With the release of Horizon View 7 a few months back, I have been wanting to get some hands on time with the new version and some of its cool features. And for cool features, nothing (in this release) gets better then the Instant Clone technology. If you are unfamiliar with Instant Clones, Horizon View 7 is first product to leverage VMware’s VMFork technology (details HERE) and in very short terms allows for the creation of new desktops in SECONDS! This is a beautiful thing, especially if you have any long term stick time with View Composer and the pro/cons that come along with it.
But while all this is good news, it might not be good news for many. The Instant Clone feature is only available to customers/users who sit at the highest level of Horizon View licensing, Enterprise. The Enterprise bundle is needed to really round out some of the rough edges that Instant Clones introduces. Currently Instant Clones doesn’t support VMware Persona Management, so you will need to leverage VMware UEM or VMware AppVolumes Writable Volumes to redirect/capture user data.Or if going for the “Just in Time” desktop, AppVolumes will be need for application delivery.
With that said, for those who have the licensing or just access to it in a lab environment, lets see how to setup it up and get some desktops created!