In the base virtual machine's RDS-enabled Windows server operating system, install the respective VMware agents in a specific order before you configure the DaaS Agent.


Verify that the virtual machine (VM) is created and configured as described in Create the Virtual Machine Manually in Your Node in Microsoft Azure and Manually Configure the Master Virtual Machine in Microsoft Azure.


  1. Install the Horizon Agent.
    1. In a command prompt, navigate to where you downloaded the Horizon Agent and start the installer with the /v VDM_SKIP_BROKER_REGISTRATION=1 option.

      If you want to use the URL redirection capability with the session desktops and remote applications that will be provided by this base VM, add the URL_FILTERING_ENABLED=1 parameter to the command.

      For example,


      Where build matches the number in the file name.

      After few minutes, the installation wizard displays its Welcome screen.

    2. Go through the wizard steps, retaining the IPv4 setting and selecting to install all of the feature options.

      View Agent Installer window showing all of the options selected for installation

    3. Click Next.
    4. When prompted with a message about using USB redirection securely, click OK.

      That message is displayed when installing the USB redirection capability.

    5. Click Install.
    6. When the wizard signals it is finished, click Finish.

      Reboot the VM when prompted.

  2. In the Microsoft Azure portal, reconnect to the restarted VM as described in 2.
  3. Install the DaaS Agent.
    1. In a command prompt, navigate to where you downloaded the DaaS Agent and start the installer.

      For example, VMware-DaaS-Agent-17.2.0-build.msi where build matches the number in the file name.

    2. Complete the wizard steps and click Install.

What to do next

Configure the DaaS Agent by following the steps in Configure the DaaS Agent in the RDS-Enabled Virtual Machine.

For improved security regarding the use of the Horizon Agent, configure your Active Directory server domain policy GPO (Group Policy Object) to disable weak ciphers in SSL and TLS protocols. For information about disabling weak ciphers when communicating using the SSL/TLS protocol, see the appropriate Horizon Agent information in the VMware Horizon 7 documentation set, such as Disable Weak Ciphers in SSL/TLS.