Upgrading Horizon Workspace from 1.8 to 1.8.2 or 2.0

I recently went through the process of upgrading Horizon Workspace for several of my clients in the past few weeks.

It’s a rather painless process that I’m going to share with you!

First, and foremost, make sure that your Horizon Workspace vApp has Internet access. If you need to configure proxy settings, first open a console each virtual machine in the vApp and login as root.

From there, type yast. This will bring up a GUI that will allow administrators to configure many different settings.

See example of GUI below. Navigate to Network Services > Proxy and press Enter.

Enter the proxy information as needed.

Follow the GUI navigation to get back to the shell in order enter the upgrade commands.


If proxy settings are not required and your Horizon Workspace virtual machines have Internet access, then begin here!

Log into the configurator-va using root.

To check for updates, type:

/usr/local/horizon/lib/menu/updatemgr.hzn check

This is demonstrated in the following screenshot.

Once this command completes, it will notify if any updates are available.

To install the updates and upgrade the applications, type the following command:

/usr/local/horizon/lib/menu/updatemgr.hzn update


/usr/local/horizon/lib/menu/updatemgr.hzn update20 to upgrade to Horizon Workspace 2.0.

This is demonstrated in the following screenshot.


This process may take awhile so be patient!

Once this is finished then restart the vApp using vCenter Server.

Happy upgrade!


On August 1, VMware released a new exam to qualify candidates for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD) Certification.

This new exam (exam code VDCD550) is based on vSphere v5.5, where the existing exam (exam code VDCD510) is based on vSphere 5.0/5.1.

Passing either of these exams will earn VCAP5-DCD certification if you have also met the pre-requisites.