Centralising an Endpoint with VMware Horizon Mirage provides a de-duplicated copy of physical endpoints to be stored within the data centre for disaster recovery or migration migration of the endpoint and heres how.

First browse your Horizon Mirage media and run the client installer for the correct architecture of OS you would like to capture. In this instance I’m using a 64 bit version of Windows 8.

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When the installer starts click Next to begin the installation and accept the EULA and click Next again.

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The Next screen will request the server FQDN of the mirage server (the eagle eyed of you will note a typo in my FQDN, don’t worry I sorted that but didn’t take a screen shot). As this is my lab I haven’t opted to use SSL at the moment although using SSL is fairly simple requiring a signed certificate to be imported into the mirage server’s Computer Personal store before the installation of the Mirage server as the installation routine asks for the certificate FQDN and signing authority.

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Click Next on the Ready to install page and sit back and wait for the installation to complete.

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Once completed you will see a Horizon Mirage Icon in the system tray and right clicking and selecting Show Status will display the below screen. The important things to take note of here is that the server address is correct, the connection status is connected and the action is pending assignment which means we will need to tell the Mirage server what we want to do with this device.

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Now switch to your Horizon Mirage management server and open the console. navigate to Inventory and Pending Devices and you should see the workstation listed.

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Right click on your workstation and select Centralize Endpoint and another wizard will open.

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Select the Horizon Mirage default CVD policy and click next.

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Then choose your storage repository and click next, the wizard will perform a check to ensure that the workstation will fit on the repository and then next and finish.

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The upload of the base CVD will begin and you can check its progress by switching back to your endpoint and right clicking the Horizon Mirage system tray icon and clicking show status.

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Author: Dale Scriven

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