Exercise A2: Creating the VNet

You can deploy a Horizon Cloud Service pod to an existing virtual network (VNet), or create a new VNet. But before you create a VNet, verify that your environment meets the prerequisites listed in VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure Requirements Checklist. For more information, see Getting Started with VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure.

This exercise describes how to create a new VNet where Active Directory services are available. Microsoft Azure automatically creates the necessary subnets in the VNet using CIDR blocks that you provide. Horizon Cloud Service automates machine creation and domain join operations, and requires access to a VNet with AD services. A set of resource groups in your Microsoft Azure capacity is also automatically created. Resource groups organize the assets that the environment needs, such as virtual subnets and VMs for the Unified Access Gateway, RDS-enabled server images, RDSH farms, and so on.

1. Log in to Microsoft Azure

  1. Log in to your existing Microsoft Azure deployment.
  2. Make sure to use a subscription that provides IaaS capacity.

2. Add a New Virtual Network

  1. In the navigation bar on the left, select Virtual Networks.
  2. Click Add to create a VNet.

3. Provide Data for New VNet

  1. In the Create Virtual Network pane, provide the following information:
    • Name: Enter a name to distinguish this VNet from others.
    • Address space: Accept the default, or enter an address range.
    • Subscription: Select from the drop-down menu.
    • Resource group: Select an existing resource group, or create a new one when the virtual network is created.
    • The value should not be empty: Create a new resource group or use an existing one.
    • Location: From the drop-down menu, select the region where you plan to deploy the Horizon Cloud Service pod.
    • Subnet Name: Accept the default. Horizon Cloud Service automates the creation of the necessary subnets using the CIDR blocks previously provided.
    • Address range: Accept the default.
    • Service endpoints: Accept the default.
  2. In the lower right corner, click Create.
  3. Wait until the creation process is complete, and the VNet is created.

4. Creating the VNET

After creating the VNET, you must update it to add a Service Endpoint. To do this:

  1. Navigate to the VNET you created, and in the left pane under Settings, click Service Endpoints.
  2. Click Add.
  3. From the pane on the right, select Microsoft.Sql to add it.

5. Add a service endpoint

  1. Under Settings, select Service endpoints.
  2. In the middle pane, click Add.
  3. In the Add a service endpoints pane on the right, under Service, select Microsoft.Sql.

Note: The SQL component is required for regular backups of the pod configuration, and the HA feature too.

For more information, see VMware Horizon Cloud Service Deployment Guide, in the search field select Book, and search the guide for Configure the Required Virtual Network in Microsoft Azure.

After creating the VNET, proceed to the next section to configure bi-directional VNET peering.

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