Installing VMware Horizon View – Part 1: Connection Server

image In this series we will create VMware Horizon View infrastructure . In the architecture, we have, Connection server, Transfer server, Security server and View Composer.

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:

virtualization version requirements of Connection server

Administrator:

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.

Supported

OS        Version       Edition         SP
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 XP 32-bit Professional                       SP3
Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server 64-bit Standard     SP1
Windows 2008 Terminal Server 64-bit Standard     SP2

 

Installation:

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.

Horizon View OU Structure

Create security groups for View users and Administrators in AD: VMware Horizon View User, and VMware Horizon View Administrators

Horizon view security groups

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.

restricted groups

restricted groups

An you can link the GPO created to the OU created earlier:

GPO

Just to note: View ADM template files are installed in the install_directoryVMwareVMware ViewServerExtrasGroupPolicyFiles

Ok, after prepping for installation, time to start the installer:

Installation Wizard

Destination Folder

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.

Instance

Password for Data Recovery:

Data Recovery Password

Ports required:

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.

Ports - Firewall

Specify View Administrators Group

View Administrators Group

User Experience Improvement Program

User Experience Improvement Program

Install 

At the end of the installation, the installed programs are as follows:

installed programs

Run the Administrator Console (you will need Adobe Flash Player 10+):

Administrator Console

Administrator Console Dashboard

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

The View services installed

We will continue configuration and installation of other components in the next part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bulent Tolu

Bulent Tolu

Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware
Bulent is an IT professional with Master's in MIS and 10-years of experience in broad range of Information Technologies. He is exposed to engineering/architecting, implementation/integration, and administration of various high-available IT systems and infrastructure. He has a passion to continually research, test and evaluate new technologies and follow industry best practices to secure and optimize IT systems. Currently, he lives in Istanbul and works as a Sr. Systems Engineer at VMware.
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