VMware DEM – Upgrade Agent to v. 2303

Release date: April 9th 2023

Welcome to my VMware Dynamic Environment Manager series. In this session I will describe how I upgraded the VMware DEM Agent to v. 2303 using MDT. According to VMware’s official documentation, this should be done as step 11 in the supported update sequence.

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, described here: Automating Template Creation & Maintenance, 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 in the VMware-folder under the DeploymentShare.

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

I also make sure that my Task Sequence is updated, by editing the ts.xml-file under the Control folder

This concludes my session about upgrading the VMware DEM Agent to v. 2303. I can now proceed with upgrading the DEM Manager to v. 2303, posted here: VMware DEM – Upgrade Manager to v. 2303

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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