Launching Horizon Resources Using HTML Access

In this quick walkthrough we're going to demo Horizon 7 HTML Access by completing the following steps:

Walkthrough Summary

  • We will connect to the Horizon HTML Access Portal and login
  • Launch Firefox
  • Launch Internet Explorer 6
  • And finally launch Microsoft Word, all from our Chrome tab!
  • Check out the YouTube video here of the demo in action! Featuring the silky tones of our very own Marilyn Basanta on vocals....

    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 8443 enabled
    • An appropriate HTML 5 web browser, Google Chrome is preferred

    Let's get started, open up your web browser and navigate to your preferred Horizon Connection Manager URL

    AMER - https://horizonamer.vmtestdrive.com
    APAC - https://horizonapac.vmtestdrive.com
    EMEA - https://horizonemea.vmtestdrive.com
    

    Once connected you should see a couple of options to login, we want to select "VMware Horizon HTML Access"

    You should now be prompted to enter your credentials

    Enter your VMWDEMO username and password and click "login"

    Entering your username and password

    Enter your VMWDEMO username and password in the format

    username: {your_username}
    password: {your_password}
    domain:	  VMWDEMO
    

    *NOTE you may also enter your username in the format {username}@vmwdemo.com if you prefer

    Once logged in you will see your Horizon VDI desktops and published apps available to launch, let's begin by launching Firefox

    Firefox should load and we can interact with the app, once you're done click on the sidebar tab to open up the HTML access UI

    Here we can see the sidebar and the running apps (Firefox at the moment)

    Let's fire up Internet Explorer 6 in our little browser party! This is a ThinApp version being delivered via RDS Published Applications!

    Now finally let's bring up the sidebar again and launch Microsoft Word

    Once that's launched you can play around in the app and switch between your running Horizon resources, all in your Chrome browser tab!

    Once you're done, you can select the sidebar one last time and logout of your running apps

    That's a logical place to stop, let's have a quick recap of what happened!

    Walkthrough Summary

  • We will connect to the Horizon HTML Access Portal and login
  • Launch Firefox
  • Launch Internet Explorer 6
  • And finally launch Microsoft Word, all from our Chrome tab!
  • Check out the  TestDrive Support KB for further walkthroughs, FAQs and information regarding the VMware Global Demo Environment.

    For support or to report issues with any of the demo systems please send us an email .