VMware User Environment Manager provides various options for achieving the persistence of end-user data, settings, and profiles of RDS session desktops served by your node. To support using User Environment Manager with the RDS desktop images, you must manually install the User Environment Manager agent into the master image virtual machine (VM).

About this task

After the Imported VMs page indicates that your master image VM has its DaaS agent active, you can connect to it using your RDP software and install the User Environment Manager agent into the underlying Windows server operating system.

For this installation , you should use NoAD mode when configuring User Environment Manager. For information, see the User Environment Manager product documentation, and the Installing and Configuring User Environment Manager in NoAD Mode topic.

Prerequisites

Verify the Imported VMs page indicates the DaaS agent is active for the VM.

Obtain the VM's IP address as displayed on the Imported VMs page.

Note:

When using the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client as your RDP software to connect to the master VM, ensure it is the most up-to-date version. For example, the default RDP software in the Windows 7 operating system is not at a high enough version. The version must be version 8 or higher.

Verify you have the credentials (user name and password) for the local administrator account that was specified in the Import Image wizard when this master image VM was created. You need those credentials to log in to the VM's guest Windows Server operating system. See Create a Master Virtual Machine from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Procedure

  1. Use the VM's IP address in your RDP software to connect to the RDS-enabled Windows server operating system.
    • If the master image VM was created with a public IP address, you can use that IP address in your RDP software

    • If the master image VM has a private IP address, you must RDP into it by one of these two methods:

      • Using another VM in your Microsoft Azure subscription that does have a public IP address and doing an outbound RDP into the master image VM.

      • Use your VPN and RDP into the master image VM over your corporate network

    Note:

    To access a VM that is running the Horizon agent and DaaS agent, the version of the Remote Desktop Client must be version 8 or later. Otherwise, the connection fails. Using the most up-to-date Remote Desktop Client is recommended.

  2. Log in to the RDS-enabled Windows server operating system using the username and password that was supplied in the Import Image wizard.

    Enter the username as \username.

  3. In the Windows server operating system, download the User Environment Manager zip package from the VMware Horizon Cloud Service on Microsoft Azure download page.

    Log in with your My VMware account credentials when prompted.

  4. Unzip the package and use the 64-bit .msi file to install User Environment Manager with the NoAD mode.
  5. Sign out of the VM's Windows server operating system.

What to do next

Configure a separate file server in your Microsoft Azure subscription that has at least SMB 2 enabled. Then configure User Environment Manager with the NoAD mode using that file server. See the User Environment Manager documentation topic Configuring User Environment Manager with the NoAD Mode.