The Horizon Mirage Management server is the main component that controls and manages the Horizon Mirage server cluster.

The installation uses an msi file located in the Horizon Mirage installation package.

Verify that the relevant software requirements are met. See Software Requirements.


Double-click the file.


Type the SQL Server name and the SQL instance name.

SQLEXPRESS is defined as the default SQL instance for the SQL Server Express edition. However, you can just enter the server name without an SQL instance when using a default unnamed instance such as SQL Standard. Alternatively, you can type the SQL instance name that is configured in your environment.

Use the default SQL instance name if your MSSQL edition was installed with Default options, or the custom instance name if a custom name was defined.

MSSQL Edition

Default SQL Instance Name




Empty by default, but displayed as MSSQLSERVER in the MS SQL management console.




You must have db_creator privileges on the SQL Server to create the Horizon Mirage database. The installation creates a database for the Mirage Management server called MirageDB. You need dbo permissions on the MirageDB database and be a local admin on the host with full access (read/write) privileges to the initial volume.


Set the remaining installation parameters.



Create new storage areas checkbox

Select if this is a new installation of the system or if you do not want to keep the current data.


Do not use the Create new storage areas option when upgrading the Mirage management server. If this option is used and the path of the original storage area is entered, your entire Mirage installation (Base Layer, App Layer, CVD data, and so on) will be deleted and permanently lost if a backup is not available.

Name of Horizon Mirage Cluster storage folder

When you create new storage areas, type the UNC path of the first volume to be created. Sharing privileges must be granted to access the storage.

The UNC path to the storage is required whenever Horizon Mirage is installed on more than one host, for example, when the Management server and one or more other servers are each on separate machines. The use of local storage, for example E:\MirageStorage, is supported for smaller environments where a single server is co-located on the same machine as the Management server.

The installation might take a few minutes.


Click Finish to complete the installation.

The Horizon Mirage Management server is installed.

You can install the Horizon Mirage Management console. See Install the Horizon Mirage Management Console.