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.

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-AdminConsole

Authenticate to Horizon Administrator

  1. User name: administrator
  2. Password: VMware1!
  3. Click Sign in

Open Dashboard and View System Health

  1. Click on Dashboard to open the Horizon Dashboard
  2. Click View under System Health

RDS Farms

  1. Click on RDS Farms
  2. Click RDSH-01

View Details for RDSH-01

  1. Scroll down on the right side
  2. Scroll all the way to the right
  3. View Load Index and notice that Load Balancing is Disabled
  4. Click OK

Horizon 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.

  1. Click on Farms
  2. Click on the RDSH-01 Farm

Load Balancing Details

On the summary page for RDSH-01 scroll down to the Load Balancing Settings.  Notice that no settings are configured.

Edit RDSH-01 Farm

Click on Edit to modify the RDSH-01 Farm

Edit Load Balancing Settings

  1. Click on Load Balancing Settings
  2. Click to uncheck the Use Custom Script option
  3. Click to check the Include Session Count option

Review Load Balancing Options

  1. Click the ? icons to learn more about each of the load balancing settings

Enter Load Balancing Settings

Enter the following values:

  1. CPU Usage Threshold:  90
  2. Memory Usage Threshold:  90
  3. Click OK

Open Dashboard and View Updated Load Index

  1. Click on Dashboard to open the Horizon Dashboard
  2. Click View under System Health

RDS Farms

  1. Click on RDS Farms
  2. Click RDSH-01

View Details for RDSH-01

  1. Scroll down on the right side
  2. Scroll all the way to the right
  3. Note the Server Load Index has changed to reflect the current load on the server.
    1. 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

This is the end of the exercise "Configure RDSH Load Balancing"

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