Deploy View Replica Server 7.5

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Today we will discuss about How to Deploy View Replica Server 7.5.0, as we discussed earlier it’s a true replica copy of primary connection server. Replica server provide High Availability for Horizon View Connection Server.  After a replica installation, the existing and newly installed instances of View Connection Server are identical.

When you install a replicated instance, View Manager copies the View LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) configuration data from the existing View Connection Server instance.

After the installation, the View Manager software maintains identical View LDAP configuration data on all View Connection Server instances in the replicated group. When a change is made on one instance, the updated information is copied to the other instances.

If a replicated instance fails, the other instances in the group continue to operate. When the failed instance resumes activity, its configuration is updated with the changes that took place during the outage.

In Horizon View Replica Server, Replication functionality is provided by View LDAP, which uses the same replication technology as Active Directory.

Horizon View 7.5 blog series: “Horizon View 7.5

Previous blog post: “Deploy View Connection Server 7.5

Prerequisites for Horizon Replica Server Installation

Verify that at least one View Connection Server instance is installed and configured on the network.

Verify that you can log in as a domain user with administrator privileges on the Windows Server computer on which you plan to install the replicated instance.

If the existing View Connection Server instance is in a different domain than the replicated instance, the domain user must also have View Administrator privileges on the Windows Server computer where the existing instance is installed.

Recommended supported configuration

We will discuss basic requirements for deploying Horizon View Replica Server.

Supported Operating Systems for View Replica Server

You must install Horizon Replica Server on a supported Windows Server operating system. Below operating systems support Horizon View Replica server.

Note:- Windows Server 2008 R2 with no service pack is no longer supported.

Horizon Replica Server Hardware Requirements

Firewall Rules for Horizon Replica Server

Certain ports must be opened on the firewall for Connection/Replica Server instances and security servers.

When you install Connection/Replica Server, the installation program can optionally configure the required Windows Firewall rules for you. These rules open the ports that are used by default. If you change the default ports after installation, you must manually configure Windows Firewall to allow Horizon Client devices to connect to Horizon 7 through the updated ports.

The following table lists the default ports that can be opened automatically during installation. Ports are incoming unless otherwise noted.

Ports Opened During Horizon Replica Server Installation

In my environment I deployed standalone view Replica server on top of windows 2012 R2 with 4 CPU and 10 GB RAM.

  • Host Name: CS02
  • IP Address: 192.168.0.114
  • Domain: vgyan.local

Before proceeding View Replica Server installation make sure server under domain and you have assigned static IP.

 

Before proceeding with Replica server installation, open Certificate MMC console and enroll new certificate from CA server. Make sure you are changing certificate friendly name to “vdm” from certificate properties tab.

Verify certificate installation results, make sure it’s “Succeeded”. Click Finish.

I downloaded VMware-viewconnectionserver-x86_64-7.5.0-8583568 software from VMware software downloads.

Open VMware-viewconnectionserver-x86_64-7.5.0-8583568  and run as administrator.

Click “Next”

Accept EULA and click “Next”.

Verify installation folder and click “Next”.

From the installation option, Select Horizon 7 Replica Server Option and select Install HTML access.

While selecting IP protocol, make sure all the components of Horizon environment should be in same IP protocol. You can’t use IPv4 and IPv6 combination in Horizon environment. I am going with IPv4 because mu connection server is configured with IPv4.

Click “Next” to continue.

Provide your primary connection server Host name or IP address in source server field, in my case my primary connection server is “cs01.vgyan.local”.

Click “Next”.

Windows  firewall is requirement for horizon view, spicily for Security server to connection server communication. So do not disable windows firewall. While installing connection server it will configure windows firewall automatically.

Select “Configure windows firewall automatically” and click “Next”.

Verify and click “Install”.

Once the installation completed, click “Finish”.

Verify all there required services are installed and running as expected.

For accessing Horizon View Connection Server/Replica Server admin panel, open any supported browser, open https://Replica server FQDN or IP/admin. Provide admin user name and password and click “log In”.

Supported Web browsers are IE10, IE11, Firefox & Chrome Latest Version , Microsoft Edge (Windows 10), Safari 6 and later releases..

After opening Replica server admin panel, you can verify second connection server listed in the dashboard.

So we successfully deployed Horizon View Replica Server 7.5.0.

That’s all guys.. will discuss more on Horizon View 7.5 in upcoming post, Horizon View components installation and configuration, various Desktop pool creations, Application publishing etc… stay tuned.. 🙂

Next blog post will be “Deploy View Security Server 7.5

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Written by Sujith Surendran

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