Launching Horizon Virtual Desktops from Workspace ONE

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This is a walkthrough of launching a Horizon 8 virtual desktop from Workspace ONE.


  • Log in to Workspace ONE
  • Launch Windows 11 Virtual Desktop

Before You Begin

In order to perform the full end-to-end demo make sure you have the following:

  • A valid account in the VMware TestDrive environment, sign up here if you don't yet have an account.
  • TCP & UDP ports 80, 443, 8443; and if using PCoIP, both TCP & UDP 4172.
  • Latest Horizon Client installed, available via direct download here

Let's get started, open up your favorite web browser and get signed into Workspace ONE at https://testdrive.vidmpreview.com.

Workspace ONE Login

Enter your TestDrive username (username only, not your email address) and password, then hit Sign In.

Workspace ONE Landing Page

You will first be brought to the Favorites section.

Workspace ONE Apps Page

Go to the Apps section at the top of the page.

Scroll to the bottom of the page to Categories and click on Horizon.

Add Horizon Desktop to Favorites

Find TD-WINDOWS11 on the page. Click the star in the lower right corner of the icon to Add to Favorites.

Launch Horizon Desktop

Go back to the Favorites section where you will now see TD-WINDOWS11.

Click on the three dots in the lower right corner of the icon and choose Launch from Client (requires Horizon Client already installed on your local machine) or Launch from Browser to open the virtual desktop in a separate tab.

Launched Desktop

After a few moments, the desktop will launch in the Horizon Client or your web browser.

The desktops in the TD-WINDOWS11 pool have been deployed as non-persistent instant clones, configured with App Volumes writable volumes and Dynamic Environment Manager.

Explore the Horizon Desktop

Explore the Windows 11 virtual desktop functionality and performance.

This Windows 11 virtual desktop has been configured with shortcuts to experience other Digital Workspace Product Walkthroughs such as Accessing the Horizon Administrator Console, vRealize Operations Management Pack for Horizon, and VMware AppVolumes.

Please visit the Digital Workspace Product Walkthroughs page for a complete list of guides.

Additional Notes

This TestDrive activity runs on VMware vSphere 8.0, hosted on a bare metal servers located in USA West Coast.

All servers are powered by Intel(R) Xeon(R) Gold 6330 Processors

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