Horizon Cloud on IBM Cloud - Desktops and Apps

In this quick walkthrough we're going show you how to access Horizon Cloud Service on IBM Cloud - Desktops and Applications from the TestDrive environment

Walkthrough Summary

  • Log in to TestDrive Portal
  • Launch the Horizon Cloud Desktop User Portal from the launch section of your dashboard
  • Login to the Horizon Cloud Desktop User Portal
  • Connect to available Horizon Cloud Desktops and Apps from the portal

In order to access the Horizon Cloud Desktop User Portal and launch desktops and applications, 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
  • Activated Horizon Cloud for your account within the TestDrive portal
  • Latest Horizon Clients installed, available via direct download here
  • Network access from your device and TCP & UDP ports 80, 443, 4172 and 8443 enabled

OK let's go, open your favorite web browser and navigate to the TestDrive Portal at:

https://portal.vmtestdrive.com
	

Once you've logged in, select Digital Workspace under My Products. Then scroll down to Horizon Cloud and click Launch.

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On the pop-up menu, under IBM Cloud, select Desktops and Apps from either Browser or Native Client.  Make sure you have the latest Horizon Client installed if choosing choosing Native Client.

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In the steps below, we have chosen to Launch via Browser.  You will be directed to the Horizon Cloud Desktop User Portal. Enter your TestDrive credentials, making sure the domain is set to VMWTD.

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Once logged in you will see your available VDI desktops, RDS desktops and applications. Clicking on a desktop or application will launch it in the HTML 5 browser. Launch IBM-HCS-paint.NET

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Paint.NET launches in the browser.  Feel free to draw on the canvas and use it just as you normally would a natively installed version of Paint.NET.

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In order to launch other applications or a desktop, click the sidebar tab on the left to expand the HTML Access UI.  In the next example, we will click on the IBM-HCS-RDS desktop.

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The RDSH Desktop will launch and you can now launch Google Chrome and other applications inside the desktop.

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This completes the TestDrive Horizon Cloud on IBM Cloud experience.  Let's have a quick recap of what happened!

Walkthrough Summary

  • Log in to TestDrive Portal
  • Launch the Horizon Cloud User Portal from the launch section of your dashboard
  • Login to the Horizon Cloud User Portal
  • Connect to available Horizon Cloud Desktops and Applications from the portal

Check out the  TestDrive Support KB for further walkthroughs, FAQs and information regarding the VMware Global Demo Environment.

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