Exercise B2: Binding to the Active Directory Domain

Machine creation and domain join operations are automated by Horizon Cloud Service. The domain bind operation must be performed on the pod before creating images and farms. You have several Active Directory domain configurations to choose from. For more information about these options, see Getting Started with VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure.

1. Get Started

To complete the Active Directory configuration, provide information about the domain and accounts used for domain operations.

  1. In the Horizon Cloud Service Administration Console, in the navigation pane on the left, click Settings.
  2. Click Getting Started.
  3. In the Getting Started wizard, locate the Microsoft Azure 1 Pod added.
  4. Click General Setup to expand the fields.

2. Configure Active Directory

  1. Under General Setup, locate the Active Directory panel.
  2. On the far right, click Add.

3. Register Active Directory

  1. In the Register Active Directory window, provide information about the domain and accounts used for domain operations.
    • NETBIOS Name: Enter the Active Directory domain name.
    • DNS Domain Name: Enter the fully qualified Active Directory domain name.
    • Protocol: Accept the LDAP default.
    • Bind Username: Enter the user account in the domain to use as the primary LDAP bind account.
    • Bind Password: Enter the password associated with the Bind Username.
    • Auxiliary Account #1: In the Bind Username and Bind Password fields, enter a user account in the domain to use as the auxiliary LDAP bind account and its associated password.
    • For more information, see VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure Administration Guide.
  2. In the lower right corner, click Domain Bind.

4. Provide Domain Join Details

  1. After configuration is complete, in the Domain Join window, provide the required data.
    • Primary DNS Server IP: Enter the IP address of the primary DNS Server.
      Note: This DNS server must be able to resolve machine names inside of your Microsoft Azure cloud as well as resolve external names.
    • Join Username: Enter the user account in the Active Directory that has permissions to join systems to that Active Directory domain.
    • Join Password: Enter the password associated with the Join Username.
    • Secondary DNS Server IP (Optional): Enter the IP of a secondary DNS Server.
  2. In the lower right corner, click Save.

5. Add the Administrator

  1. In the Add Administrator window, select an Active Directory User Group
  2. In the lower right corner, click Save.

Note: Add the Active Directory group that includes the domain-join account, as described in the prerequisites. This action grants this group permissions to perform management actions in the Administration Console.

6. Notice Change in Login Windows

  1. When you finish registering the pod with your Active Directory domain, the system returns you to the login window.
  2. In the login window, you must log back in, first with your My VMware account, and then with the Active Directory credentials in the group that you just assigned.

7. Join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program

  1. With the Horizon Cloud Service pod deployed and the bind operation complete, you can move the Yes/No slider to choose whether or not to join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program.
  2. In the lower right corner, click Save.

For more information, see VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure Administration Guide, and search the guide for Register Your First Active Directory Domain.

After deploying the Horizon Cloud Service pod and completing the bind operation, proceed to the next section to create golden images.

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