Installing VMware Horizon View – Part 3: Creating Automated Pool VDIs with Full Virtual Machines
For this, a new Windows 8 template is required. After prepping the template, we will go over creating the pool and provisioning the VDIs per requirements.
First, after creating a clean install of Windows 8 virtual machines, we need to create a Guest Customization settings via vCenter to use with the template.
Click Home and Select “Customization Specifications Manager”
Click “New” and fill out Properties:
Fill out Name and Organization
Click “Use the Virtual Machine Name”:
Enter volume License Key:
Network Settings DHCP:
Generate New Security ID – SID and click Finish:
You may want to test this with a template to see if it is functioning as required.
Once the VM is created, convert it to Template. You can then right click on template and select deploy virtual machine to test the customization above.
Our next step is to use these to create automated pool.
Add a new Pool and select automated Pool:
Select Full Virtual Machines and vCenter server:
We will deploy full Virtual Machines, click Next and configure pool settings per your requirements
Provision Settings: Complete Naming Pattern, and Provisioning Timing;
Fill out Template Information, VM Folder Location, Host or Cluster, Resource Pool (Create a resource pool which is recommended), and Datastore to be used:
Advanced Storage Options:
Select Guest Customization and Click Finish after reviewing the settings:
You may now go to entitlements and assign users to the pool created.