Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure

Delivering a Seamless Digital Workspace Experience with Horizon Cloud

VMware Workspace ONE integrates with VMware Horizon Cloud to provide a simple and secure enterprise platform that allows end users to access their applications, data and services from any device, anywhere. Both platforms were built to integrate with each other, which provides a single user interface (UI) through the Workspace ONE enterprise catalog, to deliver applications to end users.

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About Workspace ONE

Workspace ONE combines identity, real-time application delivery and mobility management to provide a digital workspace to your end users. This digital workspace delivers Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, public native mobile applications—and when integrated with Horizon Cloud, virtual applications and desktops—all from a single, unified application store.

About Horizon Cloud

Horizon Cloud enables the delivery of cloud-hosted or on-premises virtual desktops and applications. With Horizon Cloud, you can leverage a cloud-based management plane and even infrastructure, instead of deploying an entire infrastructure to support VDI desktops and RDS applications traditionally. Your IT organization can focus on delivering applications and desktops, instead of spending time maintaining the infrastructure.

Benefits of Integration

The integration of Workspace ONE and Horizon Cloud provides a number of benefits:

Single Sign-On

One of the primary advantages that Workspace ONE and Horizon Cloud provide is secure, single sign-on (SSO) to both desktops and applications. This provides simplicity and ease of access while maintaining security. Users can utilize either the Workspace ONE web-based portal from any HTML 5 web browser or the Workspace ONE mobile application. And when used with an iOS-based device, users can utilize touch ID for SSO.

Two-Factor Authentication

Workspace ONE provides multiple multi-factor authentication methods, such as RSA, Radius, Certificate, Kerberos, and VMware Verify to protect your environment beyond the basic user ID and password. Workspace ONE also provides two-factor authentication (2FA) for Horizon Cloud to secure your Digital Workspace.

In addition, you can utilize step-up authentication, which allows additional multi-factor authentication beyond the initial authentication into Workspace ONE when accessing a desktop or application. This increases the security by requiring two-factor authentication to access a specific desktop or application, even if you don&#rsquo;t require it to access Workspace ONE.

Three Integration Options

Both Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE have a cloud hosted option and an on-premises option. You can integrate the Horizon Cloud options with the Workspace ONE options in the following configurations:

Figure 2: Possible Integration Configuration Options

Although the two types of deployment have unique architecture requirements, both require an on-premises component. The on-premises component can be a virtual appliance or a Windows server, based on the type of deployment. For more information on the different deployments and their architecture, see VMware Workspace ONE Documentation.

Integration 1: Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure and Workspace ONE Cloud

Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure supports only Workspace ONE Cloud.

Figure 3: Integration 1: Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure and Workspace ONE Cloud

The following Figure 4 illustrates the integration option for Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure and Workspace ONE Cloud. The VMware Identity Manager Connector (a) is deployed on-premises in your data center. This integrates with your Active Directory and synchronizes the resources between Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE, along with desktop and application entitlements. This synchronization between the VMware Identity Manger Connector and Horizon Cloud occurs over the VPN or Direct Connect (b), which connects your data center to your Horizon Cloud tenant (c). The VMware Identity Manager Connector then synchronizes the resources and entitlements to the VMware Identity Manager (IDM) Cloud service (d).

Figure 4: Integration 1: Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure and Workspace ONE Cloud

Integration 2: Horizon Cloud On Premises and Workspace ONE On Premises

Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure supports both the on-premises and cloud versions of Workspace ONE.

Figure 5: Integration 2: Horizon Cloud On-Premises and on-premises version of Workspace ONE

You can use Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure to run desktops and applications in their data center using Hyper Converged Infrastructure (HCI) Appliances, but with abut with a cloud base control plane.

Figure 6 illustrates the integration option for Horizon Cloud On-Premises Infrastructure and on-premises version of Workspace ONE. VMware Identity Manager (a) is deployed as a virtual appliance in your data center. This provides integration with your Active Directory (b) and also performs the synchronization of the resources between Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE (c), along with desktop entitlements.

Figure 6: Integration 2: Horizon Cloud On-Premises and on-premises version of Workspace ONE

Integration 3: Horizon Cloud On Premises and Workspace ONE Cloud

Horizon Cloud with On-Premises Infrastructure supports both the on-premises version of Workspace ONE and Workspace ONE Cloud.

Figure 7: Integration 3: Horizon Cloud On Premises and Workspace ONE Cloud

For Workspace ONE Cloud, the VMware Identity Manager Connector (a) is deployed on-premises in your data center (b). This provides integration with your Active Directory and also performs the synchronization (c) of the resources between Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE, along with desktop entitlements. The VMware Identity Manager Connector then synchronizes the resources and entitlements to the IDM Cloud service (d).

