VMware View and templates
Moments after Erik posted about vCenter vs VDI, I got problems with the VMware View 3.1.1 environment I’m setting up. I wanted to adjust the quality settings of Adobe Flash in a certain desktop pool. I started to edit the settings for the desktop pool and when I clicked finish I got a error that the Virtual Center didn’t had Sysprep running!!!
So I change a settings about the quality for Adobe Flash and suddenly Sysprep is broken?
The suggestion made to resolving this error was to set the customization specification to “none”. Since I used the desktop pool in question for almost 2 days now with the specified customization, I wasn’t about to put that option to “none”.
Things I tried to resolve the problem where:
- Thinking of Erik’s post I looked if any of the actions on the list where taken, this wasn’t the case.
- I tried tinkering with some other options in the wizard, but it didn’t make any difference.
- I tried to re-create the desktop pool. During the steps for creating the pool I got to the part where I should select the desired template. But somehow the template wasn’t getting displayed. And not only the desired template was gone, 3 out of 5 templates that where created and used before where not getting displayed.
As I could not see the desired template I shifted my attention from the “Sysprep” error to the template. What could have made the template “disappear”?
The only real difference between the templates was that those I could not see where converted to a VM. Once converted to a VM I installed Adobe flash and Adobe reader and then shutdown the VM again. Once down I converted the VM back to template.
I then cloned the template that was not visible thinking ” if it doesn’t work it sure wont hurt me”. After the cloning the View manager could see the newly cloned template and I could get on with the creation of the pool and desired settings. The old template I could then delete as it had no function anymore for me.
Now it could be that I did something wrong in the process of making changes to the template, but I can’t help getting the feeling there is something not right in the software.
Sander Martijn is a Technical Professional for Conoscenza in The Netherlands. As a Technical Professional he works for different clients, building, troubleshooting and managing ICT infrastructures. He is a certified VMware VCP-DCV, VCP-DTM, several VSP and VTSP. Since 2015 he has been awarded vExpert status.