VMware Horizon – Setup Server 2016 Instant Clone Template – Customize Windows

Release date: May 26th 2019

Welcome to my VMware Horizon series. In this sub-session I will describe how I customized Windows in my Server 2016 Instant Clone Template, prior to installing agents and applications.

After successfully deploying a new Server 2016 vm in my previous session, I’m now ready to proceed with customizing the MS 2016 Server. The first thing I do with my template is to run the command below to enable Adobe Flash Player to run on Windows Server 2016

dism /online /add-package /packagepath:”C:\Windows\servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.14393.0.mum”



Next, I defer feature updates and update Windows before I proceed




Once the template is updated and restarted, I run “NGEN, compactos and Dism”-commands to optimize and compress the template.





That concludes my session about how I customized Windows Server 2016 in my Instant Clone Template. My next logical step will be to generalize Windows Server 2016, covered here: VMware Horizon – Setup Server 2016 Instant Clone Template – Generalize Windows


Recommended reading:

VMware Tech Zone: Creating an Optimized Windows Image for a VMware Horizon Virtual Desktop


VMware Horizon – Setup Server 2016 Instant Clone Template

VMware Horizon 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.

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