Using Windows Server 2008 R2 as a desktop operating system in VMware Horizon View 5.3.x (2057605)
- Manually set an attribute in View LDAP to make View Administrator treat Windows Server 2008 R2 as a supported operating system for View desktops.
- Explicitly install View Agent in desktop mode on the Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machines that you plan to use as desktop sources or templates. If you do not perform this step, View Agent configures the Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machines as terminal server sources.
Important: You do not need to perform these steps in Horizon 6.0 with View. For information about using a Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine as a desktop in Horizon 6.0 with View, see the Prepare Windows Server 2008 R2 for Desktop Use section in the Creating and Preparing Virtual Machines Guide.
To make View Administrator treat Windows 2008 R2 as a supported operating system for View desktops:
- On your View Connection Server host, start the ADSI Edit utility. For more information, see Connecting to the View ADAM Database (2012377).
- Navigate to the object DC=vdi,DC=vmware,DC=int > OU=Properties > OU=Global > CN=Common.
- In the Attribute Editor for the DC=vdi,DC=vmware,DC=int > OU=Properties > OU=Global > CN=Common object, set the pae-EnableServerInDesktopMode attribute to 1.
- Verify that the Remote Desktop Services role is not installed.
- Create a Windows Server 2008 R2 (Data center edition) virtual machine and configure it as you would configure a Windows 7 virtual machine.
Important: You must select the VMXNET 3 network adapter for the virtual machine. Selecting the default E1000 adapter can cause customization timeout errors on the virtual machine.
- Install Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1).
Note: If you do not install SP1, an error occurs when you try to install View Agent in the virtual machine.
- Install the Windows Server 2008 R2 Desktop Experience feature.
Note: If you do not install this feature, VMware Horizon View HTML Blast access does not work correctly. For installation instructions, see the Microsoft TechNet article, Desktop Experience Overview.
Note: The preceding link was correct as of April 22 31, 2015. If you find the link is broken, provide feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.
- Install View Agent with the VDM_FORCE_DESKTOP_AGENT flag set to 1.
Note: You can set this flag as a system environment variable or pass it as an argument to the View Agent installer.
For example: VMware-viewagent-x86_64-5.3.0-xxxxx.exe /v"VDM_FORCE_DESKTOP_AGENT=1"
If you do not perform this step correctly, you cannot select components and you must explicitly register the virtual machine with View Connection Server.
- Select the components to install.
- In the Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine, select Start > Administrative Tools > Server Manager to launch Server Manager.
- In Server Manager, select Features in the left pane and click Add Features in the Features Pane.
- On the Select Features page, select Desktop Experience.
- Click Install to install the Desktop Experience feature.
Note: You might need to restart the operating system.
- Select Start > Administrative Tools > Services.
- In the Services list, click Themes.
- In the Startup Type list, select Automatic and click Apply.
- Under Status, click Start and OK.
- To configure an Aero theme, right-click anywhere on the desktop, click Personalize, and select the Aero theme.
- Smart card SSO on Windows Server 2008 R2
- Virtual printing (ThinPrint)
- Multimedia redirection (MMR)
- Unified Communications (UC) APIs
- Microsoft Lync 2013 SDK
- View Persona Management
- vRealize Operations Manager (formerly known as vCenter Operations Manager) functionality
- Local-mode desktops
- Sysprep is not supported for Server 2008 R2 linked clones, please use Quickprep.