VMware View – Objective 2.4 Configure View Security Server

Knowledge

  • Configure View Connection Server backup settings
  • Identify external URL settings
  • Identify PCoIP secure gateway
  • Identify View Connection Server general settings
  • Edit View Security Server settings

Configure View Connection Server Backup Settings

So what actually needs backing up? Well the following components

  • View Connection Server
  • View Connection Server Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service
  • View Composer Database
  • View Security Server

We covered where to find the backup settings and how to backup the View Connection Server in VMware View – Objective 2.2 Configure View Standard & Replica Connection Servers.

The good news is that in this backup location we also have a copy of the View Connection Server Active Directory Lightweight Directory Service.

You can confirm this by accessing your View Connection Server and browsing too C:ProgramDataVMwareVDMbackups

View Backups

To backup the View Composer Database you can do this manually by stopping the View Composer Service and then logging into SQL Server Management Studio and Right Click the Database selecting Tasks and then Backup.

View Backups 2

However, most likely you wouldn’t want to stop the View Composer Service as Linked Clone Desktops won’t be available. Rather you would use a product such as Veeam or Unitrends to create a VSS Snapshot of your SQL Server instead.

Last of all VMware recommend you backup your Security Server on a monthly basis, as the server is static (data doesn’t change).

Identify External URL Settings

To allow remote users to access there View Desktop we need to enable access from the outside world.   This is where the External URL Settings come into play.

We need to use a Public IP Address which has an A record assigned to it e.g.

12.89.23.1 = view.vmfocus.com

This Public IP Address then needs to be routed and NAT’d to our View Security Server on Ports:

  • TCP 443 Inbound
  • TCP 4172 Inbound
  • UDP 4172 Inbound

To find the location of your External URL Settings go to View Configuration > Servers > Security Servers > Edit

View External URL

As you can see, I have updated mine already to https://view.vmfocus.com:443 and 12.89.23.1:4172

Identify PCoIP Secure Gateway

I mentioned back when we installed the Security Server that the PCoIP Gateway wasn’t enabled. So what is the PCoIP Secure Gateway?

Well it allows secure connections to your View Desktop remotely.  No VPN Client software required, how awesome is that?

To enable PCoIP Secure Gateway go to View Configuration > Servers > General and place a tick in ‘Use PCoIP Secure Gateway for PCoIP connections to desktop’.

PCoIP Secure Gateway

Note, when you have the Security Server role installed all connections go via this rather than too the Connection Server.

Identify View Connection Server General Settings

I’m slightly ‘miffed’ by this one, I don’t really understand what VMware want.  I have searched through the Administration  Security and Install guides and I can’t see anything relevant.  So onto the next part.

Edit View Security Server Settings

The Security Server Settings are located under View Configuration > Servers > Security Servers > Select Security Server > Edit

Security Server 1

Not a huge amount to see really, the only items we can change are the External URL and the Public IP Address.  We covered both of these earlier on i this blog post.  So it’s time to move onto the next objective.

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