TestDrive

Launching Horizon Resources using HTML Access

Updated

In this quick walkthrough we're going to demo Horizon 7 HTML Access.

Overview

  • We will connect to the Horizon HTML Access Portal and log in
  • Launch Firefox
  • Launch Microsoft Word, all from our Chrome tab!

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
  • Network access from your device and TCP ports 80, 443 and 8443 enabled
  • An appropriate HTML 5 web browser, Google Chrome is preferred

Let's get started, open up your web browser and navigate to your preferred Horizon Connection Manager URL

AMER - https://horizon.testdrive.vmware.com
APAC - https://horizonapac.testdrive.vmware.com
EMEA - https://horizonemea.testdrive.vmware.com </p>

Once connected you should see a couple of options to log in, we want to select "VMware Horizon HTML Access"

You should now be prompted to enter your credentials

Enter your TestDrive username and password in the format:

<p>username: {your_username}
password: {your_password}
domain:	  VMWTD </p>

*NOTE you may also enter your username in the format {username}@vmwtd.com if you prefer

Now once you've filled in your credentials, click Login. 

Once logged in you will see your Horizon VDI desktops and published apps available to launch in the America region, let's begin by launching Firefox.

Firefox should load and we can interact with the app, once you're done click on the sidebar tab to open up the HTML access UI

Here we can see the sidebar and the running apps (Firefox at the moment)

Now finally let's bring up the sidebar again and launch Microsoft Word

Once that's launched you can play around in the app and switch between your running Horizon resources, all in your Chrome browser tab!

Once you're done, you can select the sidebar one last time and logout of your running apps

That's a logical place to stop, let's have a quick recap of what happened!

Walkthrough Summary

  • We will connect to the Horizon HTML Access Portal and log in
  • Launch Firefox
  • Launch Microsoft Word, all from our Chrome tab!
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