VMware Horizon 7 – Installation Overview

It was more than a month waiting for general availability of VMware Horizon 7. What is new in the new suite you can find here. I’m not going through all details in the installation and configuration, but I will try to highlight the new features.

Installation of the product is pretty much the same as the previous versions of Horizon View Connection Servers. Starting with the welcome screen as shown bellow2

going through selection of the Connection Server type5

Here we can notice the first difference – Horizon 7 Enrollment Server.
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As it is written is is part of the new True SSO. I will go through its installation and configuration in a future article. The rest of the installation is the same as Horizon 5/6.

Once the installation is completed, you can login to the admin console using the same old link – https:\\connection_server_hostname\admin

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If you try to open it from your 2012R2 server you may get the following error:

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Yes, no HTML5 interface for Horizon View this year. Still old and laggy flash.

Once logged in to the console, you will notice that there is not much things changed:

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The only new thing here is the Instant Clone Domain Admins, where you should select your domain, user name and password where the new instant clones will deployed.

Another new feature which I found is the new display protocol

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Since this is a major release I expected to see brand new console with App Volumes, UEM, vROPs integration, but seems that we will have to wait for Horizon 8.

Definitely there are few things which I would love to test – Instant Clones and the Blast protocol, which now can be used over thick client, not only via the Web as it was so far.

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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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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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