Before you deploy Horizon Mirage, verify that the hardware requirements for each Horizon Mirage component that you install are satisfied.

Hardware Requirements for Horizon Mirage Components



Horizon Mirage client

Client systems:

Enterprise-class laptops and desktops

Virtual machines compatible with Windows XP SP2 or later, Windows Vista or Windows 7

Minimum RAM: 512 MB for Windows XP, 1 GB for Windows Vista. Windows 7, Windows 8 snd 8.1.

Client installation and normal operation: At least 5 GB of free space

Horizon Mirage server node (up to 1500 clients)

Minimum RAM: 16 GB.

Minimum CPU: 8 vCPU or dual Quad-Core Processor, 2.26 GHz Intel core speed.

Minimum System Drive capacity: 146 GB, including a 100 GB allocation for the Horizon Mirage network cache.


Horizon Mirage SIS storage is not included. See Horizon Mirage Storage.

2 x Gigabit Ethernet Port.


It is a good practice to separate client network and storage network access to dedicated ports.

Horizon Mirage storage

Standalone Horizon Mirage server:

Direct Attached Storage (DAS).

Storage Area Network (SAN) connected through iSCSI or Fiber Channel (FC).

Network Attached Storage (NAS) connected through iSCSI, Fiber Channel (FC), or CIFS network share.

Horizon Mirage server cluster: Network Attached Storage (NAS) connected using a CIFS network share. A Windows-based NAS (CIFS share or a file server) can be used for up to 3000 endpoints. An enterprise-grade NAS devices is required for more that 3000 endpoints.

Alternate Data Streams: NAS through CIFS share must support Alternate Data Streams. To verify that the NAS device conforms with the Horizon Mirage requirements, it is recommended to use the Wanova.Server.Tools.exe NasCompatibilityTest.

Storage Capacity: Consumed capacity varies, depending on file duplication level across CVDs, base layers, and the number of snapshots stored, but VMware estimates that on average each user requires 15 GB of data center storage.

Storage Performance: A minimum of 0.8 IOPS per CVD is required for Mirage steady-state (incremental) uploads. For the centralization phase, higher performance might be needed. Consult with VMware or its partners for the appropriate requirements.

Enabling Compression: For DAS, SAN (FC, iSCSI) and Windows-based NAS (CIFS shares), you can sometimes realize up to 40% in storage savings by enabling the built-in Windows NTFS compression on your MirageStorage folder. For NAS systems that are not NTFS, you need to leverage their own compression options.


Apply this change only when Horizon Mirage services are stopped. It is also advisable to do this before the directory is heavily populated.

Horizon Mirage Management Server

Minimum RAM: 8 GB.

Minimum CPU: 1 Quad-Core Processor or 4 vCPUs in virtual configuration, 2.26GHz Intel core speed or equivalent.

Horizon Mirage Management console

Minimum RAM: 512 MB.

Network connectivity to the Horizon Mirage Management Server.

Minimum screen resolution: 1280 x 1024

Horizon Mirage Edge Server

4 core CPU, 2.26 GHz Intel core speed or equivalent


40 GB available disk space

1 x Gigabit Ethernet port

Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2

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