VMware Horizon – Replica Server Install

Welcome to my VMware Horizon series. In this session I will describe how I installed my first Replica server. The main reason for having multiple Connection-servers are load balancing and high availability. This replica-setup is based on Horizon View 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 replica 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, this VMware Horizon View 7.6 Replica 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:

Replica_srv-00

 

I give the server a meaningful computername, in this Lab it will be view-conn02, and join it to the domain.

 

Now we come to the actual Replica Server setup

Download Vmware Horizon 7.6.0 Connection Server

sw-reqs01

 

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

Run through the installation as follows:

When the Installation wizard starts, Next

conn-setup01

 

Accept the terms, Next…

conn-setup02

 

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

conn-setup03

 

This Connection server will be setup as Replica Server, Next…

Replica_srv-05

 

I enter the fqdn of the connection server to replicate, Next…

Replica_srv-06

 

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…

conn-setup06

 

Install…

conn-setup09

 

Replica_srv-09

 

After the installer finishes with status Completed, I click Finish…

conn-setup10

 

When I now login into my Horizon Admin Gui, I can see both my connection servers. The reason they are both Red at the time being, is that I haven’t setup a certificate for them yet. I will now setup an Anti-Affinity rule in DRS on my cluster to make sure these servers are newer located on the same hw in case of hw-crash.

Replica_srv-11

 

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.