A Horizon Cloud environment requires registering at least one Active Directory (AD) domain with the Horizon Cloud pod. This topic describes the configurations that are supported for use with your Horizon Cloud pods in Microsoft Azure.

The supported configurations are:

  • On-premises AD server and connecting that on-premises AD with your Microsoft Azure environment using VPN/MPLS or Microsoft Azure Express Route.
  • AD server running in your Microsoft Azure environment.
  • Using Microsoft Azure Active Directory Domain Services. For an overview of these services that Microsoft Azure provides, see this Azure AD Domain Services article in the Microsoft documentation.

For an in-depth technical description of each supported configuration, some options for each, and the advantages and disadvantages of each, see the VMware white paper Networking and Active Directory Considerations on Microsoft Azure with VMware Horizon Cloud white paper.

Important: Your Horizon Cloud environment can consist of pods in Microsoft Azure and Horizon 7 pods on-premises and in VMware Cloud on AWS. As a result, all of those cloud-connected pods must have line of sight to the same set of Active Directory domains. If your environment already has cloud-connected Horizon 7 pods and you are deploying your first pod into Microsoft Azure, you must ensure that pod will be able to have line of sight to the Active Directory domains that are already registered with your Horizon Cloud environment. See the Active Directory-related topics in the Horizon Cloud Administration Guide for more details.