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Module 2: Installing Unidesk. Agenda. Understanding Unidesk components Basic Installation of Unidesk Licensing. Understanding Unidesk Components. Unidesk Components. Management Appliance (MA) Master CachePoint (MCP) CachePoint (CP) – also Desktop CachePoint

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Module 2: Installing Unidesk


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    1. Module 2: Installing Unidesk

    2. Agenda • Understanding Unidesk components • Basic Installation of Unidesk • Licensing

    3. Understanding Unidesk Components

    4. Unidesk Components • Management Appliance (MA) • Master CachePoint (MCP) • CachePoint (CP) – also Desktop CachePoint • Desktop or Managed Machine (MM) • VMware Infrastructure Components • ESX Server(s) • vCenter • Storage (local or SAN)

    5. Management Appliance • Linux virtual appliance • Hosts Unidesk web interface • Business logic web engine • Configuration database for all Unidesk • Acts a the traffic cop for all communications to and from Unidesk appliances and MMs

    6. Master CachePoint • First CachePoint deployed • Maintains master copy of all OS and App layers in the Unidesk Environment • Automatically replicates OS and App layers to secondary (desktop) CachePoints as needed • Also manages Installation Machines used to create and version layers

    7. Secondary (Desktop) CachePoints • Responsible for initial deployment/creation of desktops • Manages updates of desktop configurations (new layers, desktop hardware changes) • Maintains a copy of any layer its managed desktops require • Only 1 copy of each layer per CP

    8. Location of Software & Tools • Downloads!!! Hit the Unidesk download page • Training and Document Center • Videos/how to’s • Install guides and support matrix • Solution guides for specific integration with third parties (like View, XenDesktop, etc) • Support Page – SUBMIT A TICKET!

    9. Unidesk Installation

    10. Installation Types • Simple Installation • Quick no-mess install • Good for proofs of concept and evaluations • Single Datastore • Defaults to time settings to Eastern and basic server settings • Advanced settings must be configured later • Advanced Installation • Production deployment or for those with Unidesk experience • Allows for storage tiering and multiple datastore selection during install • Customizable time zones and server settings

    11. High-level Install Process • UnideskInstaller.exe • Downloads to your desktop • Askesfor configuration information for install • Download and deployment of OVA templates • Templates are imported to vCenter • MA is powered on and configured • CP becomes a template • MCP is deployed from template and configured

    12. Launching Installer.exe

    13. Install now? • Pre-download the software for later install • Install now using one of two methods: • Download now • Previously download code • Good for sites w/ slow internet connections

    14. Storage Location (for install files)

    15. Installation Type

    16. vCenter Credentials

    17. Unidesk Credentials • Required for downloading code from Unidesk, these are your website login.

    18. Hosts and Storage Screen

    19. Management Appliance Settings • Static IP recommended for all Appliances

    20. CachePoint Settings • Static IP recommended for all Appliances • Two VM names here!

    21. LAB Simple Unidesk Install

    22. Key Install Tips • Use static IPs for appliances even in the lab • Know your vCenter credentials and have rights to the datacenter and root to import the appliances • Know the storage you wish to use before install • Create a vCenter folder for Unidesk machines

    23. Questions you may see again

    24. What types of installs are available from the Unidesk installer? • Does the UnideskInstaller.exe actually contain the Unidesk software that will be installed? • You have a site with slow internet connections and want to speed up installation, how could you do this? • Is vCenter required for Unidesk installation?