Figure 8: Integration 3: Horizon Cloud On Premises and Workspace ONE Cloud

Tips on How to Integrate

To integrate Horizon Cloud with Workspace ONE, you deploy VMware Identity Manager or VMware Identity Manager Connector on-premises with one of the Horizon Cloud Service options described earlier. To start the integration, ensure that VMware Identity Manager or VMware Identity Manager Connector is configured and integrated with your Enterprise Directory.

For more information, see the VMware Horizon Cloud Service Documentation or VMware Workspace ONE Documentation.

Enable Horizon Cloud Desktops and Applications in VMware Identity Manager

With a Horizon Cloud and Workspace ONE integration, you can use the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console, a component of Workspace ONE, to enable desktops and applications.

  1. Log in to the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console.
  2. In the Catalog tab, select Manage Desktops and Applications > Horizon Cloud.
  3. Select Enable Horizon Cloud Deployments and Applications.
  4. Enter the following information for your environment:
  5. Click Save.
  6. Click Sync now to sync Desktop and App entitlements from the Horizon Cloud environment.

Configure SAML Authentication

You should configure a a SAML authentication between Horizon Cloud and VMware Identity Manager, the identity provider, to enable trust between the two. To establish trust, you first create a Federation Artifact for Horizon Cloud, then set up custom user ID mapping, and finally configure SAML authentication.

Create Federation Artifact for Horizon Cloud

To enable trust between Horizon Cloud and VMware Identity Manager, you create the Federation Artifact in the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console and add a SAML authentication in the Horizon Cloud Administration Console.

  1. In the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console, click the arrow on the Catalog tab and select Settings.
  2. In the left pane, select Horizon Cloud.
  3. Enter the following information for your Horizon Cloud environment:
  4. Click the Accept Certificate link next to the Tenant Appliance URLs.
  5. Click Save.

After creating a federation artifact, set the custom User ID mapping.

Custom User ID Mapping

You can use custom User ID Mapping to customize the user ID that is used in the SAML response when users launch Horizon Cloud Desktops and Applications. You can resolve SSO launch failures that are caused by a mismatch of the user ID attribute between VMware Identity Manager and Horizon Cloud.

  1. In the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console, click the arrow on the Catalog tab and select Settings.
  2. Click Horizon Cloud on the left.
  3. In the Horizon Cloud page, specify the name ID format to use.
  4. Click Save.

After setting the custom User ID mapping, configure the SAML authentication.

Configure SAML Authentication in Horizon Cloud

To configure SAML authentication in Horizon Cloud:

  1. In the VMware Identity Manager Administration Console, click the arrow on the Catalog tab and select Settings.
  2. In the left pane, click SAML Metadata.
  3. Click the Identity Provider (iDP) metadata link.
  4. Make a note of the URL from the browser&#rsquo;s address bar, such as https://VMwareIdentityMangerFQDN/SAAS/API/1.0/GET/metadata/idp.xml
  5. Log in to the Horizon Cloud Tenant.
  6. Navigate to Settings > General Settings > Edit.
  7. In the VMware Identity Manager section, enter the following required information:
  8. Click Save.

Enforce User Authentication through Workspace ONE Portal

You can set Horizon Cloud to enforce end user authentication through the Workspace ONE portal, requiring SAML-based authentication.

Figure 13: Enforcing User Authentication

  1. In the Administration Console, navigate to Settings > General Settings, and click Edit.
  2. In the User Account Configuration section, make selections according to your organization’s needs.
    • Force Remote Users to vIDM – When set to Yes, users that are trying to access their desktops from locations outside of your corporate network must log in to their Workspace ONE portal and access desktops and applications from that portal.
    • Force Internal Users to vIDM – When set to Yes, users that are trying to access their desktops from locations within your corporate network must log in to their Workspace ONE portal and access desktops and applications from that portal.
  3. Click Save to confirm the configuration to the system.

After you verify that user authentication is enforced, your users can launch desktops and applications securely from Workspace ONE.

Launch a Desktop or Application using Horizon Client or Supported Browser

Your end users can use either the Horizon Client or any supported HTML 5 browser to launch desktops and applications.

  1. In the Workspace ONE portal, click Bookmarks
  2. Double-click the desktop or application to launch.

To Wrap this up….

