Installing VMware Horizon View – Part 2: Building Virtual Desktop
In this part, we will go over basic configuration of Configuration server and will prep a single Windows 8 VM, and then create a manual pool to have our first pool with VM created in this post.
There are four types of VM pools: Manuel, Automated with Full VMs, Automated with Linked-Clone, RDS Pools
As a prerequisite, you need to prep a Windows VM joined to domain with Remote Desktop Enabled on your VMware servers. Then you can install view agent.
Adding vCenter Server a Pool
Click Servers and Click Add and enter vcenter server settings:
View Composer Settings:
and click next, review the configuration summary and then click Finish. The pool should be ready now.
Install View agent
Run View Agent Installer on the VM:
For agent settings, the defaults are as follows. I will be enabling PCoIP for future use.
Enable Remote Desktop
And Click Install.
Creating a Pool:
Select Inventory > Pools and click on Add, select pool type.
Available pool types are as follows: Automated, Manual, and Terminal service Pool. Each has different supported feature sets.
In this post, I will be selecting a manual pool for now to be able to use the VM created earlier. Other pool types will be created as we progess in the following posts.
Select Desktop Source. Two options here: vCenter and Other (Physical or VMs not managed by vCenter)
Select the vCenter that will be used in the list:
Complete Pool Identification:
If required change pool settings per your requirements:
The list of VMs will be presented on the selected vCenter server.
Advanced Storage Options:
Review the settings and click Finish
Go to Users and Groups to assign users to the pool created. First select users or groups:
Next you need to install View client 🙂 You can go to https://connection server for a download link if you dont have the installer in hand.
Once you install and run the client, you need to add the connection server if you did not specify during installation:
Then login with the credentials that has access to the pool/VM. After that the pool assigned will be visible on the Client.
Do not forget to put this VM into the OU created earlier for it to get required policies.