You can use Horizon 7 with VMware vCenter Server to create desktops from virtual machines that are running on VMware ESX® or VMware ESXi™ hosts and deploy these desktops to end users. You can also install Horizon 7 on RDS hosts to deploy desktops and applications to end users. Horizon 7 uses your existing Active Directory infrastructure for user authentication and management.

After you create a desktop or application, authorized end users can use Web-based or locally installed client software to securely connect to centralized virtual machines, back-end physical systems, or RDS hosts.

Horizon 7 consists of the following major components.

Horizon Connection Server

A software service that acts as a broker for client connections by authenticating and then directing incoming user requests to the appropriate virtual machine, physical system, or RDS host.

Horizon Agent

A software service that is installed on all guest virtual machines, physical systems, or RDS hosts to allow them to be managed by Horizon 7. Horizon Agent provides features such as connection monitoring, virtual printing, USB support, and single sign-on.

Horizon Client

A software application that communicates with Connection Server to enable users to connect to their desktops.

Horizon Administrator

A Web application that enables Horizon 7 administrators to configure Connection Server, deploy desktop and application pools, manage machines, control user authentication, initiate and examine system events, and perform analytical activities.

vCenter Server

A server that acts as a central administrator for ESX/ESXi hosts that are connected on a network. A vCenter Server instance provides the central point for configuring, provisioning, and managing virtual machines in the datacenter.

View Composer

A software service that is installed on a vCenter Server instance to enable Horizon 7 to rapidly deploy multiple linked-clone desktops from a single centralized base image.