VMware Mirage uses SQL database which can either be installed on the same server as the Mirage server, or the DB can be deployed on external SQL server. Depending of the scale of the deployment taking in account the limitations of the MSDE version of SQL, usual deployment of Mirage other than test environments would usually be the Installation VMware Mirage DB on Separate SQL Server.
Recently I've been installing separate SQL DB for Mirage and I thought that it might be a good idea to document those steps as there are some gotchas which prevent the installation run smooth.
I have tested previous version of Mirage. The overview of the installation, deployment of clients, and migration from XP to Windows 7 has been done in several detailed posts. I've used the MSDE version – the SQL express DB. The serie of posts starts here – VMware Mirage Installation – the lab setup.
There is a wonderful PDF document called VMware Horizon Mirage Reviewer's guide (130 pages) .This document is the must have, if you're serious about Mirage. But also the Admin Guide is good, but very large (276 pages).
I've created a video which shows the installation process of VMware Mirage Server and SQL DB on separate SQL server. Here are the steps:
- Disable UAC and reboot the server
- Have your SQL server ready – don't create a DB for Mirage manually
- Install Mirage Management Server
- Install Mirage Management Console and connect to the Mirage Server
- Install Mirage Server
The Installation of the VMware Mirage File portal isn't part of the video.