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New Quick-Start Guide for Deploying RDS Hosted Applications with VMware Horizon 7

VMware End-User-Computing Technical Marketing is happy to announce the publication of a new quick-start guide, Publishing Applications with VMware Horizon 7. At just over 50 pages, this guide is full of screenshots that cover the process from start to finish—from installing and setting up the Horizon 7 RDSH servers to launching published Windows apps and monitoring live RDSH application sessions.

When you deploy VMware Horizon 7, you will find that you can now do more than ever with your RDS Hosted Applications. You have a wealth of remote-experience features:

  • Support for use cases such as graphics-intensive 3D applications with NVIDIA GRID vGPU and Unified Communications with Microsoft Lync 2013
  • Quick and easy access for your users to their files from RDS-hosted applications, with file-type association and client-drive redirection
  • Support for the most commonly used peripherals, including printers, scanners, other imaging devices, smart cards, and USB storage devices
  • HTML Access Web client
  • Profile management with VMware User Environment Manager
  • Advanced app publishing options with VMware App Volumes, so that applications can be delivered, updated, and retired in real time, without taking the RDSH server out of service

After completing the steps in this guide, you will have a basic Horizon 7 environment with several published applications. The following diagram summarizes the steps involved.


First, you install server software that manages sessions between users and published apps, and which automates cloning of RDSH servers. You can also optionally install App Volumes software for capturing groups of applications that are virtually attached rather than installed on the RDSH server.

Next, you create the master image of the RDSH server and install the agent software that communicates with the Horizon 7 servers and clients.

After server software is in place, delivering an application is straightforward:

  1. Create an RDSH farm from the master image, which clones the number of servers you specify.
  2. Publish one or multiple application pools with a single use of the Add Application Pool wizard.
  3. Entitle users as the last step of completing the Add Application Pool wizard.

End users download free Horizon Client software from app stores or from VMware to install on iOS, Android, Chromebook, Windows, macOS, or Linux endpoints. Or they can open a browser and enter the server URL to use the HTML Access Web client.

In summary, you can step through Publishing Applications with VMware Horizon 7 to experience

  • Easy installation and setup of Horizon 7 servers in a private cloud infrastructure
  • Quick and advanced application publishing techniques
  • User entitlement in just a few clicks
  • Integration with other VMware components to manage user profiles, streamline application delivery, and provide secure gateway access

Whether you actually perform the steps in the new quick-start guide, Publishing Applications with VMware Horizon 7, or just browse the screenshots to gauge the level of effort and expertise required, you will be pleased to discover how easily you can publish Windows apps. Your end users will have secure access, and they will hardly realize the apps are not locally installed.

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