information, make note of the
Horizon 7 Enterprise license.
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4. Under Download Packages, download the following packages, and note where you store them for
reference during the installation process:
•Horizon View Composer
•Horizon View Agent (64-bit)
•Horizon View Connection Server (64-bit)
5. Navigate to Download VMware Horizon Clients and download VMware Horizon Client™ (64-bit).
Note: Horizon Agent and Horizon Client are used in exercises in other guides (see Additional Guides).
When you finish downloading the installer files and recording their location, proceed to the next exercise
to start the installation process.
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Exercise A4: Installing the View Connection Server
After verifying that your environment meets the hardware, server, and other installation minimum
requirements, you can start the installation process by installing the View Connection Server.
Note: In the install wizard file, the View Connection Server is referred to as the VMware Horizon 7
Connection Server.
The View Connection Server acts as a broker for client connections by authenticating and directing
incoming user desktop requests. When you install the View Connection Server, the Horizon
Administrator console is also installed. The Horizon Administrator console is the Web-based
administrative user interface (UI) for the management, provisioning, and deployment of virtual desktops.
As an administrator, you can centrally manage thousands of virtual desktops from a single Horizon
Administrator console.
1. Verify that the virtual machine targeted for the View Connection Server installation meets the
requirements listed in Verifying Minimum Installation Requirements, and log in.
Note: It is recommended that you run a Windows update before installation.
2. Navigate to the View Connection Server installer that you downloaded in Downloading Horizon 7
Installers, and run the installer.
3. When the View Connection Server installation wizard appears, click Next.
Note: In the installation wizard, View Connection Server is called VMware Horizon 7 Connection
Server
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4. In the License Agreement window, review the end-user license agreement, accept the terms and
conditions, and click Next.
5. In the Destination Folder window, accept the default destination, and click Next.
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6. In the Installation Options window, select Horizon 7 Standard Server, select the Install HTML Access
check box to allow Web-browser access to desktops, select the IPv4 protocol, and click Next.
Note: Install all View components with the same IP protocol that you select here.
7. In the Data Recovery window, create a password to protect data backups, and click Next.
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8. In the Firewall Configuration window, accept the default to configure the Windows Firewall
automatically, and click Next.
Note: If there is some reason that you must configure the Windows Firewall manually, select Do not
configure Windows Firewall, configure the Windows Firewall yourself, and click Next.
9. In the Initial Horizon 7 Administrators window, accept the default Authorize the local Administrators
group and click Next.
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10.In the User Experience Improvement Program window, select Participate anonymously in the user
experience improvement program and click Next.
11. Verify your destination folder, and click Install.
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12. In the Installer Completed window, click Finish to complete the installation.
13.On your desktop, verify that a Horizon 7 Administrator Console icon is now displayed.
When you finish the View Connection Server installation process, proceed to the next exercise to install a
SQL Server database.
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Exercise A5: Installing a SQL Server Database
It is recommended that you set up a database on the SQL server before starting this exercise. For the
purposes of this exercise, use the sa account on the SQL server when authenticating.
1. On the SQL server, open SQL Server Management Studio and connect to the SQL Server instance.
2. In the Object Explorer panel, right-click the Databases entry and select New Database.
3. In the New Database dialog box, enter a name in the Database name text box, such as
Composer_Database, and click OK.
For more information, see Add a View Composer Database to SQL Server in View Installation.
When you finish installing the database, proceed to the next exercise to install View Composer.
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Exercise A6: Installing View Composer
After installing the View Connection Server, you can install View Composer, one of the components of
View. View Composer enables you to manage pools of similar desktops, called linked-clone desktops.
Linked-clone desktops can optimize your use of storage space and facilitate updates, and are covered in
another guide (see Additional Guides).
Note: You can install View Composer on either a standalone machine or on the same machine as
vCenter Server, if using the Windows-based version of vCenter Server instead of the appliance. For this
exercise, View Composer is installed on a standalone machine.
