You can optionally register additional Active Directory domains with your Horizon Cloud Node to assign management roles or provide assignments to users in those domains.

Ensure that the Active Directory infrastructure is synchronized to an accurate time source to prevent the domain join from failing. Such a failure requires you to contact VMware Support for assistance.

For the required domain-bind account, verify you have the information for the Active Directory user account that adheres to the following guidelines:

Is an Active Directory domain admin account.

Has an account password that cannot expire, change, or be locked out.

Important

You must use this account configuration because the system uses this account as a service account to query Active Directory.

For the required domain-join account, verify you have the information for the Active Directory user account that has domain-join permissions because the system uses this account to perform Sysprep operations on desktops and join the desktops to the domain. You can use the same account as the domain-bind account or a different one.

1

In the Administration Console, select Settings > Active Directory.

2

Click Register.

3

In the Register Active Directory dialog box, provide the requested registration information.

Important

Use an Active Directory account that adheres to the guidelines for the domain-bind account described in the prerequisites.

Option

Description

NETBIOS Name

Active Directory domain name

DNS Domain Name

Fully qualified Active Directory domain name

Protocol

Automatically displays LDAP.

Bind Username

User account in the domain to use as the LDAP bind account

Bind Password

The password associated with the name in the Bind Username text box.

You can optionally provide values for advanced properties.

Option

Description

Port

The default is LDAP -> 389. You do not need to modify this text box unless you are using a non-standard port.

Domain Controller IP

(Optional) If you want Active Directory traffic to use a specific domain controller, type a single preferred domain controller IP address. If this text box is left blank, the system uses any domain controller available for this Active Directory domain.

Context

LDAP naming context. This text box is autopopulated based on the information provided in the DNS Domain Name text box.

4

Click Domain Bind.

The Domain Join dialog box appears.

5

In the Domain Join dialog box, provide the domain-join information.

Note

Use an Active Directory account that adheres to the guidelines for the domain-join account described in the prerequisites. You can use the same account as the bind account used in Step 3 or a different one.

Option

Description

Join Username

User account in the Active Directory that has permissions to join systems to that Active Directory domain.

Join Password

The password associated with the name in the Join Username text box.

Primary DNS Server IP

IP address of the primary DNS Server

Secondary DNS Server IP

(Optional) IP of a secondary DNS Server

Default OU

Active Directory organization unit to have the desktop image resources, such as OU=NestedOrgName, OU=RootOrgName,DC=DomainComponent. The system default is CN=Computers.

6

Click Save.

At this point, if the domain join process succeeds, the Add Administrator dialog box appears and you can continue to the next step.

7

In the Add Administrator dialog box, use the Active Directory search function to add a group from this Active Directory that you want performing management actions on your environment using the Administration Console.

8

Click Save.

The following items are now in place:

The Horizon Cloud Node is joined to the Active Directory domain.

After logging in to Horizon Cloud using your My VMware credentials, in the Active Directory login window, users with the super administrator role can select the domain that corresponds to their Active Directory account.

Users in the group to which you granted the super administrator role can access the Administration Console and perform management activities.

User accounts in the joined Active Directory domain can be selected for assignments using the Administration Console, such as desktop assignments.

From this point, you typically perform the following tasks:

Add one or more auxiliary bind accounts to this Active Directory domain configuration. If the primary bind account you specified becomes inaccessible, the system uses the auxiliary bind account to connect to the Active Directory. Having an auxiliary bind account avoids locking out your administrator users from the Administration Console in situations where the primary bind account is inaccessible in the Active Directory domain. Add an Auxiliary Bind Account for an Active Directory Domain Registered to Your Horizon Cloud Node.

Assign the demo administrator role to those users in this domain to whom you want to grant read-only access to the Administration Console. See Assign Roles to Users for Administration Console Access.