C: Creating a Desktop Image

C: Creating a Desktop Image

Introduction to Image Creation

After you complete the initial configuration and exploration of your Horizon Cloud environment, you are ready to create a desktop image through the following exercises. You can use the image to assign your desktops, also referred to as publishing a desktop.

  • C1: Reviewing Template Options
  • C2: Creating an Image

C1: Reviewing Template Options

You can populate your tenant with virtual machine templates in a number of ways:

  • Receive a pre-packaged image from VMware
  • Create an image from a template that you request from VMware
  • Create an image from your own template

For this exercise, contact your VMware service representative and request a VMware template.

For more information, see Getting Started Horizon Cloud with Hosted Infrastructure.

After you receive a VMware template and your provider uploads it to your tenant, proceed to the next exercise to create your image.

C2: Creating an Image

An image is a pattern that you use to create assignments. Images are created from a template VM that is configured to meet the needs of a particular user type. You can use a pre-packaged image from VMware, create an image from a VMware template, or create an image from your own template.

When creating an image, you can choose between a traditional clone and an instant clone. With a traditional clone, a full copy of the image is used for each desktop deployed. With an instant clone, you gain the benefits of VMware JMP technology, which allows for faster provisioning, using less space. In this exercise, an instant clone is used.

For more information, see VMware Instant Clone Technology for Just-In-Time Desktop Delivery in Horizon 7 Enterprise Edition.

C2.1 Navigate to the Images Dashboard

  1. In the Horizon Cloud Administration Console, select Inventory.
  2. Click Images.

C2.2 Create New Image

  • On the Images page, click New.

C2.3 New Image

  1. On the New Image page, navigate to the Convert Desktop to Image section.
  2. Enter the first few letters of a template name to trigger a display of all desktops that you can convert to an image.

    Note: The desktop inventory takes a few minutes to display. Make sure that the desktop you want to use is powered on.

C2.4 Convert Desktop to Image

  1. Scroll down to the OS Properties section, and provide the following information:
    • Instant Clone: Set to Yes.
    • Image Name: Enter the name for the new image.
    • Domain: Required for instant clones only. Select the domain from the drop-down menu.
    • Company Name: Enter your company name.
    • Timezone: Select your time zone from the drop-down menu.
    • Note: Depending on the size of the file, the publishing process can take some time.
  2. Click Publish.

C2.5 New Desktop Image Is Displayed

  • On the Images page, verify that the status of the new desktop image is Published.

After you complete the image creation process, proceed to the next section to assign a desktop to a user or group.