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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

VMworld: Horizon Suite Demo (Video)

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Written by Christoph Harding

August 29th, 2012 at 9:33 am

VMware Memo Outlines View 5.1, Project Octopus Launch Plans

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Interesting read over at CRN regarding VMware’s End User Computing products and upcoming release dates. It sounds that they’ve some insights but unfortunately only rumors.

The updates, outlined in an internal company document viewed by CRN, will be announced on May 2. They include View 5.1, the latest version of VMware’s desktop virtualization software; an on premise version of Horizon Application Manager, a VMware-hosted identity management service; and Zimbra 7.2, an update to the company’s open source email and collaboration software.


Written by Christoph Harding

April 13th, 2012 at 10:15 am

VMware Octopus Client for iOS available in the iTunes Store

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It seems that the VMware Octopus Client for iOS is available in the iTunes Store.

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Written by Christoph Harding

April 3rd, 2012 at 1:20 pm

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Project Octopus and AppBlast Live Demo at VMworld Europe 2011

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In this video you can watch a live demo of VMware’s new project Octopus and also AppBlast. At the end there is a quick intro into Sliderocket by Hannah Phan.

Written by Christoph Harding

October 21st, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Some photos from Project Octopus

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A few weeks ago at VMworld Las Vegas time I’ve already written about VMware’s new Project Octopus, a “Dropbox-like” apllication but for the Enterprise which will be offered on-premise. At VMworld Copenhagen I could take some photos of the new solution.

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Written by Christoph Harding

October 20th, 2011 at 11:07 pm

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VMware End User Computing Platform

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Vittorio Viarengo gives you a great vision of VMware’s End User Computing strategy.



Written by Christoph Harding

October 8th, 2011 at 11:35 am

Register for VMware Project Octopus Beta today

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You may have heard about VMware’s new Project Octopus during VMworld in Las Vegas. If not here is a quick summary. Project Octopus enables users to access files on any device from anywhere and share them with anyone. The solution can be deployed on premiese or consumed through a service provider. It integrates easily with your existing infrastructure and applications.

Please check the links to get more information:

If you’re interested in bata testing the new solution please register here.

Written by Christoph Harding

October 5th, 2011 at 1:47 pm

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What is VMware AppBlast?

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At this years VMworld in Las Vegas, VMware introduced a new product called AppBlast. This new technology enables you to use remote applications of any type and platform and deliver them to any HTML5 browser or device. It doesn’t matter if you’re using Mac, Windows, Linux, ChromeOS. You don’t need to install any client, all is pure HTML5. In the demo at VMworld Scott Davis showed a demo on his MacBook, running AppBlast in Goolge Chrome.


In the screenshot you can see the Lauch Portal which gives you access to all the published Windows applications.

A really interesting technology, but what does this give you for the future?

From my view this is a game changing technology! Today if you want to run Windows applications on an iPad or Mac, you always need to install some client and use a remoting technology such as Terminal Services, XenApp or VDI to access the applications but with AppBlast there is no need for a client. This fits exactly in the VMware End User Computing vision, Brian Gammage gave to the audience at VMworld. Companies can centralize their desktop workloads with desktop- and application virtualization and bring it together with web based and SaaS applications via VMware’s Horizon AppManager. But instead of installing a View Client for example and delivering a full Windows desktop, you can just deliver one application to the user.

Think about a complete solution with Zimbra as collaboration solution, AppBlast, Horizon AppManager, Project Octopus, View and ThinApp! This is the user workspace of the future!

Check the video linked below to get a deeper insight of the new technology!

Link: VMworldTV

Written by Christoph Harding

September 1st, 2011 at 8:52 am

VMworld TV – Project Octopus in detail

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Written by Christoph Harding

August 31st, 2011 at 2:16 pm

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