You can add the policy settings for specific remote desktop features in the Horizon 7 ADMX files to group policy objects (GPOs) in Active Directory.

Before you begin

  • Verify that the setup option for the remote desktop feature you are applying the policy for is installed on your desktops and RDS hosts. The group policy settings have no effect if the remote desktop feature is not installed. See your Setting Up document for information on installing Horizon Agent.

  • Create GPOs for the remote desktop features that you want to apply the group policy settings to and link them to the OU that contains your RDS hosts.

  • Verify the name of the ADMX template file that you want to add to Active Directory. See Horizon 7 ADMX Template Files.

  • Verify that the Group Policy Management feature is available on your Active Directory server.

    The steps for opening the Group Policy Management Console differ in the Windows 2012, Windows 2008, and Windows 2003 Active Directory versions. See Create GPOs for Horizon 7 Group Policies.

Procedure

  1. Download the Horizon 7 GPO Bundle .zip file from the VMware download site at https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/downloads.

    Under Desktop & End-User Computing, select the VMware Horizon 7 download, which includes the GPO Bundle.

    The file is named VMware-Horizon-Extras-Bundle-x.x.x-yyyyyyy.zip, where x.x.x is the version and yyyyyyy is the build number. All ADMX files that provide group policy settings for Horizon 7 are available in this file.

  2. Unzip the VMware-Horizon-Extras-Bundle-x.x.x-yyyyyyy.zip file and copy the ADMX files to your Active Directory or RDS host.
    1. Copy the .admx files and the en-US folder to the %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions folder on your Active Directory or RDS host.
    2. Copy the language resource files (.adml) to the appropriate subfolder in %systemroot%\PolicyDefinitions\ on your Active Directory or RDS host.
  3. On the Active Directory host, open the Group Policy Management Editor and enter the path to the template files where they appear in the editor after installation.

    On an individual RDS host, you can open the Local Group Policy Editor with the gpedit.msc utility.

What to do next

Configure the group policy settings.