Launching Virtual Desktops from Horizon Client

This article will walk you through launching virtual desktops from the Horizon Client.

Overview


  • Log into the TestDrive Portal 
  • Launch Horizon Native Client Link
  • Enter TestDrive Account credentials
  • Launch a Windows 10 Virtual Desktop from the America Region

Before You Begin


In order to access the end to end demo 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
  • Network access from your device and TCP ports 80, 443, 4172, 8443 and UDP ports 443, 4172, 8443 enabled
  • Latest Horizon Clients installed, available via direct download here

First, navigate to the TestDrive portal at portal.vmtestdrive.com. Ensure you are logged in with your TestDrive account. From the Portal homepage, navigate to Horizon and click "Launch" on the right. 

Click the region you want to connect to from the list under the Native Client header. Let's connect to the America Region. 

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If you have the Horizon Client installed, clicking this link will automatically populate your Horizon Client with the URL to the America Region. 

When prompted by Horizon Client, enter your TestDrive credentials and ensure that the domain is correctly selected as VMWTD. Once you have entered your username and password, click Login.

HorizonAmericaRegion-HorizonClient.jpgThere are several desktop pools available in the America Region such as RDS (Windows 2016), vSAN (Windows 2016), Windows 10, VMware & NVIDIA GRID Test Drive Desktop (Windows 10), and Ubuntu Linux.

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Double click on the desktop pool you would like to launch. In the example below, a desktop from the TD-WINDOWS10 pool has been launched from Horizon Client for Mac.

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The desktops in the TD-WINDOWS10 pool have been deployed as non-persistent linked clones, configured with App Volumes writable volumes and DEM (Dynamic Environment Manager).

Explore the Windows 10 virtual desktop functionality and performance.

This Windows 10 virtual desktop has been configured with shortcuts to experience other Digital Workspace Product Walkthroughs such as Accessing the Horizon Administrator Console, vRealize Operations for Horizon Overview, and VMware Appvolumes - Writable Volumes and Appstacks.  

Please visit the Digital Workspace Product Walkthroughs page for a complete list of guides.

Now you know how to launch and open a Horizon Desktop. That's a logical place to stop, let's have a quick recap of what happened!

Walkthrough Summary

  • Log into the TestDrive Portal 
  • Launch Horizon Native Client Link
  • Enter TestDrive Account credentials
  • Launch a Windows 10 Virtual Desktop from the America Region

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