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Horizon Workspace enablement videos

Horizon Workspace enablement videos


The videos are meant to educate a technical audience, they detail in a prescriptive manner the steps required to deploy Horizon successfully at a customer site, either in a PoC environment or in full production. These videos are a combined effort of Andrew Johnson and myself, thanks Dru for all the support, could not have done it without your expertise and watchful eye 😉

The chosen format to make those videos available to our audience was a SlideRocket project, menus to be able to navigate between the various videos, the technical enablement sites and the Horizon Workspace product page and documentation.

Find below the list of all the videos that were planned to be delivered and their current status.

Horizon Workspace

Introduction section

Access to main section of videos:


Technical videos

1.     Deploying the vApp

This video is focused on showing the required step-by-step to deploy the Horizon Workspace vApp within vCenter. It displays the intial Configuration VA boot, the required parameters to enter and the mandatory fields to complete.


2.     Configuring Horizon, initial configuration and setup

This video is mainly goaled in stepping the technical resources through all the required steps of the initial Horizon Web setup. It clearly demonstrates to the technical resources the links between AD and Horizon, the necessary information that need to be filled in, the cautionary steps to make sure it’s a successful install (if some of these steps are missed or wrongfully done, it requires a re-deployment of the vApp).


  1. Horizon Administration basics (also referred to as walkthrough of Admin UI)

This video is mainly present to make the technical resource comfortable with the various sections of the Web UI, to explain every features in the dashboard and to show where the components take their information (sync). We cover in this video the enablement of the various modules but we will dive into the individual modules in separate videos (see below). We also cover user entitlement and provisioning.


  1. 4.     Horizon and View integration

This video is focused on the steps necessary to link an existing VMware View 5.2 environment with Horizon Workspace. We make it clear at the beginning of the video that the pre-requirements must be met in order for this integration to work (i.e. View 5.2 GA build) and we explicitly state the minimum build numbers required for this to work. It is important to note that this video shows a lot of server components and configuration and we want to clearly demonstrate the Connection broker and View Virtual Desktop config steps.


  1. 5.     Client installation and configuration

This video was initially 3 separate videos but for clarity and simplification purposes, we decided to group these 3 videos into a single one. We cover in this video the following platform client installation and configuration:

–          iPad

–          Android

–          Windows/MAC


  1. 6.     Setting up Horizon Workspace with an external Database

In this video, we show the required steps to link a Horizon Workspace environment with a PostGRES SQL database.


  1. 7.     Scaling out and scaling up a Horizon Workspace environment

The main purpose of this video is to talk through a PowerPoint presentation that would demonstrate the required components to scale a Horizon Workspace environment to 1000 users and also to 10000 users. In this video, we also cover the architecture Visio diagram and we walk the technical resource through each workflow of the various connection point (detailing required ports).


  1. 8.     Configuring Horizon Workspace with NFS

In this video, we detail and demonstrate the required steps for a Horizon Data environment to use NFS instead of the embedded VMFS configuration. As it was told to us by the PM team, use of embedded VMFS configuration is supported for a PoC and very small environment but a production environment should use NFS. Also covered in this video the requirements for Highly-Available Horizon Data.


  1. 9.     Enabling the Web Application module (SaaS applications)

In this video we demonstrate the required steps on the IdP and SP side to be able to Single Sign-On to a 3rd-party Web application provider. In our video, we use the Developer Force test environment since it’s free and can be used by Technical resources to do a PoC or demo of SaaS integration with Horizon. We also demonstrate the other possible applications that can be added to the catalog (referred apps).


  1. 10.                       Enabling the Data module

In this video, we show the required steps to activate the Data module, the possible configuration that can be done to setup the user with their own data store and the possible policies that can be leveraged with Horizon Data (quota, sharing, permissions, …)


  1. 11.                       Enabling the ThinApp module

In this video, we demonstrate the required steps to integrate ThinApp packages with Horizon. We do not cover in this video how to build ThinApp packages but we added a link that shows the required steps to “Horizon Enabe” an existing ThinApp package. We also cover in this video the dependencies for ThinApp to integrate with Horizon.


  1. 12.                       Configuring MS Preview server for Horizon Data

In this video, we go through the required steps to configure the Windows 2008 R2 server with the Horizon preview server components. We also cover in this video the required steps in the Horizon Data VA to enable the preview functionality. We added a sub-video to this main one to show technical resources how to enable SSH connectivity.


Wrap-up and next steps

We made a section at the end to detail where to find additional information, where to get more knowledge about the solution and point technical resources to the Horizon Communities.

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