Step-by-step documentation on how to integrate Horizon Cloud with VMware Identity Manager can be found in the VMware Horizon Cloud Service Documentation and VMware Workspace ONE Documentation. If you want to try configuring the integration yourself, but do not have a Horizon Cloud or Workspace ONE environment yet, you are in luck. At VMworld, we are releasing a Hands-on-Labs for Horizon Cloud, which contains an entire module that walks you through the configuration of the integration. Make sure to check out HOL-1856-ADV-1 in the Hands-on-Labs at VMworld in Las Vegas!

 

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Delivering Graphics Power with NVIDIA GRID & VMware Horizon Cloud Hosted

Today countless enterprise customers, including Seventy Seven Energy, leverage VMware Horizon Cloud with hosted infrastructure to deliver cloud-hosted desktops and applications to any device, without the hassle and cost of managing their own infrastructure. These organizations rely on Horizon Cloud to deliver virtual apps and desktops to knowledge workers, seasonal employees and contract workers, as well as those involved in mergers and acquisitions.

At VMworld 2017, we will introduce high-performance, GPU-backed desktops to extend the reach of Horizon Cloud hosted to engineers and designers who have traditionally relied on dedicated graphics workstations to utilize 3D applications and graphics intensive applications and to visually analyze large data sets.

In partnership with NVIDIA, this joint solution taps into the power of NVIDIA GRID. Come fall, organizations utilizing Horizon Cloud hosted will be able to take advantage of this new capability, and these power users will be able to access virtual workstations on any device.

Key Benefits of Virtual Workstations

  • Deliver secure, immersive 3D graphics from the cloud. Power users and designers get the same graphics experience they would expect from dedicated hardware, delivered securely and cost effectively.
  • Improve collaboration workflow and reduce costs. Dispersed teams can collaborate on large graphics and data sets in real time in the cloud.
  • Provide greater security for mission-critical data. Protect intellectual property and improve security by centralizing data files.
  • Centralize management. Use a single pane of glass to assign graphics resources to end users in a balanced way. IT can now control user profiles to flexibly deliver the graphics performance needed by each user. This includes hardware resources, operating systems and applications.
  • Virtualize any desktop application. Bring the power of virtualization to the user who needs it most to be productive.
  • Provide flexibility and remote access to power users. Virtual workstations work independently of location, endpoint and network. Users can access their desktops and 3D applications while at work, home or traveling.

Come visit us at VMworld to get a demo of Horizon Cloud with hosted infrastructure with NVIDIA GRID. Don’t miss this breakout session:

Delivering 3D Graphics Desktops and Applications in the Real World with VMware Horizon, Blast Extreme Adaptive Transport and NVIDIA GRID

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Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure – July 2017 Technical Updates

There are several technical updates to the VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure this quarter. The updates for this release focus on expanding capabilities from the initial release in February. VMware will contact all customers individually to schedule the upgrade of their tenant(s) to the new release (17.1). For more details on this release, see the Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure 17.1 Release Notes.

New Data Center Availability Added!

VMware is continuing its partnership with IBM to bring VMware Horizon Cloud Service to more regions. Since Februrary, we have added capabilities to host Horizon Cloud in the United Kingdom (May), Germany (June) and in California (July). We now have three data centers in the U.S., one in Japan, and two in Europe. The Horizon Cloud team will continueto add more data centers in the next few months. Stay tuned!

Native Applications with App Volumes Technology Is Generally Available

In February, we enabled a few select customers to use VMware App Volumes technology to create and leverage AppStacks in Horizon Cloud. This feature is now generally available to any customer who requests it. Note that add-on storage is required to use this feature. If you are a HorizonCloud customer and would like to use Native Applications powered by App Volumes technology, consult with your VMware sales team.

Smart Policies Support

You can now leverage Smart Policies in Horizon Cloud. Smart Policies allow you to have fine-grain control over a user&#rsquo;s desktop experience. You can dynamically enable, disable, or control access to user features in Horizon Cloud based on who the user is, and how they are accessing Horizon Cloud. Smart Policies were released as an integration between VMwareHorizon 7 and VMware User Environment Manager in 2016.

For example, with Smart Policies, an administrator can decide to disable access to USB devices or to cut-and-paste from within the Horizon Client if a user is attempting to access the HorizonCloud environment from an untrusted or external network. You can also dynamically control display-protocol configurations based on the type of device that is being used.

Smart Policies in Horizon Cloud work the same as they do in Horizon 7. VMware Senior Product Line Manager Aaron Black wrote an excellent blog post pointing out some great use cases for Smart Policies. If you want to try out Smart Policies in your Horizon Cloud deployment, download the Reviewers Guide for View in VMware Horizon 7: Smart Policies.

