Deploying VMware View 5 - Part 2: Configure Windows 7 to be a VMware View Desktop
In Part 1 we looked at setting up your connection server. To actually deliver a virtual desktop you need to a) have a desktop built, and b) have the VMware View 'agent' installed on it.
In addition there are various changes you need to make, both to streamline the virtual machine, and make it more efficient for VMware View.
Note: If you are doing manual assignment of desktops to users, then this is not as important, but if you are going to deploy linked clone desktops this is VERY important. Either way its still good practice to 'prep' desktops first.
1. Build the desktop you intend to deliver via View (In this example I'm using Windows 7 Pro x32 bit).
Licencing Note: For manual desktop assignments you can use MAK license keys, but for larger deployments using VMware composer and linked clones, use Microsoft's KMS server to service your licensing needs.Using KMS Server for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, and Office 2010
2. Run a full Windows update, allow the machine to reboot, then keep running Windows update until it says that it is up to date.
3. Then install the VMware tools.
4. Install any software and applications you require.
5. Download these scripts to auto configure your clients.
Note: There are two scripts, one called PrepClient.bat and the other called PrepClientPM.bat (Only use the latter if you are going to deploy persona management). I originally got these scripts from VMware, and have made a subtle change to them, they are 99% NOT my work!
Make sure you execute the scripts from a command window "As Administrator", (right click the cmd shortcut while holding down Shift). You will need to do this even if you are logged in as the administrator.
What this script is doing?
a. Sets screen saver to "Blank Screen", enable after one minute, and password protects it.
h. Disables System Restore, and removes access to the restore options.
o. Enables Remote Desktop (RDP Connections) from all clients (the less secure option)
Bitlocker Drive Encryption Service 'BDESVC'
s. Sets Windows to show "Blank Screen" when booting instead of the Windows animation. "bcdedit /set BOOTUX disabled".
Another Option to Prepare Windows 7 for View
You can also (If you prefer a graphical tool) use Desktop Optimizer from Quest. (Note: Also needs to be ran as administrator or you will get runtime errors!)
6. Then Install the VMware View Agent.
7. Then make sure any floppy drives, and CD/DVD drives are also disconnected.
8. If the virtual machine is going to be in a manual pool leave it powered on. If it's going to be part of an automated pool, you can snapshot it.
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