This wizard is used to automatically deploy a pod-manager-based pod into your Microsoft Azure subscription. When using this wizard to deploy your very first pod, you start the pod deployment wizard using the Manage > Add Pod feature in the Microsoft Azure row of the Horizon Universal Console's Getting Started page.

Important: This information applies 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.
Note: Login authentication into the cloud-based console relies on authenticating account credentials with VMware Cloud Services. If that service is unable to complete the necessary authentication requests, then you will not be able to log in to the console during that time period. If you encounter issues logging in to the console's first login screen, check the Horizon Cloud System Status page at to see the latest system status. On that page, you can also subscribe to receive updates.
Important: This wizard does not support deploying a Horizon pod into Azure VMware Solution (AVS). In the current release, there is no wizard that automates deployment of a pod into Azure VMware Solution. For that type of pod, you must first manually stand up the Horizon pod in AVS and then use the Horizon Cloud Connector to connect it to Horizon Cloud. For information about standing up a Horizon pod in AVS, see Tech Zone's Horizon on Azure VMware Solution Architecture.


Verify that you have met the prerequisites described in First-Gen Tenants - Prerequisites for Running the First-Gen Pod Deployment Wizard.


  1. Log in to the administrative console using one of the following methods:
    • Unless otherwise directed by your organization, you can go to the Horizon Cloud Service address at The system then automatically redirects to the standard VMware Cloud Services login screen at Sign in using your VMware Customer Connect account's credentials. (The previous name for the VMware Customer Connect account was My VMware account). The account credentials are the primary email address, such as, and the password that are set in the account's profile.
    • If your organization has asked you to access their Horizon Cloud tenant using VMware Cloud Services, first log in to VMware Cloud Services at When logged in to VMware Cloud Services, then click the Horizon Cloud card that appears under the My Services section.
    • If organization has asked you to access their Horizon Cloud tenant using their Workspace ONE environment, you can first log in to that Workspace ONE console, and then use the Horizon Cloud card that appears in your set of services.
    The following screenshot illustrates the VMware Cloud Services login screen.
    Screenshot of the VMware Cloud Services login screen for the initial login.

    If you have not previously accepted the Horizon Cloud terms of service using those credentials, a terms of service notification box appears after you click the Login button. Accept the terms of service to continue.
    When your login is successfully authenticated, the console displays in your browser. When you have no existing pods, the Getting Started wizard is displayed by default with the Capacity section expanded and the Add Cloud Capacity row.
    Horizon Cloud Service: Initial Getting Started screen.

    Note: As described in First-Gen Tenants - Horizon Cloud Deployments and Onboarding Pods, depending on the configuration of the Horizon Cloud tenant record, you might see a blue banner about onboarding to VMware Cloud Services. That step is not required for pod deployment and can be performed later. For information about that feature, see Onboard Your Horizon Cloud Tenant to VMware Cloud Services.
  2. In the Add Cloud Capacity row, click Manage > Add Pod.

    Screenshot that illustrates the Manage menu's items and a green arrow pointing to the Add Pod item.

    The Add Cloud Capacity wizard opens to its first step.
    Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure: Screenshot of the Add Cloud Capacity wizard's first step

  3. Specify the subscription to use for this pod by following the steps in First-Gen Tenants - Specify the Microsoft Azure Subscription Information for the New Horizon Cloud Pod.