During the Cloud Pod Architecture initialization process, the Cloud Pod Architecture feature creates a pod federation that contains a single pod. You can use Horizon Console to join additional pods to the pod federation. Joining additional pods is optional.

Global entitlements, global sessions, and federation access groups are replicated from the pods in the pod federation. Connection Server creates federation access group permissions on the root federation access group for all authorized administrators automatically.

Important: Do not stop or start a Connection Server instance while you are joining it to a pod federation. The Connection Server service might not restart correctly. You can stop and start the Connection Server after it is successfully joined to the pod federation.



  1. Log in to the Horizon Console user interface for any Connection Server in the pod that you are joining to the pod federation.
  2. Select Settings > Cloud Pod Architecture and click Join the pod federation.
  3. In the Connection Server (host name or IP address) text box, type the host name or IP address of any Connection Server instance in any pod that has been initialized or is already joined to the pod federation.
  4. In the User name (domain/username) text box, type the name of a Horizon administrator user on the already initialized pod.
    Use the format domain\username.
  5. In the Password text box, type the password for the Horizon administrator user.
  6. To join the pod to the pod federation, click OK.
    Horizon Console shows the progress of the join operation. The default pod name is based on the host name of the Connection Server instance. For example, if the host name is CS1, the pod name is Cluster-CS1.


After the pod is joined to the pod federation, it begins to share health data. You can view this health data on the dashboard in Horizon Console. See Review Pod Federation Health in Horizon Console.
Note: A short delay might occur before health data is available in Horizon Console.

What to do next

You can repeat these steps to join additional pods to the pod federation.