The Remote mode represents real-world VDI deployments. However, it requires more hardware than the local mode operation.

When you initiate a remote-mode run, the harness powers on the configured number of desktop virtual machines and the same number of client virtual machines. After the virtual machines boot, they report their readiness to the harness. The harness then arranges for each client virtual machine to control and monitor a desktop virtual machine. After the configured number of client-desktop virtual machine pairs are established, the run begins.

During the run, each client virtual machine acts like a user, taking its designated desktop virtual machine through a series of predefined operations while measuring that desktop virtual machine’s performance.

When the run is completed, both the desktop and client virtual machines report the results to the harness, where it is stored in a database for post-processing.

Figure 1. VMware View Planner Operation (Remote Mode)