Part-3 VMWare Horizon Replica Server Installation

In the previous post (Part -2) Covered the installatoin of Horizon 8 Connection (Standard) Server, in this section (Part 3) I will cover installation of Horizon 8 Replica Server.

Horizon Replica Server Overview:

Horizon Connection Server first installation instance is called Standard Server, to have high availability and load balancing we need to have more than a connection server in a pod, we can have maximum of 7 connection servers in a single pod.

Horizon Replica server Hardware system requirements same as Horizon Connection server, the only requirement is, you must install the replica server instance in the same physical location (data Center) of the connection Server instance installed. in case your requirement to deploy Horizon 8 span across multiple data Center it is recommended to make use of the Cloud Pod Architecture feature.

Watch the below video to understand Horizon 8 Replica server installation steps.

Click here to watch the Part – 4: Horizon 8 Initial configurations.


Part-2 VMWare Horizon 8 (2212) Connection Server Installation (On-Premises)

In the previous post (Part -1) I have covered the high level Horizon 8 architecture and core components specifications, in this section (Part – 2) I will cover installation of Horizon 8 Connection Server.

Horizon 8 Connection Server Prerequesites.

Before starting the installation of first connection server (Standard Server) make sure that required prerequisites are in place. Such as supported version of Active Directory, Service accounts, Static IPs, network ports are open, Horizon Installer, Licenses etc.

for more details about the horizon 8 requirement refer VMwrae’s offical system requirement page.

Watch the below video to understand the Horizon Connection Server installation steps.

Next post (Part -3) VMware Connection Replica Server Installation click here


Part 1: VMware Horizon 8 (2212) Hight Level Architecture Overview

The following blog post intent to cover the basic step by step of installation and configuration of VMware Horizon 2212 on-premises LAB environment to understand core components of VMware Horizon 8.

The installation steps are broken into multiple parts, this part cover the high-level architecture and components involved.

1. High Level Horizon 8 Architecture Overview.

2. Horizon 8 VDI infrastructure core components and specification.

The following servers and configuration used in my lab setup, Production deployment refer the VMware’s documentation.

Sl No Name of Server IP Address Qty Configuration Core Service Version Remarks
01 BITLABADC01 01 2vCPU, 4GB vRAM, 60GB HDD Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, file share, PKI Windows Server 2012 R2 STD Domain Controller
02 BITLABESXI01 01 16 vCPU, 32GB vRAM, 400GB HDD ESXi Server 7.0.3 Horizon Management Servers hosting
03 BITLABESXI02 01 16 vCPU, 32GB vRAM, 150GB HDD ESXi Server 7.0.3 VDI Workloads Hosting
04 BITLABVCSA01 01 2vCPU, 12 GB RAM, vCenter Appliance vCenter Appliance
05 BITLABCS01 01 2 vCPU, 4GB vRAM, 60GB HDD Horizon Connection Server Windows 2019 STD Connection Server Standard
06 BITLABRCS02 01 2 vCPU, 4GB vRAM, 60GB HDD Horizon Replica Server Windows 2019 STD Connection Server Replica
07 BITLABAPV01 01 4GB vRAM, 2vCPU, 50GB vDisk App Volumes Manager Windows 2019 STD App Volumes Manager
08 BITLABDEM01 01 2 vCPU, 4GB vRAM, 60GB HDD VMware Dynamic Environment Manager Windows 2019 STD Dynamic Environment Manager
09 BITLABSQL01 01 2 vCPU, 4GB vRAM, 60GB HDD SQL Server Database MS SQL 2017 STD Horizon Events DB, App Volume DB
10 BITLABWIN10-Master DHCP 01 2 vCPU, 2GB vRAM, 40GB vDisk Windows 10 VM Windows 10 x64 Windows 10 Master Image
11 BITLABWIN10-REF DHCP 01 2vCPU, 2GB vRAM, 40GB vDisk Windows 10 VM Windows 10 x64 Windows 10 Refence VM for App Stack Capturing

The above server configuration used in my LAB environment deployment, for production environment deployment follow the VMware’s official sizing recommendations and do through assessment of your environment to have get VDI experience.

I hope you will get basic useful idea from this Lab deployment series, stay tuned for next post Part-2 Installation of Horizon Connection Server.