- Identify minimum hardware and software requirements for installation
- Identify required firewall rules
- Navigate the View Connection Server installation wizard
Processor Pentium IV 2.0GHz or higher. Recommended 4 CPU
Networking One or more 10/100Mpbs NIC’s. Recommended 1Gbps NIC
Memory 4GB RAM. Recommended 10GB RAM for 50 or more desktops
Operating System – Software Requirements
Windows Server 2008 R2 64 Bit Standard or Enterprise
Windows Server 2003 R2 32 Bit Standard or Enterprise
Note, to use PCoIP Secure Gateway component, the OS must be Windows Server 2008 R2 64 Bit.
Virtualization – Software Requirements
The following version of vSphere are supported:
vSphere 4.0 Update 3 or higher
vSphere 4.1 Update 1 or higher
vSphere 5.0 or higher
Note, both ESX and ESXi hosts are supported.
To allow communication to the View Connection Server, certain ports are required to be opened, as follows:
View Connection Server Installation
The first server in our View environment is going to be the ‘View Connection Server’.
The Connection Server as we mentioned in the first VMware View – Overview Architecture is responsible for centralised management and handles all authentication requests via Active Directory to access a desktop. It’s the first server in the ‘View’ infrastructure.
With this in mind, I have created a VM called VMF-CON01 with the following specifications:
1 x vCPU
4 GB RAM
1 x vNIC
I have then downloaded the VMware View Connection Server from here. As at the time of this blog post, the most recent version is VMware-viewconnectionserver-x86_64-5.1.2-928164.exe
Launch the installer and click Next
Accept the EULA and click Next
Choose the installation location, in most setups I tend to leave this as the default.
We are going to install a View Standard Server, click Next
Next we have to enter a password, which essentially protects any backups that View makes.
Good old Windows Firewall makes an entrance, select ‘Configure Windows Firewall Automatically’
Next we need to specify an Active Directory Security Group who can perform initial configuration tasks. In my case, I’m rolling with ViewAdministrators
To access the Active Directory Domain, we need to specify a users credentials with appropriate access. I like to use a service account for these purposes.
We can choose to participate in the ‘User Experience Improvement Program’ as this is a test lab, I’m going to opt out.
Finally, click Install, to let the View magic begin.
Boom, you should be greeted with ‘Installer Completed’.
You should notice an Icon on your desktop called ‘View Administrator Console’
Launch this or alternatively go to https://localhost/admin/
Ah, man down, it’s not working as we don’t have Adobe Flash Player installed
A quick Adobe Flash Player installation later and voila we now have access.
TOP TIP: I recommend choosing ‘Notify Me To Install’ Flash Updates as with many auto updates can break software access