jpawlicki
Contributor
Contributor

VMware View question regarding the parent build

Quick question:

I am new to VMware view, I configured it and am at the testing point.

One thing I don't understand is when I create the parent image build basically with a customized desktop, shortcuts, favorites etc.and

then do a snapshot of it; when I put the image in a pool and access it with different credentials I do not get the original desktop, shortcuts, favorites etc.

I know it builds a different profile.

Now how or can I get it to display exactly what I configured on the parent build.

Thank you for your time.

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marvinms
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Enthusiast

That is a good question.

I am currently working with a VDI Proof of Concept setup myself. I also noticed that most of my configurations are also lost on the deployed virtual desktops. I was told that anything I configured while logged on as Administrator on the Image would be preserved on the deployed VMs, that is not the case.

I guess it is the Quick Prep configurations that are guiding the changes. The applications and desktop icons I setup remain on the VM but not the desktop customizations.

I will be looking at Unidesk's solution in the coming weeks.

I will keep an eye on the discussion thought.

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eeg3
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Commander

One option is to set up a user profile, then as Administrator replace the Default User profile folder with the contents of the aforementioned user you configured.

Blog: http://blog.eeg3.net
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maishsk
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Expert

Hi and welcome to the forums,

I have moved the thread to a more appropriate location.

Maish

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AndreTheGiant
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Profiles settings are per user.

You can force some of them with group policy.

Or in the same way of a physical system: create your perfect profile, then copy it on the Default User profile.

Andre

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andycanedd
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Contributor

What OS are you using for the parent VM? If you are using Windows 7, follow the optimisation whitepaper from VMware which includes utilising group policies and registry entries.

If you are using sysprep to customise the OS (which you should be as QuickPrep does not change the GUID) then have a look at the guides from Microsoft on creating a default profile using sysprep.

As others have stated, you can customise a lot of the look of the desktop via Group Policy which is a simple option.

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