VMware Horizon – Setup Server 2016 RDS Template – Customize Windows

Welcome to my VMware Horizon series. In this sub-session I will describe how I customized Windows in my Server 2016 RDS 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 disable Server Manager startup automatically at logon and disable IE Enhanced Security.

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Next, I will add the Remote Desktop Session Host role. I start the “Add Roles and Features Wizard” in Server Manager, Next-Next-Next

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I select the Remote Desktop Services role, Next

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No features to add, Next

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Next

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I select the Remote Desktop Session Host, Next

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Add Features

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Next

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I select “Restart the destination…”, Install

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The server will now be restarted to complete the installation of roles and features.

 

Once my Server 2016 RDS is restarted, I will 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”

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Next, I will update Windows before I proceed

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

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

 

Recommended reading:

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

 

VMware Horizon – Setup Server 2016 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.