VMware Horizon – Connection Server Install

Welcome to my VMware Horizon series. In this session I will describe how I did the installation of the connection server. This is based on VMware Horizon 7.6. I have, after I created this session, upgraded the Connection servers to v. 7.8, covered here: VMware Horizon – Upgrade Horizon Connection Servers to v. 7.8

Prior to installing the connection server, we need to review the pre-requisites layed out by VMware here:

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-7/7.6/horizon-installation/GUID-E1B927CD-20A1-47B5-B613-BB9F1A4B58CB.html

I will use my word-template which I filled in during preparations, when doing this task.

Prep

 

I deploy my new virtual machine with the OS of my choice, VMware Horizon 7.6 Connection server can be setup on:

I will be using Microsoft Windows Server 2016 in this Lab.

 

I customize the hardware accordingly to VMware’s Hardware requirements:

hw-reqs01

 

I give the server a meaningful computername, in this Lab it will be view-conn01, and join it to the domain. After reboot, I login in and add these pre-required Windows Server features as follows:

  • Group Policy Managment
  • Telnet Client (I already have this in my server template)
  • AD DS Snap-Ins and Command-Line Tools

 

Start Server Manager, choose “Add roles and Features”, select “Role-based or feature-based installation, Next

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I select my connection-server, Next

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Next

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Select “Group Policy Managment”…

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Select “AD DS Snap-Ins and Command-Line Tools”…

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Select “Telnet Client”…

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Install…

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Now we come to the actual Connection Server setup

Download Vmware Horizon 7.6.0 Connection Server

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Start the “VMware-Horizon-Connection-Server-x86_64-7.6.0-9823717.exe”

Run through the installation as follows:

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Accept the terms, Next…

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Default destination folder is a good a location as any, Next…

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This Connection server will be setup as Standard Server, will cover setting up Replica, Security & Enrollment Server in later posts, Next…

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Enter the recovery password of choice and password reminder, Next…

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I like to let the firewall, in this Lab I use Windows Defender firewall, be enabled on my Windows Servers, and select “Configure Windows Firewall Automatically”, Next…

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Here I enter the usergroup I created earlier when I prepared the Active directory, covered in my post about VMware Horizon View Preparing Active Directory, Next…

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I deselect CEIP, Next…

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Install…

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Finish…

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Next step now is to configure the Vmware Horizon View Connction Server Events Database, this is covered in my post: VMware Horizon – Setup an events-database for the Connection Server

 

VMware Horizon planning, deployment etc.

 

Disclaimer: Every tips/tricks/posting I have published here, is tried and tested in different it-solutions. It is not guaranteed to work everywhere, but is meant as a tip for other users out there. Remember, Google is your friend and don’t be afraid to steal with pride! Feel free to comment below as needed.