How to Create an APPD6 Windows Template

For this guide you will need a Windows 2008 R2 VM with VMware tools already installed.

Step 1: Open a console in vCenter and login to the Windows server with Administrator credentials.

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Step 2: Open a web browser to the Application Director server and download the Java edition for your operating system. (URL Listed below)

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http://FQDN-of-APPDServer/agent/jre-1.7.0_45-win64.zip

Step 3: Now download the Agent bootstrap from the Application Director server (URL below)

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http://FQDN-of-APPDServer/agent/vmware-appdirector-agent-bootstrap-windows_6.0.0.0.zip

Step 4: Now go the vCAC appliance home page for example https://vcac-l-01a.corp.local:5480/install and download the windows guest agent to the same folder

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Step 6: This next step is very important or your deployments will fail. Right click on each zip file. select properties, and mark them as unblock and click ok

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Step 6a: Make sure you do the same for the JRE file

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Step 6b: Also the agent bootstrap file

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Step 7: create a directory named \opt\vmware-jre and unzip the JRE file you downloaded earlier to it, the directory should look like this:

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Step 8: Open a windows powershell command line and type \opt\vmware-jre\jre-1.7.0_45-win64\bin\java -version and press enter

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You should see the screen above.

Step 9: Unzip the Gugent Zip file to the C: drive as shown

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Step 10: Open a command prompt and change to the VRMGuest agent directory and type winservice -i -h FQDNofWindowsIaaS:443 -p ssl and press enter

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Step 11: Unzip the vmware-appdirector-agent-bootstrap zip file to a temp folder

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Step 12: Now download the Windows 2003 Resource Kit to the server link below

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Step 13: Install the 2003 Resource kit tools, browse to the directory it is installed and copy and paste ntrights.exe

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Step 14: Go back to the vmware-appdirector-agent-bootstrap folder and paste it there

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Step 15: Open a command prompt and browse to the agent-bootstrap folder and run the following command install.bat password=VMware1! cloudProvider=vcac vcacServer=vcac-w8-01a.corp.local httpsMode=https vcacServerPort=443

You can copy and paste the link below.

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install.bat password=VMware1! cloudProvider=vcac vcacServer=vcac-w8-01a.corp.local httpsMode=https vcacServerPort=443

NOTE: This command is expecting the Windows IaaS servers hostname not the appliance. Also NOTE: it is case sensitve and will fail if not entered correctly.

Step 16: Shutdown your windows server and you can now make it a template or take a snapshot to setup for linked clone in vCAC

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2 Replies to “How to Create an APPD6 Windows Template”

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  2. I believe this bit is wrong:

    \opt\vmware-jre\jre-1.7.0_45-win64\bin\java

    as it should be

    \opt\vmware-jre\bin\java

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