If you intend to join a Horizon FLEX virtual machine to a specific Active Directory domain, you must prepare the source virtual machine to join the domain before you register it with the Horizon FLEX Policy Server.

Prerequisites

  • Create a source virtual machine. See Create a Source Virtual Machine in Fusion Pro or Create a Source Virtual Machine in Workstation Pro (Not included in Horizon FLEX).

    Note:

    Do not install Windows 7 Home edition or a non-Windows guest operating system in the source virtual machine. You cannot join a Windows 7 Home edition operating system or a non-Windows guest operating system to a domain.

  • Verify that you have the administrator password for the source virtual machine.

  • In the Horizon FLEX Admin Console, edit the entitlement to enable the Use machine name configuration option, allowing the virtual machine to join the Active Directory domain. The Horizon FLEX administrator account must have permission to create objects in the Active Directory.

  • If using an RODC, it must be installed in the DMZ.

  • Configure the Active Directory to support the domain join.

Procedure

  1. In Fusion Pro or Workstation Pro, start the source virtual machine and log in to the guest operating system.
  2. (Optional) : Turn off Windows update.
  3. Install the latest version of VMware Tools.
    1. From the menu bar, select Virtual Machine > Install VMware Tools.
    2. Click Next to progress through the installation.
    3. Select Complete, unless you need to exclude certain features of VMware Tools, and click Next.
    4. Click Install.
    5. When the installation finishes, click Yes to restart the virtual machine.
  4. Run install-rvmsetup.cmd as an administrator to install the VMware RVM Setup Service in the source virtual machine.

    The VMware RVM Setup Service performs the domain join operation. install-rvmsetup.cmd is included with VMware Tools.

  5. Open the Windows Services snap-in (services.msc) and verify that the VMware RVM Setup Service startup type is set to Automatic.
  6. Shut down the source virtual machine.

    The VMware RVM Setup Service starts the next time you boot up the source virtual machine.