Install Horizon 6 – Part 1 – Connection Server

First of all, what is VMware Horizon? It’s a suite of products which covers both virtual desktops, physical desktops, RDS hosts and virtual applications

Previously named VMware View then Horizon View, the new release is now just Horizon 6

VMware Horizon is available in 3 editions: Standard, Advanced and Enterprise ((Feature comparison http://www.vmware.com/products/horizon-view/compare.html)

Horizon View Standard simply provides virtual desktops via View like it always used to. However it also includes View Composer, licensing for vSphere/vCenter Desktop and ThinApp (like was the case with the old View Premier edition).

he Advanced and Enterprise editions add features such as RDS hosted applications, VSAN and vCOps monitoring amongst other features such as physical desktop image management (aka Mirage).

To implement Horizon, several components need to be installed and configured. First step is the Connection Server installation.

Prerequisites

Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 R2 domain joined.

The View Connection Server can be physical or virtual. (Ideally virtual to get the benefits of HA and DRS)

Processor:
Pentium IV 2.0GHz Processor or Higher (Recommended: 4 vCPUs for 50 desktops or more)

Memory:
4 GB RAM or higher (Recommended: 10GB vRAM for 50 desktops or more)

Networking:
1Gbps vNIC

Note: Horizon View 6.0 works with vCenter 5.5 U1 (but does not work with 5.5). It also works with 5.1 and 5.0 U1+ (If in doubt always refer to the VMware Product Interoperability Matrixes http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php)

Installation

Run the file VMware-viewconnectionserver-x86_64-6.0.0-xxxxxxx.exe to start the installation.

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Click on Next to run the wizard

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Accept EULA and click on Next

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Select the installation path and then click Next.

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Since this is the first server in our network, select View Standard Server. (In case we need to add additional servers, we should selct View Replica Server). Click Next to continue

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Enter a strong password for the Data Recovery password. This password is used to restore View ADAM database backups.

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If Windows firewall is active, select option Configure Windows Firewall automatically

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Select which AD group or user will have access to View console. Click on Next

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Tick the checkbox if you want to participate in the User Experience Improvement Program. Click on Next to go on.

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Click on Install to begin the installation

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At the end of the install process, click Finish to close the wizard

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To access the Horizon administrator console, open your browser and type the address http://server_IP_address/admin.

Insert username and password and click Login

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Main Horizon View Administrator screen is opend

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Click Edit license button and type the license received from VMware. Click OK to confirm.

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Horizon 6 is now active and we can proceed with install part 2: View Composer

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