After you configure the agents, you export the master virtual machine (VM) from where you were configuring it and copy it to the file share that is registered with your Horizon Cloud Node. You must export the master VM as an OVA file and copy that OVA file to the file share. The system picks up the OVA file and makes it available in the environment so that you can run the New Image workflow to create a desktop image.

Verify that a network file share is registered with your Horizon Cloud Node. See Register a File Share.

Verify that you have a master VM that is configured and the required agents installed and configured according to the steps in Configure the Master Virtual Machine, Install and Configure VMware Agents, and Configure the DaaS Agent.

Verify that you can export the master VM as an OVA file from the software you used to configure it, such as from vCenter Server, Workstation Pro, or Fusion Pro.


Export the master VM as an OVA file, saving the file to a location from which you can copy it to the file share.


Copy the OVA file to the root directory of the file share.


Subfolders on the file share are not supported.

The system polls the file share at regular intervals. When the system detects the added OVA, the system automatically deploys it to your environment and powers it on. The time it takes to deploy the OVA and power it on depends on the speed of the network between the file share and your Horizon Cloud Node and the size of the OVA file.

Verify the VM is available for use in the New Image workflow by navigating to Inventory > Imported VMs and seeing that the VM is listed on that page.

Run the New Image workflow and create a desktop assignment using this master VM. See Convert a Desktop to an Image Using the New Image Workflow.