VMware Horizon 7 Series – Part 1 – Connection Server

In this post we will go trough the installation process of the Horizon 7 connection Server, but before reviewing the install process we will take a look to some requirements for right planning our Horizon Environmen.

Horizon Planning

vCenter Server planning:

  • A single vCenter Server can handle 10,000 VMs. However, this is a single point of failure. VMware recommends separate vCenter servers for each 2,000 VMs. More vCenter Servers means more concurrent vCenter operations, especially if your pools are configured for Refresh on Logoff.
  • Each ESXi cluster is managed by one vCenter Server.
  • Don’t use existing vCenter servers. Build separate vCenter servers for the vSphere clusters that host Agent VMs. Horizon licenses includes vCenter licenses so there’s no excuse to not use separate vCenter servers.

Horizon Composer server planning:

  • Each vCenter Server requires its own View Composer. There’s a one-to-one mapping.
  • View Composer cannot be installed on a Horizon 7 Connection Server.
  • View Composer server with 2vCPU, 4 GB RAM can support up to 2,000 virtual machines with up to 1,000 per pool.
  • View Composer server with 4 vCPU, 10 GB RAM can support up to 10,000 virtual machines with up to 2,000 per pool.

A remote SQL Server is needed for databases:

  • vCenter database
  • Horizon Composer database
  • Horizon Events database
  • Supported SQL versions are listed at pubs.vmware.com.

Horizon Connection Server

The first Horizon Connection Server must be a Standard Server. Subsequent Horizon Connection Servers are Replicas. Once Horizon Connection Server is installed, there is no difference between them.

A production Horizon Connection Server should have 10 GB of RAM and 4 vCPU. Each Horizon Connection Server can handle 2,000 virtual desktops.

  1. Ensure the Horizon Connection Server has 10 GB of RAM and 4 vCPU.
  2. View Composer and Horizon Connection Server cannot be co-installed
  3. Run VMware-viewconnectionserver-x86_64-7.0.1.exe.
  4. In the Welcome to the Installation Wizard for VMware Horizon 7 Connection Server page, click Next.
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  5. In the License Agreement page, select I accept the terms and click Next.
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  6. In the Destination Folder page, click Next.
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  7. In the Installation Options page, select Horizon 7 Standard Server and click Next.
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  8. In the Data Recovery page, enter a password and click Next.
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  9. In the Firewall Configuration page, click Next.
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  10. In the Initial Horizon 7 Administrators page, enter an AD group containing your Horizon administrators and click Next.
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  11. In the User Experience Improvement Program page, uncheck the box and click Next.
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  12. In the Ready to Install the Program page, click Install.
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  13. In the Installer Completed page, uncheck the box next to Show the readme file and click Finish.
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  14. Once installed the login page will be on the desktop or browse to https://servername/admin.  First thing to do will be to add the license, go to View Configuration – Product Licensing and Usage – Edit License 189

Install Replica Server

Additional internal Horizon Connection Servers are installed as Replicas. After installation, there is no difference between a Replica server and a Standard server.

  1. Run VMware-viewconnectionserver-x86_64-7.0.1.exe.
  2. In the Welcome to the Installation Wizard for VMware Horizon 7 Connection Server page, click Next.
  3. In the License Agreement page, select I accept the terms and click Next.
  4. In the Destination Folder page, click Next.
  5. In the Installation Options page, select Horizon 7 Replica Server and click Next.
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  6. In the Source Server page, enter the name of another Horizon Connection Server in the group. Then clickNext.
  7. In the Firewall Configuration page, click Next.
  8. In the Ready to Install the Program page, click Install.
  9. In the Installer Completed page, click Finish.
  10. If you are adding this Replica server to a Pod that is already enabled for Global Entitlements, see Setting up the Cloud Pod Architecture feature on a replicated View Connection Server instance.

 

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