In this chapter we create the (golden image) Virtual Machine in vCenter. make sure your ESXi hosts are all the same version. To make sure you are compatible i aslo recommend using at least ESXi 6.0 (or higher).
This sounds like common sense but please make sure you have decent storage solution in place. local SSD still works fine but is inefficient for doing maintenance in your VDI environment.
Using a Virtual SAN gives you all the benefit off local storage with flexibil maintenance possibility’s
Use the vSphere Web Client for creating the VM like i did in the example below. Create the VM using these resource settings:
- 2 CPU’s;
- 4GB Memory;
- VMXNET 3 network adapter;
- 128MB video settings with one monitor (these settings can be configured in the Horizon View Pool settings later;
- If your ESXi Hosts have a 3D cards for example NVIDIA K1 or K2 you can also enable 3D here, the amount off 3D memory depends on your resource requirements. These settings can be configured later on in the Horzion View Pool Settings also;
- You can delete the Floppy drive, pretty sure your not needing that anymore.
- You can also delete the serial ports, parallel and floppy disk controller.
Because we need to adjust the BIOS settings of the Virtual Machine, in the ‘VM Options’ we enable the option to force the VM to start in the BIOS the first time we start the VM.
Then we disable the option to unplug devices like Network and Harddisk, open ‘Advanced’ and then ‘Configuration Parameters’ and add ‘devices.hotplug’ with the value ‘False’
Then we start the VM and adjust the ‘Boot’ options, we configure the Network boot in first place. The ‘Hard Drive’ (which isn’t that hard 😉 second.
Another practical tip is to enable ‘Numlock in the BIOS’, we can do that by choosing ‘Keyboard Features’ in the ‘Main’ Screen.
I also recommend to disable the Serial and Parallel ports and floppy controller in the BIOS.
Exit the BIOS and hit F12 when asked, if your PXE configuration is working you will see the Microsoft Deployment Kit starting to deploy your image 😉
Next we create the VMware Horizon View Pool, i recommend using version Horzion View 6 or higher for delivering your Windows 10 virtual Workspace.
- Howto: Choose the right Windows 10;
- Howto: Deploy Windows 10 using Microsoft MDT & WDS;
- Howto: Windows 10 performance tuning;
- Howto: Manage Windows 10 Workspaces in your environment using RES ONE Workspace Manager.