The Horizon Workspace Administrator's Guide provides information and instructions about using and maintaining VMware® Horizon Workspace™. With VMware Horizon Workspace, you can customize a catalog of resources for your organization's applications and data and provide secure, multi-device, managed-user access to those resources. Such resources include Web applications, mobile applications, Windows applications captured as ThinApp packages, Citrix-based applications, and VMware® Horizon View™ desktop pools. Horizon Workspace provides users with a unified experience and offers your IT department unified security and management for all services and applications across multiple devices.

The Horizon Workspace Administrator's Guide is intended for enterprise administrators. This information is written for experienced Windows or Linux system administrators who are familiar with virtual machine technology, identity management, Kerberos, and directory services. Knowledge of other technologies, such as VMware® ThinApp®, VMware® Horizon View™, Citrix application virtualization, RSA SecurID, and Android app distribution is helpful if you plan to implement those features.

Use the Horizon Workspace Administrator's Guide after you install Horizon Workspace. See Installing and Configuring Horizon Workspace.

To administer Horizon Workspace, you predominantly use the Horizon Workspace Administrator Web interface, logged in as an administrator. You occasionally need to access the Configurator Web interface, the Connector Web interface, and the virtual appliance interfaces. See Horizon Workspace Web Interface URLs.

The key task you perform as a Horizon Workspace administrator is to entitle users to resources. Other tasks support this key task by providing you with more detailed control over which users or groups are entitled to which resources under which conditions.

The tasks you perform as an administrator vary depending on the resource types you plan to manage. You can manage the file-sharing service, Horizon View desktop pools, Windows applications (ThinApp packages), Citrix-based applications, Web applications, and managed mobile workspaces for VMware Ready Android devices. The actual resource types you manage vary according to the needs of your organization. To entitle a resource type, you must first perform the respective preconfiguration tasks as described in the Installing and Configuring Horizon Workspace.