Horizon Cloud on IBM Cloud - Administration Console

In this quick walkthrough we're going show you how to access and navigate the Horizon Cloud on Hosted Infrastructure - Administration Console

Walkthrough Summary

  • Log in to TestDrive Portal
  • Launch the appropriate Horizon Cloud Administration Console from the nav bar in the portal
  • Login to the console and explore the following sections
  • Searching for Users and Virtual Machines
  • Accessing the monitoring dashboard to see status and user activity
  • Configuring desktop and application assignments
  • Inventory for applications, virtual machines, image publishing and capacity

In order to access the Horizon Cloud Administration Console 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

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, click Admin Console

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You will be directed to the Horizon Cloud Administration Console in a separate browser window, login with your TestDrive credentials on the VMWTD domain.

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Once logged in you will land on the Getting Started page. This provides a step by step walkthrough in setting up the Horizon Cloud environment. Select the different sections such as Desktop Assignment and Application Assignment in order to see the the applicable steps.

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Now, let's look at the Dashboard, from the left navigation pane click on Monitor then select Dashboard.

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The Dashboard displays Capacity, Utilization, and session Activity numbers. Let's try checking out the search and looking up some Users and VMs. Click on the Search icon.

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Type your username, ensure USERS is selected and see the real time results list populate. Select your username. 

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Your user account will display. Checkout the different sections showing your Sessions, Assignments and recent Activity.

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Close this window and click search again, this time select the VMS option and search for a running VM such as "win". Click on one of the VMs displayed.

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The resulting VM will be displayed. Select the VM and then the ellipsis button to show the available actions to perform. Select Summary to see the assignment information. 

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The Summary page displays information about the current Assignment, such as Default Protocol, Image Type, Desktop Model, Capacity, Image and Users assigned. From the left navigation pane, click on Assign.

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The Assignments page lists the current Desktop and Application Assignments. Select an Assignment, such as the Floating Desktop, and click Edit.

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The settings page for the Assignment opens. Take a look at the different settings that can be set such as Desktop Type, Model, Network, Assignment Name, Protocol, Capacity, etc. After reviewing it, click Cancel.

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Select the Applications Assignment and click Edit.

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The settings page for the Assignment opens. Take a look at the Assignment Name that can be set. After reviewing it, click Next.

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This page shows the Applications that are available to be entitled and presented to end users. Click Next.

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This page shows Users that are available to be entitled to the Assignment by searching Active Directory for Users/User Groups. The current entitlement is listed under the Selected Users/User Groups. Click Cancel.

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Once you are finished here, from the left navigation pane, click on Inventory and then select Applications

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The list of the currently available Applications are displayed. These are auto populated from the Image used to create the RDSH Server(s). To create a new Application, specifically a Custom Application, select New.

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The two types of Applications are displayed. Select Manually from Farm for a custom application.

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The New Application window opens. Take a look at the different configuration settings for creating a Custom Application. Once done click Cancel.

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Once you are finished here, from the left navigation pane, click on Inventory and then select Images

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The available images in the environment are displayed. These could be images for VDI Desktops and RDSH Servers. 

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Once you are finished here, from the left navigation pane, click on Inventory and then select Capacity

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The Capacity page displays the current capacity of the environment. It shows how much Standard Desktop Capacity is being used based on what has been provisioned along with how much is available. 

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This wraps up the Horizon Cloud on IBM Cloud Admin console TestDrive.  Let's have a quick recap of what happened!

Walkthrough Summary

  • Log in to Testdrive Portal
  • Launch the appropriate Horizon Cloud console from the nav bar in the portal
  • Login to the console and explore the following sections
  • Searching for Users and Virtual Machines
  • Accessing the monitoring dashboard to see status and user activity
  • Configuring desktop and application pool properties
  • Inventory for applications, virtual machines, image publishing and capacity

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

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