Step By Step Install VMware Horizon 8 – Part 4

Hi, today I created an Event database to log Horizon events to a SQL Server instance, making the event data available to analytics software. For example, you can find the following types of events in the database:

  • Alerts that report system failures and errors
  • End-user actions, such as logging and starting desktop and application sessions
  • Administrator actions, such as adding entitlements and creating desktop and application pools
  • Statistical sampling, such as recording the maximum number of users over a 24-hour period.

Prerequisites for Setting Up the Events Database

  • SQL Server instance – This is the database server on which you will create the Events database.
  • Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio 
  • Microsoft SQL Server Configuration Manager  
  • SA credentials ­– To create the necessary logins for the database, you will log in to the SQL Server instance as the sysadmin (SA) or as a user account with SA privileges.

How to install and configure the Events Database?

1- Click on SQL Server Installation and then Click on New SQL server

2- Select Specify a free edition or Enter your product key

3-Acept license Term


5-Select Default and Next

6- Default Server Configuration and Next

7- Select Mixed Mode and enter a password for sa username and add domain administrator account for SQL server administrator

8- Click on Install


10-Install Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

11- In the Object Explorer, right-click Databases, and select New Database from the submenu. Name the database and click OK.

12- My Database name is Horizon

Finish 🙂

Step By Step Install VMware Horizon 8 – Part 3

Hi, today I want to install Replica Connection Server.

How to install Horizon Replica server?

1- Create two VMs and install two Windows servers and join them to your domain.

Guest OS – Microsoft Windows Server 2019
CPU – 4
Memory – 4 GB
New Hard Disk – 40 GB
New SCSI Controller – LSI Logic SAS
Network Adapter Type – VMXNET3

2- Download Connection server from this link and copy it to connection server’s VM.

3- Welcome page, Next

4- License Agreement, Next

5- Destination Folder

6- Installation Options

Standard installation – Generates a Connection Server instance with a new Horizon LDAP configuration.

Replica installation – Generates a Connection Server instance with a Horizon LDAP configuration that is copied from an existing instance.

Enrollment Server installation – Installs an enrollment server that is required for the True SSO (single sign-on) feature, so that after users log in to VMware Workspace ONE Access, they can connect to a remote desktop or application without having to provide Active Directory credentials. The enrollment server requests the short-lived certificates that are used for authentication.

I select Horizon Replica Server, Next.

7- On the Data Recovery page, enter the password you want to use for recovering data backups of the Connection Server.

8- Enter First Horizon Server HostName

9- On the Firewall Configuration page, accept the default, which is Configure Windows Firewall automatically.

10-  On the Initial Horizon Administrators page, for this exercise and for simplicity, I recommend authorizing an Active Directory domain group.

11- On the User Experience Improvement Program page, you can deselect the Join the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program option to opt out of the program.

12- On the Ready to Install page, leave the default for the drop-down list, which is General, to indicate that you are deploying the Connection Server in an on-premises environment, and click Install.

12- On the Installer Completed page, click Finish.

13- You can launch the Horizon Console


Finish 🙂

Step By Step Install VMware Horizon 8 – Part 2

Hi, today I want to configure the following thing on Connection Server:

If you don’t see part 1, please click here.

  • Add license
  • Add vCenter

How to add license for Connection Server?

1- Login to Connection Server 


2- My domain name is Enter your domain user administrator.

3- Click on VMware Horizon HTML Access

4- go to Settings –> Product Licensing and Usage –> Edit License

Enter the serial number of the product license key and click OK.

Add a vCenter Server Instance

1- In the Horizon Console, navigate to Settings > Servers, which takes you to the vCenter Servers tab, and click the Add button.

2- On the Add vCenter Server page, complete the following text boxes before clicking Next:

  • Server address – Enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the vCenter Server instance.
  • User Name and Password – Use the format for the name of the vCenter Server user account.
  • You can leave the default settings for the other text boxes.

Finish 🙂

Step By Step Install VMware Horizon 8

Hi, today in this post, I decided to explain about how we can install VMware Horizon 8 in high availability mode.

You can find more detailed information about What’s New in this link.

You can find more detailed information about Horizon Administration in this link.

What is my plan:

We have in

Part 1

How to install Connection server?

Part 2

How to add a license for Connection Server?

How to Add a vCenter Server Instance?

Part 3

How to install Horizon Replica server?

Part 4

How to install and configure the Events Database?

Part 5

How to create a Domain User Account and OUs in AD for Clone Operations?

How to add an instance – Clone Domain Administrator?

Part 6

How to create a Single – User Desktop Pool?

Part 7

How to Create RDSH – Published Desktop and Applications?

Part 8

How to provision Users and Access Desktop and Apps?

Finish 🙂

Step by Step Enable vSAN 7.0 FileService

Hi, Today i decided enable vSAN 7.0 File Service.

vSAN file service allows a vSphere admin to provision a file share from their vSAN cluster. The file share can be accessed using NFS or SMB.

1- Click on your Cluster –> Configure TAB  –>  vSAN –> Services –> File service –> Enable

2- Checklist

The following information is needed to configure file service.

  • Static IP address, subnet masks and gateway for file servers
  • DNS name for each IP address or allow the system to do a reverse DNS lookup.

For SMB share and NFS share with Kerberos Security, the following information is needed.

  • AD domain, organizational unit (optional), and a user account with sufficient delegated permissions.

I configure DNS name for each IP address

3- You can download manually or automatically File service agent, i downlload it and Manually import it. Click Browse

Select your files and Next.

4- Enter your Domain informations.

5- Enter your Networking information.

It is important configure Security setting before add it to File Service.

Go to Ntework Tab –> Select your port group or create new port group –> Advanced –> Custumize default polices configuration

Promiscuous mode and Forged transmits –> Accept

6- Choose your distributed port group name and location

7- Enter your ips and DNS names

8- Click on Finish button

Finish 🙂

Step by Step Enable vSAN 7.0 Manually

Hi, Today i decided to enable manually vSAN 7.0 on vCenter 7.0 u3.

You can find more information about vSAN prerequisite from this page.

1- Before enable vSAN, We need to configure VMKernel adapters.

Login to your vCenter –> Select one host –> Configure Tab –> Under Networking select VMKernel adapters –> Select your VMKernel adaptor (vmk0 is my VMKernel) an click on Edit Setting

You must do this procedure for all your hosts.

Select vSAN then click on OK button.

2- Click on your vSAN Cluster, And select Configure Tab, Under Configure Tab select vSAN — > Services.

Click on CONFIGURE VSAN button to open the Configure vSAN wizard.

  • 3- Select the type of vSAN cluster to configure, and click Next.
    • Single site cluster.
    • Single site cluster with custom fault domains.
    • Two node vSAN cluster.
    • Stretched cluster.
    • vSAN HCI Mesh compute (Sharing Remote Datastores with HCI Mesh).

4- Configure the vSAN services to use, and click Next.

You can Configure data management features, including deduplication and compression, data-at-rest encryption, and data-in-transit encryption.

5- Claim disks for the vSAN cluster, and click Next.

Each host requires at least one flash device in the cache tier, and one or more devices in the capacity tier.

6- Review the configuration, and click Finish.

Finish 🙂