1. Verify that the virtual machine targeted for the View Composer installation meets the minimum
requirements, and log in:
a. Requirements listed in Verifying Minimum Installation Requirements
b. Appropriate native SQL driver is installed for your database
2. Navigate to the View Composer installer file, and start it.
3. When the View Composer installation wizard appears, click Next.
Note: In the installation wizard, View Composer is called VMware Horizon 7 Composer.
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4. In the License Agreement window, review and accept the end-user license agreement, and click Next.
5. In the Destination Folder window, accept the default location, and click Next.
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6. In the Database Information window, click ODBC DSN Setup to establish a new Data Source Name
(DSN) to define the connection between View Composer and your database.
7. In the ODBC Data Source Administrator window, under the System DSN tab, click Add.
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8. In the Create New Data Source window, select the driver for the Microsoft SQL Server database
provided with vCenter Server, and click Finish. It is recommended that you install the SQL Server
Native Client 11.0 for this exercise.
9. In the Create a New Data Source to SQL Server window, enter the following information for your data
source, and click Next.
––Name: Unique name that refers to the data source
––Description: Optional
––Server: Identify the SQL Server
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10.In the Create a New Data Source to SQL Server window, enter the SQL Server Login ID and
Password, and click Next.
11. In the Create a New Data Source to SQL Server window, select the Change the default database to
check box, and from the drop-down menu, select the database that you created for View Composer
data, and click Next.
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12.Click Finish.
Note: Additional database options are available for the View Composer database, but not required.
13.In the ODBC Microsoft SQL Server Setup window, click Test Data Source to verify the connection to
the database.
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14.Verify that the test completed successfully, and click OK to continue.
Note: If your connection test was unsuccessful, click OK, and in the next window, click Cancel to go
back and change the parameters in the previous windows. Retest until the test result is successful.
15.Click OK to add the System DSN to your System Data Sources list.
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16.In the ODBC Data Source Administrator window, in the System DNS tab, select the new database,
and click OK.
17. In the Database Information window, enter the user name and password, and click Next.
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18.In the Port Settings window, accept the default SOAP Port for View Composer communication and
click Next.
19.In the Ready to Install window, verify the destination folder, and click Install.
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20. In the Installer Completed window, click Finish.
21.To finalize the installation, click Yes to reboot the virtual machine.
Note: After installing View Composer, you can choose one of the following options to add an extra layer
of security if you are providing external access:
•VMware Access Point™ – Functions as a secure gateway for remote access to View desktops and
applications. You can design a View deployment that uses Access Point for secure external access to
internal Horizon 7 desktops and applications. For more information, see Deploying and Configuring
Access Point.
•Security server – An instance of the View Connection Server that is installed on a separate host to add
another layer of security between the Internet and the internal network. For more information, see View
Installation.
When you have completed the installation process, proceed to Section B for the initial configuration.
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Section B: Initial Configuration
After you have installed the View Connection Server and View Composer, you are ready to configure
View and set up a working environment. This section includes the following exercises:
•Exercise B1: Adding a License
•Exercise B2: Adding a vCenter Server
•Exercise B3: Enabling Windows Server
•Exercise B4: Creating an Events Database (Optional)
Exercise B1: Adding a License
You must have a valid product license key to use View.
1. Log in to the VMware Horizon 7 Administrator console as an administrator.
2. In the Horizon Administrator window under View Configuration on the left, click Product Licensing
and Usage, and under Licensing and Usage on the right, click Edit License.
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3. In the Edit License window, enter your valid license serial number and click OK.
4. In the Licensing panel of Horizon Administrator, verify that the license is enabled.
When you finish enabling your license, proceed to the next exercise to connect the vCenter Server and
configure the View Composer settings.
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Exercise B2: Adding a vCenter Server
After adding the license, you are ready to add a vCenter Server to your View environment, which creates
and manages the VMs used in View desktop pools.
1. Verify that your environment includes the following prerequisites:
––A View Connection Server license (see Adding a License) is in use.
––A vCenter Server account with permissions to create and delete computer objects and write
properties in the domain is available.
––An SSL server certificate (for this exercise, the default certificate is used).
––The View Connection Server trusts the root CA certificate for the server certificate installed on
vCenter Server.
––VMware vCenter Server contains ESXi hosts.
