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1 PROPALMS VDI Version 2.1 Quick Start Guide for Parallels Virtuozzo Rev. 1.1 Published: JULY-2011

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3 CONTENTS CONTENTS... 3 OVERVIEW... 5 Propalms VDI Components... 5 Virtualization Platforms... 5 Installation Pre-requisites... 5 Parallels Server... 5 VDI Connection Broker... 6 VDI Management Console... 6 VDI Client... 6 VDI Web Client... 7 Authentication and Authorization... 7 DHCP... 7 VDI Administrators... 7 Microsoft Licensing Requirements... 7 PROPALMS VDI INSTALLATION... 9 Installing Parallels Virtuozzo Containers... 9 Installing VDI Connection Broker Installing VDI Management Console Installing VDI Web Client PROPALMS VDI MANAGEMENT CONSOLE VDI Configuration Log in to Management Console Administrator Access Authentication Servers Add Users, Groups, OUs and Devices Add Users Add Groups Add Organizational Units Add Devices Add a Virtualization Host

4 Create a New Desktop Center Create a New Managed Desktop Pool Quickly Adding Existing Virtual Desktops Import Existing computers from hosts Install VDI Desktop Agent Create Managed Desktops dynamically Create Sample Container for Dynamic Desktop Creation Create Desktop Agent as Application Template Adding VDI Agent template to Sample Container Create Desktops Dynamically from the console Join Desktops to Domain ACCESSING VIRTUAL DESKTOPS Installing VDI Desktop Client Web Client

5 CHAPTER1 OVERVIEW Propalms VDI provides a simple desktop virtualization management and delivery solution integrating with and providing desktops from multiple platforms including VMware, Parallels and Microsoft technology. This document will walk you through installing and configuring Propalms VDI with Parallels Virtuozzo Containers (PVC). Parallels Virtuozzo Containers is a leading OS virtualization solution for Windows and Linux. Parallels Virtuozzo Containers creates isolated containers on a single physical server and OS instance. Compared to other virtualization technologies, Parallels Virtuozzo Containers offers the highest levels of density, performance and manageability. PROPALMS VDI COMPONENTS Propalms VDI components come bundled as Microsoft Windows installers available on CD or can be downloaded from the Propalms website. The following components are installed as part of the complete Propalms VDI solution: 1. VDI Data store (SQL, SQL Express) 2. VDI Connection Broker 3. VDI Management Console 4. VDI Client 5. VDI Web Client (optional) 6. VDI Desktop Agent VIRTUALIZATION PLATFORMS The virtualization platform installation is a separate task that needs to be performed so the VDI Connection Broker can manage and deliver desktops from the chosen platform. Propalms VDI currently supports the following virtualization platforms: 1. VMware ESXi / VMware vcenter 2. Parallels Virtuozzo Containers 3. KVM Linux hypervisor 4. Microsoft Hyper-V (coming soon) INSTALLATION PRE-REQUISITES PARALLELS SERVER The minimum requirements for evaluating are: Any x86 or x64 platform that is supported by Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2008 R2 2GB RAM or above 20GB free disk space Parallels Virtuozzo Containers for Windows 4.5 or above 5

6 Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008 R2 For the latest details on supported OS platforms and to download the trial of PVC view the following link: VDI CONNECTION BROKER The minimum hardware requirements are: 1 GHz CPU or above 1 GB of RAM 2 GB or more hard disk space (for database and logs on database server) The software required to run the VDI Connection Broker is: Windows Server 2003, 32-bit& 64-bit Windows Server 2008, 32-bit & 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 Internet Information Services with ASP.Net enabled. NB: In case of windows 2008 / R2 based connection broker installation, Add Web server (IIS) role with IIS6 Compatibility Support selected..net framework 3.5 SP1 or above Windows Installer 3.1 or above Microsoft SQL Server or SQL Express Edition VDI MANAGEMENT CONSOLE The VDI Management Console is a native.net application. It can run on any hardware platform which can run Windows. This can be installed on the VDI Connection Broker server and/or Administrators desktop. The minimum hardware requirements are: 1 GB of RAM 100 MB Free disk space The software required to run the VDI Management Console is: Windows XP, Vista, 7, Windows 2003, 2008, 2008 R2 (32, 64-bit).NET framework 3.5 SP1 and above VDI CLIENT The minimum hardware requirements are: 256 MB of RAM 10 MB free disk space The software required to run the VDI Client is: 6