Windows Server 2016 Support

Horizon Cloud continues to provide support for customers wanting to use the latest editions of Windows operating systems. With this release, Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure now supports Windows Server 2016 for RDSH hosts and for skinned Windows Server based virtual desktops. For full details on OS support in Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure, see the Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure Service Description document, which can be found in the Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Terms of Service page.

Horizon Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business Support

Full support for the Horizon® Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business isreleased for Windows clientswith Horizon Cloud. This solution enables customers to use Skype for Business within Horizon desktops to make optimized audio-video calls and telephony features using the native Skype client. Please note that this functionality is only available on VDI desktops today, but will be made available on RDSH desktops / apps in the future. Details on what features are supported with this release can be found in the release notes for Horizon 7.2.

Enhanced Troubleshooting Capabilities through Console Access (BETA)

We have added more troubleshooting features to the Horizon Air Console Access - HACA tool. HACA, which is currently in Beta,gives administrators direct access to individual desktop consoles for troubleshooting purposes. The tool has been enhanced to allow administratorsthe abilitytotroubleshootvirtual machines that get stuck during the Windows OS startup process, before the Horizon Agent starts.

Horizon Agent 7.2 / Client 4.5 Support

Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure supports the latest Horizon clients and agents. Organizations can take advantage of new feature enhancements in the latest clients including enhanced security with Blast Extreme with support of SHA-256 encryption. You can download the latest clients from the Horizon Clientdownload page.

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Announcing VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure: Networking Overview

I am excited to announce a new white paper: VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure: Networking Overview. This white paper extends the recently posted VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure: Deployment Considerations paper, and delves deeper into the networking details that can help you avoid problems during deployment of VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure, a service that provides virtual desktops by subscription from the cloud.

The Networking Overview white paper has all of the information you need to get approval from your networking stakeholders for a deployment of Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure. It provides a summary of the decisions and responsibilities to establish before deployment, and covers the prerequisites for firewall and ports. The paper identifies the two main network connectivity options—VPN and Direct Connect—and discusses the pros and cons of both. It covers a wealth of additional networking topics, including bandwidth considerations, split DNS, subnet considerations, choosing between integrated or isolated Active Directory, and even how to choose user portal and administrative console URLs.

 

Enterprises are turning more often to VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure to ensure access to virtual desktops and hosted applications from any device, from any location. Using VMware Horizon Cloud Service avoids security risks by providing a single console with built-in security options. And Horizon Cloud integrates with your infrastructure and leverages your organization&#rsquo;s infrastructure resources to extend your data center.

For more information about deployment considerations beyond networking, see VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Deployment Considerations. This paper also includes a wealth of helpful links to additional resources, just a few of which are listed here:

  • SysTrack Desktop Assessment, Part 1: Moving to VDI? Details You Should Know (VMware blog post)
  • Technical Introduction to VMware Access Point for Secure Remote Access (VMware blog post)
  • What are Types of VPN Access? Explained with Examples (blog post)

To comment on this blog post, contact VMware End-User-Computing Technical Marketing at euc_tech_content_.

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Announcing VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure: Networking Overview

I am excited to announce a new white paper: VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure: Networking Overview. This white paper extends the recently posted VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure: Deployment Considerations paper, and delves deeper into the networking details that can help you avoid problems during deployment of VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure, a service that provides virtual desktops by subscription from the cloud.

The Networking Overview white paper has all of the information you need to get approval from your networking stakeholders for a deployment of Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure. It provides a summary of the decisions and responsibilities to establish before deployment, and covers the prerequisites for firewall and ports. The paper identifies the two main network connectivity options—VPN and Direct Connect—and discusses the pros and cons of both. It covers a wealth of additional networking topics, including bandwidth considerations, split DNS, subnet considerations, choosing between integrated or isolated Active Directory, and even how to choose user portal and administrative console URLs.

 

Enterprises are turning more often to VMware Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure to ensure access to virtual desktops and hosted applications from any device, from any location. Using VMware Horizon Cloud Service avoids security risks by providing a single console with built-in security options. And Horizon Cloud integrates with your infrastructure and leverages your organization&#rsquo;s infrastructure resources to extend your data center.

For more information about deployment considerations beyond networking, see VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Deployment Considerations. This paper also includes a wealth of helpful links to additional resources, just a few of which are listed here:

  • SysTrack Desktop Assessment, Part 1: Moving to VDI? Details You Should Know (VMware blog post)
  • Technical Introduction to VMware Access Point for Secure Remote Access (VMware blog post)
  • What are Types of VPN Access? Explained with Examples (blog post)

To comment on this blog post, contact VMware End-User-Computing Technical Marketing at euc_tech_content_.

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Announcing VMware Horizon Cloud Service with Hosted Infrastructure Deployment Considerations