VMware DEM – Upgrade Agent to v. 2203

Release date: June 12th 2022

Welcome to my VMware Dynamic Environment Manager series. In this session I will describe how I upgraded the VMware DEM Agent to v. 2203 using MDT. According to VMware’s official documentation, Update sequence for Horizon 7, Horizon 8, and compatible VMware products (78445), this should be done after upgrading the DEM Management Console, as shown below.

I start out by downloading the installation media from VMware Customer Connect

As I’ve gone over to using MDT to create VMware Horizon Windows images, I will update the Dynamic Environment Manager Agent in the Deployment Share and run through the task sequence to create a new Windows image. Before I begin, I open the task sequence and can see that it has found the build in the Deployment Share.

I close the Deployment Workbench MMC before I continue. To update the Dynamic Environment Manager Agent in the Deployment Share, I will first delete the existing agent.

Next, I copy the new VMware Dynamic Environment Manager Agent msi-file to the “DEM” folder in the Deployment Share. It is important to make sure that the executable isn’t blocked by Windows Security, therefore I right-click the msi-file, select Properties and tick the Unblock box, if it exists. This also applies to the other executable files under the DeploymentShare-folder.

When I now open the Deployment Workbench MMC, the new Dynamic Environment Manager Agent build will be identified correctly.

As my task sequence is based on the osot.xml template, I will also have to edit this file with the correct msi-file name. Once done, I update the Deployment Share before I run through the task sequence and push the new Windows image to my desktop pool

This concludes my session about upgrading the VMware DEM Agent to v. 2203. As there aren’t any updates to the Application Profiler in this release, there is no need to update this component. I can now proceed with upgrading the DEM Manager to v. 2203, posted here: VMware DEM – Upgrade Manager to v. 2203

VMware DEM – Upgrades

My VMware DEM LAB Set Up

Official VMware Dynamic Environment Manager Documentation

Disclaimer: Every tips/tricks/posting I have published here, is tried and tested in different it-solutions. It is not guaranteed to work everywhere, but is meant as a tip for other users out there. Remember, Google is your friend and don’t be afraid to steal with pride! Feel free to comment below as needed.

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