VMware Horizon – Setup Server 2012R2 RDS Template – Install Agents and applications

Release date: March 11th 2019

Welcome to my VMware Horizon series. In this sub-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.



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 enable installation of Performance Tracker



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



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 granulary 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 2012R2 Server with VMware OS Optimization Tool and more utilities, covered here: VMware Horizon – Setup Server 2012R2 RDS Template – Optimize Windows


Recommended reading:

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


VMware Horizon – Setup 2012R2 RDS 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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