VMware Horizon 6 - part 2 configuration


Once VMware Horizon 6 has been installed, we need to do some configuration in the system: create the AD service account, setup the vCenter role and link the Connection server to vCenter.

This configuration is very important to set the correct parameters required by the system.

Blog series

VMware Horizon 6 - part 1 install Connection Server
VMware Horizon 6 - part 2 basic configuration
VMware Horizon 6 - part 3 setup RDS Host
VMware Horizon 6 - part 4 install View Composer
VMware Horizon 6 - part 5 setup Linked-Clone Desktop
VMware Horizon 6 - part 6 deploy RDS Desktops
VMware Horizon 6 - part 7 deploy RDS Application Pools
VMware Horizon 6 - part 8 connect View Desktop


Create AD service account

To use vCenter Server with View, a user account must be configured with correct permissions to perform operations in vCenter Server. On one Domain Controller create an AD service account VMware View will use to connect to vCenter.


Add the Create Computer Objects, Delete Computer Objects and Write All Properties permissions to the account.

All required permissions for the user account:

  • Read All Properties
  • Write All Properties
  • Read Permissions
  • Reset Password
  • Create Computer Objects
  • Delete Computer Objects



Create vCenter Role

Using vSphere Web Client, access vCenter Server and from the Home Page go to Administration > Roles. Click on Create roles action green plus icon (+).


Assign a Role name and set the permissions shown in the table below.



From vSphere Web Client navigate to Home > vCenter > Hosts and Clusters. Click the vCenter Server name and select the Manage tab. In the Permissions tab click the Add permission green plus icon (+).


On the left side click on the Add button to add the AD service account then click OK.


Assign the View Administrator role previously configured then click OK.


The service account just added.


Access the View Administrator console typing the correct credentials in the browser. Click on Login.


In the main screen, go to View Configuration > Servers. In vCenter Servers tab click on Add button to specify the vCenter Server.


Fill the requested fields then click Next.


Since no SSL certificates have been configured yet, click View Certificate button. For production environments is strongly recommended to use a CA.


Click on Accept button to accept the self-signed certificate created during the vCenter Server installation.


Select Do not use View Composer option since View Composer hasn’t been installed yet. Click Next.


Leave default values then click Next.


Click Finish to complete the procedure.


The vCenter Server is successfully added to the system.


The configuration of main View Connection server components is complete. Next step will cover the RDS Host setup.