VMware Horizon: ‘VM With Unsupported Guest OS’

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Seen when attempting to deploy Window Server 2016, as an ‘Image‘ (Parent VM,) with VMware Horizon View.

‘VM With Unsupported Guest OS’

I double checked, and Server 2016 (Standard and DataCenter) were supported, as was Server 2019 (Standard and DataCenter.) The image also had a new version of the VMware Horizon View agent installed in it?


In my case this was an embarrassingly easy fix, previously I’d deployed Windows 7, 8, and 10 with Horizon View, this was the first time I’d ever deployed a server OS as a VDI image, (With Windows Server Datacenter, this works out cheaper, licensing wise).

By Default: VMware Horizon View does not allow server operating systems, (even though they are supported.) You just need to enable the feature! Launch Horizon Administrator, View Configuration > Global Settings > Edit > Tick ‘Enable Windows Server Desktops‘ > OK.

Doh! That cost me two hours, (hope it saved you some time).

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Author: PeteLong

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  1. Great Info, help me a lot!


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  2. I’ve been trying to work out why this wasn’t working for me all afternoon until I found this, Thank you for taking the time to write it down!

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  3. Wow…helped me as well! Preciate it!

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  4. Man, you literally saved me

    I appreciate your help, I feel quite dumb and stupid

    Thanks a lot

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  5. Strangely this worked for Windows 10 client OS as well. Thanks:)

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