This post describes how you can force manual bootstrapping in Horizon DaaS 8.
Bootstrapping in VMware Horizon DaaS 8 is an automatic process to convert your image to a Golden Pattern in Horizon DaaS.
There is a way to do this manually. Reasons for performing manual bootstrapping can be:
- The image is not on the same cluster as the desktop manager
- If you suffer strange problems during the automatic bootstrapping process (hint: always use English language settings for DaaS)
In this post I will assume you already have a Windows VM ready with network connectivity, the Horizon View and the Horizon DaaS agent installed.
- Go to the Registry and browse to hive HKLM\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\VMware, Inc.\VMware DaaS Agent\EnableBootstrap
- Change the setting from 0 to 1
Or, using PowerShell:
Set-ItemProperty "HKLM:\SOFTWARE\WOW6432Node\VMware, Inc.\VMware DaaS Agent\" -name EnableBootstrap -Value '1'
Restart-service "DaaS Agent"
Now, we need to download the bootstrap file from the Horizon DaaS Admin portal:
- Open the image you want to add via Console or RDP
- Browse to the Virtual IP of the Horizon DaaS Admin portal. In this scenario https://10.8.10.109
- Navigate to Inventory > Images
- Click the additional options button and choose Download Bootstrap
- Enter a secure password
- Save the file here: C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware DaaS Agent\service
- Open a Command Prompt with Admin privileges and run the following commands
cd C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware DaaS Agent\service
Keytool.exe -f image_bootstrap.7z
- Enter the safe password you entered earlier
99 out of 100 times you won’t need this, but it’s good to understand the process happening behind the curtains.