Product Documentation

PVS image templates

Jan 11, 2018

This article explains how to create an image template for publishing layered images to PVS running in Hyper-V, where you can then use the layered image to provision your servers. An image template stores your layer assignments, along with a layer icon and description. You can easily edit an image template and use it to publish new versions of your layered images.

Prerequisites

To create an image template you need:

  • A Platform layer containing the software required for your environment.
  • The Platform layer you choose must have the same hardware settings as the OS layer you are using. (The hardware settings are chosen when you deploy the VM for the OS and Platform layers.)
  • The Platform layer you choose must contain the software required for your environment.

     

Create an Image Template

To create an Image Template:

  1. In the App Layering Management Console, select the Images module, then click Create Template. This opens the Create Template wizard.

  2. In the Name and Description tab, enter a Name for the template and notes in the Description field, so you can identify the template when choosing one for publishing a layered image.

  3. In the OS Layer tab, select one of the Available OS Layers. If there is more than one Layer Version, the most recent version is selected by default. You can choose an older version by expanding the layer and choosing a different one.

  4. In the App Assignment tab, select the App Layers to include in the layered images that you publish using this template.

  5. On the Connector Configuration tab, select a PVS connector configuration that specifies the location where you want to publish the layered images. If the PVS connector configuration you need is not available, select New, and add one. 

  6. On the Platform Layer tab, you can select a Platform layer that contains the tools and hardware settings that you need to publish layered images to the location defined in the Connector Configuration.

  7. On the Layered Image Disk tab:

    • Layered Image Disk File name. (Optional) You can change the default Layered mage Disk File name.
    • Layered Image Disk Format. Select the VHD Disk Format for publishing images to Hyper-V. 
    • Layered Image Disk Size. The default disk size of 100 GB is recommended.
    • Sysprep. This option lets you choose the method for generalizing the Layered Image. Select the method that is appropriate for your connection broker.
      • Not Generalized - Does not generalize the Layered Image nor join a domain. Machines created from this image will be identical to the OS Disk from which they are created. Machines created from this image will be identical to the OS Disk they are created from.
      • Generalize Offline - Generalizes the Image using Unidesk code, and without booting the VM. Machines created from this image will be unique, and will run unattend.xml to join a domain.
    • Elastic Layering - Select the Application Layering option to activate Elastic Layering on this Layered Image. 
    • User Layer - (Labs feature) When enabled in System Settings, you can select the Office 365 option to save the settings and data for users assigned an Office 365 App layer. Similarly, the Full option saves the settings and data for users assigned any other App Layer (exclusive of Office 365.)
       
  8. On the Confirm and Complete tab, enter any comments you would like for this layer, and click Create Template.

The new template icon appears in the Images module.