Before you log in to the Horizon Cloud Administration Console and run the node deployment wizard for the first time, you must perform these preparatory tasks.
Fulfill the prerequisites described in the separate prerequisites checklist document, especially:
Ensure your Microsoft Azure account and subscription encompasses the node's required number and sizes of virtual machines. See Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Requirements for a Horizon Cloud Node.
Ensure a virtual network exists in the region in which you are going to deploy the node and that virtual network meets the requirements for a Horizon Cloud node. If you do not have an existing virtual network, create one that meets the requirements. See Configure the Required Virtual Network in Microsoft Azure.
Ensure that virtual network is configured to point to a valid Domain Name Services (DNS) server that can resolve external names. See Configure the Virtual Network's DNS Server.
Ensure you have an Active Directory setup that is supported for use with this release, and your virtual network can reach it. See Active Directory Domain Configurations.
Create a service principal and get your Microsoft Azure subscription ID, application ID, application authentication key, and Microsoft Azure AD Directory ID. These resources are used by Horizon Cloud to perform its operations on your Microsoft Azure environment. For detailed steps, see Create the Required Service Principal by Creating an Application Registration.Note:
Ensure the service principal has the Contributor role, and not the Owner role. The Microsoft Azure role-based access control (RBAC) provides the Contributor role to create and manage resources in your subscription. For details, see Built-in roles for Azure role-based access control in the Microsoft Azure documentation.
If you want to have Internet-enabled desktops, so that users outside of your corporate network can access them, obtain the SSL server certificate that can allow your end users' clients to trust connections to the desktops. This certificate should match your FQDN that your end users will use in their clients and be signed by a trusted Certificate Authority (CA).
To support desktops and applications that users can access from the Internet, Unified Access Gateway is deployed as part of the node deployment process. Unified Access Gateway presents your CA-signed certificate, so that the clients can trust the connections.
Obtain a My VMware account and register for Horizon Cloud, if you are not already registered for it.
After you have completed those preparatory tasks, log in to the Horizon Cloud Administration Console at cloud.horizon.vmware.com using your My VMware account. After logging in, you'll see the Add Cloud Capacity area on the screen and can click Add to start the node deployment wizard. Complete the wizard by entering the required information in each screen. For detailed steps, see Deploy a Node for VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure.