List all the active VMware Horizon client versions that are used

Before upgrading a VMware Horizon environment I want to known what VMware Horizon Client versions are in use.  Just to be sure that the VMware Horizon clients are supported when upgrading to a new VMware Horizon version. Another use-case is to identify the VMware Horizon Client versions that are in use for security … [Read more...]

Disable the little drawing (known as search highlights) in the Windows 10/11 search bar

After deploying new Windows 10/11 images with the latest updates, Microsoft has included Search highlights. You can see if you have search highlights enabled when having a little drawing in the search bar. When clicking on the search bar it extends. So what are search highlights? Designed to help Windows users … [Read more...]

Build a Windows 10 image with Packer using VMware Workstation

Most of the time I use Packer against a VMware vSphere and Microsoft Azure environment. But sometimes it’s useful to use VMware Workstation for local testing purposes. For building Windows 10 images with Packer and using VMware Workstation there is not much information available. In this blog post, I show how to … [Read more...]

VMware Tools error 2711

For a new Windows 10 image build I use the latest supported VMware Tools  In this case that is VMware Tools 12.0.0. VMware Tools is deployed using an unattended installation such as: e:setup64.exe /S /v “/qb REBOOT=R ADDLOCAL=All … [Read more...]


Software overview Software Version Release Date Link VMware Horizon Client for Windows 2203 2022-04-05 Download Product Windows OS Optimization Tool for Horizon 2203 2022-04-05 VMware Customer Connect VMware Horizon 8 2203 2022-04-05 VMware Customer Connect VMwae App Volumes 4 2203 (4.6) 2022-04-05 VMware … [Read more...]

Optimize the Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) golden image automatically

For Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD) there is an Optimization Tool available called Virtual Desktop Optimization Tool (VDOT). With this tool/script you optimize the following categories within an Azure Virtual Desktop (AVD): Universal Windows Platform (UWP) app cleanup Optional Features cleanup Local policy … [Read more...]

Get the highest concurrent license usage from a VMware Horizon environment

In some managed VMware Horizon environments, I wanted to know the highest concurrent users per month. This information can be found in the Horizon Administrator Console under Settings – Product Licensing and Usage – Usage. VMware PowerCLI supports access to the View API to automate this. To automate … [Read more...]

Packer has now virtual TPM (vTPM) device support

In an earlier blogpost called “Use Packer to install Windows 11 and enable vTPM and VBS” I highlighted a workaround for adding a virtual TPM (vTPM) device to a VM in a VMware vSphere environment. A vTPM device is needed for running Windows 11 (without using registry hacks to bypass the TPM device … [Read more...]

Identify the boot device for a VMware ESXi host

With vSphere 7  VMware is moving away from supporting SD cards and USB as boot media. ESXi Boot configuration with only SD card or USB drive, without any persistent device, is deprecated with vSphere 7 Update 3. In future vSphere releases, it will be an unsupported configuration! Move from SD cards and USB devices to … [Read more...]

Create a Site-to-Site VPN to Microsoft Azure

I have a Visual Studio Enterprise subscription in Azure. I use this subscription for testing new Azure stuff. From my on-premises environment, I want to create a Site-To-Site (S2S) VPN connection to Microsoft Azure. I have a physical Ubiquiti Edge Router in my on-premises environment. When searching the internet I … [Read more...]