Desktop full restore by VMware Horizon Mirage

I’m part of a project where we can solve approximately 200 dekstop (PC base POS) security updates. This PCs are connecting to our company HQ by VPN over 3G connection. This is a limited size usage solution, so we have only x GB traffic in one month for whole environment. If we overuse this we will pay for our provider.

It was the main reason why we have started install the VMware Mirage system to try it.

Mirage can:

  • Split Base layer from App layer
  • Compress network traffic
  • In case of network problem
  • In case of network problem, continuous U/D traffic from position of problem
  • Easy restore to earlier snaphot / state

We tried the latest case in our POC system. The original conception was that: we remove a Windows security update manually from PC, and Mirage should have restored it to previously status.

We uninstalled the update, restarted the PC, and we couldn’t believe our eyes. Windows crashed!

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Hungarian Windows 🙂

Ok, don’t panic, it should have been a real situation. Let’s look what we can do in this situation?!

We find this article on VMware Documentation Site:

http://pubs.vmware.com/mirage-58/topic/com.vmware.mirage.admin.doc/GUID-20C1B965-0C9A-4C55-8C2C-85F9BCE97437.html

Follow steps in the article that you can create a bootable USB pendrive wich consist of VMware Mirage Agent.

It was our command under test:

C:\BootUSB>win7usb.cmd F:\ C:\BootUSB\MirageClient\MirageClient.x64.138892.msi 192.168.104.45 false 1 C:\BootUSB\Drivers

(You will find this “win7usb.cmd” in Mirage install zip file)

pc_full_restore_by_vmware_mirage_boot_usb_01

pc_full_restore_by_vmware_mirage_boot_usb_02

When you have connection between PC and Mirage server, the server will recognize the PC.

pc_full_restore_by_vmware_mirage_pending_restore_01

Right click and select restore option, and follow the wizard.

pc_full_restore_by_vmware_mirage_pending_restore_02

On the PC’s sceen you will see similar this.

pc_full_restore_by_vmware_mirage_pending_restore_03

That’s it, your PC/POS was restored, and it was only 45 min in our test environment! 🙂


Update 17/07/17: Vladan wrote details about how you can create a bootable usb stick:

https://www.vladan.fr/create-vmware-mirage-bootable-usb-stick/

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2 thoughts on “Desktop full restore by VMware Horizon Mirage

  1. What is very good about this is that Mirage did NOT download the full image in order to recover this PC but it has only downloaded the delta.

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