7 Windows XP SP2 and above, Vista, 7, Windows 2003, 2008, 2008 R2 (32, 64-bit) Linux Ubuntu, RHEL, Fedora MAC OSX Universal Binary VDI WEB CLIENT The VDI Web client can be installed on the VDI Connection Broker server as it also requires IIS. The minimum hardware requirements are: 1 GHz CPU or above 1 GB of RAM The software required to run the VDI web client is: Windows 2003, 2008, 2008 R2 (32, 64-bit) Internet Information Server (IIS) AUTHENTICATION AND AUTHORIZATION In order to authenticate VDI users, Propalms VDI connection broker service can either use the local system database or it can integrate with a Microsoft Active Directory domain. Connection Broker service automatically detects the domain membership of the local machine at the time of installation. During configuration, administrator can choose to authenticate users from domain or from local system database. DHCP Ensure a DHCP server is running with available IP addresses for assignment to new virtual desktops. VDI ADMINISTRATORS By default when the VDI Connection Broker service is installed, the local system administrator group is added to VDI configuration as a VDI administrator. If the VDI Connection Broker installation is done from a domain administrator admin account, the domain administrator group as well as local administrator group is added as VDI administrator in VDI configuration. MICROSOFT LICENSING REQUIREMENTS Propalms VDI Connection Broker Service runs as part of IIS and provides access to hosted desktops to authenticated users. Standard Microsoft hosted services CAL license policies apply in this case. Terminal service license is not required for Propalms VDI Connection Broker. 7

8 NB: Parallels Virtuozzo Container Server runs over Microsoft Windows Terminal Services. TS licenses along with Microsoft CAL licenses must be installed on each Parallels host to comply with Microsoft licensing policies. Please refer to Parallels administration manual for more details on licensing. 8

9 CHAPTER 2 PROPALMS VDI INSTALLATION To get started you will need a Windows Server in order to install the VDI connection broker. INSTALLING PARALLELS VIRTUOZZO CONTAINERS Download and install the latest Parallels software by referring to the documentation from Parallels at the following location - Prior to configuring the containers ready for VDI you need to ensure that networking is configured correctly. Open Parallels Management Console and right click the Hardware Node and got Network Configuration > Configure Virtual Networks. Click Add and provide a name for the network and specify the adapter to connect it to. You can now see the Network is configured. 9

10 INSTALLING VDI CONNECTION BROKER Log on to your Windows Server as an administrator; either domain or local administrator account. The following instructions are based on Windows Server 2008 R2. Add Application Server and Web Server role along with ASP.NET and IIS6 Management compatibility role services. The steps are as shown below: In Server Manager, select the Roles and choose Add Roles. Add the Application Server role and when prompted, add required features as displayed below: Select Web Server (IIS) 10

11 On the Web Server Role Services page add support for ASP.NET and add the required role services as shown. Scroll down to the Management Tools section and select IIS 6 Management Compatibility 11

12 Once these services have been successfully installed you are ready to run the Setup.exe from the VDI installation folder. Once the setup wizard starts the image below shows the first screen of the wizard. Click Next to go ahead. Click I Agree and Next to agree to the End User License Agreement. The VDI connection broker will begin to install 12

13 In case SQL Server is not installed on the machine already then the following screen is shown. Here you can select to Install SQL Server Express Edition on the connection broker server or use a SQL Server instance installed on another host. To install SQL Express on this machine choose Install Now and on the following screen Enter Password for sa account. Passwords entered on the authentication page must meet strong password policy requirements Alternatively you can use database on another machine by specifying the server name and authentication details for SQL administrator. 13

14 After entering the password click Next; setup will be interrupted in order to start the SQL Server Installation. When SQL Server installation completes run setup.exe again to resume the connection broker installation. Now, the screen will show that SQL Server is already installed on the machine. Enter the username and password for the SQL Server and click Next. Once the setup is complete you will see the following screen which completes the VDI connection broker installation. 14

15 For installation on Windows 2003, Internet Information Services (IIS) along with Active Service Pages (ASP) must be installed on the Windows server on which the VDI Connection Broker service will be installed. Go to Control Panel > Add/Remove Programs > Add/Remove Windows Components and install: Internet Information Server with support for Active Server Pages. Microsoft Windows Installer 3.1 is included with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1). If necessary download the latest version from the Microsoft website. If.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 is not installed prior to running the VDI connection broker setup then the installer will prompt to download and install it prior to proceeding with VDI installation. 15