2. In the Horizon Administrator window under View Configuration on the left, click Servers, and in the
Servers pane on the right, click Add.
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3. In the Add vCenter Server window, in the Server address text box on the right, enter the fully
qualified domain name (FQDN) or IP address of your vCenter Server instance, and the username and
password for the administrator on the vCenter Server. Accept the default values for the other
settings, and click Next.
Note: Horizon 7 Composer and View Composer are synonymous.
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4. In the Certificate Information window, review the thumbprint of the default self-signed certificate that
was generated during installation of the vCenter Server, and click Accept.
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5. In the Add vCenter Server window, select Standalone Composer, configure the Composer Settings,
and click Next:
––Server Address: Enter the required server address, either the FQDN or IP address, of your
View Composer virtual machine.
––User name: Enter the user name of your vCenter Server account.
––Password: Enter the password of your vCenter Server account.
––Port: Modify the port value only if you modified it during the View Composer installation.
Otherwise, use the default.
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6. In the Certificate Information window, review the thumbprint of the default self-signed certificate that
was generated during installation, and click Accept.
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7. In the Add vCenter Server window on the left, click View Composer Domains, and in the View
Composer Domains pane on the right, click Add.
8. In the Add Domain window, enter information for all text boxes and click OK.
Note: The user name and password are the credentials for your domain account. This account must
have permission to create computer objects, delete computer objects, and write properties in the
domain or in the OUs (organizational units) you select when creating desktops.
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9. In the Add vCenter Server window, verify the information and click Next.
10.In the Add vCenter Server window, accept the defaults for Storage and click Next.
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11. Review the vCenter Server information, and click Finish.
12. In the vCenter Servers tab, verify the vCenter Server that you just added to your View environment.
When you have finished adding a vCenter Server to your View environment and configuring View
Composer, proceed to the next exercise to enable Windows Server.
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Exercise B3: Enabling Windows Server for Creating Desktop Pools
After adding vCenter Server, you are ready to enable Windows Server to use as a master image for
creating desktop pools. This enables you to use Windows Server 2012 R2 VMs as single-session View
desktops (as well as RDSH servers). Desktop pools provide the advantages of centralized desktop
management, such as applying settings or applications to all desktops in a pool. You can also automate
the process of generating virtual desktops as needed and set parameters so you always have enough
remote desktops for use but never overreach available resources.
Follow these steps with a Windows Server 2012 R2 VM.
1. Verify that the Windows Firewall service is configured to restart after a failure.
2. In Horizon Administrator, under View Configuration on the left, select Global Settings and, in the
General pane, click Edit.
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3. In the General Settings window, select the check box Enable Windows Server desktops, and
click OK.
When you have enabled a Windows Server VM to use as a master image for creating desktop pools,
proceed to the next exercise to create an events database for event logging.
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Exercise B4: Creating an Events Database
After enabling a Windows Server VM, you are ready to create an events database to send View events to
a SQL Server, making the event data available to analytics software.
1. Create a SQL Server database:
a. On the SQL server, open SQL Server Management Studio, and connect to the SQL Server
instance.
b. In the Object Explorer panel, right-click the Databases entry, and select New Database.
c. In the New Database dialog box, enter a name in the Database name text box, such as
ViewEvents, and click OK.
2. Prepare the SQL Server database for event reporting:
a. On the SQL server, open SQL Server Configuration Manager, and expand SQL Server Network
Configuration.
b.Select Protocols for <server_name>.
c. In the list of protocols, right-click TCP/IP, and select Properties.
d. Set the Enabled property to Yes.
e. Verify that a port is assigned to the IPAll IP Address setting. If necessary, assign one (the default
is 1433).
f. Verify that this port is not blocked by a firewall.
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3. Configure the events database in the Horizon Administrator:
a. Configure the database in Horizon Administrator by gathering the following information:
––DNS name or IP address of database server
––Port number used to access the database server (default: 1433)
––Name of events database that you created on the database server
––Username and password of the user you created for this database using SQL Server
Authentication
––A prefix for the tables in the events database, such as VE_. The prefix enables the database to
be shared among View installations.
