You can personalize the linked-clone machines that are created from a parent virtual machine by using the QuickPrep system tool. View Composer executes QuickPrep when a linked-clone machine is created or recomposed.

QuickPrep customizes a linked-clone machine in several ways:

  • Gives the computer a name that you specify when you create the linked-clone pool.
  • Creates a computer account in Active Directory, joining the computer to the appropriate domain.
  • Mounts the View Composer persistent disk. The Windows user profile is redirected to this disk.
  • Redirects temp and paging files to a separate disk.

These steps might require the linked clones to restart one or more times.

QuickPrep uses KMS volume license keys to activate Windows linked-clone machines. For details, see the View Administration document.

You can create your own scripts to further customize the linked clones. QuickPrep can run two types of scripts at predefined times:

  • After linked clones are created or recomposed
  • Immediately before linked clones are powered off

For guidelines and rules for using QuickPrep customization scripts, see Running QuickPrep Customization Scripts.

Note: View Composer requires domain user credentials to join linked-clone machines to an Active Directory domain. For details, see the View Administration document.