To connect to a remote desktop or published application, you must provide the name of a server and supply credentials for your user account.

Connection steps are slightly different for administrators and end users, so refer to the section that applies to you. See Procedure for Administrators or Procedure for End Users.

Procedure for Administrators

Verify that you have completed the following tasks:
  • Obtain login credentials, such as a user name and password, RSA SecurID user name and passcode, RADIUS authentication credentials, or smart card personal identification number (PIN).
  • Obtain the NETBIOS domain name for logging in. For example, you might use mycompany rather than mycompany.com.
  • Perform the administrative tasks described in Preparing Connection Server for Horizon Client.
  • If you are outside the corporate network and require a VPN connection to access remote desktops and published applications, verify that the client device is set up to use a VPN connection and turn on that connection.
  • Verify that you have the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the server that provides access to the remote desktop or published application. Underscores (_) are not supported in server names. If the port is not 443, you also need the port number.
  • If you plan to use the RDP display protocol to connect to a remote desktop, verify that the AllowDirectRDP agent group policy setting is enabled. For information, see the Horizon Remote Desktop Features and GPOs document.
  • Configure the certificate checking mode for the certificate presented by the server. To determine which mode to use, see Setting the Certificate Checking Mode in Horizon Client.

Before you have end users access their remote desktops and published applications, test that you can connect to a remote desktop or published application from a client device. You might need to specify a server and supply credentials for your user account.

  1. If a VPN connection is required, turn on the VPN.
  2. Start Horizon Client.
  3. (Optional) To log in as the currently logged-in Windows domain user, click the Options menu (… icon) in the upper-right corner of the menu bar and select Log in As Current User.

    This setting is available only if the Log in as current user feature is installed on the client system. Windows Hello for Business with certificate trust is used to log in to theHorizon Client system.

  4. Connect to a server.
    Option Description
    Connect to a new server Click the + Add Server button, or click + Add Server on the menu bar, enter the name of a server, and click Connect.
    Note: To specify an IPv6 address when adding a server, you must wrap the address in square brackets.
    Connect to an existing server Double-click the server icon, or right-click the server icon and select Connect.
  5. If you are prompted for RSA SecurID credentials or RADIUS authentication credentials, enter the credentials and click Continue.
  6. Enter the credentials of a user who is entitled to use at least one remote desktop or published application, select the domain, and click Login.

    If you enter the user name as username@domain, Horizon Client treats it as a user principal name (UPN) and the Domain drop-down menu is disabled. v

    If the Domain drop-down menu is hidden, you must enter the user name as username@domain or domain\username.

  7. If Horizo Client prompts you to create shortcuts to published applications or remote desktops in your Start menu or on the remote desktop, click Yes or No.

    This prompt can appear the first time you connect to a server on which shortcuts have been configured for published applications or remote desktops. If you click Yes, Start menu shortcuts or desktop shortcuts are installed on the client system for those published applications or remote desktops, if you are entitled to use them. If you click No, Start menu shortcuts or desktop shortcuts are not installed. In some companies, shortcuts are installed automatically and you are not prompted.

    A Horizon administrator can configure the Automatically install shortcuts when configured on the Horizon server group policy setting to prompt end users to install shortcuts (the default), install shortcuts automatically, or never install shortcuts.

  8. (Optional) To configure display settings for a remote desktop, right-click the remote desktop icon and select Settings.
    Option Action
    Select a display protocol If a Horizon administrator has allowed it, use the Connect Via drop-down menu to select the display protocol.
    Select a display layout Use the Display drop-down menu to select a window size or to use multiple monitors.

Results

After you are connected, the remote desktop or published application opens.

If you are entitled to more than one remote desktop or published application on the server, the desktop and application selector window remains open so that you can connect to multiple remote desktops and published applications.

If the client drive redirection feature is enabled, the Sharing dialog box appears and you can allow or deny access to files on the local file system. For more information, see Share Local Folders and Drives.

