VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 2 security server
This is the second part of this multi part series on installing VMware Horizon 6. The first part covered installing Horizon View connection servers and replica servers. In this post I will cover the install of a View Security Server, these servers are used for brokering external network connections into your datacenter for Horizon. The security servers are located in your DMZ network and establish a secure connection back to a linked connection broker.
You can install multiple Security Servers into a View environment. There is a 1:1 relationship between a security server and a connection server. This means if you want 2 security servers you will need at least 2 connection servers. VMware recommends that most customers build separate connection servers just for pairing with your security servers. This might not be necessary for smaller install.
Other posts in this Horizon series.
VMware Horizon 6 install – Part 6 setting up RDS applications
Install Horizon 6 security server
To start off you will need to log into the View Administrator. First click on Servers from the View Configuration area, then click on the connection server that you will be pairing the security server with. Last from the More Commands button choose to Specify Security Server Pairing password, this is a unique password that will allow the two servers to establish a secure connection.
Step 2: A pop-up window will open for you to enter in the Pairing Password. Enter your password here twice and choose the timeout value, this is the amount of time the password will be good for. You will need to install and link the security server before the timeout period ends.
Step 3: I’m going to skip a few steps on the install part. You use the same connection server install file and the steps are the same up to this point. Here you will choose to install the Security Server option and proceed.
Step 4: On this step you will be prompted to enter the Connection server password that you created at the beginning of this post.
Step 5: This step asks you to provide the hostname or IP of the connection server that you are pairing with the security server being built.
Step 6: Last up is where you specify the External URLs that you can point clients to for access. The default values have been left in, if you install multiple security servers you will use a friendly URL and that will load balance to these URLs.
Step 7: Much like in the other install the installer will auto configure the Windows Firewall. This is important unless you want to spend a bunch of time manually identifying ports and creating rules for them yourself. Not my idea of fun.
Step 8: Last up the installer is confirming the install location and you are ready to install.
At this point you now should have connection server(s) and security server(s) built. The next step will be to install the SSL certificates to secure all of the servers that you have built. This is covered in part three of this Horizon install series.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design