You assign a pending device as a reference CVD and configure it with applications and settings for a base layer that applies to a set of endpoints. After you build and configure the reference machine, you can centralize the device as a reference machine for base layer capture.

A pending device that is assigned as a reference machine is moved from the Pending Devices list to the Reference CVDs view.

For more information, see the VMware Mirage Administrator's Guide.


Files and settings from the reference machine are captured in the base layer, and are then distributed to a large number of endpoint desktops. To avoid unintended consequences, make sure the configuration is appropriate for mass distribution.