VMware Horizon Cloud Service Components

Horizon Cloud Service consists of the following major components:

  • Infrastructure: You can choose Microsoft Azure infrastructure, VMware cloud-hosted infrastructure, or your own hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI). This guide focuses on the Microsoft Azure infrastructure option.
  • Active Directory: You can choose to deploy AD on premises or in cloud.
  • Image: Also called image template, a desktop or RDSH server image that can be used in a Horizon Cloud Service tenant to create desktop or application assignments. It is used as the base image from which virtual machines (VMs) are cloned.
  • VMware Horizon Client™: Software-based client installed on a desktop, thin client, mobile device, or tablet that facilitates connectivity to Horizon Cloud-hosted desktops and applications.
  • Horizon Cloud Service tenant appliance: A hardened Linux appliance that provides desktop and application brokering, provisioning, and entitlement services. It hosts the end-user and administrative portals.
  • Desktop and services subnets: Unique IP subnets that you assign to allow for desktop, application, and administrative connectivity. The Desktop Zone uses the desktop subnet for virtual desktops and RDSH servers. The Services Zone uses the services subnet for tenant appliances and other utility services.
  • Horizon Cloud Service Control Plane: The central location to conduct all administrative functions and policy management. From the cloud-based control plane, you can manage your RDS farms and assign applications to users and groups from any browser on any machine with an Internet connection. The cloud control plane provides access to manage all Horizon Cloud Service pods deployed into your Microsoft Azure infrastructure in a single, centralized user interface, no matter which regional data center you use.
  • Horizon Cloud Service Administration Console: The web-based portal, a component of the control plane, that you use to provision and manage Horizon Cloud Service desktops and applications, resource entitlements, and images. The Horizon Cloud Service Administration Console provides full life-cycle management of desktops, and Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) through a single, easy-to-use web-based console. Organizations can securely provision and manage desktop models and entitlements, as well as native and remote applications, through the centralized Horizon Cloud Service Administration Console. The Horizon Cloud Service Administration Console also provides usage and activity reports for various user, administrative, and capacity-management activities.
  • VMware Unified Access Gateway: A hardened Linux appliance that allows for secure remote access into the Horizon Cloud Service environment and is part of the Security Zone (for external Horizon Cloud Service access) and the Services Zone (for internal Horizon Cloud Service access).
  • Optional VMware Dynamic Environment Manager (formerly known as User Environment Manager): A scalable management solution that provides personalization of Windows and apps; dynamic policy configuration across virtual, physical, and cloud-based Windows desktop environments, for managing a user’s persona across devices and locations; and privilege elevation to aid in your privilege management strategy. VMware Dynamic Environment Manager seamlessly integrates with Horizon Cloud Service, and provides a consistent user experience across physical, virtual, and cloud-hosted PCs and RD Session Host servers. If you are already using VMware Dynamic Environment Manager on physical or virtual desktops or RD Session Host servers, your knowledge transfers immediately to Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure. For more information, see VMware Dynamic Environment Manager.
  • Optional VMware Workspace ONE: You can choose to deploy a Workspace ONE connector in your data center.
  • Optional True SSO Enrollment server: You can choose to deploy a True SSO Enrollment server in your data center.
  • NEW! VMware Types & Sizes: A new feature to configure a subset of virtual machines (VMs) available for images. Microsoft Azure provides a variety of types of virtual machines (VM) and classifies them based on the memory, storage, and compute types. The length of the list of VMs makes it somewhat unwieldy, so this new feature enables you to select a subset to display to your end users as a pop-up list. During deployment, you can configure the list to include a sub-set of all available types and sizes, and you can change it any time after deployment. For more information, see Sizes for Windows Virtual Machines in Azure.


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