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It’s been a while since I wrote Part 4, so it’s time to wrap this up. Now we have Composer installed on the Virtual Center, we can start to deploy our linked clone desktops.
VMware View – Prepare your Source Machine
2. With your source machine shut down, take a snapshot of the machine.
VMware View – Create an Automated Linked Clone Pool
3. Log into your VMware View Administrator console > Inventory > Pools > Add.
4. Automated > Next.
5. Dedicated > Next (unless you want a floating user assignment, the description of each is on this page).
6. View Composer linked clones > Next (ensure your vCenter is listed, and has “Yes” in the View Composer section).
7. Give the pool an ID, name, and description. (Note: If you use folders for your VM’s, you can also select those here).
8. I tend to stick with the defaults, except I let the users reset their desktops > Next.
9. I’m not redirecting any disposable files or profiles > Next.
10. Expand Security > Logins > Create a new login.
11. For the default Image, browse to your source machine, then select the snapshot. Set the Folder, Host/Cluster, and Resource pool as applicable. Then browse for a datastore.
12. Here I’ve selected to store my disks on different datastores. If you can, put your replica disk on the FASTEST storage, as this gets the most “Read” traffic > OK > Next.
13. The domain should auto populate > Pick an OU to place the new machines into, then select either to use quickprep (the VMware one), or Sysprep (the Microsoft one). > Next.
Note: You can also use a customization specification (yes Americans are worse at spelling than me!), you set these up in the VI client on the home screen under ‘Customization Specifications Manager’.
14. Review the information > Finish.
15. Now you have you pool, you need to allow your users to connect to it, with it selected press ‘Entitlements’.
16. Add in the users and/or groups you want to grant access to > OK.
17. It can take a while for the replica to be created then all the linked clones to become ‘Available’ watch progress under ‘Inventory > Desktops’.
18. When available you should be able to connect to them using the VMware View Client.
19. And finally get your new Windows 7 linked clone desktop.
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