After you purchase a subscription license, you will receive a license subscription email, which includes the link to download the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance. You can install and pair the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance with a Connection Server in a pod.

Note: Proxy SSL configuration is not supported during the deployment of the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance.

Prerequisites

  • The Horizon 7 pod must be at version 7.6 or later.
  • You must have a My VMware account on https://my.vmware.com to purchase a Horizon 7 subscription license.
  • Download the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance from the subscription license email that you received from my.vmware.com.
  • Verify the Connection Server with which you want to pair the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance. You can pair the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance with only one of the pod's installed Connection Server instances at a time.
  • If the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance is not part of the Active Directory domain to which your chosen Connection Server is joined, add the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the Connection Server that you want to pair with Horizon 7 Cloud Connector to the /etc/hosts file on the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance.
  • Add the FQDN of the vCenter Server to the /etc/hosts file on the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance.
  • If you are using the Microsoft Internet Explorer Web browser, verify that the compatibility mode is off. This setting enables viewing the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector appliance user interface in that web browser.
  • Deploy and join the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance with a static IP address to Active Directory.
    Note: Do not use IPv6 with the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance. IPv6 is not supported.
  • Obtain the DNS address, gateway address, and subnet mask for the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance.
  • If you want to use a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) for the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance and resolve the host name, create a forward and reverse lookup record in your DNS server that maps that FQDN to the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance's static IP.

Procedure

  1. Download the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector appliance from the link provided in the subscription email for your account. The Horizon 7 Cloud Connector appliance is available to download as an OVA file.
  2. Use vSphere Web Client to deploy the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector appliance as an OVF template. For more information about deploying OVF templates, see the vSphere Virtual Machine Administration documentation.
    Note: When you enter a root password for the OVF template, you must verify that the password contains a minimum of eight characters with one capital, one numeric, and one special character.
  3. In vSphere Web Client, power on the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector appliance.
    The Horizon 7 Cloud Connector appliance user interface IP address appears.
  4. In a Web browser, enter the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector appliance IP address to log in to the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector user interface.
    Use your My VMware account credentials to log in.
  5. Connect the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector appliance with the Connection Server instance on-premises. In the Connect to Horizon 7 Connection Server box, enter the FQDN of the Connection Server that is hosted on-premises, and click Connect.
  6. Click the check box to verify the thumbprint certificate for the Connection Server.
    Note: This verification is skipped if the Connection Server has a valid Root CA certificate.
  7. Enter the domain name, user name, and password for the Connection Server and click Connect.
    Note: For better auditing of Horizon 7 Cloud Connector actions, use a unique user name and password for the Connection Server.
  8. Optionally, if the Connection Server is already paired with another Horizon 7 Cloud Connector appliance, click Accept to delete the existing pairing and pair it with the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector appliance you downloaded.
  9. To set up the Horizon 7 pod on the Horizon Cloud Service, enter a name for the node, select the data center location, and enter an optional description.
    The Horizon 7 pod is successfully paired with the VMware Horizon Cloud Service.
  10. On the final wizard page, click Configure Virtual Center and specify vCenter Server settings.
    This configuration enables support for Horizon Cloud to run maintenance actions on the virtual appliance, as needed for successful service operations.
    1. Enter the FQDN of the vCenter Server, and click Get Certificate. After the certificate information appears, select I have verified the above certificate and would like to continue.
    2. Under Horizon Cloud Connector vCenter Server Credentials, enter the user name and password for vCenter Server.
    3. Under Additional Static IP Details for Cloud Connector upgrade, enter the static IP, gateway, subnet mask, and DNS information that you gathered earlier for the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance.
    4. Click Save.
  11. Optionally, to reconfigure the Connection Server details in the same pod, click Reconfigure and follow the steps to complete the wizard.
    Note: To prevent the subscription license from failing to apply, if you replace the self-signed certificate for Connection Server, you must also reconfigure the Connection Server details for the pod. This step is not required if you replace the self-signed certificate with a custom CA-signed certificate. To configure a custom CA-signed certificate, see Configure a CA-Signed Certificate for the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector Virtual Appliance.
  12. Optionally, to remove the connection between the Connection Server on-premises and the Horizon Cloud Service, click Unplug.
    Note: Do not delete the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance from vCenter Server before you click Unplug.

What to do next

  • View the subscription license details in Horizon Administrator. For more information, see the Horizon 7 Administration document.
  • If you need to upgrade to the latest version of the Horizon 7 Cloud Connector virtual appliance, see the Horizon 7 Upgrades document.
  • To log in to the Horizon Cloud Administration Console, see the VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure Administration Guide available at https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-Cloud-Service/index.html.