You can use virtual machine custom configuration parameters as baseline settings when you create a virtual machine for View desktop deployment.

If you use View Administrator as your View desktop manager for deploying pooled desktops, you can change these settings when deploying template-based View desktops.

Custom Configuration Parameters


Description and Recommendations

Name and Location

The name and location of the virtual machine.

If you plan to use the virtual machine as a template, assign a generic name. The location can be any folder within your datacenter inventory.


The ESX server or cluster of server resources that will run the virtual machine.

If you plan to use the virtual machine as a template, the location of the initial virtual machine does not necessarily specify where future virtual machines created from template will reside.

Resource Pool

If the physical ESX server resources are divided into resource pools, you can assign them to the virtual machine.


The location of files associated with the virtual machine.

Hardware Machine Version

If you create the virtual machine on an ESXi 5.1 or later host or cluster, you can select virtual hardware version 9 or 8. Version 9 provides greater virtual machine functionality.

If the host or cluster is ESX/ESXi 5.0 or later, you can select virtual hardware version 8 or 7.

If the host or cluster is ESX/ESXi 4.0 or later, you can select virtual hardware version 7 only.

Guest Operating System

The type of operating system that you will install in the virtual machine.


The number of virtual processors in the virtual machine.

For most guest operating systems, a single processor is sufficient.


The amount of memory to allocate to the virtual machine.

In most cases, 512MB is sufficient.


The number of virtual network adapters (NICs) in the virtual machine.

One NIC is usually sufficient. The network name should be consistent across virtual infrastructures. An incorrect network name in a template can cause failures during the instance customization phases.

When you install View Agent on a virtual machine that has more than one NIC, you must configure the subnet that View Agent uses. See Configure a Virtual Machine with Multiple NICs for View Agent for more information.


For Windows8, Windows 7, and Windows Vista operating systems, you must select the VMXNET 3 network adapter. Using the default E1000 adapter can cause customization timeout errors on virtual machines. To use the VMXNET 3 adapter, you must install a Microsoft hotfix patch:

For Windows 7 SP1:

For Windows 7 versions previous to SP1:

SCSI Controller

The type of SCSI adapter to use with the virtual machine.

For Windows8, Windows 7, and Windows XP guest operating systems, you should specify the LSI Logic adapter. The LSI Logic adapter has improved performance and works better with generic SCSI devices.

LSI Logic SAS is available only for virtual machines with hardware version 7 and later.


Windows XP does not include a driver for the LSI Logic adapter. You must download the driver from the LSI Logic Web site.

Select a Disk

The disk to use with the virtual machine.

Create a new virtual disk based on the amount of local storage that you decide to allocate to each user. Allow enough storage space for the OS installation, patches, and locally installed applications.

To reduce the need for disk space and management of local data, you should store the user's information, profile, and documents on network shares rather than on a local disk.