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Horizon View: Windows Server 2008R2 as a workstation.


One of the novelties in Horizon View 5.3 is the ability to use Windows Server 2008R2 as a workstation. This facility was established primarily for the license , the manner of licensing Windows 7 and other desktop systems in virtual environments, it is not optimal from a cost point of view (in the implementation of Horizon View). Therefore, please note that we can only license to use in such a configuration, it is invariably Datacenter. The documentation is written is true that other licenses have not been tested (that may work), but the use of a standard license on a massive scale is not viable completely. Currently, Windows Server 2012R2 is not officially supported, but that is licensed in the same way, it is expected that soon, and this configuration will be available.

Preparation for the operation of this configuration is quite simple, at the beginning we need to configure our Horizon View Connection Server. Start the ADSI Editor (Start Menu -> Administrative Tools -> ADSI Edit). Then connect to the local instance of ADAM server :


In the next step, we set the parameter pae-EnableServerInDesktopMode from 0 to 1:


These operations we conduct on a single server, on the other replicas send automatically. No need to restart the service or server. And now a warning in such a configuration, the console of Horizon View will be able to identify any machine Windows Server 2008R as a potential source (ie, infrastructure construction, too)! Make no mistake! Preparation of the machine that will be a model for our workstations also not a problem. On the selected Windows Server 2008R2 we have to install the Windows Desktop Experience and install Horizon View Agent with the parameter VDM_FORCE_DESKTOP_AGENT = 1 (from the command line: VMware-viewagent-x86_64-5.3.0-xxxxx.exe / v “VDM_FORCE_DESKTOP_AGENT = 1”).

And that’s all, everything works very well:


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Author: Piotr Pisz

Computer always, since I got a Commodore 64 at the end of primary school, through his beloved Amiga and Linux infinite number of consoles, until today, fully virtual day. Since 2001, Unix/Linux Systems Administrator, for seven years a faithful companion and protector of Solaris system, until his sad end. In the year 2011 came in the depths of virtualization, then smoothly ascended into the clouds and continues there today. Professionally working as Systems Architect in the Polish Security Printing Works.

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