You can create a folder or drive or virtual-drive on a USB disk containing the Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 installation folders.

The drive letter "U" must be available to create the bootable USB disk. The creation scripts do not warn you if it is already in use.

Important

The process formats the entire USB drive!

When using an ISO file for Windows installation, extract the content of the ISO file by one of the following methods:

Use .ISO image file software to download and save the .ISO image file to a CD-R or a DVD-R.

Virtually mount and access ISO files as a virtual device.

Extract the .ISO files to your hard drive.

Obtain the USB scripts BootUSB.zip file from VMware support.

1

On your workstation, create the folder C:\BootUSB.

2

Create two subdirectories in C:\BootUSB. One called Drivers and one called MirageClient.

3

Extract the VMware Boot USB Scripts from the BootUSB.zip file to the root of the C:\BootUSB folder. Do not modify the file structure or add sub-directories.

4

Open the C:\BootUSB\MirageClient folder and copy the Horizon Mirage client installation MSI to this folder.

5

Find any hardware drivers you need for the new hardware and copy them to the C:\BootUSB\Drivers folder.

6

Insert the Windows installation DVD to your DVD Drive.

Alternatively, you can mount your Windows ISO file. This speeds up bootable USB key creation.

7

Insert the USB Key and wait until Plug and Play detection completes.

8

Run a Command Prompt window as an administrator and type cd C:\BootUSB and press Enter.

9

Type one of the following commands and press Enter.

Boot USB OS

Command

Windows 7

win7usb.cmd

Windows 8.1

win8usb.cmd

A list of the available disks and their disk number are displayed. Look for the disk number of your USB drive, which you can identify by the size value.

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Run the complete command with the following syntax:

win7usb.cmd [win7 dvd path] [msi path] [server address] [use ssl transport (true/false)] [usb disk number] [Drivers folder (optional)]

or

win8usb.cmd [win8 dvd path] [msi path] [server address] [use ssl transport (true/false)] [usb disk number] [Drivers folder (optional)]

Option

Description

win7/win8 dvd path

Path to the Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 DVD or folder containing the Windows installation files (folder containing the contents of the Windows DVD).

msi path

Path of a Horizon Mirage client msi.

server address

IP address for your Horizon Mirage server for client devices to connect.

Use SSL transport

Whether this client will connect uses SSL (Use true or false).

Note

The Horizon Mirage server must already be configured for the SSL for this to be turned on.

usb disk number

Number of the USB disk to format. A list of connected disk numbers is displayed upon invocation of the batch file that do not have any parameters.

Drivers folder

This is where any hardware drivers you need on your new device are stored, from which you can add them to the bootable USB key. This parameter is optional.

The exact string for each endpoint will be different. This is an example of how a typical string might look:

Example of a Typical Command String

Operating System

Command String

Windows 7

C:\BootUSB>win7usb.cmd D:\ C:\BootUSB\MirageClient\MirageClient.msi 192.168.11.203 false 2 C:\BootUSB\Drivers

Windows 8.1

C:\BootUSB>win8usb.cmd D:\ C:\BootUSB\MirageClient\MirageClient.msi 192.168.11.203 false 2 C:\BootUSB\Drivers

assuming:

Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 DVD is in the D: drive

Horizon Mirage client’s exact path and filename

IP or FQDN of the Horizon Mirage server is 192.168.11.203

SSL is turned off

USB Key is listed as disk #2

Endpoint drivers are in C:\BootUSB\Drivers

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The USB disk is prepared. When the USB key creation is completed, you can customize it in additional ways. For example, you can have it install additional software, or embed hardware drivers).