Configure Load Balancing for Horizon Farms

Load balancing sessions across the RDS hosts in a Horizon farm improves utilization of resources, resulting in a better end user experience.

You can configure load balancing for RDS hosts by configuring load balancing settings in Horizon Administrator or by creating and configuring load balancing scripts.

In this lesson you will configure load balancing settings for an existing RDS farm.

Authenticate to the Horizon Admin Console

Launch Browser

  1. From the Desktop of the Main Console, double-click Google Chrome

Navigate to Horizon Administrator

  1. Select Horizon from the bookmarks bar
  2. Select Horizon-01-NewAdminConsole

Note - This bookmark opens the new Horizon Console. Configuring load balancing for RDS hosts currently requires the use of Horizon Administrator.

Modify the URL

  1. Select the portion of the URL: newadmin/#/login
  2. Replace the text with admin and press Enter

Authenticate to Horizon Administrator

  1. User name: administrator
  2. Password: VMware1!
  3. Click Log in
  1. Start on the Dashboard
  2. Navigate to RDS Farms > RDSH-01 and select the RDS host RDSH1
  3. Note the Server Load Index is currently set to -1
  4. Select OK

Horizon 7 calculates the Server Load Index based on the load balancing settings you configure in Horizon Administrator. The Server Load Index indicates the load on the server. The Server Load Index can range from 0 to 100, where 0 represents no load and 100 represents full load. A Server Load Index of -1 indicates that load balancing is disabled.

Configure RDS Load Balancing on the RDSH-01 Farm

Horizon 7.8 introduced a number of improvements to RDS host load balancing. In the following steps you will configure load balancing settings using sample values. The ideal values for your Horizon implementation may differ.

  1. Select Farms
  2. Select farm RDSH-01
  3. Select Edit
  4. Select Load Balancing Settings

Enter Load Balancing Sample Settings

  1. Click the ? icons to learn more about each of the load balancing settings
  2. Enter the load balancing settings sample values
  3. Select OK

Review Updated Server Load Index

  1. Select Dashboard
  2. Navigate to RDS Farms > RDSH-01 and select the RDS host RDSH1
  3. Note the Server Load Index has changed to reflect the current load on the server.
    Note - The actual value of the Server Load Index will vary from this screen shot, as the value is being dynamically populated.
  4. Select OK

By default, the CPU, Memory and Disk statistics are collected every 30 seconds. If you wait a few seconds and again select the RDSH1 RDS host, you should see the Server Load Index value change again.

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