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VMware Horizon View install from scratch, need guidance

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Hey guys / girls

I was asked to get a VDI project completed by December 3rd using Horizon View 6 w/ advanced license.  There will be 20 0-clients being deployed, I believe I only need a single Windows 7 image to push out to all of them (same image for all).

First, is it possible in this time frame?  11/20 - 12/3?

Second.. I see that there are multiple components available for this.. but I cant find documentation on what I should do first...

One document I found lists the following server components but doesnt say if they are mandatory for every install of view or if certain only need to be installed if i need X functionality etc:

View connection Server (i know this one is needed)
View Administrator Server
View Composer Server
View Transfer Server

Do I need to deploy all of these for my needs or just the Connection Server?  

I guess I need to know:

What are the pre-requisites?
How many VMs do I need to spin up as servers for this project?
Which servers do I need to deploy of the ones I mentioned for my specific use?
How long would something like this usually take from scratch?
What size HDD should I create for the Connection Server? (Hardware requirements list 4cpus, 1 1gb nic, 10gb ram for 50 desktops but nothing for hdd size...

Hope to hear from someone soon, hoping I have enough time to complete this :\
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Hey, thanks for your reply!  It is not a test or concept unfortunately.. it is a production deploymemt.  

I do however already have esxi and a virtual environment installed and running in production, so i jist need to get view up and running within that.  

I will take a look at these guides and post back, thanks.

Any other tips you think of in the mean time will certainly help.
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Unfortunately that is not an option..  it needs to be completed and working by December 3rd.
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Gotcha.  Yea i mean i wish i could but the due date is out of my hands lol.  

Yea i was thinking around 80gb and increase it if needed.  Thanks for your feedback on that.

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OK,

So I have installed View Connection Server to a Windows Server.  I set the groups and users as well as OU's in AD.  I linked VCSA to View and I now see my hosts and VMS etc.  I added the license too.

I am at the point in the manual (install manual) where it is telling me to install Composer.  How do I continue without installing the composer service and still get to add an image to View Administrator?  I assume I wont need a SQL db for this if I dont do Composer?
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Ok I see now..  1:1 or Many:1

Looks like I am configuring SQL.  Thanks for the link.

I will continue tomorrow and post back.
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I see.

Ok so at this point, I have set up a new server for Composer, I allowed the default cert, I added composer settings in Administrator.. I set the permissions of the composer user, I completed the steps in the "Installing Horizon View" document.  

Now I THINK I am ready to create the golden master image..?

Does that sound right to you?  I am honestly not sure where to begin now.  I know I have to do something along the lines of create a Windows 7 VM in vsphere, configure it to how I want the image to be and then do the optimization like disabling prefetch and superfetch.. and then turn the VM off and create a snapshot.

However I am not sure in what order to do things and the specifics.  

Which of these articles would you recommend that I follow?

https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=how%20to%20create%20a%20golden%20master%20image%20for%20vmware%20view

Hopefully I am not breaking any linking rules :\
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I missed this doc.  Thanks reading it now.  Will post back.

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Ok I am about to leave for the day, but I got the golden master created and mostly optimized.  Need to install the apps on monday.

Happy thanksgiving

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I have successfully got everything up and running on December 1st with your guidance.  

Thanks for the help and enjoy your reward points!

Happy holidays!
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No problems, Good Luck!

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