VMware Horizon View install from scratch, need guidance

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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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
First, is it possible in this time frame?  11/20 - 12/3?

It is, if you know the product range. Is this a Proof of Concept/Test ?

If you are having to ask, the question, it is a lot to ask.

Composer only needed if you are going to change images.

Transfer only needed if you are going to use Local Offline versions.

Firstly you need to install vCenter Server, and VMware vSphere servers. (ESXi), and then after that View.

All the documents are here....


start with this one...

View Architecture Planning

and then

View Installation
ProactionTechAuthor Commented:
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.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would start planning with pen and paper, and capture requirements. This does not involve any installation!

and then I would plan a small Test, Proof of Concept, before rushing out a Production installation.
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ProactionTechAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately that is not an option..  it needs to be completed and working by December 3rd.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Well many a project completed in haste, results in failure, or has issues.

You asked...

Any other tips you think of in the mean time will certainly help.

Those are my tips.

Read the documentation.

I would create a hard disk size of 120GB for the connection server. But to be honest, you could create it at 40 or 80GB, you can always increase the size at any time, on the fly hot if it's a VM!
ProactionTechAuthor Commented:
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.
ProactionTechAuthor Commented:

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?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Do you want to use Linked Clones to reduce Storage ?

I would install Composer....

see here

ProactionTechAuthor Commented:
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.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's faster deployment, and will save you storage, because you only need to create a Golden Master once, and all the Clients will be Linked Cloned to this Golden Master.

and to update, you Compose a new image/snapshot, and deploy.
ProactionTechAuthor Commented:
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?


Hopefully I am not breaking any linking rules :\
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Have you read this Guide?

Page 84 onwards

Create the Parent Virtual Machine for Desktop Deployment


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ProactionTechAuthor Commented:
I missed this doc.  Thanks reading it now.  Will post back.
ProactionTechAuthor Commented:
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
ProactionTechAuthor Commented:
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!
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No problems, Good Luck!
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