Note: Enter characters that are valid for the database software. Entering an invalid character
results in an error when View Connection Server attempts to connect to the database server.
b. In Horizon Administrator, select View Configuration > Event Configuration.
c. In the Event Database section, click Edit, enter the information you gathered, and click OK.
d.Select Monitoring > Events to verify that the connection to the events database is successful.
When you have finished setting up the events database, you have completed all of the exercises in this
guide.
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Summary
The Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Installation and Configuration is one of a series of
guides that explore the View component of VMware Horizon 7. This guide provided exercises to walk
you through the installation and configuration processes. For an overview of View in Horizon 7, and for
additional exercises to explore View features such as instant clones, smart policies, and more, see
Additional Guides.
Additional Guides
In addition to the information provided in this guide, you can explore features through practical exercises
in the following guides:
•Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Overview
•Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Preparing Virtual Machines for Desktop Pools
•Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Instant Clones
•Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Desktop Pools
•Quick-Start Guide: Publishing Applications with VMware Horizon 7
•Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Smart Policies
•Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Provisioning Users
Note: For information about features that are not covered in this series of guides, see VMware Horizon 7
Documentation.
Additional Resources
For more information about the View component of VMware Horizon 7, you can explore the following
resources:
•VMware Consulting Professional Services Organization
•VMware Horizon 7 (which includes the View component)
•VMware Horizon 7 Documentation
•VMware Horizon Pricing, Packaging, and Licensing
•VMware Horizon Support Center
•VMware Knowledge Base
•VMware Product Evaluation
•VMware Product Guide
•VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes
•What’s New with VMware Horizon 7 (VMware blog post)
•White papers
•Self-help resources
•VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter Server resources
––Product overview
––Product documentation
––White papers and other resources
•VMware consultation and support
––VMware Horizon Support Center
––VMware Consulting Professional Services Organization
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Appendix: Terminology Used in This Guide
The following terms are used in this guide:
Instant clone A rapidly generated and nonpersistent clone of a running virtual machine.
An instant clone provides users with a virtual desktop in seconds.
Linked clone A copy of a master image that shares virtual disks with it by using a
snapshot. This conserves disk space and ensures all users receive the
same software installation. The master image used by a linked clone is
configured as a virtual machine.
Linked-clone desktopThe user interface of a linked clone which is remotely displayed to a
user, and which provides a nonpersistent environment, that can be
refreshed or recomposed.
Master virtual machine (VM) A single desktop source that is used to deploy a group of virtual
desktops or virtual machines. A master virtual machine is sometimes
referred to as a master image, desktop image, or golden image. In a
physical environment, a master virtual machine can be referred to as a
disk image file.
Recompose A process by which changes are made to a master image, and new
linked clones are created from that revised master image. This allows
administrators to quickly provide an updated virtual desktop to
multiple users at once.
RefreshA process by which a linked clone is reverted to the snapshot it uses. This
removes the current and nonpersistent state, and allows administrators
to easily reset a user’s virtual desktop to a corporate standard.
SnapshotA set of files that contain the entire state of a virtual machine—its
data, memory, and configuration. If you revert to a snapshot, the
current state of the virtual machine is lost, and its saved state is
restored. Multiple snapshots are differential, and have a parent and
child relationship. The files of a child snapshot contain only changes
made to its parent snapshot.
Virtual desktop The user interface of a virtual machine that is made available to an
end user.
Virtual machine A software-based computer, running an operating system or
application environment, that is located in the data center and backed
by the resources of a physical computer.
For more information about terms, see the VMware Technical Publications Glossary.
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About the Author and Contributors
The Reviewer’s Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Installation and Configuration was written by Cindy
Heyer Carroll, Technical Writer, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware, with appreciation
and acknowledgement for considerable contributions from the following subject matter experts:
•Jim Yanik, Senior Manager, End-User-Computing Technical Marketing, VMware
•Graeme Gordon, Senior End-User-Computing Architect, EUC Technical Marketing, VMware
The Reviewer’s Guide for View was originally written by Marilyn Basanta, Group Manager, End-UserComputing Solution Engineering, VMware.
To comment on this paper, contact VMware End-User-Computing Technical Marketing at
euc_tech_content_feedback@vmware.com.
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