9 VMware vSphere Health Check Topics to Check Out


As a seasoned post-sales consultant, I’ve done my fair share of health checks. For vSphere (more on other topics later), this typically involves using the VMware HealthAnalyzer tool to gather information from vCenter Server and ESXi hosts, and then compare those results versus best practice recommendations. I’d like to share with you some very common […]

Horizon Mirage 4.4 Part 15 – Client Installation and Configuration


In this article, we’re going to focus on the Horizon Mirage 4.4 client installation process. Horizon Mirage 4.4 Client Installation 1. Double-click MirageClient.64.35175.msi (or.x86.35175 if your client is 32-bit). 2. Click Run if prompted. 3. Click Next. 4. Accept the terms in the License Agreement, and then click Next. 5. Type in the fully-qualified domain […]

Horizon Mirage 4.4 Part 14 – Manage the Driver Library and Profiles


In this article, we’ll cover managing the Horizon Mirage Driver Library and Driver Profiles. Prep Work Downloaded, extracted, and moved to a network shared the drivers I want to import. Import Drivers Into the Driver Library 1. In the Horizon Mirage Console, choose Driver Library > Folders > All 2. Click the little wand icon […]

Horizon Mirage 4.4 Part 13 – Update an App Layer


In our last article, we updated a Base Layer. In this article, we’ll do the same for an App Layer. Note: This is much like the initial App Layer capture we did back in Part 11, with a few caveats and configuration differences.   Prep Work A clean Windows 7 machine has already been created […]

VCAP-DTD Exam Experience


Exam Experience I sat the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop Design (VCAP-DTD) exam on Wednesday of last week, so I thought I’d put my thoughts on the exam down on paper. Organizationally, this exam is a lot like the VCAP-DCD, as expected. If you’ve done the VCAP-DCD, you’ll definitely have a good feel for […]

Horizon Mirage 4.4 Part 12 – Update a Base Layer


In the last article in this series, we created an App Layer for user with Horizon Mirage. In this article, we’re going to update a Base Layer. Prep Work I created a new Reference CVD from the Base Layer I created previously The new Reference CVD operating system was updated and new software was installed. […]

Horizon Mirage 4.4 Part 11 – Capture an App Layer


In the previous article, we discussed capturing a Base Layer with Horizon Mirage. In this article, we’ll cover capturing a basic App Layer. Prep Work A clean Windows 7 machine has already been created with the Horizon Mirage client installed, sitting in Pending Devices. Creating a Reference CVD for App Layer Capture 1. Go to […]

Horizon Mirage 4.4 Part 10 – Capture a Base Layer


In the last installment in the series, we created a Reference CVD from a Windows 7 device. In this article, we’re going to take that Reference CVD and create a Base Layer from it. Capture a Base Layer 1. Click Common Wizards in the Horizon Mirage Management console. 2. Click Capture Base Layer. 3. Choose […]

Horizon Mirage 4.4 Part 9 – Create CVD for Base Layer Capture


In the last post in this series, we covered installation and configuration of the Horizon Mirage Edge Server. In this article, we’ll focus on creating a Centralized Virtual Desktop (CVD) for use in capturing a Base Layer. Prep Work Installed Windows 7 in a vSphere virtual machine Installed relevant drivers (VMware Tools) Updated the operating […]