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Installing VMware Horizon Workspace Part 2

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Welcome to Part 2 of the VMware Horizon Workspace installation and configuration.

Start your favorite browser and navigate to https://{} (in my case: https://connection-va.gehring.lab)

Welcome Screen

Begin with the Setup Wizard

Paste your License Key provided by VMware and define your default admin account. The Admin account is a special account outside your active directory. If your connection to active directory gets broken you can use this account. You will also need this account accessing Horizon Workspace Administrator Web Interface.


During the next step you need to setup the database connection. For demo and PoC purposes you can use the internal Database. For production environments you will need a external database.


Horizon Workspace needs to sync user accounts with your LDAP directory service. In most customer situations Microsoft Active Directory is the primary directory to store account attributes. The following screenshot shows the LDAP settings for my home lab. For those of you who are not so familiar with LDAP, I recommend LDAP Browser. You can download a full working trial version here:

LDAP config

Important: The Admin user you’re going to specify in Bind DN will become the Administrator for your Horizon Workspace deployment.

In the next step you need to map the LDAP user attributes to Horizon workspace. If you are using Microsoft Active Directory you should click Next.


The next screen is responsible for selecting filtered users excluding from Horizon Workspace.


Add the group information from your directory that you want to import to Horizon Workspace during the synchronization process.

Selecting Groups


Schedule a synchronization to run frequently. Wait until the sync is completed. In case of large enterprise the synchronization could take a a few minutes.



The Setup wizards displays the SSL certificate and the private key for external access service. Copy and Paste the certificates for later usage.

Enable the modules you’d like to offer to your users. Conduct the Admin Guide for detailed informations about the module.


Now you can access the Horizon Workspace using username and password to verify the initial configuration.

Written by Christian Gehring

February 27th, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Installing VMware Horizon Workspace Part 1

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Before deploying Horizon Workspace ensure that you have a minimum of 6GB RAM and 32GB Storage available. You may need additional storage for the data appliance.

Create DNS Records

An IP address with reverse lookup (PTR) and a DNS entry must be available for each virtual appliance. I am using Microsoft DNS on my Windows 2008R2 Active Directory Controller in my lab. Create a new A records in your forward lookup zone for each virtual appliance.
Note: Mark the “Create associated pointer (PTR) record” to create a linked PTR record in your Reverse Lookup Zone.


Check you newly created DNS configuration using nslookup.


Note: DNS must be working properly, otherwise the configuration will fail !

Create Resource and IP Pool

Create a new Resource Pool using vSphere Client. If not already available, you need to create a new IP Pool. Ensure that your DNS configuration matches with the IP Pools properties.

Deploy Horizon Workspace

Horizon Workspace is OVA packaged as a multi-virtual machine vApp. It can be directly deployed to VMware vCenter. The vApp includes five virtual appliances.

1. configurator-va (Horizon Workspace Configurator virtual appliance)

  • The initial configurations tasks are performed by the configurator-va. All configurations are distributed to the other virtual appliances in the vApp.

2. service-va (Horizon Workspace Manager virtual appliance)

  • Provides the Web Interface to administer user, groups and resources.

3. connector-va (Horizon Workspace Connector virtual appliance)

  • This va is responsible for user authentication, directory synchronization, ThinApp catalog loading and View pool synchronization

4. data-va (Horizon Workspace Data virtual appliance)

  • This virtual appliance manages the 100% on premise solution for controlling user based files. Similar like Dropbox.

5. gateway-va (Horizon Workspace Gateway virtual appliance)

  • Is the single endpoint for all end user communication.

In vSphere Client go to File > Deploy OVF Template and respond to the wizard prompts. Select Power On After Deployment at the end of the wizard.


Open the console of the configurator-va and follow the installation instructions. The configurator-va is verifying your network configuration. If your DNS and reverse lookup configuration is incorrect the installation will fail and you have to fix your DNS issues first. If anything went well you’ll get the following screen.

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The wizard continues and you need to enter the following informations:

  • Global Root password for all virtual appliances
  • SMTP Server Name and Port (If you do not have SMTP in you lab you can specify any external SMTP Server for testing purposes)
  • External Gateway Name and Port
  • vCenter IP Address, Port, Admin User and Password
Now you can have a cup coffee, whilst the Horizon Workspace environment is getting configured.


After the wizard has completed you will get the Success page with the URL of the Horizon Workspace Root CA. I suggest to download the PEM file with your favorite browser.



Congratulation ! You’ve finished the Part 1 of the Installation.

