You use the topics in this guide when you are starting your journey with VMware Horizon® Cloud Service™ from the very beginning. At the start of this journey, your Horizon Cloud environment starts fresh, without any cloud-connected pods. The first step is to get a pod in that fresh environment. That pod is your very first cloud-connected pod. The topics that follow this one describe how you get that first cloud-connected pod of any one of the pod types currently available for Horizon Cloud.

The following screenshot is a representative example of what a brand new fresh Horizon Cloud environment looks like when you log in to your account for the first time.


Screenshot of your Horizon Cloud environment before it gets its first cloud-connected pod

That first-time screen is oriented around the idea of adding capacity. You can think of adding capacity here as equivalent to deploying pods in various capacity environments and connecting those pods to your overall Horizon Cloud environment.

What the on-screen text says How that text relates to your first cloud-connected pod
Learn how to add On-Premises capacity... Adding on-premises capacity from this point in time makes your first cloud-connected pod an existing Horizon 7 pod that you have on premises or that you manually configured in VMware Cloud. If you are interested in this type for your first cloud-connected pod, read how best to proceed from the topic End-to-End Workflow When Your Very First Cloud-Connected Pod is from Connecting Horizon Cloud with an Existing Manually Deployed Horizon 7 Pod.
Add Cloud Capacity ... Microsoft Azure Cloud Adding Microsoft Azure cloud capacity from this point in time results in a wizard-driven, automatic deployment of a pod into Microsoft Azure. When that process is completed, that pod is your first cloud-connected pod. If you are interested in this type for your first cloud-connected pod, learn how to proceed from the topic When You Choose Microsoft Azure Cloud Capacity for Your Very First Pod Deployment and its subtopics.

After your Horizon Cloud environment gets its first cloud-connected pod, you then use the companion Horizon Cloud Administration Guide to continue the Active Directory domain registration steps with that first cloud-connected pod. After the domain registration is completed, you continue using that companion Horizon Cloud Administration Guide to learn about all of the workflows you can do with Horizon Cloud, including adding additional pods. In that guide, begin with the Introduction to Horizon Cloud topic, the Getting Started Using Your Horizon Cloud Environment, and their subtopics.

Note:
  • If you have a manually created Horizon 7 pod in VMware Cloud that you'd like to connect to Horizon Cloud, you can use the add on-premises capacity workflow to connect that existing pod. If that is the first add-capacity workflow you complete, then that pod would become your first cloud-connected pod. Before starting the steps described in this document, see also the VMware Horizon 7 with VMware Horizon Cloud Service Requirements Checklist. That document is available in PDF format, and it gives a nice overview of the various prerequisite elements needed to have success with your first pod deployment into VMware Cloud.
  • If you are adding Microsoft Azure cloud capacity as your first cloud-connected pod, before starting the steps described in this document, see also the VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure Requirements Checklist. That document is available in PDF format, and it gives a nice overview of the various prerequisite elements needed to have success with your first pod deployment into Microsoft Azure.