After logging in to View Connection Server, you can connect to the remote desktops and applications that you are authorized to use.

About this task

If your administrator has allowed it, you can configure the certificate checking mode for the SSL certificate presented by View Connection Server. To determine which mode to use, see Setting the Certificate Checking Mode for Horizon Client.

The Log in as current user feature is available even if Horizon Client is installed on a remote desktop.


Obtain the following information from your View administrator:

  • Instructions about whether to turn on a VPN (virtual private network) connection.

  • Server name to use for connecting to the server.

  • Port number to use for connecting to the server if the port is not 443.

  • Credentials to log in, such as an Active Directory user name and password, RSA SecurID user name and passcode, RADIUS authentication user name and passcode, or smart card personal identification number (PIN).

  • Domain name for logging in.


  1. If a VPN connection is required, turn on the VPN.
  2. Double-click the VMware Horizon Client desktop shortcut or click Start > Programs > VMware > VMware Horizon Client.
  3. (Optional) To set the certificate checking mode, click the Options button in the menu bar and select Configure SSL.

    You can configure this option only if your administrator has allowed it.

  4. (Optional) To log in as the currently logged-in Windows domain user, click the Options button in the menu bar and select Log in as current user.

    This option is available if the Log in as current user module is installed on your client system, and if your administrator has enabled the global setting for this feature. Some companies choose not to enable this feature.

  5. Double-click the + Add Server button if no servers have yet been added, or click the + New Server button in the menu bar, and enter the name of View Connection Server or a security server, and click Connect.

    Connections between Horizon Client and View Connection Server always use SSL. The default port for SSL connections is 443. If View Connection Server is not configured to use the default port, use the format shown in this example:

    You might see a message that you must confirm before the login dialog box appears.


    After a successful connection is made, an icon for this server is saved to the Horizon Client home screen. The next time you open Horizon Client to connect to this server, you can double-click the icon, or, if you use only this one server, you can right-click the icon for the server and select Autoconnect to this Server from the context menu.

  6. If you are prompted for RSA SecurID credentials or RADIUS authentication credentials, enter the user name and passcode and click Continue.
  7. In the login dialog box, enter your user name and password, specify a domain, and click Login.

    If you selected Log in as current user in the connection server dialog box, and you are authorized to log in to View Connection Server, you are not prompted to enter a user name and password.

    If you type the user name as user@domain, it is treated as a user principal name (UPN) because of the at-sign (@), and the domain drop-down menu dims.

  8. (Optional) To configure display settings for remote desktops, either right-click a desktop icon or select a desktop icon and click the Settings (gear-shaped) icon next to the server name in the upper portion of the screen.



    Display protocol

    If your administrator has allowed it, you can use the Connect Via list to select the display protocol. VMware Blast requires Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

    Display layout

    Use the Display list to select a window size or to use multiple monitors.

  9. (Optional) To mark the remote desktop or application as a favorite, right-click the desktop or application icon and select Mark as Favorite from the context menu that appears.

    A star icon appears in the upper-right corner of the desktop or application name. The next time you log in, you can click the Show Favorites button to find this application or desktop quickly.

  10. To connect to a remote desktop or application, either double-click its icon or right-click the icon and select Launch from the context menu.

    If you are connecting to a session-based remote desktop, which is hosted on a Microsoft RDS host, and if the desktop is already set to use a different display protocol, you will not be able to connect immediately. You will be prompted to either use the protocol that is currently set or have the system log you off of the remote operating system so that a connection can be made with the protocol you selected.


After you are connected, the remote desktop or application window appears. If you are entitled to more than one desktop or application, the desktop and application selector window also remains open, so that you can connect to multiple items at the same time.

From the Sharing dialog box, you can allow or deny access to files on your local system. For more information, see Share Access to Local Folders and Drives.

What to do next

If you connected to a remote desktop and you want to connect to this remote desktop each time you log in, select Autoconnect to this Desktop from the Options menu in the desktop.