Recently I started working with a new customer who is migrating to VMware Horizon View. It has been a while since I have done much with Horizon so I thought setting it up in my lab would help me get up to speed.
I decided to install Horizon 7.12, setup a few desktop pools and learn about Instant Clones with an eye to upgrading to Horizon 8 (aka Horizon 2006 as it prefers to be known) in the near future. I had been using Windows Server 2012 in my lab as those were the latest licenses I was able to get from my Microsoft Technet subscription before they ended that program. Horizon 2006 does not support Windows Server 2012 so I had to make an early choice. Do I run 2012 now, and upgrade it later or jump to a newer version now?
Lab Headaches can turn into knowledge
I decided to try Windows 2016 Server Core for my connection server. I have always been pretty comfortable at command line; and wanted to try out Windows Server Core. I have to admit it was a bit “different” not have any of the familiar GUI interfaces. Some of the smallest things (ahem configuring network stack) took me a bit and forced me to learn something new. This is a good thing – and why it is a good idea to get in the lab often.