VMware Horizon View – Add existing RDS server to Horizon

Welcome to my VMware Horizon View series, how I setup “View” in my LAB. In this session I will describe how to add an existing RDS-server to VMware Horizon View. Many customers have an existing RDS-infrastructure and I’m often asked to add these resources to their new Horizon environment. A prerequisite for this session is that we enable Windows Server desktops in Horizon View, posted here: VMware Horizon View – Enable Windows Server desktops

I have divided this task into 3 sections:

  1. Install Agent in existing RDS-server
  2. Create Manual RDS Farm for existing RDS-server
  3. Create a RDS Pool for existing RDS-server

 

Testing

Once the tasks above are finished, I login two of my test-users. They will now have access to the new Manual RD Pool from the Horizon Web-portal

CreateManualRDPool-12

 

When I check sessions in the ManualRDPool, I can see that both my test-users are connected to the same RDS-server, as there is only one RDS-server in the Farm.

CreateManualRDPool-13

 

Likewise, I verify from within the RDS Server, that my test-users are logged into the same server

CreateManualRDPool-14

 

VMware Horizon View 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.