This documentation page introduces the IMS features that are available for use within a first-generation Horizon Cloud Service environment.

Using this Page

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/).

IMS - Cloud-Based Service

At an overarching level, IMS is a cloud-based service that simplifies and automates the management of system images used by desktop assignments, such as desktop pools and farms, across your cloud-connected Horizon pods.

Key Benefits

The Horizon workflow depends upon the timely and diligent administration of the system images underlying the virtual machines and desktop assignments provisioned to end users. The management of system images can be a tedious and time-consuming process, as every customization to an image requires the administrator to update the associated desktop assignments one by one.

First-generation IMS simplifies and streamlines this process by offering the following features and benefits.

  • Centralized catalog for images managed across your sites and cloud-connected Horizon pods.
  • Automated replication of system images across your cloud-connected Horizon pods. Desktop assignments on different pods and sites can easily reuse the same images managed by the service.
  • Automated version control and tracking of images.
  • Automated updates of desktop assignments with customized images, by using reference markers. You can easily and efficiently update desktop assignments in this way across your sites and cloud-connected Horizon pods.

As a result, IMS significantly reduces the time and effort required to maintain desktop assignments with the latest images, allowing administrators to devote more attention to customizing the business-critical operating system settings and applications on the images themselves.