You can use virtual machines managed by vCenter Server to provision and deploy remote desktops. You can use a virtual machine managed by vCenter Server as a template for an automated pool, a parent for a linked-clone pool, or a machine in a manual pool. You must prepare virtual machines to deliver remote desktop access.
Creating Virtual Machines for Remote Desktop Deployment The initial virtual machine establishes a virtual hardware profile and operating system to be used for rapid deployment of remote desktops.
Install View Agent on a Virtual Machine You must install View Agent on virtual machines that are managed by vCenter Server so that View Connection Server can communicate with them. Install View Agent on all virtual machines that you use as templates for automated desktop pools, parents for linked-clone desktop pools, and machines in manual desktop pools.
Install View Agent Silently You can use the silent installation feature of the Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) to install View Agent on several Windows virtual machines or physical computers. In a silent installation, you use the command line and do not have to respond to wizard prompts.
Configure a Virtual Machine with Multiple NICs for View Agent When you install View Agent on a virtual machine that has more than one NIC, you must configure the subnet that View Agent uses. The subnet determines which network address View Agent provides to the View Connection Server instance for client protocol connections.
Optimize Guest Operating System Performance for All Windows Versions You can perform certain steps to optimize guest operating system performance for remote desktop deployment. The steps apply to all Windows operating systems. All of the steps are optional.
Optimize Windows 7 and Windows 8 Guest Operating System Performance You can perform additional steps to optimize Windows 7 and Windows 8 guest operating system performance for remote desktop deployment. All of the steps are optional.
Optimizing Windows 7 and Windows 8 for Linked-Clone Virtual Machines By disabling certain Windows 7 or Windows 8 services and tasks, you can reduce the growth of View Composer linked-clone virtual machines. Disabling certain services and tasks can also result in performance benefits for full virtual machines.
Preparing Virtual Machines for View Composer To deploy a linked-clone desktop pool, you must prepare a parent virtual machine that meets the requirements of the View Composer service.
Creating Virtual Machine Templates You must create a virtual machine template before you can create an automated pool that contains full virtual machines.
Creating Customization Specifications Customization specifications are optional, but they can greatly expedite automated pool deployments by providing configuration information for general properties such as licensing, domain attachment, and DHCP settings.