vRealize Operations for Horizon View 6 – Quick Setup Guide

By | March 3, 2015

The following post outlines the high level steps to configure this solution.  This is a quick setup guide only, which will point you in the right direction.  As always, refer to the official docs for detailed step by step instructions. I will assume you already have vRealize Operations Manager up and running.  If you are unfamiliar with the vRealize Operations for Horizon solution, you can find more information here

1. Download the necessary components from VMware.com.  You’ll need the Horizon with View Management Pack (pak file), View Broker Agent and View Agent v4H component, which is already included in the View Agent install, you just need to enable the component during install.  Also, don’t forget your license for the vRealize Operations for Horizon solution.

2. Inside of vRealize Operations Manager, add a new solution and install the Horizon management pack.  The current file is VMware-vcops-viewadapter-6.0.0-2307507.pak

Go to Solutions > Add (the following screen is where you add Solutions.). Please ignore the fact I’ve already installed the solution called VMware Horizon.


3. Using the Add Solution wizard, browse to your pak file and upload.


4. After a successful upload, you need to configure the Adapter with credentials. Go to Solutions>Select VMware Horizon and click the Configure (cog wheels) option above.  In the top screen shot, it’s the option to the right of the green ‘Add’ button.

5. Select the View Adapter and Add the credential – For lab purposes I used the name v4v (choose whatever you feel is best) and a good key\password.  You’ll need this to configure the View Broker Agent which is installed onto one of your View Connection Servers and paired to this adapter.  This will enable the View Connection Server to send all the data to the View adapter in vRealize.


6. After the credential is setup, you need to license the product.  Go to Administration>Licensing

Add the license for VMware vRealize Operations for Horizon


7. Then go through the License Groups and setup accordingly to map objects to licenses.  Both Product Licensing and VMware Horizon Solution Licensing need configuring

Follow the Installation guide on page 15

VMware Horizon Solution Licensing setup…


Product Licensing setup …


8. Install the View Broker Agent on your View Connection Server, this only needs installing on one View Connection server in your pod.  I’ve installed on my first View Connection Server.

9. After installation, configure the View Broker Agent.  You’ll need to Pair the View Broker agent, to the View adapter configured on the vRealize appliance, so you’ll need the credential and password you setup earlier.


Note: You can use the Test and Validate Credentials buttons to ensure your configuration is correct.  You’ll need the ‘Pair Adapter’ test to be successful.

10. Ensure your virtual desktops in your pool(s) are running the View Agent 6.x with the Horizon Operations component.  If necessary, installed the relevant View Agent.

11. Once the above is in place, you should start seeing data collected.  To verify this, in vRealize, go to View Adapter Self Health dashboard and check the status.


12. If the above is successful and your data is being collected, you can view other cool dashboards and gain insight into your Horizon View deployment 🙂


13. Bonus step – To find in-guest metrics and analyse the processes inside of your virtual desktops from vRealize, you can find this via the View Remote Session Details dashboard.

Go to the Session Processes widget > Choose Action (on the right) > Get Desktop Processes

Wait for 10-20 seconds and boom!! 🙂


This saves a great amount of time running, instead of running other tools to try and gain insight into your virtual desktops, which could be located elsewhere and networks\firewalls preventing this insight.  Having the ability to view all of this from a single pane of glass is extremely beneficial.

Well that’s a wrap for this quick setup guide, I hope you found this useful.  Be sure to check out the documents below, including the new ‘Maximizing Use’ guide, which will run through getting the most out of the vRealiaze Operations for Horizon solution, including dashboards, alerts, symptoms and widgets…

Have fun 🙂


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