After deploying the Horizon Air Link appliance, you use the Horizon Cloud Node Setup user interface to provide the networking and other information required to configure the Horizon Cloud Node. You configure a Horizon Cloud Node using a Web browser to open the Setup user interface. You must log in using My VMware credentials.

About this task

You must perform this procedure for each Horizon Cloud Node that you want to pair with Horizon Cloud for a Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure deployment.

Managing multiple Horizon Cloud Nodes is advantageous in the following situations.

  • If you operate in multiple geographical locations, having one node physically located in each office can lower the latency.

  • You can use a second Horizon Cloud Node as a test environment, where you can test images and applications outside of the production environment.

  • If you scale beyond the current limits of the hardware, you can add nodes to additional hardware to meet the demand.

Prerequisites

For each Horizon Cloud Node that you want to set up, verify that you have the following items:

  • A deployed Horizon Air Link appliance, as described in Deploy Horizon Air Link Into Your vSAN Ready Node Cluster and Deploy Horizon Air Link Into Your Dell EMC VxRail.

  • The IP address for the deployed Horizon Air Link appliance.

    You use the appliance's IP address to display the setup login page by browsing to a URL of the form https://<Horizon Air Link appliance IP>:8443, where <Horizon Air Link appliance IP> is the IP address of the deployed appliance. If you do not know the IP address of the Horizon Air Link appliance, use the vSphere Web Client to connect to the virtual data center in which the appliance is deployed and navigate to the summary page for the Horizon Air Link appliance. The IP address appears on the summary page.

  • The My VMware credentials you used when you registered for the Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure service.

  • The single sign-on credentials for the vCenter Server cluster in which the Horizon Air Link appliance is deployed.

  • The fully qualified domain name of the vCenter Server instance.

    Important:

    You enter the vCenter Server instance's fully qualified domain name as part of the setup process. If you use an IP address, the setup process will fail.

  • The password for the ESXi hosts in the cluster.

During node configuration, the bottom of the page displays a link to Support Bundle. If something occurs that requires you to send support logs to VMware for review, click the link. A ZIP file containing the logs is downloaded to your browser. Contact VMware Support as described in KB 2144012.

Procedure

  1. Using a browser, navigate to https://<Horizon Air Link appliance IP>:8443, where <Horizon Air Link appliance IP> is the IP address of the deployed appliance.

    The Setup page appears with the login fields.

  2. At the Horizon Cloud Node Setup page, log in using the My VMware credentials that you used to register for the Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure service.
  3. Click Login.
  4. If prompted either to review the End User License Agreement or to respond to offline nodes, take the appropriate action.

    Option

    Description

    Offline Nodes

    The Offline Nodes dialog box appears when you attempt to onboard a node and the system detects that one or more existing nodes associated with your logged-in My VMware credentials are in an offline state. This dialog gives you the opportunity to delete the offline nodes. If you are absolutely certain that you want to delete an offline node, click Yes, then click + to continue the configuration of the node you started.

    End User License Agreement

    The license agreement appears when you configure your first Horizon Cloud Node using the logged-in My VMware credentials. Select the check box to accept and click Next. The license agreement does not appear when you configure subsequent nodes.

  5. Enter the virtual infrastructure information for the cluster in which the Horizon Air Link appliance is deployed.

    Option

    Description

    vCenter address

    Type the vCenter Server instance's fully qualified domain name.

    Important:

    You must use the fully qualified domain name. If you use an IP address, the setup process will fail.

    vCenter username

    Type the single sign-on name in the form of username@example.com.

    vCenter password

    Type the single sign-on password.

    ESXi password

    Type the password used by the ESXi hosts.

  6. Click Next.
  7. If a certificate was loaded to the vCenter Server environment that cannot be automatically validated, review and verify the displayed certificate details in the vCenter Server Certificate section and click Next.
  8. Enter the hardware description and network information.

    Option

    Action

    Hardware Description

    Enter the hardware and data center information. For example, the name of the Horizon Cloud Node, location, and optional description. You can also create a data center location or edit an existing one.

    Management Network

    1. Select a network from the drop-down menu, such as dvpg-management.

      Note:

      The selected network must be configured to allow outbound access to the Internet, to allow management of the Horizon Cloud Node by the Horizon Cloud service. As an example, typically you select the same management network that the Horizon Air Link appliance is connected to.

    2. Type the selected network's gateway IP address and a subnet mask.

    3. In the IP Range Min and IP Range Max text boxes, assign at least five (5) contiguous IP addresses from the selected management network.

    Desktop Network

    Enter the network information, including an assigned range of three (3) contiguous IP addresses in the same subnet as the gateway.

    The subnet must include the desktop IP addresses for end-user desktops, which get IP addresses from DHCP.

    The subnet must be large enough to contain all end-user desktops and DHCP must be configured to serve IP addresses to those desktops.

    Additional Information

    Enter IP addresses for NTP and DNS servers.

  9. Click Next.

    The system begins downloading binaries from the cloud. The download time varies based on location and network conditions. Typically, the download finishes in less than 45 minutes. You can close the browser now.

    After the download process finishes, the system builds the virtual machines required by the Horizon Cloud Node environment, which takes approximately 30–45 minutes. After the virtual machines are built, a check is done to confirm that a connection exists to the Horizon Cloud service.

  10. If the confirmation page remains open for more than a few seconds, click More Information to determine which IP addresses need outbound access.
  11. To receive an email when the process finishes, enter your email address and click Submit.
  12. (Optional) : If you close the browser and want to reconnect to check the progress, repeat 1 and reauthenticate using your My VMware credentials.

    A congratulations page appears when the Horizon Cloud Node configuration is successfully completed.

What to do next

Log in to Horizon Cloud at https://cloud.horizon.vmware.com and register your Active Directory domain with this Horizon Cloud Node. Registering Active Directory is the next required step. After registering the domain, you continue management of this Horizon Cloud Node from https://cloud.horizon.vmware.com.

Note:

If the Setup congratulations page is still open in your browser, you can click Get Started! to open the Horizon Cloud login page at https://cloud.horizon.vmware.com.

For detailed steps, see Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure Administration.

If you have additional Horizon Cloud Nodes to onboard, you can configure them by repeating the steps using the IP addresses for the Horizon Air Link appliances in those clusters.