Frequently Asked Questions

VMware Horizon is a modern platform for running and delivering virtual desktops and apps across the hybrid cloud. For administrators, this means simple, automated and secure desktop and app management. For users, it provides a consistent experience across devices and locations.

VMware Horizon Client is software that allows you to connect your VMware Horizon virtual desktop to a device of choice, giving you on-the-go access from any location. Clients are available for Windows, Mac, iOS, Linux, Chrome and Android at

VMware Horizon allows you to set up and manage a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). This is achieved by creating and provisioning desktop pools for centralized management. For more information on setting up VDI using Horizon, see the Horizon Documentation Center.

VMware Horizon runs remote desktops and applications in the data center or the cloud and delivers them to employees as a managed service. It offers flexible deployment options across private and public clouds, such as Microsoft Azure, VMware Cloud™ on AWS, Google Cloud VMware Engine, and VMware Cloud on Dell EMC. Read the Tech Zone article to learn more.

VMware Horizon is not a virtual private network (VPN). It uses a unified access gateway (UAG) to allow secure remote access to Horizon. It does support remote access to desktops and apps via a VPN, but a VPN is not generally required. For more information, read the blog post.

The Horizon Control Plane simplifies and automates management with cloud services that connect entitlements and unify management across Horizon environments, on-premises and in the cloud. Click to learn more about each of the Horizon Control Plane Services.

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