A Horizon administrator can use the Unauthenticated Access feature to create Unauthenticated Access users and entitle those users to remote applications on a Connection Server instance. Unauthenticated Access users can log in to the server anonymously to connect to their remote applications.

About this task

By default, users select the Log in anonymously using Unauthenticated Access setting from the Options menu and choose a user account to log in anonymously. A Horizon administrator can configure group policy settings to change Unauthenticated Access behavior so that the Log in anonymously using Unauthenticated Access setting is already selected and users are logged in automatically with a specific Unauthenticated Access user account.


  • Perform the administrative tasks described in Preparing Connection Server for Horizon Client.

  • Set up Unauthenticated Access users on the Connection Server instance. For information, see "Providing Unauthenticated Access for Published Applications" in the View Administration document.

  • (Optional) Configure the Account to use for Unauthenticated Access and Log in anonymously using Unauthenticated Access group policy settings to change the default Unauthenticated Access behavior. For information, see Scripting Definition Settings for Client GPOs.


  1. Double-click the VMware Horizon Client desktop shortcut or click Start > Programs > VMware Horizon Client.
  2. If instructed to do so by your Horizon administrator, click the Options button in the menu bar and select Log in anonymously using Unauthenticated Access.

    Depending on how your client system is configured, this setting might already be selected.

  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. Connect to the server on which you have unauthenticated access to remote applications.



    Connect to a new server

    Double-click the + Add Server button or click the + New Server button in the menu bar, enter the name of the server, and click Connect.

    Connect to an existing server

    Double-click the server icon on the Horizon Client home screen.

    Connections between Horizon Client and Connection Server always use SSL. The default port for SSL connections is 443. If Connection Server is not configured to use the default port, use the format shown in this example: view.company.com:1443.

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

  5. When the Login dialog box appears, select a user account from the User account drop-down menu, if required.

    If only one user account is available, the drop-down menu is disabled and the user account is automatically selected.

  6. (Optional) If the Always use this account check box is available, select it to bypass the Login dialog box the next time you connect to the server.

    You can deselect this option before you connect to the server the next time by right-clicking the server icon on the Horizon Client home screen and selecting Forget the saved Unauthenticated Access account.

  7. Click Login to log in to the server.

    The application selection window appears.

  8. Double-click an application icon to start the application.