Launching Horizon Resources using HTML Access

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 Internet Explorer 6
  • And finally 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://horizonamer.vmtestdrive.com
APAC - https://horizonapac.vmtestdrive.com
EMEA - https://horizonemea.vmtestdrive.com

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

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You should now be prompted to enter your credentials

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Enter your VMWDEMO username and password and click "log in"

Entering your username and password

Enter your VMWDEMO username and password in the format

username: {your_username}
password: {your_password}
domain:	  VMWDEMO

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

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

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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

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

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Let's fire up Internet Explorer 6 in our little browser party! This is a ThinApp version being delivered via RDS Published Applications!

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

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

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

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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 Internet Explorer 6
  • And finally launch Microsoft Word, all from our Chrome tab!

 

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