16 INSTALLING VDI MANAGEMENT CONSOLE Once the VDI connection broker is installed you can browse to This will display a VDI Getting Started webpage from where you can download all the other VDI components. Click the link highlighted above to install the VDI Management Console. Choose to Run or Save the Propalms VDI Management Console Setup.exe 16

17 Click Next to continue Optionally create Desktop and Quick Launch icons Click Install and Finish when prompted. 17

18 INSTALLING VDI WEB CLIENT If you want to connect to VDI desktops via a web interface then you need to install the VDI Web Client. Go to click the highlighted link to install. The simplest way to run this is from the same server as the connection broker as IIS is already installed as part of the connection broker service. 18

19 Click Run and choose Next to install. Enter the Hostname or IP Address of the Connection Broker on the next screen and press Next to continue. If the Web Client is being installed on the same server as the Connection Broker then you can leave this value as localhost. Once installed, click Close to finish the installation. 19

20 The web client can be accessed on the URL - You will not be able to login and access desktops yet as we have not configured any in the Management Console. Instructions for installing VDI desktop client and VDI desktop agent are available later in this document. 20

21 CHAPTER 3 PROPALMS VDI MANAGEMENT CONSOLE VDI CONFIGURATION 1. Add Authentication Server/s 2. Add Users, Groups, and OUs in the configuration database. 3. Add Virtualization Hosts: A Virtualization Host is a physical machine where virtualization platform is installed for hosting virtual machines. 4. Create a Desktop Center: A Desktop Center is a group of Managed Desktop Pools. Desktop Centers are associated with a specific virtualization platform at time of creation. All Managed Desktops in the Desktop Center will use the same virtualization platform. 5. Create Managed Desktop Pool: A Managed Desktop Pool is a set of Managed Desktops running on the Virtualization Hosts assigned to a desktop center. Administrators can define common provisioning, assignment and usage policies for all managed desktops in a pool. 6. Add / Create Virtual Desktops LOG IN TO MANAGEMENT CONSOLE Hostname = Servername or IP Address of Connection Broker Server (leave as localhost if Console is installed on same server as connection broker.) Username = administrator account for VDI Password = password for Admin account Domain= Active Directory domain name or leave blank for local authentication NB: If the connection broker was installed on a domain member then you should be able to login using a domain admin account. If you cannot login, try using the local administrator account on the connection broker server leaving the domain field blank. Once connected to the management console check the authentication server details are correct for your domain. You may also have to add your account/group to the Administrator access (see next section) 21

22 ADMINISTRATOR ACCESS Administrators are those users who can log in to the VDI Management Console and change the configuration. You can view the current administrators or Add New Administrators using the Administrators section of the console. To add a new Administrator user or group, either Right click on the screen where you can see all the administrators or under the Actions menu click on the Add Administrators option. Here you can select either user accounts or groups to be added as administrators. Click Finish to add the selected users as Administrators. You can also remove Administrators by choosing the Remove Administrators option from the Actions menu or by Right-clicking on the Administrators page. NB: Make sure there is always one administrator account added in the configuration, otherwise you won t be able to login into the console. 22

23 AUTHENTICATION SERVERS In the authentication servers section you can manage the domains that can be authenticated against the VDI connection broker. This is used to later to specify VDI administrators and to assign desktops to domain groups and/or users. From the Actions menu, select Add Authentication Server if your domain is not currently listed or you want to authenticate against multiple domains. Host = domain controller name or IP address Port = The LDAP port to connect with (389 by default) Protocol = Choose between LDAP v2 and v3 (Active Directory support both versions) Base DN = This is the starting point in the Active Directory hierarchy at which lookups will begin. Simply add the root domain to look up the whole directory. For example, for domain named vdi.com the value would be dc=vdi,dc=com 23

24 User DN= specify an account with rights to read groups and users from the domain. CN=Admin,CN=Users,DC=vdi,DC=com For example, Password= specify password for the above account Finally use the Test Connection option to ensure the settings are correct. You can delete or edit previously specified Authentication servers by selecting the option from the Actions menu or right clicking the chosen server. ADD USERS, GROUPS, OUS AND DEVICES The Users, Groups, Organizational Units and Devices options can be found under the Clients section. You need to add these clients in order to assign desktops to them at a later stage. ADD USERS To Add users, right click on Users and choose the Add User option. A dialog box will open with a list of the existing domains in the drop down box and the corresponding users will be shown in the list below. Simply select any individual users that you want to assign desktops to and click Finish. 24

