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Mar 19 2013

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How to install VMware Horizon Mirage

Below are the notes I created while I was installing VMware Horizon Mirage for a test environment.More information on the product can be found on the VMware website

Preperation

  • Download the software from the VMware website
  • Create the mirage server
    • Server Name: mirageserver
    • Details: Windows 2008 R2 64 bit: 4 CPU, 8 GB RAM
    • Change drive letter of CD-Rom to drive Z:
    • Add 2nd HDD of 500 GB (thin provisioned) and map to drive D:
      • System Label: Mirage
    • Disable Windows Firewall
    • Database for Mirage:
      • SQL 2008 R2 Express
      • Install locally on mirageserver
      • Supports up to 5000 mirage users
      • Needs +/- 1 GB per 1000 users
  • Create a mirage service account in Active Directory:
    • DOMAIN\horizonserviceaccount
  • Create Global Security Group:
    • DOMAIN\gs-mirageadmins
    • Members: DOMAIN\horizonserviceaccount
  • Create Domain Local Security Group
    • DOMAIN\ls-mirageadmins
    • Members: DOMAIN\gs-mirageadmins, DOMAIN\horizonserviceaccount
  • Add DOMAIN\gs-mirageadmins to the local administrator group of server mirageserver
  • NOTE:
    • Because Mirage will not search recursively through “groups of groups”, user accounts need to be member of the Mirage Administrator Group specifically, and not through the means of another group membership.
    • Built-in AD groups cannot be used as a Mirage Administrator group

Installation

  • Install Microsoft .NET 3.5 Framework SP1 on mirageserver
    • START – Control Panel – Turn Windows features on or off
    • Server Manager – Features – Add feature
    • Select .NET Framework 3.5.1 feature
    • Select “Add Required Role Services”
    • Add features Wizard – Select Features
      • Click NEXT
    • Add features Wizard – Web Server (IIS)
      • Click NEXT
    • Add features Wizard – Select Role Services
      • Select “Web Server – Common HTTP features”
      • Select “Application Development – ASP .NET”
      • Select “Add Required Role Services”
      • Select all options under  “Management Tools”
      • Click NEXT
    • Add features Wizard – Confirm Installation Selections
      • Click INSTALL
    • Add features Wizard – Progress
    • Wait for install to finish
    • Add features Wizard – Installation Results
      • Verify Installation results
      • Click CLOSE
  • Install SQL Server 2008 R2 Express on mirageserver
    • Launch SQLEXPRWT_x64_ENU.exe
    • Installation screen
      • Click “New installation or add features to an existing installation”
        • License terms screen
          • Select “I accept the license terms”
          • Click NEXT
    • Feature Selection
      • Select All features
      • Shared feature directory: D:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\
      • Shared feature directory (x86): D:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\
      • Click NEXT
    • Instance Configuration
      • Named instance: SQLEXPRESS
      • Instance ID: SQLEXPRESS
      • Instance root directory: D:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\
      • Click NEXT
    • Server Configuration:
      • Service Accounts:
        • SQL Server Database Engine:
          • Account Name: NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE
          • Startup Type: Automatic
        • SQL Server Browser:
          • Account Name: NT AUTHORITY\LOCAL SERVICE
          • Startup Type: Automatic
        • Click NEXT
    • Database Engine Configuration
      • Authentication Mode: Windows authentication mode
      • Specify SQL Server Administrators
        • Add IM\dg-mir-admins
        • Add current user
        • Click NEXT
    • Error Reporting
      • Click NEXT
    • Installation Process
      • Wait for install to finish
    • Complete
      • Click CLOSE
  • Create Directory for “Mirage Single Instance Store” on mirageserver
    • D:\Mirage_SIS
    • Enable compression of this folder
  • Create Directory for “Mirage Network Cache” on mirageserver
    • D:\Mirage_Network_Cache
    • Do not enable compression of the folder
  • Install Mirage Management Server on mirageserver
    • Launch mirage.management.server.x64.xxxxx.msi
      • Welcome screen
        • Click NEXT
      • End-User License Agreement screen
        • Select “I accept the terms…”
        • Click NEXT
      • Mirage Management Server Configuration screen
        • SQL Server: mirageserver
        • SQL Instance: SQLEXPRESS
        • Select “Create new storage areas”
        • Name of the mirage cluster storage folder: D:\Mirage_SIS
        • Click NEXT
      • Mirage Services Account Configuration screen
        • Select “Use specific user”
          • Fully qualified name of the account…: DOMAIN\horizonserviceaccount (should have db_owner rights to the database)
          • Fully qualified name of the administrators group: DOMAIN\ls-mirageadmins
          • Click NEXT
      • Ready to install screen
        • Click INSTALL
      • Click FINISH
  • Install Mirage Management Console on mirageserver
    • Launch mirage.management.console.x64.xxxxx.msi
    • Welcome screen
      • Click NEXT
    • End-User License Agreement screen
      • Select “I accept the terms…”
      • Click NEXT
    • Ready to install …screen
      • Click INSTALL
    • Click FINISH
  • Install Mirage Server
    • Launch mirage.server.x64.xxxxx.msi
    • Welcome screen
      • Click NEXT
    • End-User License Agreement screen
      • Select “I accept the terms…”
      • Click NEXT
    • Enter Mirage Server Settings
      • SQL Server: mirageserver
      • SQL Instance: SQLEXPRESS
      • Select “create new local cache area”
      • Name of the Mirage Server local cache folder: D:\Mirage_Network_Cache
      • Size of local cache in MB: 102400
    • Enter Mirage Service Account
      • Select “Use specific user”
        • Fully qualified name of the account…: DOMAIN\horizonserviceaccount
    • Ready to install …screen
      • Click INSTALL
    • Click FINISH
  • Install Mirage File Portal
    • Launch mirage.WebAccess.x64.xxxxx.msi
    • Welcome screen
      • Click NEXT
    • End-User License Agreement screen
      • Select “I accept the terms…”
      • Click NEXT
    • Mirage web access backend configuration
      • Leave default selection (install everything)
      • Click NEXT
    • VMware Mirage Management Server location
      • Type: localhost
      • Click NEXT
    • Ready to install …screen
      • Click INSTALL
    • Click FINISH
  • Reboot Server

Upgrade procedure

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2031711

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3 comments

  1. Ibrahim KARACA

    Hi ,

    When ı install mirage horizon management server error message “Vmware horizon mirage service management Service Failed to start.Verify that you have sufficient privileges to start system service”

    I dont understand error .Please can you help me ?

    Best regards.

    1. ldhoore

      Some things to check:
      – when installing perform a “run as administrator”
      – Is the machine you are installing the horizon Management server on a member of the domain?

      1. Ibrahim KARACA

        Yes machine is domain member .Click run as administrator but now error .

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