VMware View – Objective 1.2 Install View Standard & Replica Connection Server

Knowledge

  • Identify minimum hardware and software requirements for installation
  • Identify required firewall rules
  • Navigate the View Connection Server installation wizard

Hardware Requirements

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.

Firewall Rules

To allow communication to the View Connection Server, certain ports are required to be opened, as follows:

View Objective

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

View Instal 1

Accept the EULA and click Next

View Install 2

Choose the installation location, in most setups I tend to leave this as the default.

View Install 3

We are going to install a View Standard Server, click Next

View Install 4

Next we have to enter a password, which essentially protects any backups that View makes.

View Install 5

Good old Windows Firewall makes an entrance, select ‘Configure Windows Firewall Automatically’

View Install 6

Next we need to specify an Active Directory Security Group who can perform initial configuration tasks.  In my case, I’m rolling with ViewAdministrators

View Install 7

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.

View Install 8

We can choose to participate in the ‘User Experience Improvement Program’ as this is a test lab, I’m going to opt out.

View Install 9

Finally, click Install, to let the View magic begin.

Capture 10

Boom, you should be greeted with ‘Installer Completed’.

View Install 11

You should notice an Icon on your desktop called ‘View Administrator Console’

View Install 12

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

View Install 13

A quick Adobe Flash Player installation later and voila we now have access.

View Install 14

TOP TIP: I recommend choosing ‘Notify Me To Install’ Flash Updates as with many auto updates can break software access

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