25 You can also select the Persistence Type of the users at the time of adding them (bottom left corner of the window), which can also be changed later. A persistent assignment defines that a user receives a desktop on first logon and is always directed back to this desktop on subsequent logons. A temporary assignment does not guarantee returning to the same previous desktop and the user can be assigned any desktop from the pool. ADD GROUPS To Add groups, right click on Groups and choose the Add Group option. A dialog box will open with a list of the existing domains in the drop down box and the corresponding groups will be shown in the list below. Simply select any groups that you want to assign desktops to and click Finish. 25

26 NB: You can also select the Persistence Type of the Users at the time of adding them (bottom left corner of the window), which can also be changed later. ADD ORGANIZATIONAL UNITS To Add organizational units, right click on Organizational Units and choose the Add Organizational Unit option. A dialog box will open with a list of the existing domains in the drop down box and the corresponding organizational units will be shown in the list below. Simply select any organizational units that you want to assign desktops to and click Finish. ADD DEVICES To Add devices, right click on Devices and choose the Add Device option. Enter the Device Profile Name. Select the Device Profile Type; it can be one of three types: Host: Enter the IP address of the Device. After which any user (after authentication) logging in from that machine will get the Desktop assigned to that host rather than the Desktop assigned to the user. IP Range: Specify the IP range (e.g ). After which any user (after authentication) logging in from any of the machines in that range will get a Desktop assigned to the IP range and not the user logging in. Subnet: Specify the Network Number and the Subnet Mask (e.g. Network Number and Subnet Mask ). After which any user (after authentication) logging in from any of the machines in that subnet will get a Desktop assigned to the subnet and not the user logging in. Click Finish to complete. 26

27 ADD A VIRTUALIZATION HOST To add a new Virtualization Host, right click on Virtualization Hosts and click on Add new Virtualization Hosts option. The Wizard for the adding a new Virtualization Host will be opened. Enter the Virtualization Host Name and Virtualization Host Type (Parallels) and click Next to proceed. Server Name = hostname or IP address of Virtualization server Port No. = the value for the port number should be automatically set according to the virtualization type chosen. Overwrite this here if necessary. 27

28 Specify an account which has Administrative rights on the virtualization host. Finally click Test Connection to verify the details entered. Now you can see the Virtualization Host created in the management console. 28

29 CREATE A NEW DESKTOP CENTER Right Click on the Desktop Centers section and select Create new Desktop Center. The wizard for creating a new Desktop Center will be opened. Enter the Desktop Center Name and click Next to proceed. Select the Virtualization Technology and click Next. You can create new Virtualization Hosts here by clicking on Add new Virtualization Hosts button or add any number of Virtualization Hosts to this desktop center by adding the hosts from the Available Hosts list to Hosts in Desktop Center list. 29

30 Once virtualization hosts are selected click Finish and you will see the new Desktop Center listed under Desktop Centers. CREATE A NEW MANAGED DESKTOP POOL Right click on the Desktop Center under which you want to create a Managed Desktop Pool. Click on Add new Managed Desktop Pool option. The wizard for creating a new Managed Desktop Pool will be opened. Enter the Managed Desktop Pool Name and click Next to continue. 30

31 Check either the Temporary or Persistent option depending upon how you want the desktops in this Managed Pool to be assigned to users. Temporary Assignment means the user will be assigned a desktop from the pool but is not forced to get the same desktop at each logon. Persistent Assignment ensures that every time the user logs in they will be directed to the same desktop. Check the appropriate option depending upon the Client Privileges you want to give. Click Next to continue. 31

32 You can choose to enable Idle Time Out for this Desktop Pool. This is the time duration after which the desktops in this Managed Pool will be either shutdown or hibernated. Click Next to proceed. On the Client Assignment you can specify who can access desktops in this pooi. You can choose the option Allow all clients to use the desktops in this pool; this will allow any authenticated user access to the desktops from this Desktop Pool. Or you can choose Select the clients who can access the desktops in this pool.using this option you can define access to desktops to specific users, groups, organizational units and devices. Select from Users, Groups, OUs and Devices then add the objects from the Available Clients to Selected Clients. NB: You will only see objects to assign that you have previously added under the Clients sections in the Management Console. Click Next to continue. 32

