Launching Virtual Desktops from Horizon Client

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This article will walk you through launching virtual desktops from the Horizon Client.


  • Log into the TestDrive Portal 
  • Launch Horizon Native Client Link
  • Enter TestDrive Account credentials
  • Launch a Windows 11 Virtual Desktop from the America Region

Before You Begin

In order to access the end to end demo please ensure you have the following:

  • A valid account in the VMware TestDrive environment, sign up here if you don't yet have an account
  • Network access from your device and TCP ports 80, 443, 4172, 8443 and UDP ports 443, 4172, 8443 enabled
  • Latest Horizon Clients installed, available via direct download here

Launch Horizon Client From TestDrive Portal

First, navigate to the TestDrive portal at portal.vmtestdrive.com. Ensure you are logged in with your TestDrive account. From the Portal homepage, navigate to the VMware Horizon product tile and click Launch on the right. 

Launch Horizon Client From TestDrive Portal

Under the Native Client section, click on America Region - Standard and vGPU Demo.

If you have the Horizon Client installed, clicking this link will automatically populate your Horizon Client with the URL to the America Region. 

Enter TestDrive Credentials

At the login screen, enter your TestDrive credentials (visible to you when you expand the Horizon product time in the TestDrive Portal) and ensure that the domain is correctly selected as VMWDP. Once you have entered your username and password, click Login.

Choose and Launch a Desktop

There are several desktop pools available in the America Region such as TD-RDS-Desktops (Windows 2022), TD-Windows11, and NVIDIA- VMWARE- VGPU TEST DRIVE (Windows 11).

Double click on the desktop pool you would like to launch.

Example of Desktop in Horizon Client

In the example above, a desktop from the TD-WINDOWS11 pool has been launched from Horizon Client for Mac.

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

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 and VMware Appvolumes.

Additional Walkthrough Guides

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

Walkthrough Summary

Now you know how to launch and open a Horizon Desktop. That's a logical place to stop, let's have a quick recap of what happened!

  • Log into the TestDrive Portal
  • Launch Horizon Native Client Link
  • Enter TestDrive Account credentials
  • Launch a Windows 11 Virtual Desktop from the America Region
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