To apply Horizon 7 component group policy settings to your published desktops and applications, add their ADMX template files to GPOs.


  • Create GPOs for the Horizon 7 component group policy settings and link them to the OU that contains your Horizon 7 machines.
  • 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.


  1. Download the Horizon 7 GPO Bundle .zip file from the VMware download site at
    Under Desktop & End-User Computing, select the VMware Horizon 7 download, which includes the GPO Bundle.

    The file is named, 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 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 and enable loopback processing for your Horizon 7 machines.