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VMware Composer Full clones and Replicas

I believe VMware composer can deploy/provision desktops to end users using:
- view connection manager
users connect to an assigned VM or to a pool of VMs
- view composer : when we need to save stotage space, we use linked clones.
There is Full clone and replica , but I ma not sure in which should we implement this feature and how to implement it.. Any help ?

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The best thing would be to walkthrough this tutorial on VMware View 4.5 (same steps requried for 5.x)

VMware View 4.5 install
http://paulslager.com/?p=572

How many desktops do you need to deploy?

The benefits increase with the more desktops you deploy.

If you have very few desktops to deploy, there is not much benefit because of additional configuration and complexity.
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coolsport00Commented:
I concur with the post @hanccocka gave. I read through that last yr. And, altho it's for an older version of View, much of the same concepts apply. To take full advantage of View & to have greater ROI, yes, use Linked Clones because you save significant storage space. And, with View 5.1 you now have what's called Persona Mgmt which basically allows you to redirect Linked Clone disks to other storage, specifically disks that have user profile data.

So, now think about it, if you use a FULL VM for a desktop to connect to with a client, it's basically a 1 to 1 relationship. You get no real benefit IMO from a resource (specifically, storage) standpoint. You also decrease OPEX with Linked Clones because you decrease administration overhead deploying updates. You update the 'parent VM' of the Linked Clones, then disperse out the change to the Linked Clone VMs via feature called 'Recompose'. There is also the potential time/admin savings with implementing ThinApp as well in your environment.

So, that is briefly my 2cents worth. I suggest taking a few days and looking over the tutorials provided by Paul in @hanccocka's link, then create a small test environment to play with some of the features, etc. You can download/install View and all its components and play with it for a full 60days. That should give you time to see what may work best for you.

Hope that helps.

Regards.
~coolsport00
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
There are also terms used like Full clone and replica , but I am not sure in which scenario should we implement this feature and how to implement it..
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I have done some reading about clones:
http://www.vmware.com/support/ws55/doc/ws_clone_overview.html

I have not seen how to deploy full cloned machines to end users...is it just like normal VMs that we created in a pool and make entitlement for end users who should connect to them...?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That is correct.

It's all explained very well in the Walkthrough. Did you have a chance to follow it?
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coolsport00Commented:
Yes, a full clone is basically just a full VM. You certainly can do that, but there's minimal (if any) ROI using that type of setup.

~coolsport00
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you Guys!
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