Hands-on Labs Interactive Simulation: Console Overview

This part of the lab is presented as a Hands-on Labs Interactive Simulation. This will allow you to experience steps which are too time-consuming or resource intensive to do live in the lab environment. In this simulation, you can use the software interface as if you are interacting with a live environment.

  1. Click here to open the interactive simulation. It will open in a new browser window or tab.
  2. When finished, click the “Return to the lab” link to continue with this lab.

The lab continues to run in the background. If the lab goes into standby mode, you can resume it after completing the module.

The Administrator Console  is accessed using the URL of your tenant.   A tenant is simply your Horizon Cloud environment.

Roles and Permissions

There are two built-in roles provided in the Horizon Cloud environment.  The first one is the Super-Administrator.  Super Administrator has access to view all the options within the tenant as well as apply any configuration changes.  It is mandatory that a minimum of one Active Directory group is assigned to this role.  In this case,  the Tenant Admins group has been assigned to the Super Administrator Role.  

There is also an optional role, Demo Administrator.  This role also also has the ability to view all the options within the console, but does not have the ability to save configuration changes.  

Set Infrastructure

Infrastructure are file shares used to import data into Horizon Cloud from your environment.  There are two different types of file shares that support various functions, Agents and Application/Images.  Application/Images are used to store AppStacks created by VMware  App Volumes.  Agents are used to house agent software updates.  Once the location has been defined, the agent is available on the Assignments page.

Confirm the Agents share is now listed with a status of green.  Once the agent files are available, you can assign them to an image by navigating to the Assignments window.  Starting with Horizon Cloud 17.1 you can apply agent updates using the Horizon Cloud user interface as well.

Set Default View

The default view when you log into Horizon Cloud is the Getting Started page.  You can also choose to have the Dashboard as your default page.

The Getting Started page can be turned on or off at any time.

Utility VMs

In Horizon Cloud on IBM Cloud, VMware provides a Utility Server as part of the service that can be used to host AD functionality (Domain Controller, DHCP, DNS) as well as Dynamic Environment Manager configuration shares. You can also purchase additional storage to add to the Utility server. For more details please refer to latest version the Service Description of the Service

2 Factor Authentication

Horizon Cloud supports both RSA SecureID as well as Radius Authentication for users that reside on your internal network.  Though we do not cover 2FA in this lab, information on how to configure it can be found in the 2 Factor Authentication section of the Horizon Cloud on IBM Cloud Administration guide.


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