App Volumes 2212 brings us the exiting new feature “Published Apps On Demand”. To utilize this new feature an RDSH Farm is required, this blog explains how you create a RDSH Farm in Horizon 8 (2212).

A prerequisite for creating a farm is that you need to have is an RDSH server with the Horizon, and preferably the DEM and App Volumes Agent installed. In this blog I’m assuming you already have done this, as installing Windows Server and some agents should be pretty straight forward task. Don’t forget to create a snapshot off the VM, otherwise it cannot be used for cloning.

So, let start!

Open the Horizon management console, and navigate to Farms and click Add.







Leave Automated Farm on default, and click Next.







Select your vCenter Server, and click Next.







I’m leaving the Storage Optimization settings default, as I don’t use vSAN in my lab. Click Next.







Enter a Farm ID, and specify settings if you want. For this blog I’m leaving this default. Click Next.







Again, leaving things default here. Click Next.







Choose a Naming Pattern and select the Maximum number of machines you want to create in your farm. Click Next.







Specify the VM, and Snapshot of the VM you’ve created. The select the location where you want the cloned VM’s to land. Click Next.







Select your Instant Clone Domain Account, and the OU where the computer objects need to be created. Click Next.







Review your selected settings, and click Submit to start the cloning process.







You can monitor the progress by selecting your farm. When successfully finished, the state should be Published.







Navigate to the RDS Hosts tab to see the hosts you’ve created. 






This concludes my blog on how to build an RDSH Farm in Horizon. I’ve hope this has been informative for you. If you have any questions, feel free contact me.

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