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»
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
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
- Adobe Flash & Shockwave Player
- 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
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.