Create and Configure Horizon View 6.1 Cloud Pod

The following two articles of mine will include some guidance and useful information about the new feature called ‘Cloud Pod’ which was introduced in Horizon View 6.0.

Create and Configure Horizon View 6.1 Cloud Pod

Create and Configure Global Entitlements

In my previous article about What’s New In Horizon View 6.1 I mention that we can create and configure a Cloud Pod using the View Administrator console and doing so first we have to login on View Administrator who manage first Horizon View Pod which most likely is on a different location or datacenter. Because VMware does not support View Pod configuration across View Connection Servers which are not in the same LAN, if we want to have a single glass of view we must use View Cloud Pod.

In order to get started with the creating of your Cloud Pod, first you must Initialize the feature by clicking on Cloud Pod Architecture -> Initialize the Cloud Pod Architecture feature 

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Confirm that you want to Initialize the feature and the process will begin. Usually it takes just a few minutes.

3Once the process has completed you will be able to see the following configuration portal

4After that you must join your second View Pod to the already created Cloud Pod. To do so you must login to the View Administartor console of the second pod and navigate to the same configuration place and click Join the pod federation.

5 You will be prompted for Connection Server from the first Pod, User Name and Password

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After confirmation the process will start. It could take again few minutes to complete. A progress bar should appear on your screen

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Once the Joining process has completed, you may want to join more Pods or go and configure the Sites. By definition Site is a group of View Pods with a good network connection between them and usually are placed on the same location.

After Initializing the feature a Site menu will appear in your View Administrator

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From this portal you can create another sites and assign the connected View Pods to any of the sites so they can represent your real virtual desktop infrastructure. Assigning you can do by selecting one of the clusters, click Edit and select where this cluster is located

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Even we have some basic visualization of the Cloud Pod Architecture feature the command line still could be use for doing some specific operations. There is a separate tool called lmvutil which is about managing the Horizon View Cloud Pod. 

With my next article we will go through the process of Global Entitlements and some limitations of the Cloud Pod.

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Nikolay Nikolov

VDI Engineer
Nikolay has 9 years work experience in IT and 5 of them in the Virtualization technologies mainly based on VMware products. Currently works as VDI Engineer at MSD IT Global Innovation Center and he is an ex-member of VMware CoE at IBM. He holds VCIX6-DCV, VCIX6-DTM and VCP on DCV, DTM, NV and Cloud, Nutanix NPP certificate and also Master Degree of Computer Systems and Networks. Honored with vExpert 2015/2016 by VMware and Nutanix Technology Champion 2016/2017.

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About Nikolay Nikolov

Nikolay has 9 years work experience in IT and 5 of them in the Virtualization technologies mainly based on VMware products. Currently works as VDI Engineer at MSD IT Global Innovation Center and he is an ex-member of VMware CoE at IBM. He holds VCIX6-DCV, VCIX6-DTM and VCP on DCV, DTM, NV and Cloud, Nutanix NPP certificate and also Master Degree of Computer Systems and Networks. Honored with vExpert 2015/2016 by VMware and Nutanix Technology Champion 2016/2017.
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