You must perform certain tasks to prepare a non-vSphere machine to be managed by Horizon 8.


  • Verify that you have administrative rights on the non-vSphere machine.
  • To make sure that remote desktop users are added to the local Remote Desktop Users group of the non-vSphere machine, create a restricted Remote Desktop Users group in Active Directory. See the Horizon Installation document for more information.


  1. Power on the non-vSphere machine and verify that it is accessible to the Connection Server instance.
  2. Join the non-vSphere machine to the Active Directory domain for your remote desktops.
  3. Configure the Windows firewall to allow Remote Desktop connections to the non-vSphere machine.

What to do next

Install Horizon Agent on the non-vSphere machine. See Install Horizon Agent on a Non-vSphere Machine.