VMware Horizon View 6.0 Unattended


One of the interesting new features in VMware Horizon View 6.0 is the ability to use Windows 2008 / 2012 Remote Desktop Services to publish Desktops and Applications.

This function is only available in Advanced and Enterprise Edition, but if you signup for VMUG Advantage you’ll get all the software and licenses needed for a full blown VMware lab. Way to go, still waiting for Citrix to do the same!

In any PoC or lab it’s VERY useful to be able to easily spin up various environments. That being for evaluation, troubleshooting, performance or load testing.

The difference between Microsoft, Citrix and VMware is just the agent that goes on top. The applications, configuration and optimization are the same.

With that in mind I created some unattended installations to support VMware Horizon View in my upcoming release of Automation Framework 3.0. Below are the various installation scripts, enjoy!

VMware View Connection Server

The Connection Server requires a static IP address, so if you are automating this you need to add a PowerShell script and reboot the server before starting the installation.

VMware View Agent

Please note that the VMware Documentation states administrator.ctxlab.vmw but that didn’t fly. You need to set ctxlab\administrator for VDM_Server_UserName.

VMware View Client

Now create your VMware Horizon View Farm, Application and Desktop Pool.

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The application list above is based on locally installed and streamed App-V applications controlled by App-V Scheduler and FSLogix.

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Automation Framework Community Edition

The fastest way to build your lab environment.

Virtual Expo

Friday 30th of September 2022

5 thoughts on “VMware Horizon View 6.0 Unattended”

  1. Powershell question : Any idea to list the actual Farms configurated on the Presentation Servers, and how to add the RDS Server in one of them ?? I can’t find that on internet…


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