VMware Horizon View – Setup Server 2016 RDS Template – Create and customize the Virtual Machine

Welcome to my VMware Horizon View series. In this sub-session I will describe how I created and customized the Virtual Machine for my Server 2016 RDS template.

As I already have a very nice template in vSphere, I will use this. I start the “Deploy New VM from Template Wizard” in the VMware vSphere Web Client. I give my new template a Virtual Machine Name and place it in my Templates folder, Next

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I select my cluster for compute resource, Next

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I select my datastore-cluster for storage, Next

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I select “Customize this Virtual machine’s hardware”, Next

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I specify “Virtual Hardware Settings”:

  • 4 vCpu’s
  • 4 GB Memory
  • PortGroup for my vNic

As this is a LAB-setup, my virtual hardware are very low-key, but in a production environment I would do a decent evaluation of the RDS virtual hardware setup prior to setting up my template.

I click “Next” and “Finish” to start creation of my template-VM

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That concludes my session about how I created and customized the Virtual Machine for my Server 2016 RDS Template. My next logical step will be to customize Windows, covered here: VMware Horizon View – Setup Server 2016 RDS Template – Customize Windows

 

Recommended reading:

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

 

VMware Horizon View – Setup Server 2016 RDS 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.