Lab For VMware Horizon 8

Tutorial on how to setup a lab for VMware Horizon 8

Components in Lab

The following components are installed

NoServer NameIP AddressRoles
1DEV-AD01.AVENTIS.DEV10.10.10.30/24AD Domain Controller
2DEV-CON01.AVENTIS.DEV10.10.10.200/24Horizon Connection Server
3VCSA.AVENTIS.DEV10.10.10.21/24vCenter Appliance 7.0
4NUC2.AVENTIS.DEV10.10.10.22/24ESXi 7.0 Host managed by vCenter

Installation of First Horizon Connection Server

Download VMware Horizon 8 2006 Connection Server (64-bit) from VMware Portal

Lab For VMware Horizon 8

Double Click on VMware-Horizon-Connection-Server-x86_64-8.0.0-16592062.exe

Lab For VMware Horizon 8

Accept the License Agreement

Default Installation Folder – C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server

Select Horizon Standard Server

Enter the Data Recovery Password

Configure the Windows Firewall Automatically

Authorize Domain\Administrator as Horizon Administrators

Select General

Installation of First Horizon Connection Server completed successfully

Replace Default Self-Signed SSL Certificate

Generate Wildcard SSL Certificate from Let’s Encrypt and convert the PEM file to PFX with openssl

openssl pkcs12 -export -in cert.cer -inkey privkey.pem -out AventisDev.pfx

Import the PFX to local Certificate Store (Computer)

Highlight the default Self-Signed Cert and delete the Friendly Name called vdm

Change the Friendly Name of imported Wildcard SSL Certificate to vdm

Restart VMware Horizon View Connection Server Service

 Restart-Service wsbroker

Go to to verify the Wildcard SSL Certificate is installed properly and login in with Domain Administrator Credential

Licensing VMware Horizon

Enter the License Key (VMware Horizon 8 Enterprise per Concurrent User) in Settings > Product Licensing and Usage

Add vCenter

Add vCenter in Settings > Servers > vCenter Servers

Enter the vCenter Name with Credential

Accept the default settings – Do Not Use View Composer

Accept the default settings

Click Submit to add the vCenter

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