Installing VMware Horizon View – Part 1: Connection Server
In the first part, Connection server will be installed.
To start with, we will go over requirements of Vmware Horizon View Connection Server.
Requirements: These also apply to Replica and Security server
CPU: 4 CPU
Network: 1Gb (must use static IP)
Memory: At least 10 GB for 50+ machines
OS: Windows 2008 R2 x64 and Windows 2008 R2 SP1 x64 (standard or enterprise)
For virtualization version requirements of Connection server please visit: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/sim/interop_matrix.php
As of writing this post, Horizon View is supported on the following platforms:
Internet Explorer 8
Internet Explorer 9
Internet Explorer 10 (from a Windows 8 system in Desktop mode)
Firefox 6 and later releases
Adobe Flash Player 10+
The computer launching View Administrator must trust the root and intermediate certificates of View Connection Server.
|Windows 8||64-bit and 32-bit||Enterprise and Professional||N/A|
|Windows 7||64-bit and 32-bit||Enterprise and Professional||None and SP1|
|Windows Vista||32-bit||Business and Enterprise||SP1 and SP2|
|Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server||64-bit||Standard||SP1|
|Windows 2008 Terminal Server||64-bit||Standard||SP2|
Installation is very easy and there is no database requirement for connection server.
First lets start with preparing for the installation:
First create a separate OU for View in AD. For view composer, another separate OU is required for linked-clone machines, and one more OU for kiosk mode clients.
Create security groups for View users and Administrators in AD: VMware Horizon View User, and VMware Horizon View Administrators
Create a new group policy and configure restricted groups policy to add view users into remote desktop users group on the created OU: Once the policy is created, the respective policy is Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Restricted Groups.
An you can link the GPO created to the OU created earlier:
Just to note: View ADM template files are installed in the install_directoryVMwareVMware ViewServerExtrasGroupPolicyFiles
Ok, after prepping for installation, time to start the installer:
Only interesting part of the whole installer is this screen. You need to select one of the instance you want to install: Standard, Replica, Security, or Transfer Server.
Password for Data Recovery:
Incoming TCP for Standard Server: 8009 (AJP13), 80 (HTTP), 443 (HTTPS), 4001 (JMS), 4100 (JMSIR), and if the host is Windows 2008 R2, TCP and UDP on 4172 is also allowed.
Specify View Administrators Group
User Experience Improvement Program
At the end of the installation, the installed programs are as follows:
Run the Administrator Console (you will need Adobe Flash Player 10+):
Do not forget to add your licenses. It is also recommended to configure certificatesconfigure certificates.
The View services installed are:
VMware View Connection Server
VMware View Framework Component
VMware View Message Bus Component
VMware View Script Host
VMware View Security Gateway Component
VMware View PCoIP Secure Gateway
VMware View Blast Secure Gateway
VMware View Web Component
VMware VDMDS, which provides View LDAP directory services
We will continue configuration and installation of other components in the next part.