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Deploying VMware View on Windows 8 (Advanced)

If you want to get a hands-on experience with Windows 8 on VMware View and get ready for future View deployments, this should be a must-take guide for deploying it.

Getting ready

Let’s keep the following requirements ready:

  • You should have VMware vSphere 5.1 deployed
  • You should have VMware View 5.1 Connection Server deployed
  • You should have Windows 8 Release Preview installer and license keys for 32-bit version

How to do it…

Let’s list the steps required to complete the task.

To create a Windows 8 Virtual Machine, perform the following steps:

  1. Create a standard virtual hardware version 9 VM with Windows 8 as the guest operating system.
  2. As this is a testing phase, keep the memory and disk size optimal.
  3. Edit the settings in VM and under Video card , select the Enable 3D support checkbox (this step is to make sure graphics, and adobe Flash content works with Windows 8 using VMware driver).
  4. Mount the ISO image of Windows 8 in the virtual machine and proceed with the Windows 8 Installation. Enter Windows license keys appropriately available with you.
  5. Install VMware tools in the VM; Shutdown and restart the VM.
  6. Install a VMware View 5.1 agent in VM, uncheck Persona Management during agent installation.
  7. Power-on the VM, set the network option to DHCP, and disable Windows Defender.
  8. Create a snapshot of VM and power the VM down.
  9. Now, we are ready with Windows 8 Parent virtual machine with Snapshot.

To create a pool for Windows 8 in View Admin console, perform the following steps:

  1. Launch the Connection Server Admin console and navigate to the Pool Creation wizard.
  2. Select the Automated pool type (you can use either Dedicated or Floating ).
  3. Choose a View Composer linked-clone-based pool.
  4. Navigate through the rest of the wizard accepting all defaults, and choosing the snapshot of your Windows 8 VM with the View Agent installed.
  5. Use QuickPrep for instant customization. You may require to manually restart the VM if Quickprep doesn’t get initiated by itself once the VM boots.

  6. Allow provisioning to proceed. Make sure you set Allow users to choose protocol: to No , else 3D rendering gets disabled automatically.
  7. If you want to set Allow users to choose protocol: to Yes , make sure you stick to the RDP protocol and not PCoIP in the Default display protocol: field, else you will end up with a black screen.

To install View Client, perform the following step:

  1. Install View Client 5.1 on any device with iOS/ Android/ Linux/Windows. To view a list of supported clients, visit http://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html.

How it works…

Once all the preceding steps are performed, you should have Windows 8 with VMware View 5.x ready. You should be able to see the VM in ready status under Desktop Resources in VMware View Admin console.

You should be able to launch Windows 8 with View Client now.

Please note that you have to entitle the users to the respective pools before users can access the VM.

More information

You can even refer to http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2033640 to know more on how to install Windows 8 in a VM.

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