All Horizon 7 configuration data is stored in an LDAP directory. Each Horizon Connection Server standard or replica instance contains a local LDAP configuration repository and a replication agreement between each of the Connection Server instances. This arrangement ensures that changes to one repository are automatically replicated to all other repositories.
When you use Horizon Administrator to modify the Horizon 7 configuration, the appropriate LDAP data is updated in the repository. For example, if you add a desktop pool, Horizon 7 stores information about users, user groups, and entitlements in LDAP. Connection Server instances manage other LDAP configuration data automatically, and they use the information in the repository to control Horizon 7 operations.
You can use LDIF configuration files to perform a number of tasks, including transferring configuration data between Connection Server instances and backing up your Horizon 7 configuration so that you can restore the state of a Connection Server instance.
You can also use LDIF configuration files to define a large number of Horizon 7 objects, such as desktop pools, and add those objects to your Connection Server instances without having to use Horizon Administrator to perform the task manually.
In Horizon 7 3.1 and later releases, Horizon 7 performs regular backups of the LDAP repository.
LDAP configuration data is transferred as plain ASCII text and conforms to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) RFC 2849 standard.