Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure - Desktops and Apps

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

Overview


  • Log in to Testdrive Portal
  • Launch the Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure and Applications User Portal from the Digital Workspace tab on the dashboard
  • Login to the Horizon Cloud Desktop User Portal
  • Connect to available Horizon Cloud Desktops and Apps from the portal

Before You Begin


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 by turning on the service at portal.vmtesdrive.com
  • 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 Microsoft Azure, 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 Azure-RDS-Word 2016.

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Microsoft Word launches in the browser.  Feel free to add your own text, shapes, and graphs, using it just as you normally would a natively installed version of Word.

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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 Azure-RDS-Desktop.

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

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

Walkthrough Summary

  • Log in to TestDrive Portal
  • Launch the Horizon Cloud User Portal from My Products > Digital Workspace
  • 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 TestDrive.

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