VMware Horizon – Windows 10 Template and Desktop-Pool Design

Release date: March 13th 2020 / Updated July 14th 2020

Welcome to my VMware Horizon series. One of the most crucial factors for ensuring a successful VMware Horizon implementation, is the user experience. I’m not implying that the hardware backing Horizon isn’t crucial, but the way the Windows 10 template is set up, is imperative. Having seen quite a lot of different approaches to this, I have created a design document involving decisions the customers and I have to make before starting to create the template. I normally use these decisions when creating the master template, which I then clone and adjust to the customers different desktop pools, as needed. The goal for this Windows 10 template design-matrix, is to create a common understanding with my customers prior to starting the building of the template. Hopefully this will adjust expectations beforehand and give the customers an ownership to the decisions and process. I have also made a Desktop-Pool design document to accompany the above template design.

I have divided the template design document into the following sections:

Virtual Machine Decisions

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Operating System Decisions

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Horizon Decisions

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Pre-installed Applications

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Other Customizations

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The Desktop-Pool design document is fashioned in much the same way as the template design document, although the input is laid out to be directly used inside the “New Desktop Pool” Wizard in Horizon Administrator GUI.

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I have attached the PDF-version of this document here: Template-design.pdf and Desktop-Pool-design.pdf. The Word-versions are here: Template-design.docx and Desktop-Pool-design.docx. Feel free to download and use this as needed.

 

VMware Horizon View planning, deployment etc.

 

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.