The first time you connect to a server, Horizon Client saves a shortcut to the server on the Horizon Client home window. You can double-click this server shortcut the next time you need to connect to the server.

If authentication to the server fails, or if the client cannot connect to the remote desktop or published application, perform the following tasks:
  • Verify that the certificate for the server is working properly. If it is not, you might also see in Horizon Console that the agent on remote desktops is unreachable. These symptoms indicate additional connection problems caused by certificate problems.
  • Verify that the tags set on the Connection Server instance allow connections from this user. See the Horizon Administration document.
  • Verify that the user is entitled to access this remote desktop or published application. See the or Windows Desktops and Applications in Horizon document.
  • If you are using the RDP display protocol to connect to a remote desktop, verify that the remote desktop operating system allows remote desktop connections.

What to do next

Configure startup settings. If you do not want to require end users to provide the host name of the server, or if you want to configure other startup settings, use a command-line option to create a remote desktop shortcut. See Running Horizon Client From the Command Line.

Procedure for End Users

Obtain the following information from your system administrator:
  • Instructions about whether to turn on a VPN (virtual private network) connection.
  • Server name to use for connecting to the server.
  • If the port is not 443, the port number to use for connecting to the server.
  • Credentials for logging in, such as an Active Directory user name and password, RSA SecurID user name and passcode, RADIUS authentication credentials, or smart card personal identification number (PIN).
  • Domain name for logging in.

If your system administrator instructs you to configure the certificate checking mode, see Set the Certificate Checking Mode.

  1. If a VPN connection is required, turn on the VPN.
  2. Start Horizon Client.
  3. (Optional) To log in as the currently logged-in Windows domain user, click the Options menu (… icon) in the upper-right corner of the menu bar and select Log in As Current User.

    This setting is available only if the Log in as current user feature is installed on the client system. Windows Hello for Business is used for authentication if it is active for the session.

  4. Connect to a server.
    Option Description
    Connect to a new server Click the + Add Server button, or click + Add Server on the menu bar, enter the name of a server as instructed by your system administrator, and click Connect.
    Connect to an existing server Double-click the server icon, or right-click the server icon and select Connect.
  5. If you are prompted for RSA SecurID credentials or RADIUS authentication credentials, enter the credentials and click Continue.
  6. Enter the credentials of a user who is entitled to use at least one remote desktop or published application, select the domain, and click Login.

    If you enter the user name as username@domain, Horizon Client treats it as a user principal name (UPN) and the Domain drop-down menu is disabled. v

    If the Domain drop-down menu is hidden, you must enter the user name as username@domain or domain\username.

  7. If Horizo Client prompts you to create shortcuts to published applications or remote desktops in your Start menu or on the remote desktop, click Yes or No.

    This prompt can appear the first time you connect to a server on which shortcuts have been configured for published applications or remote desktops. If you click Yes, Start menu shortcuts or desktop shortcuts are installed on the client system for those published applications or remote desktops, if you are entitled to use them. If you click No, Start menu shortcuts or desktop shortcuts are not installed. In some companies, shortcuts are installed automatically and you are not prompted.

  8. (Optional) To configure display settings for a remote desktop, right-click the remote desktop icon and select Settings.
    Option Action
    Select a display protocol If a Horizon administrator has allowed it, use the Connect Via drop-down menu to select the display protocol.
    Select a display layout Use the Display drop-down menu to select a window size or to use multiple monitors.

Results

After you are connected, the remote desktop or published application opens.

If you are entitled to more than one remote desktop or published application on the server, the desktop and application selector window remains open so that you can connect to multiple remote desktops and published applications.

If the client drive redirection feature is enabled, the Sharing dialog box appears and you can allow or deny access to files on the local file system. For more information, see Share Local Folders and Drives.

The first time you connect to a server, Horizon Client saves a shortcut to the server on the Horizon Client home window. You can double-click this server shortcut the next time you need to connect to the server.

What to do next

To connect to the same remote desktop each time you log in, select Autoconnect to This Desktop from the Options menu on the menu bar in the remote desktop window.