VCAP-DTA Section 4 Notes

By | February 11, 2014

Section 4 – Create, Customize, and Deploy View Desktop Images

 Objective 4.1 – Build, Upgrade and Optimize a Windows Desktop Image

  • Create, configure, optimize and maintain a base Windows desktop image for View Implementation

PDF guide – VMware-View-OptimizationGuideWindows7-EN

Target master image (parent) – Virtual machine hardware

  • Remove floppy drive and other devices not required
  • Memory – Depends on use case (Windows 7 generally 1.5GB-2GB)
  • CPU – Depends on use case (generally start with 1 vCPU)
  • BIOS – Disable unnecessary LPT and COM ports
  • Disk controller – LSI Logic SAS controller for Win7\8

Windows Guest OS

  • Install latest version of VMware tools
  • Install View Agent – selecting appropriate options during install such as Persona management
  • Optimise the image with Commands.bat (if available during exam?)
  • Run ipconfig/release if preparing for image for full or linked clones.  Shut down VM and snapshot ready for View.
  • Adjust for best performance
  • Select high performance power option
  • Set sound scheme to ‘No sounds’
  • Turn off system protection (system restore) for C:\

Disable following services:-

  • Background Intelligent Transfer Server
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • Branch Cache
  • Computer Browser
  • Diagnostic Policy Service
  • Disk Defragmenter
  • Indexing Service
  • IP Helper
  • Security Center
  • Superfetch
  • Tablet PC Input
  • Themes
  • Windows Backup
  • Windows Defender
  • Windows Search
  • Windows Update
  • WLAN AutoConfig

Customizations via Group Policy (disable the following)

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > System Restore

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Defender

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Windows Sideshow


Objective 4.2 – Deploy Applications to Desktop Images

  • Identify MSI installation options

/s option is required to run a silent installation.

/v “command_line_options”

Instructs the installer to pass the double-quote-enclosed string that you enter at the command line as a set of options for MSI to interpret. You must enclose your command-line entries between double quotes

/qn    Instructs the MSI installer not to display the installer wizard pages

For example, you might want to install View Agent silently and use only default setup options and features:  VMware-viewagent-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe /s /v”/qn”

REBOOT=ReallySuppress option to allow system configuration tasks to complete before the system reboots.

MSI Install options

MSI Properties for Silently Installing View Agent






MSI Properties for Silently Installing View Client




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