Installing VMware Horizon View – Part 3: Creating Automated Pool VDIs with Full Virtual Machines

Automated PoolIn this part, we will create a Windows 8 image to use with automated pool setup.

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”

Customization Specifications Manager

Click “New” and fill out Properties:

Properties

Fill out Name and Organization

Name and Organization

Click “Use the Virtual Machine Name”:

NETBIOS Name

Enter volume License Key:

volume License Key

Administrator Password:

Administrator Password

Time Zone:

Time Zone

Network Settings DHCP:

Network Settings DHCP:

Domain Settings:

Domain Settings

Generate New Security ID – SID and click Finish:

SID

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.

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Our next step is to use these to create automated pool.

Add a new Pool and select automated Pool:

automated Pool

Select Floating:

User Assignment - Floating

Select Full Virtual Machines and vCenter server:

Full Virtual Machines

We will deploy full Virtual Machines, click Next and configure pool settings per your requirements

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Provision Settings: Complete Naming Pattern, and Provisioning Timing;

Provision Settings:

Fill out Template Information, VM Folder Location, Host or Cluster, Resource Pool (Create a resource pool which is recommended), and Datastore to be used:

Virtual Machine Template

Advanced Storage Options:

Advanced Storage Options

Select Guest Customization and Click Finish after reviewing the settings:

Guest Customization

You may now go to entitlements and assign users to the pool created.

Good Luck!

Bulent Tolu

Bulent Tolu

Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware
Bulent is an IT professional with Master's in MIS and 10-years of experience in broad range of Information Technologies. He is exposed to engineering/architecting, implementation/integration, and administration of various high-available IT systems and infrastructure. He has a passion to continually research, test and evaluate new technologies and follow industry best practices to secure and optimize IT systems. Currently, he lives in Istanbul and works as a Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware.
Bulent Tolu

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