Create a CentOS Desktop linked clone for View Horizon 7.

Create a CentOS Desktop linked clone for View Horizon 7.

It took me a couple of months to get this process going, but thanks to Mr.  Michael Webster’s scripts, This process got a lot easier when provisioning Linux VMs.

  • Configure your parent image the way you want it and take a snapshot.


I am using two of Michael Webster ‘s scripts to clone my Linux template.  Visit his site longwhiteclouds, great stuff! 

  • The first script runs on the vm when it first boots. This bash script installs the view agent, and it deletes itself once the agent is installed.
  • The second script provisions new VMs from a snapshot.


It only takes a few seconds to create it.

clones ready

  • Add it to the pool


  • Make sure that it shows up on your view manager console as available.



  • Open your view agent and login.


I am using SSO with OpenLdap configuration. This only works with the versions of CentOS 6.6/6.7/6.8 x64. CentOS 7 is not yet supported. (VMware Horizon 7 version 7.1)


***FYI – This type of linked clones are more like persistent VMs. You cannot manage them the way you do with windows linked clones***

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