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.
- 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!
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:
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)
When you have connection between PC and Mirage server, the server will recognize the PC.
Right click and select restore option, and follow the wizard.
On the PC’s sceen you will see similar this.
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: