You can connect to published applications using an unauthenticated access account with Horizon Client.

Before you have end users access their published applications using unauthenticated access, test that you can connect to the published applications from a client device using an unauthenticated access user account.


Verify that your unauthenticated access users are created in Horizon Console. If the default unauthenticated user is the only unauthenticated access user, the Horizon Client connects to the Connection Server with the default user.


  1. Either open a terminal window and enter vmware-view or search the applications for VMware Horizon Client, and double-click the icon.
  2. In the Horizon Client home screen, select File > Log in anonymously using Unauthenticated Access from the menu bar, if it is not already selected.
  3. Connect to the Connection Server that is configured for unauthenticated access.
    • If the server that you need has not yet been added, double-click the + Add Server button, or click the New Server button in the menu bar. Then enter the name of the Connection Server and click Connect.
    • If the server that you need is displayed in the Horizon Client home screen, right-click the icon for the server and select Connect from the context menu.
    You might see a message that you must confirm before the login dialog box appears.
  4. In the Server Login dialog box, specify the unauthenticated access account to use.
    1. Select a user account from the drop-down menu of existing unauthenticated access accounts.
      The default user account has (default) displayed next to it.
    2. (Optional) Click Always use this account if you want to bypass the Server Login dialog box the next time you connect to the server.
    3. Click OK.
    The application selector window appears and displays the published applications that the unauthenticated access account is authorized to use.
    Note: If you selected the Always use this account option during a previous unauthenticated access login session, you are not prompted for the account to use for the current unauthenticated access session. To deselect this option, right-click the icon for the server in the Horizon Client home screen, and select Forget the saved Unauthenticated Access account from the context menu.
  5. To start an application, double-click the application icon.
    The application window appears.
  6. Exit the application after you are done using it.
    The Disconnect from Session dialog box appears asking if you want to disconnect from the server.


If the session timeout specified by your Horizon administrator is reached, the session is automatically disconnected from the server.