End users start Horizon Client to log in to a connection broker.

  • In a VMware Horizon 8 deployment, the connection broker is the Horizon Connection Server, which integrates with Windows Active Directory and provides access to remote desktops hosted on a VMware vSphere server, a physical PC, or a multi-session host such as Microsoft RDS. Horizon Connection Server also provides access to published applications on a multi-session host.
  • In a Horizon Cloud pod in Microsoft Azure deployment, the connection broker is one of the following:
    • If the customer is using Universal Broker, the connection broker is Universal Broker.
    • If the customer is using a single pod broker, the connection broker is the active pod manager VM, which provides access to remote desktops and applications.

The high-level example of a VMware Horizon 8 environment shows the relationships between the major components of a VMware Horizon 8 deployment.

Figure 1. High-Level Example of a VMware Horizon 8 Environment
A high-level diagram of a Horizon 8 environment.

The high-level example of a Horizon Cloud pod environment shows the relationships between the major components of a Horizon Cloud pod deployed in Microsoft Azure.

Figure 2. High-Level Example of a Horizon Cloud Pod Environment

A high-level diagram of a Horizon Cloud pod environment

For more high-level examples of a Horizon Cloud pod environment, see When Adding a Horizon Cloud Pod on Microsoft Azure as Your Very First Pod in Your Horizon Cloud Pod Fleet.