To perform desktop or application pool deployment tasks, or monitoring and troubleshooting tasks, you must log in to Horizon Console. You access Horizon Console by using a secure (TLS) connection.


  • Verify that Horizon Connection Server is installed on a dedicated computer.
  • Verify that you are using a Web browser supported by Horizon Console. For more information about supported Web browsers, see Horizon Console Requirements.


  1. Open your Web browser and enter the following URL, where server is the host name of the Connection Server instance.
    Note: You can use the IP address if you have to access a Connection Server instance when the host name is not resolvable. However, the contacted host will not match the TLS certificate that is configured for the Connection Server instance, resulting in blocked access or access with reduced security. VMware recommends using the FQDN instead of the IP address.
    Your access to Horizon Console depends on the type of certificate that is configured on the Connection Server computer.

    If you open your Web browser on the Connection Server host, use to connect, not https://localhost. This method improves security by avoiding potential DNS attacks on the localhost resolution.

    Note: If you use an older Web browser, a pop-up window appears that displays the Web browsers you should use for the best user experience for Horizon Console. You can also click on your preferred Web browser in the pop-up window to download the Web browser.
    Option Description
    You configured a certificate signed by a CA for Connection Server. When you first connect, your Web browser displays the VMware Horizon page.
    The default, self-signed certificate supplied with Connection Server is configured. When you first connect, your Web browser might display a page warning that the security certificate associated with the address is not issued by a trusted certificate authority.

    Click Ignore to continue using the current TLS certificate.

  2. Log in as a user with credentials to access the Administrators account.
    You make an initial assignment to the Administrators role when you install a standalone Connection Server instance or the first Connection Server instance in a replicated group. By default, the account that you use to install Connection Server is selected, but you can change this account to the Administrators local group or to a domain global group.

    If you chose the Administrators local group, then you can use any domain user added to this group directly or through global group membership. You cannot use local users added to this group.

  3. Optionally, to remember the user name for every login, select Remember user name.
  4. Click Sign In.

What to do next

You can also right-click any link in Horizon Console to open in another web browser tab.