The VMware Horizon Workspace Installation and Configuration Guide guides you through the installation and configuration process for the Horizon Workspace server. When the installation is finished, you can use VMware Horizon Workspace to entitle users for managed, multi-device access to your organization's data and applications, including Windows applications, software as a service (SaaS) applications, files, View desktops, and mobile applications.

Horizon Workspace is a multiple virtual machine vApp, distributed as an Open Virtualization Archive (OVA) file. You can deploy the vApp to vCenter. Horizon Workspace includes the following virtual appliances.

Horizon Workspace Server Components

Horizon Workspace Server Component


VMware Horizon Workspace Configurator Virtual Appliance (configurator-va)

You start configuring Horizon Workspace with this virtual appliance, using both its console interface and the Configurator Web interface. The configurations you make with the Configurator are distributed to the other virtual appliances in the vApp.

VMware Horizon Workspace Manager Virtual Appliance (service-va)

This virtual appliance handles ThinApp package synchronization and gives you access to the Administrator Web interface, from which you can manage users, groups, and resources.

VMware Horizon Workspace Connector Virtual Appliance (connector-va)

The Horizon Workspace Connector provides the following services: user authentication (identity provider), directory synchronization, ThinApp-catalog loading, and View pool synchronization.

VMware Horizon Workspace Files Virtual Appliance (data-va)

This virtual appliance controls the file storage and sharing service, stores users' files and folders, and synchronizes them across multiple devices.

VMware Horizon Workspace Gateway Virtual Appliance (gateway-va)

The Horizon Workspace Gateway is the single endpoint for all end user communication. User requests come to the gateway-va virtual machine, which then routes the request to the appropriate virtual appliance.

VMware Horizon Workspace Data Template Virtual Appliance (datatemplate-va)

This virtual appliance is generated by the Configurator the first time the Horizon Workspace vApp is installed and powered on. It is used for clustering when you create a new data-va virtual machine using the hznAdminTool addvm command.

This information is intended for system and functional administrators of Horizon Workspace. The information is written for experienced Windows and Linux system administrators who are familiar with VMware technologies, particularly vCenter and ESX, networking concepts, Active Directory servers, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), and NTP servers. SUSE Linux 11 is the underlying operating system for the virtual appliances in the vApp. Knowledge of other technologies, such as VMware ThinApp, RSA SecurID, Active Directory, and iOS app distribution is helpful if you plan to implement those features.