If the source virtual machine has a Windows guest operating system, you can install the Mirage client in the virtual machine. Installing the Mirage client is optional.

If you install the Mirage client in a source virtual machine, you can select disaster recovery scenarios when you entitle the virtual machine. For example, you can select an option to make the Mirage server create a CVD for the Horizon FLEX virtual machines that the end user downloads. Mirage periodically synchronizes end-user data into the datacenter based on the selected Mirage policy. You can use this data to restore the CVD or access files on the virtual machine by using the Mirage File Portal in the main Mirage Management Console.

Note: When configuring the Mirage server for disaster recovery, make sure the MongoDB ports are configured correctly. For more information, see the VMware Mirage Installation Guide.



  1. In Fusion Pro or Workstation Pro, start the source virtual machine and log in to the guest operating system.
  2. Install the latest version of VMware Tools.
    1. From the menu bar, select Virtual Machine > Install VMware Tools.
    2. Click Next to progress through the installation.
    3. Select Complete, unless you need to exclude certain features of VMware Tools, and click Next.
    4. Click Install.
    5. When the installation finishes, click Yes to restart the virtual machine.
  3. Install the Mirage client in the source virtual machine.
    See the VMware Mirage Installation Guide for more information.
  4. In the Mirage Management Console, verify that the endpoint appears as Pending Assignment.
    Note: Do not delete this Pending record as long as you are distributing this source virtual machine.
  5. In the Mirage Management Console, enable automatic CVD creation.
    1. Right-click System Configuration and select Settings.
    2. Click the CVD Auto Creation tab.
    3. Select Enable automatic CVD creation.
      You can change the user message as needed.
    4. Click OK.
  6. Power off the source virtual machine in Mirage while it is in Pending Assigning state.
    Do not provide the username and password, and do not register the source virtual machine at the Mirage client prompt. If you do register the source virtual machine with Mirage, the Horizon FLEX virtual machine will be duplicated when the end user accesses it.


Once the Mirage client is active, when you create a new Horizon FLEX entitlement for this source virtual machine, Mirage controls for that virtual machine are available. See Entitle a Horizon FLEX Image.