This cloud- and web-based console is the user interface for your single point of control for managing and monitoring your first-gen Horizon Cloud environment and your cloud-connected pods.

Attention: Use this page solely when you have access to a first-gen tenant environment in the first-gen control plane. As described in KB-92424, the first-gen control plane has reached end of availability (EOA). See that article for details.

As of August 2022, Horizon Cloud Service - next-gen is generally available and has its own Using Next-Gen documentation set available here.

An indication of which environment you have, next-gen or first-gen, is the pattern that appears in the browser's URL field after you log in to your environment and see the Horizon Universal Console label. For a next-gen environment, the console's URL address contains a portion like /hcsadmin/. The first-gen console's URL has a different section (/horizonadmin/).

Remember: The Horizon Universal Console is dynamic and reflects features that are appropriate for the up-to-the minute configuration of your tenant environment. Access to features described in this documentation can depend on factors including, and not limited to:
  • Whether the feature depends on system code available only in the latest Horizon Cloud pod manifest, Horizon pod version, or Horizon Cloud Connector version.
  • Whether access to the feature in Limited Availability, as stated in the Release Notes at the feature's debut.
  • Whether the feature requires specific licensing or SKUs.

When you see mention of a feature in this documentation and you do not see that feature in the console, first check the Release Notes to see if the feature's access is limited and the way you can request enablement in your tenant. Alternatively, when you believe you are entitled to use a feature that is described in this documentation and you do not see it in the console, you can open an informational (non-technical) service request (SR) as described in How to file a Support Request in Customer Connect (VMware KB 2006985).

Browser Experience

The console is compatible with recent versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. Use of the console in Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 is deprecated and will give a sub-optimal experience. The console is not supported for use in Apple Safari, although you can try using the console in Apple Safari. If you attempt to access the console using a non-modern browser such as Microsoft Internet Explorer 11, the console displays an information message to use an up-to-date browser. For the best user experience, use the most recent versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge

Navigation and Functional Areas

On the left side of the interface is the Navigation bar, providing a hierarchy for navigating to the main areas of the user interface. The following table describes each area starting with at the top of the bar.

Category Functional Areas
Monitor The Monitor category provides access to the unified dashboard, activity monitoring, reports, and notifications. For an overview of the pages in this category, see About the Monitor Menu in the Horizon Universal Console and topics First-Gen Tenants - Horizon Cloud Dashboard - Health Visibility and Insights into Your Pod Fleet and Tenant Environment, Activity Page, First-Gen Tenants - Reports Page in the First-Gen Horizon Universal Console, and Notifications Page.
Assignments The Assignments category provides access to assignments and assignment-related actions and workflow. For an overview of the pages in this category and links to the various assignment-related workflows you can do with assignments, see About the Assignments Menu in the Horizon Universal Console.
Inventory The Inventory category provides access to desktop-as-a-service artifacts from your pods, such as imported base VMs, sealed images, farms, and applications. For an overview of the pages in this category and tasks you can do in them, see Viewing Assets in Your Horizon Cloud Tenant's Inventory.
Note: Many of this category's pages are only applicable to pods in Microsoft Azure.
Settings The Settings category provides access to pages that involve settings and configurations in your environment. For an overview of the pages in this category and the tasks you can do in them, see About the Settings Menu in the Horizon Universal Console.

For example, in this release, some areas of the console are applicable only for Horizon Cloud pods deployed in Microsoft Azure. Horizon Cloud pods are those deployed into Microsoft Azure by the console's automated pod deployment wizard and which run the pod-manager software technology. When your cloud-connected pod fleet consists of only Horizon pods — pods that are running the Horizon Connection Server software — those areas that are applicable only for the pod-manager-based pods display a graphic and message. The following screenshot is a portion of what is displayed.

Screenshot of what is displayed on pages that are only applicable to pods in Microsoft Azure.

When your cloud-connected pod fleet includes both Horizon Cloud pods and Horizon pods, you might see an explanatory banner on various pages.

Upper Toolbar

In addition to the Logout action under the logged-in user name, the upper part of the console provides:

  • The console's search feature to search users or VMs (Screenshot of the search icon used in console for Horizon Cloud.). For more information, see Using the Console's Search Feature.
  • Notifications (Screenshot of the notification icon used in the console for Horizon Cloud). For more information, see Notifications Page.
  • Feedback Screen shot of Feedback icon. For more information, see Sharing Your Feedback with VMware.
  • Support-related information (Screenshot of the console's help icon.) such as what's new in the current service level, Web-based documentation, build information, and requesting support.
  • Language selector, to display the console in its supported languages.