Two factor authentication for connecting to VMWare Horizon over the Internet

I am in discovery mode on this project.  I am using VMWare Horizon Client to allow users to access their virtual desktop from locations outside of the office.  I want to enable two factor authentication just for connections coming into the view connection server from the Internet.  I do not want two factor for connections made from my internal zeroclients and PC's (very few) that run Horizon client and connect over PCoIP.  Is it possible to do this type of separation?  I am also curious what authenticator you have had the best luck with.  I see Google Authenticator is pretty popular.
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Steve BantzIT ManagerAsked:
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
we use duo for 2FA
for us, we created 2 separate connection servers; one internal, one external
there is 1 security server for the external connection server
the duo config is setup and works well with both the horizon client and web client
after putting in your password, then you have the duo 2FA prompt which most users opt for a push that will prompt for approval in the duo app on  your phone.  you can also use a yubi key and the duo app can generate a code to type

wanted to avoid using 2 connection servers but that was the only option
first attempted to use vmware unified access gateway which is a linux appliance that would not require having a security server on windows externally facing.  however, it was not working correctly with 2FA.  Seems it does not tell the connection server that it already authenticated so you get prompted for username and password a second time which we know users wouldn't want to do.  vmware support told me it will not work the way i was trying to do so just went with separate connection server with 2FA enabled.  turned off, of course, for the internal server for users on thin clients in conference rooms.  has worked well for us for over a year.
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Steve BantzIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
That makes sense.  Is there additional vmware licensing that needs to be purchased to spin up another connection server and a security server?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
nope...no additional licenses (i had asked my reseller before the same thing)
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Steve BantzIT ManagerAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the tips.  I am going to take the same route you did.
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