Manage Virtual Desktops

 

Applies To: Windows MultiPoint Server 2012

Single computer VDI allows you to configure each localMultiPoint Server station to connect to a Windows 8 Enterprise (or Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise) guest operating system running in a Hyper-V virtual machine (VM) on the same MultiPoint Server computer as the station. Then, from your station, you can access any application that runs on Windows 8 Enterprise.

For comprehensive information about MultiPoint Server, see Using Virtual Desktops in Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=263532).

Note


The procedures in this section apply to both Windows 8 Enterprise and Windows 7 SP1 Enterprise operating systems.

To enable the virtual desktop feature

  1. Open MultiPoint Manager, and then click the Virtual Desktops tab.

  2. Under VDI Tasks, click Enable virtual desktops, and then click OK.

    The system is restarted, which could take several minutes.

To create a virtual desktop template

  1. Open MultiPoint Manager, and then click the Virtual Desktops tab.

  2. Insert the Windows 8 Enterprise disk into the DVD drive or copy the Windows 8 Enterprise .iso file to the local SSD.

  3. Under VDI Tasks, click Create virtual desktop template.

    If using the DVD, the program automatically finds the Windows 8 Enterprise .wim file. Otherwise, click Browse, and then navigate to the Windows 8 Enterprise .iso file.

    You can modify the prefix if desired. It will default to the host computer name.

Note


The prefix is used to name the template and the virtual desktop stations. The template is named <prefix> -t. The virtual desktop stations will be named <prefix> -n, where n is the station ID.

  1. Enter a name and password for the local administrator account that will be used to log on to all virtual station desktops that are created from the template, and then click OK.

    The template creation takes several minutes to complete.

Customize the virtual desktop template

For detailed steps about how to customize the virtual desktop template, see Using Virtual Desktops in Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=263532).

To create virtual desktop stations

  1. Open MultiPoint Manager in station mode, and then click the Virtual Desktops tab.

Note


If the MultiPoint Server system is not running in station mode, restart it before completing this procedure.

  1. Select the virtual desktop template in the left-hand pane. It is named <prefix –t>.

  2. Under VDI Tasks, click Create virtual desktop stations, and then click OK.

    The virtual desktop station creation process takes several minutes.

Note


If any of the local stations are currently connected to a session-based virtual desktop, you must log off of those stations in order for them to connect to one of the newly created virtual desktop stations.

Copy and import the template to other MultiPoint Server systems

For detailed steps about how to copy and import the template to other MultiPoint Server systems, see Using Virtual Desktops in Windows MultiPoint Server 2012 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=263532).

Validate the newly created customized virtual station desktops

  1. Log on to one or more of the virtual desktop stations using either a local administrator account or a domain account, and then verify that the new VM-based virtual desktops are working properly.