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by Prasenjit Sarkar Ramesh Geddam | September 2013 | Enterprise Articles

The article, Windows 8 with VMware View, covers the important aspects of VMware View. This article by Ramesh Geddam and Prasenjit Sarkar, authors of the book Instant VMware View Virtualization How-to , covers the deployment of VMware View on Windows 8, and also explains the steps necessary to build a virtual machine on Windows.

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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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Prasenjit Sarkar

Prasenjit Sarkar (@stretchcloud) is a senior member of technical staff at VMware Service Provider Cloud R&D, where he provides architectural oversight and technical guidance for designing, implementing, and testing VMware's Cloud datacenters. He is an author, R&D guy, and a blogger focusing on virtualization, Cloud computing, storage, networking, and other enterprise technologies. He has more than 10 years of expert knowledge in R&D, professional services, alliances, solution engineering, consulting, and technical sales with expertise in architecting and deploying virtualization solutions and rolling out new technologies and solution initiatives. His primary focus is on VMware vSphere Infrastructure and Public Cloud using VMware vCloud Suite. His aim is to own the entire life cycle of a VMware based IaaS (SDDC), especially vSphere, vCloud Director, vShield Manager, and vCenter Operations. He was one of the VMware vExperts of 2012 and is well known for his acclaimed virtualization blog http://stretch-cloud.info. He holds certifications from VMware, Cisco, Citrix, Red Hat, Microsoft, IBM, HP, and Exin. Prior to joining VMware, he served other fine organizations (such as Capgemini, HP, and GE) as a solution architect and infrastructure architect.

Ramesh Geddam

Ramesh Geddam has been working on the Virtualization platform since 1997. He holds a double master's degree in Computer Science and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in virtualized systems from a recognized university.

He carries 12 years of IT experience in storage and virtualization. He has been a backbone for many VDI and vSphere deployments across APJ and EMEA regions with complex requirements.

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