The overall environment consists of the VMware-hosted cloud service, your provided capacity, and VMware software deployed into that capacity. Setting up the environment involves deploying the required VMware software into your capacity. The deployed VMware software creates an appropriately configured entity, called a Horizon Cloud node, which pairs with the cloud service to create your desktops-as-a-service environment
A control plane hosted in the cloud by VMware for the central orchestration and management of virtual desktops and applications.
Horizon Cloud node
VMware software deployed into a supported capacity environment, such as:
Microsoft Azure cloud
Supported optimized HCI (hyperconverged infrastructure) hardware, such as vSAN Ready Nodes or Dell EMC VxRail appliances.
Along with access to the Horizon Cloud Administration Console, the service includes the software necessary to perform the following tasks.
Pair the deployed node with the cloud control plane.
Deliver virtual desktops and applications.
After the node is deployed, you use Horizon Cloud Administration Console to create desktops and applications and entitle them to your end users.
Horizon Cloud Control Plane
VMware hosts the Horizon Cloud control plane in the cloud. This cloud service enables the central orchestration and management of virtual desktops, desktop applications, remote desktop sessions, and remote applications for your users. The cloud service also manages your nodes. The nodes are physically located in your provided capacity environments. When you log in to the cloud service, you can see all of your nodes and perform management activities across them, regardless of where they are physically located.
VMware is responsible for hosting the service and providing feature updates and enhancements for a software-as-a-service experience.
The cloud control plane also hosts a common management user interface referred to as the Horizon Cloud Administration Console, or Administration Console for short. The Administration Console runs in industry-standard browsers and provides IT administrators a single location for management tasks involving user assignments and the virtual desktops, remote desktop sessions, and applications. The Administration Console is accessible from anywhere at any time, providing maximum flexibility.
Horizon Cloud Node Deployed in Microsoft Azure
You connect your Microsoft Azure subscription to Horizon Cloud to manage and deliver virtual RDS-enabled Windows servers and remote applications. Setting up the environment involves deploying the node into your Microsoft Azure capacity.
A Horizon Cloud node, or node for short, has a physical regional location in a Microsoft Azure cloud. In the node deployment wizard, you select where to place the node, according to the regions available for your particular Microsoft Azure subscription. You also select an existing virtual network (vnet) that the node will use in your selected region.
The node deployment process automatically creates a set of resource groups in your Microsoft Azure capacity. Resource groups are used to organize the assets that the environment needs, such as:
VMs for the node manager instance
VMs for the Unified Access Gateway and load balancer instances
VMs for the master RDS-enabled server images
VMs for the assignable (published) images that are made from the master images
VMs for the RDSH farms that provide the remote desktops and remote applications
Additional assets that the VMs and the environment require for supported operations, such as network interfaces, IP addresses, disks, and various items along those lines.
All of the resource groups created by Horizon Cloud in your Microsoft Azure environment are named using the prefix
Microsoft Azure Terminology and References
The VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure product documentation uses the applicable Microsoft Azure terminology as appropriate in the descriptions and task steps of the VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure workflows. If the Microsoft Azure terminology is unfamiliar to you, you can use the following applicable references in the Microsoft Azure product documentation to learn more.
All capitalization and spelling in the citations below follow the same capitalization and spelling found in the linked-to articles in the Microsoft Azure documentation itself.
Useful Microsoft Azure References
Use this glossary to learn the meaning of terms as used in the Microsoft Azure cloud context, for terms such as load balancer, region, resource group, subscription, virtual machine, and virtual network (vnet).
The Microsoft Azure glossary does not include the term service principal because the service principal is a resource automatically created in Microsoft Azure when an application registration is created in Microsoft Azure. The purpose of making an application registration in your Microsoft Azure subscription is because that is the way you authorize Horizon Cloud as an application to use your Microsoft Azure capacity. The application registration and its companion service principal enable the Horizon Cloud cloud service acting as an application to access resources in your Microsoft Azure subscription. Use the next reference below to learn about applications and service principals that can access resources in Microsoft Azure.
Use this article to learn about the relationship between an application and a service principal in a Microsoft Azure cloud.
Use this article to learn about the relationships between resources, resource groups, and the Resource Manager in Microsoft Azure.
Use this article to learn about the Azure Virtual Network (VNet) service in Microsoft Azure. See also Azure Virtual Network FAQs.
Use this article to learn about virtual network peering with the Azure VNet.