How to Open a Office Document with RDS Host File Type Association

Video Overview

In this quick walkthrough we're going to demo using Horizon 6.2 RDSH with File Type Association to open Microsoft Word files on a Windows 8.1 desktop with NO  locally installed Microsoft Word, by completing the following steps:

Walkthrough Summary

  • Add the Horizon Windows 8.1 Desktop to our Workspace Portal
  • Find and add the Windows 8.1 Desktop to My apps.
  • Launch a Windows 8.1 Desktop
  • Open Windows Explorer and navigate to \\dldc.vmwdemo.int\data\sharedata\
  • Copy the "TestChecklist.docx file to the Windows 8.1 desktop. 
  • Right Click on "test checklist.docx" and select "Open with" from the menu (Notice there are no apps associated with this file type)
  • On the Windows 8.1 Desktop, launch Horizon View Client
  • Connect with your username and password to the site with Site desktops and apps showing in the client window
  • Right Click on the testchecklist.docx file 
  • Notice that the RDSH Published Microsoft Word app comes up as an application you can associate with the docx file type.  
  • Leave the checkbox checked and select DLDC_Word-2013. 
  • DLDC_Word-2013 App is used to launch the test checklist.docx file. 
  • Close DLDC_Word_2013 Published App. 
  • End of Demo

In order to perform the full end-to-end demo make sure you have the following:

  • A valid account in the VMware TestDrive environment, signup here if you don't
  • Network access from your device and TCP ports 80, 443 and 4172 & UDP 4172 enabled
  • Horizon client 6.2 or later installed on your device
  • An appropriate web browser (such as Google Chrome) installed on your device

Let's get started, open up your favorite web browser and get sign into the Horizon Workspace Portal

https://vidm.vmtestdrive.com

Once you're logged in and at the Horizon Workspace Portal home screen, we need to add the Windows 7 Desktop to our dashboard (If you've already got these, skip ahead to where we first launch the Windows 8.1 Desktop session from Workspace) 

Hit the "App Catalog" icon and select your home region from the left

Then for speed search for "Win 8"

You should see the Windows 8 Desktop for your region, hit the "Add App" button

App Added Confirmation is shown,  now click on My Apps

Launch the Windows 8.1 Desktop from the App menu.

Windows 8.1 Virtual Desktop Launches.

Open File explorer and copy the "TestChecklist.docx" file from \\dldc.vmwdemo.int\data\sharedata\ to the desktop.

No file type association exists for this docx file currently

Launch Horizon Client and log in to your region (i.e. hv6dldc.vmwdemo.com)

Horizon Client Opens.

Right click on the docx file, leave the check in the box to the left of "use this app for all .docx files. and then select DLDC-Word_2013

Notice the Icon on the testchecklist.docx icon changes immediately to to a word icon.

RDSH Word published app then launches and opens the .docx document.

All .docx files on VM's will remain associated with the DLDC_Word-2013 application until user intervenes (or Writeable Volume is deleted.)

Here is a quick recap of what we did.

  • Added the Horizon Windows 8.1 Desktop to our Workspace Portal
  • Found and added the Windows 8.1 Desktop to My apps.
  • Launched a Windows 8.1 Desktop
  • Opened Windows Explorer and navigate to \\dldc.vmwdemo.int\data\sharedata\
  • Copied the "TestChecklist.docx file to the Windows 8.1 desktop. 
  • Right Clicked on "test checklist.docx" and select "Open with" from the menu (Notice there are no apps associated with this file type)
  • On the Windows 8.1 Desktop, launched Horizon View Client
  • Connected with your username and password to the site with Site desktops and apps showing in the client window
  • Right Clicked on the testchecklist.docx file 
  • Noticed that the RDSH Published Microsoft Word app comes up as an application you can associate with the docx file type.  
  • Leave the checkbox checked and select DLDC_Word-2013. 
  • DLDC_Word-2013 App was used to launch the test checklist.docx file. 
  • Closed DLDC_Word-2013 Published App.