Prepare a guest system for Vmware View

In orde to prepare a guest system for Vmware View you will have to:

  • Install the latest VMware Tools.
  • Network settings (proxy, etc) are properly configured and that the guest system is attached to a domain.
  • View Manager Agent is installed. (this can be done through standard deployment methods like SMS, Zenworks)

To install the View Manager Agent you need to have Adminitrive rights to the system.

Install the View Manager Agent

  1. Run the View Agent executable on the system that wil lhost the agent. VMware-viewagent-xxx.exe where xxx is the build number of the file.

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  2. Accept the VMware license terms and click next.

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  3. Choose your custom setup options. You must install the View Manager Composer Agent if you want to deploy a linked clone desktop (NEED TO PROVIDE URL TO BLOG!!!!!).
    • VDM Secure Authentication: this installs hte Graphical Identification and Authentication (GINA) dll. This component enables Single-Sign-On so that when a user logs into View Client they don’t have to reauthenticate to the guest OS.
    • USB Redirection: If you want to use USB devices who are connected to the workstation where the View Client runs.
      Windows 200o does not support USB redirection.
    • Virtual Printing: This feature enables users to use the printers who are installed on the workstation that runs the View Client

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  4. If Remote Desktop Protocol is not enable. The installation will ask you to enable it. Without enabling RDP users won’t be able to use this System for Vmware View.

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  5. Accept or change the destination folder and click next.

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  6. Click install to begin the installation process. Once completed click Finish.

If you have a workstation that has multiple NICs,you will have to configure the View Agent wich NIC to use for RDP. You can do this by adding the following registy key to the workstation:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESoftwareVMware, Inc.VMware VDMNode ManagerSubnet = n.n.n.n/m (REG_SZ)

Now the system is ready to be managed by VMware View Connection Server.

About Michael
Michael Wilmsen is a VMware training/consultant (no specific order) with more than 15 years in the IT industry. Main focus is VMware vSphere, Horizon View and Site Recovery Manager with a deepdive to performance. Michael is VCDX 210, VCAP 4/5 certified, has been rewarded with the vExpert title from 2011, is a PernixPro, Nutanix Tech Champion and a Nutanix Platform Professional.

8 Comments to “Prepare a guest system for Vmware View”

  1. By be a mad dog, December 10, 2010 @ 02:47

    Thank you. Awesome site you got going on here. Got some extra links to point to with a bit more info?

    • By Mike, December 10, 2010 @ 10:10

      Look around on the site. There is muts VMware view stuff. Next month I will be updating my training course to View 4.5 so check back!

  2. By be a mad dog, December 10, 2010 @ 02:47

    Thank you. Awesome site you got going on here. Got some extra links to point to with a bit more info?

    • By Mike, December 10, 2010 @ 10:10

      Look around on the site. There is muts VMware view stuff. Next month I will be updating my training course to View 4.5 so check back!

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