33 At the final stage of creating the new Managed Desktop Pool you have the option to Add Desktops. Select the relevant option and click Finish. You will now see the Managed Desktop Pool created under the Desktop Center. 33

34 QUICKLY ADDING EXISTING VIRTUAL DESKTOPS Right click on the Desktop Pool in which you want to add Managed Desktops and click Add Desktops option. A window will be opened show the following options: Choose Import exisitng computers from hosts. 34

35 IMPORT EXISTING COMPUTERS FROM HOSTS If you already have desktop instances running on your virtualization host then you can import them into the VDI management console. A wizard will open containing the list of Virtualization Hosts on the left side of the wizard and the Desktops on that Virtualization Host will be displayed in the top right list of the window after clicking on that Virtualization Host. You can now select the Unmanaged Desktops and click Add Selected Desktops. This will move the selected desktops to the bottom right list. After you are done click the Finish button. 35

36 You can now see the Managed Desktops added to the Desktop Pool. However, these desktops cannot be assigned to users until the Propalms VDI Desktop Agent is installed on them. Until this happens, the imported desktops remain in Partially Imported (highlighted in red) state. Once, the agent is installed and carries out the configuration process, the state of these desktops changes to Fully Imported and can be assigned to users. INSTALL VDI DESKTOP AGENT For performance and communication reasons vendor specific client tools should already be installed on the virtual desktops. To add the VDI agent to each desktop you will need access either directly to the console or through remote desktop if it is already enabled. NB: The VDI Desktop Agent ensures that remote desktop is enabled whenever it starts. There is a feature in the VDI management console allowing an administrator to right click a desktop and console into the virtual desktop. 36

37 Download and save the VDI Desktop Agent fromhttp://<connectionbrokernameoripaddress>/connectionbroker Open a command prompt and navigate to the directory where the agent setup file exists. Once you are in the same folder (from the command prompt) as the agent setup, run the following command: VDIDesktopAgentSetup-2.1.exe /S /BrokerHost="< ConnectionBrokerNameORIPAddress >" This will install the agent on the desktop and set the environment for the VDI Connection Broker host. You can now connect to the virtual desktop by logging in as a valid user through either the VDI Desktop Client or VDI Web Client. 37

38 CREATE MANAGED DESKTOPS DYNAMICALLY PVC virtualizes servers at the operating system, or kernel layer, to create an isolated instance (container) of the operating system on the physical server. These instances (containers) can be dynamically created to allow availability of VDI desktop instances ready for users to connect to or scheduled / created on demand. CREATE SAMPLE CONTAINER FOR DYNAMIC DESKTOP CREATION The first step to allow dynamic desktop creation is to create a sample container as a template. This task is generally carried out from outside of the Propalms VDI product using the Parallels Management Tools. Open Parallels Management Console. Go to the Container Samples and right click to Create New Container Sample. You can either select a Sample as a template to create a new one or create it manually. Select Set Container Sample Manually. 38

39 Enter the name of the Sample and the Description and click Next to continue. Select OS Template and click Next. Leave the Resources section as default settings for evaluation. NB: In production environments these values will need to be specified as per user requirements. Add the DNS Server and Search domain if you want and click Next to continue. 39

40 Specify the network settings the way you want it to be configured and click Next to continue. NB: the network configuration that is configured in the sample configuration is used during the Creation of Virtual Containers (VCs) on the parallels. So make sure the network configuration is done properly. If you do not have a DHCP server in your environmentyou will have to specify a range of unused IP Addresses which can be given on demand to new containers. Accept the default settings on the following screens and click Finish. CREATE DESKTOP AGENT AS APPLICATION TEMPLATE Application templates are the easiest and most dynamic way to deliver applications to users. Application templates are special application packages that can be delivered to users on Virtuozzo containers for application access. An Application template contains all necessary application files, exes, dlls including the registry entries, COM registrations, etc which the application needs to run. 40

41 The application template is then run under a virtual environment on the Virtuozzo container which makes the application feels that it is natively installed on the Virtuozzo container. The VDI administrator needs to prepare templates for each application that needs to be published on Virtuozzo containers. NB: It is not necessary to use only application templates for delivering applications to users. Applications can be natively installed inside a Virtuozzo container. VDI Desktop Agent is a windows service which runs inside the virtual machine and performs the following functions: Prepares the VM for the Remote Desktop Connection. Sets the user name and password of the logging in user in the VM. Tells the Broker which user is logged in. Idle time: the time for which the machine is idle. Disconnects the RDP connection when the user logs out. Shows the message sent from the administrator. Application template has to be made for VDI Desktop Agent and added to the sample configuration. Copy VDIDesktopAgentSetup-2.1.exe to a folder on the Parallels Host. On the Parallels Host Go to Start Menu -> All Programs -> Parallels -> Parallel Virtuozzo Containers and select Parallels Virtuozzo Template Creation Wizard. Select Create a template on the basis of an installed application and click Next to continue. Provide an IP address which is not assigned to any machine in the network and select the OS template and click Next to continue. 41

