End users start Horizon Client to log in to View Connection Server. This server, which integrates with Windows Active Directory, provides access to remote desktops hosted on a VMware vSphere server, a physical PC, or a Microsoft RDS host. Horizon Client also provides access to remote applications on a Microsoft RDS host.

Note: View supports the following Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) domain functional levels:
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

View does not support Novell DSFW (Domain Services For Windows).

figure shows the relationship between the major components of a View deployment.

Figure 1. High-Level Example of a ViewEnvironment
A VMware View environment includes desktop sources, client end points, centralized management, and virtual desktops.