Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure - Administration Console

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

Overview


  • Log in to TestDrive Portal
  • Launch the Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure Administration Console from the Digital Workspace section of My Products 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, and image publishing

Before You Begin


In order to access the Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure 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 at portal.vmtestdrive.com
  • 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 Microsoft Azure, click Admin Console

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You will be directed to the Horizon Cloud Desktop User Portal. You will first need to login with a My VMware AccountDO NOT use your own My VMware Account!

Use the provided TestDrive account credentials below.

Username:  testdrive@vmware.com | Password:  HorizonCloud1!

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 On the next screen, for Active Directory credentials, enter your own TestDrive credentials, making sure the domain is set to VMWTD

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Once logged in you will land on the Dashboard page. The Dashboard displays the current Health status of the deployment, current Utilization, Sessions, and Connection Statistics.

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Now, let's look at the Getting Started page, from the left navigation pane click on Settings > Getting Started.

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This provides a step by step walk-through in setting up the Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure environment. Select the different sections such as Desktop Assignment and Application Assignment in order to see the applicable steps.

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Let's try checking out the search and looking up some Users and VMs. Click on the Search here section.

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Ensure Users is selected, then start typing in your username.  Select your username from the results.

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Your user account will display. Check out the different sections showing your Sessions, Assignments, etc.

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Close this window and click search again, this time select the VMs option and search for a running VM by entering "hc-". Click on one of the VMs displayed.

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The resulting VM will be displayed. Select Summary to see the Farm information. 

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The Summary page displays information about the current Farm, such as Preferred Protocol, Image Type, Model, Image, and Farm Size. From the left navigation pane, click on Assignments.

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On the left navigation pane, click on Assignments.  This section lists the current RDSH, and VDI desktop and Application Assignments. Select an Assignment, such as the Windows 10 Multisession Desktop, 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, then 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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On the Assignments, select an Applications assignment.

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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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The Assignments page also lists the current VDI desktop (in this example, Type = Floating Desktop - Traditional Clone). VDI is a great option when end-users require an isolated desktop to make independent changes on their individual machine, or when sensitive data is being accessed. Hit the NEW button.

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Hit the SELECT button.

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The settings page for the Assignment opens. In the VDI desktop assignment, both dedicated and floating desktops are supported. Take a look at the desktop Model that can be set, then click CANCEL.

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Select the current Win10 Floating Desktop Assignment then hit EDIT.

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You can see the various settings that have been configured for this VDI assignment.

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Hit NEXT to see the Management page.

This page shows the schedule-based power management options under Schedule Power Management.  Here you can optionally configure schedules to adjust the minimum number of desktop instances available during the specified time period on a recurring weekly basis.

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Click Cancel.

Once you are finished exploring the Assignments section, 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 Farm used to create the RDS desktops. To create a new Application, specifically a Manual Application, select New.

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The two ways of adding Applications are displayed. Hit Select under Manually from Farm for a manually specified application.

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

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From the left navigation pane, click on Inventory and then select Images (Microsoft Azure)

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The available images in the environment are displayed. These could be images for RDS Desktop, VDI Desktop, and Application Farms. 

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This wraps up the Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure 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 Digital Workspace section of My Products 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, and image publishing

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

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