In the Images step of the creation wizard, you specify the Microsoft Windows Server ISO file and license key that are required for use by the VDI environment's server components. If you selected to have desktops deployed as part of the workload domain creation process, you also specify a Microsoft Windows template as an OVA to use for the parent virtual machine.

Before you begin

Verify that you have met the detailed prerequisites that are required on the Microsoft Windows Server operating system, on the license key, and on the Windows OVA, as described in Create a VDI Workload Domain and Prepare the OVA for the Virtual Desktops.

About this task

The VDI infrastructure's components, such as the View Connection Server and View Composer components, must be installed on a Microsoft Windows Server operating system. You must provide a license key that is valid for that operating system.

If you have selected Deploy Desktops at the General - Topology step of the wizard, you provide a Windows OVA in this wizard step. This Windows OVA must be prepared in advance with specific criteria, as described in Prepare the OVA for the Virtual Desktops.

If the Windows Server 2012 ISO file and Windows OVA files have already been uploaded into the software environment during a prior run of the VDI workload domain creation wizard, those existing files are displayed in the screen as selected by default.

Procedure

  1. Specify the Windows Server 2012 image.

    See the prerequisites list earlier in this topic for details on the Microsoft Windows Server operating system that is required. You must ensure that the license key you enter in the Windows License Key field is valid for the specified Windows Server 2012 image.

    • If an ISO file is available in the software environment for this purpose, because it was previously uploaded during a prior run of this wizard, the file's name is displayed in the field by default. You can retain that file if you have the valid license key or you can remove it and upload a different one.

    • Use the BROWSE button to locate and upload an appropriate ISO file.

      Depending on the size of the ISO file, the upload process might take some time. The displayed progress bar indicates the upload status.

  2. Type the valid license key to use for that Windows Server operating system.
    Important:

    Test the license key in advance and enter it carefully. The VDI environment creation process does not check the key's validity.

  3. If you selected Deploy Desktops at the General - Topology step, specify the Windows OVA to use for the parent virtual machine and its Administrator account's password.
    1. Specify the Windows OVA.
      • If an OVA file is available for this purpose, because it was previously uploaded into the environment during a prior run of this wizard, the file's name is displayed in the field by default. You can retain that file or you can remove it and upload a different one.

      • Use the BROWSE button to locate and upload the prepared OVA file.

        Depending on the size of the OVA file, the upload process might take some time. The displayed progress bar indicates the upload status.

    2. Type the Windows Administrator password for the enabled Administrator account in the Windows installation from which the Windows OVA was built.

      The Administrator user in this Windows operating system must be enabled and must not have been renamed. VMware Tools and Horizon View agent must also be installed in this Windows system. See the prerequisites list earlier in this topic for the requirements on the Windows installation that must be met.

  4. Proceed to the next step by clicking Next.