42 Here you have to select the Application Folder where the VDIDesktopAgentSetup-2.1.exe is placed and also the name of the Template. NB: Make sure that the name of the agent that you enter is VDIDesktopAgent otherwise the Broker will not be able to recognize it. It will now create a temporary container with the application installer available to be installed at the location copied in the previous steps. Click Next to connect to the temporary container. An RDP session will open then check that the VDI agent setup file is available at the location you specified. 42

43 Important: You must minimize the RDP window and click Next before installing the agent. When you see the following screen you can switch back to the RDP window and install the agent. To install the VDI Desktop Agent: Open a command prompt and navigate to the directory where the agent setup file exists. Once you are in the same folder (from the command prompt) as the agent setup, run the following command: VDIDesktopAgentSetup-2.1.exe /S /BrokerHost="<ConnectionBrokerNameORIPAddress>" This will install the agent on the desktop and set the environment for the VDI Connection Broker host. Once the install is complete switch back to the Template Creation Wizard and click Next. The application files are copied and the container is deleted. 43

44 Click Next to continue. Specify the version of the application in the application version field and click Next. Click Next to continue. 44

45 Click Next to install the application on the Hardware Node. A screen should appear informing you that the template has been successfully installed. Click Finish to exit the wizard. ADDING VDI AGENT TEMPLATE TO SAMPLE CONTAINER Open Parallels Management Console and select Templates section from the left hand side. On the right side of the screen click on Application Templates tab. You should see the VDI Desktop Agent template listed. 45

46 Now this application template can be added to the sample container previously created so that any containers created from this sample container automatically have the VDI Desktop Agent installed. Click on Container Samples in the Parallels Management Console and right click your sample container and choose properties. Select Templates from the properties window and check the box for VDI Desktop Agent. 46

47 CREATE DESKTOPS DYNAMICALLY FROM THE CONSOLE Right Click on the Managed Desktop Pool and select Add Desktops. Select Create Managed Desktops Dynamically. Enter a Task name and click Continue. Specify the OS template and click Next. Enter the number of Managed Desktops you want to create. Select the Sample Configuration to be used. You can enable Load balancing where it would create equal number of Desktops on all the Hosts containing the specified OS template and the Sample Configuration. Disabling it enables you to specify thetarget Virtualization Host. 47

48 Enter a Prefix and use the source value $VEID to name the virtual containers dynamically. Enter a password for the Administrator account on each container. Finally you can choose to create the Desktops now, on user logon or schedule them for a particluar time. Choose create desktops now and after a few moments a task should be created. 48

49 Once the task has completed the desktop should appear under the Managed Desktops page. JOIN DESKTOPS TO DOMAIN To allow domain users to log into the virtual Desktops, each desktop needs to be joined to the domain. You can console into each desktop using the VDI Management Console and login as the administrator account. Join the desktop to the domain and restart the desktop. 49

50 CHAPTER 4 ACCESSING VIRTUAL DESKTOPS Access to virtual desktops is provided to users either using the VDI Desktop Client which is available for Windows, Linux and Mac OS or via a Web client. INSTALLING VDI DESKTOP CLIENT You can access the VDI Client installers from the original VDI product download location or through the Web Getting Started page, Right click the Propalms VDI Client Setup 2.1.exe file and Run as Administratorto start the install on your local client. On the Welcome screen click Next. Click I Agree to accept the license agreement When the install is complete click Finish. 50

51 Launch the Propalms VDI Client link from either the Desktop or Start menu. Login by entering the hostname or IP address of the connection broker server and user credentials of a user who has rights to launch a virtual desktop. Once authenticated you will see a list of the available virtual desktops for you to connect to. Simply click Connect to launch the virtual desktop. 51

52 WEB CLIENT Login to Web Client using URL Enter user credentials for a user with rights to virtual desktops. Once authenticated, choose Connect to launch your virtual desktop 52

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