Users and administrators access the desktops, RDSH servers, and management functions through secured web-based portals. Both portals use the same URL, followed with /horizonadmin, as shown in the example below.

Portal Description Sample URL
Horizon Cloud Service User Portal A web-based portal offering end users clientless access to Horizon Cloud Service desktops and applications using HTML5 https://desktop.virtualdesktopaccess.com
Horizon Cloud Service Administration Console The web-based portal used by IT administrators to provision and manage Horizon Cloud Service desktops and applications, resource entitlements, and images https://desktop.virtualdesktopaccess.com/horizonadmin

You can define the naming convention used for these portals.

Portal URL Option 1

This option is the most common for pilots because of its simplicity and ease of use. The DNS domain is owned and provided by VMware. You can also set up split DNS for internal access.

  • https://companyname.horizon.vmware.com
  • Uses the VMware *.horizon.vmwware.com certificate

Portal URL Option 2

Option 2 includes two choices. It requires the owner of virtualdesktopaccess.com to provide an SSL certificate in an Apache2 format and to set up internal and public (if required) DNS records using split DNS.

  • https://desktop.virtualdesktopaccess.com
  • https://www.virtualdesktopaccess.com

Choice 1: If you have a site-to-site VPN or Direct Connect, you can choose whether to make the Horizon Cloud Service Administration Console accessible from the public Internet.

Choice 2: If you have an island tenant without a site-to-site VPN or Direct Connect, the Horizon Cloud Service User Portal and Administration Console must be accessible from the public Internet via the Unified Access Gateway.