Written by Christian Gehring

February 27th, 2013 at 9:19 am

VMware Horizon Application Manager Installation Tutorial

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Techrepublic have published a quick tutorial on setting up VMware Horizon Application Manager. 


Written by Christoph Harding

January 24th, 2013 at 10:32 am

VMware Horizon Workplace app 1.0.0-949721 available at the AppStore

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VMware has published the VMware Horizon Workplace app to the Apple AppStore.

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Source (Screenshots): Apple AppStore

VMware Horizon Workspace for iOS enables secure, anywhere access to files, applications and View Desktops from any device. To use VMware Horizon Workspace you need an account on your company’s internal VMware Horizon Workspace system, please contact your system administrator for details.

*View all your files from your other computers and devices.
*Collaborate with people within or external to your organization.
*Upload new and manage your files and folders.
*View files even when offline.
*Access your enterprise applications from anywhere.
*Once device is authorized, no need to remember extra passwords.
*Open your View Desktop with HTML Access or View Client for iOS.
*Easily manage your device and data, including the ability to remote wipe from a central web console.
*Works with iOS 6.x and above


Written by Christoph Harding

January 10th, 2013 at 9:04 am

How to Make ThinApp Factory Horizon-Enabled

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Dean Flaming has published a great article about enabling ThinApp Factory for Horizon on the VMware Horizon blog. Actually it’s quite easy as you only need 10 steps to configure the ThinApp App Publsihing to Horizon.
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Written by Christoph Harding

December 17th, 2012 at 10:32 pm

4 important points for you Horizon Application Manager Single Sign On

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Today we’ve been to a customer site for a meeting about Horizon Application Manager. The customer did already use Horizon for a bit but they had one issue with their installation. They couldn’t get the single sign on between the Horizon Portal and the Windows Horizon Agent working. Here are the four important points to know to get it working.

  • Add the Appliance URL and the Connector URL to the trusted zones in Internet Explorer.
  • Configure the Internet Explorer for AD credential handling/forwarding in the Internet Options.
  • Add the connector’s certificate to the client’s trusted certificate store.
  • Enable Kerberos authentication within Horizon Application Manager. (Enable Active Directory Support)


Written by Christoph Harding

November 13th, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Adding standard URLs/Hyperlinks/Websites to Horizon Application Manager

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The VMware Horizon Application Manager offers unified application access to the end users i.e. they can access web and SaaS apps or ThinApp applications via the portal. A customer asked if it is also possible to add just standard hyperlinks to the users workspace so the end user has direct access to the websites from a single point. I’ve talked to on of our system engineers and we found a solution which works.

In the Horizon Application Manager Administrator you’ve to add an new application and give it a name and then add the URL to the field “Login Redirection URL”.


Then choose “Manual Configuration” at the option “Configure Via” and add the URL again to the field “Assertion Consumer Service”.



Save the new application and you will see it in the application overview. The Horizon Application Manager has also grabbed the favico so the user will see the icon in the portal later.


And this is how the end user will see it!


That’s it! Feel free to try this solution!

Written by Christoph Harding

September 13th, 2012 at 7:45 am

VMware ThinApp 4.7.2 comes with new features for Horizon

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Two days ago VMware has released a new version of ThinApp, their enterprise application virtualization software. It’s just a minor release but it comes with loads of new features for the new VMware Horizon solution.

The new release includes:

  • A mechanism for updating ThinApp packages in Horizon Application Manager
  • A new relink –h command to enable prior ThinApp packages for Horizon
  • RemoveSandboxOnStart, a new Package.ini parameter


If you want to learn more about the new functions, please visit the VMware ThinApp blog.


Written by Christoph Harding

July 8th, 2012 at 10:41 pm

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Activate ThinApp Streaming in Horizon

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With Horizon AppManager 1.5 you are getting the option to stream ThinApp packages into your desktops. This is important especially when using stateless VDI desktops. A new blog article from Tina de Benedictis over at VMware Technical Marketing shows how the new option can be configured.


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Written by Christoph Harding

July 3rd, 2012 at 11:31 am

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Get 50 Horizon AppManager Licenses for FREE!

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For a limited time VMware customers are going to get 50 Horizon AppManager Licenses for free when they purchase a VMware vSphere Essential Plus or higher edition. This includes 1 year of SnS for the 50 licenses of AppManager at no charge as of the VMware promo page. (See link)



Written by Christoph Harding

May 15th, 2012 at 10:15 pm

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