VMware Horizon – Setup Windows 10 template – Install agents and applications

Release date: January 14th 2019

Welcome to my VMware Horizon series. In this session I will describe how I installed agents for Horizon, UEM & AppVol. In addition, I will briefly look at what applications I prefer to install into the template.

In preparations for this I have created an ISO-file with all the installation-media I will need for these tasks. This ISO I attach to my VM and copy the files to a Temp-folder inside my VM. I detach the ISO afterwards.

A quick note before we start. If we are going to be using a GPU from Nvidia for the virtual desktops, we will also need to install the direct connection plugin.



VMware Horizon View Agent

I will start with installing VMware Horizon View Agent.



I accept the License Agreement



I select IPv4, Next



I enable installation of USB Redirection and Instant Clone Agent, then disable installation of View Composer Agent



I disable installation of Persona Management



I disable installation of Performance Tracker



I select «Enable the Remote Desktop Capability»



Click Install



I click Finish When Installation Is Complete and restarts the VM




VMware UEM Agent

Next I will continue with installing VMware UEM Agent, I double-click the installer file to start the wizard, Next



I start the “User Environment Manager Setup Wizard”, Next



I select «I accept the terms in the license agreement», and click Next



I select an Installation Folder, default location is good, Next



I select Typical, Next



I click Next on the License File Page



Click Install



I click Finish When Installation Is Complete



VMware App Volumes Agent

I will now continue with installing VMware App Volumes Agent, I double-click the msi-file to start the wizard, Next




I accept the terms, Next



I fill in the address to my App Volumes Manager, leave 443 port, Next



I confirm my settings, Install



After install-wizard successfully completes, Finish



App Volumes Agent must restart after installation completes, Yes



After reboot, I face this error when logged in. This is because the template isn’t joined to the domain and therefore doesn’t trust the App Volumes Managers certificate.



A temporary workaround for this, is adjusting the following registry setting:



I remove the 443 port setting and reboot again, which clears up this connection-error



Applications installed in base image:

As a rule of thumb, I like to install applications that all my users will be using in the base image. All auto-update functionality will be disabled. Other applications that are more granularly delivered, I will push out with App Vols. For my lab-template I will install the following applications in the base image:

  • MS Office
  • Java
  • Adobe Flash & Shockwave Player
  • Silverlight
  • 7 Zip


That concludes my session about how and what agents and applications I installed in my template. My next logical step will be to optimize Windows 10 with VMware OS Optimization Tool and more utilities, covered here: VMware Horizon View Setup Template – Optimize Windows


Recommended reading:

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


VMware Horizon View Setup Template

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.