Mar 19 2013

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


  • 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: Read the rest of this entry »

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Feb 14 2013

How to delete applications from Horizon Application Manager

  • Delete the app folder from CIFS share
  • Login as org admin and delete the app from Horizon Applications tab
  • Login to the connector virtual machine as root
  • Stop the repo service using the command “/opt/likewise/bin/lwsm stop thinapprepo”
  • Delete the repo db using the command “rm /var/lib/vmware/tam/repo/repodb”
  • Start the repo service using the command “/opt/likewise/bin/lwsm start thinapprepo”
  • Re-scan at the connector
  • Verify the app is gone and then you should be able to re-add that same app again as the GUID are gone from the sqlite repodb.

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Dec 13 2012

VMware vCenter Orchestrator Instructional Videos


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Dec 05 2012

How to customize the View Portal for Client Download with VMware View 5.1

In some organizations end-users do not have administrative rights on their machines in order to install the VMware View Client.

In order to give these users the ability to access their VMware View Virtual Machines you could provide them with a thinapped version of the VMware View Client and make it available as a download link on your connection server.

This can be very handy for organizations that provide access for external consultants to the corporate environment through VMware View virtual desktops, where the external consultant is using a laptop provided by his own company.

For instructions on how to thinapp the VMware View client see my previous post.


  • Log on to your VMware View Connection server
  • Create the directory C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\broker\webapps\downloads
  • Copy your thinapped version of the VMware View Client to C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\broker\webapps\downloads
  • Create Directory C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\portal
  • Copy C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\extras\PortalExamples\ to C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\portal
  • Copy C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\extras\PortalExamples\ to C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\portal
  • Edit C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\portal\ and change the following lines
# TODO: Update links to point to alias once available


# TODO: Update links to point to alias once available<yourconnectionserverurl>/downloads/VMware View Client.exe
  • Edit C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\portal\ and hange the following lines
# keys based on key names in Client for Windows


# keys based on key names in View Client for Windows View Client for Windows
  • Reboot yur connection server

References & Documentation

Go to the VMware View 5.1 Evaluator’s Guide and search for Evaluation Tasks for View 5.1 New Features, then View Client Unbundling.

See also


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Nov 07 2012

Thinapp Instructions for VMware View Client




Capture & build machine:

  • Windows XP SP3 – 32 bit (fully patched)
  • Install latest VMware Thinapp version (4.7.2 at the time of writing)
  • Make sure the capture & build machine has Internet access
  • Download the latest VMware View client for 32-bit Windows from
  • Copy the VMware View Client installation files to the capture & build machine
  • Install VMware Tools if they are not yet installed
  • Uninstall Microsoft Microsoft Visual C++



Launch Thinapp Setup Capture

Click “Prescan”

When the prescan is finished minimize the Setup Capture wizard


Application installation

Install VMware View Client

  • Custom setup: Do not install “USB redirection” component
  • Default View Connection Server: leave blank or type your preferred View connection server
  • Enhanced Single Sign-On: leave defaults
  • Create Shortcuts: Only select “Desktop”
  • When the installation finished there is no need to restart as drivers are not applicable for this package

Launch View Client

Select Options

Check “Autoconnect: Always connect to this server at startup”



Maximize the Setup Capture wizard

Click “Postscan”

Entry Points:

  • Select only “VMware View Client.exe”
  • Click “Next”

Manage with Horizon:

  • Click “Next”


  • Select “Everyone”
  • Click “Next”


  • Select “Full write access..”
  • Click “Next”

Sandbox location:

  • Select “User Profile”
  • Click “Next”

Quality Assurance Statistics:

  • Select “No – Do not send..”
  • Click “Next”

Project Settings:

  • Inventory name: VMware View Client
  • Project location: choose location where you want to store the thinapped application
  • Click “Next”

Package Settings:

  • Do not select “Use separate .DAT file”
  • Do not select “Generate MSI package”
  • Click “Save”

Ready to build

  • Click “Open Project Folder”
  • Delete the below from the project folder

%Common AppData%\VMware\VDM\logs

> debug and log txt files

%Local AppData%\VMware\VDM\logs

> debug and log txt files

%Program Files Common%\VMware

> VMware Virtual Printing (this feature is not available in ThinApp virtual application)

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\bin






%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\bin\messages

> all folders EXCEPT “en”

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\DCT

%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\extras

> vdm_client.adm


  • Click “Edit Package.ini”

Change Compressiontype=None to CompressionType=Fast

Change MSIStreaming=0 to MSIStreaming=1

Add the following lines just before the [Isolation] section



Click “Build”

Click “Finish”


The end result is a single executable file of +/- 56 MB

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Oct 26 2012

VMware vSphere 5.1 now supports VMware View 5.1.x

A few weeks ago I wrote an article mentioning that VMware vSphere 5.1. did not support VMware View.

Well, this has changed now. VMware released a patch which resolves this incompatbility. See also KB article 2035268.

See also the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix

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Sep 12 2012

VMware vSphere 5.1 is not supported with any version of VMware View


VMware View is currently not supported for vSphere 5.1. So if you are were planning to upgrade, do not do it yet, just wait for an official note from VMware that it is fully supported.


If you already upgraded your VMware View environment to vSphere 5.1, be aware that it is currently not supported due to the release note listed at the link below.
However, VMware View should remain stable as long as you do not attempt to enable the View Storage Accelerator (CBRC, the ‘Use host caching’ option)


VMware is currently working on a solution, but there is no exact date known when a fix will be available.




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Sep 12 2012

Best practices for installing vCenter Server 5.1

VMware just release a KB article explaining the best practices for installing vCenter Server 5.1.

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Aug 24 2012

VMware View 5.x – Reset/Refresh/Rebalance/Recompose


  • Shuts down the desktop and restarts the session. The shutdown/logoff/disconnect is non-graceful


  • Restores the OS disk to it’s original state and size
  • Does not effect View Composer persistent disks


  • Evenly redistributes linked-clone desktops among available datastores.
  • A rebalance operation also refreshed the linked clones


  • Simultaneously updates all the linked clone desktops anchored to a parent virtual machine.
  • It is similar to a refresh operation, however a recompose allows you to choose a new snapshot within the existing parent virtual machine, or a completely new parent virtual machine.


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Jun 14 2012

Integrating Thinapp Factory and Horizon



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