Many enterprises that purchase new desktops or laptops will have the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system installed. The enterprise might want to maintain their current Windows 7 operating system throughout the corporate network.

You can restore a Windows 7 CVD to a Windows 8 device to allow the device to run with the Windows 7 operating system. You can also restore an existing user Windows 7 image on a new device running the Windows 8 operating sHorizon Mirage system.

A new device is placed in Pending Devices, waiting to be centralized into the Horizon Mirage system. You can restore a Windows 7 CVD to the new Windows 8 device through the Hardware Migration wizard.

Install the Horizon Mirage client on the client machine as described in Installing the Horizon Mirage Client.

Verify that the drive letters of the new endpoint and the CVD in the data center are compatible. If the drive letters are different, the system does not allow the restore operation to proceed.

Perform Sync Now on the endpoint before migrating it to a new client machine. This ensures that all data is saved to the data center before the migration takes place. See Sync Now and Snooze.

The procedure enables you to select a domain for this endpoint to join after the restore operation. If you want to use the same credentials each time, perform the following:


In the Horizon Mirage Management console tree, right-click System Configuration and select Settings.


Select the General tab and then type the credentials you want to use for domain joining.

The join domain account must meet the appropriate security privilege requirements. See General System Settings.


In the Management console, select Common Wizards > Hardware Migration.


Select the Windows 7 CVD you want to migrate and click Next.


Select the Windows 8 device to where you want to migrate the CVD and click Next.

Windows 8 devices are displayed as possible target devices for hardware migration and are not filtered from the Target Device list.


Select the Full System Restore option for the selected CVD and device.


Select the required base layer.


Click Next.


(Optional) Specify CVD naming and domain options.


Change or define the hostname for a device being restored.


Select a domain for this endpoint to join after the restore operation. The current domain is shown by default.

Type the OU and Domain or select them from the drop-down menus.

The drop-down menus are populated with all known domains in the system. Each text box shows the required syntax pattern.




Verify that the OU is in standard open LDAP format. For example, OU=Notebooks, OU=Hardware, DC=VMware, DC=com.

Join Domain account

The join domain account must meet the appropriate security privilege requirements as defined in the system general settings.

The account must have access to join the domain. This is not validated.


Click Next.


Use the validation summary to compare the target device with the CVD. This summary alerts you to any potential problems that require additional attention.

Validations include the following alerts:

Restore and rebase validations

Operating system mismatch on restore and rebase - blocks an XP or Vista CVD on a Windows 8 device

MBR/GPT validation - blocks restoring a 32-bit CVD on a GPT device

You cannot proceed until blocking problems are resolved.


Click Next and click Finish.

The migration process proceeds and takes place in two phases. See End User Experience with Restore Processes.