Upgrading To Horizon View 5.2 – View Agent

In the previous four posts we upgraded all the servers in our Horizon View environment.

  1. Upgrading To Horizon View 5.2 – Composer Server
  2. Upgrading To Horizon View 5.2 – Connection Server
  3. Upgrading To Horizon View 5.2 – Security Server
  4. Upgrading To Horizon View 5.2 – Transfer Server

Now it’s time to update our View Desktop sources with the Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack.  It’s fair to say that I’m a little excited by this as it means I can demo the Horizon View awesomeness over HTML5.

Horizon View Agent

Before we can install the Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack, we need to upgrade the View Agent.  The View Agent can be found here. At the time of this blog post, the most recent version is VMware-viewagent-x86_64-5.2.0-987719.exe

Launch the installer

View Agent 1

Click Next

View Agent 2

We have another EULA to Accept

View Agent 3

The default settings normally suffice, the only thing you might want to change is if you are using SmartCard authentication.  Hit Next

View Agent 4

Ready to hit the Install button

View Agent 5

This is going to take some time.  Hooray it’s finished.

View Agent 6

Time for  a quick reboot before we move onto installing the Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack

View Agent 7

Horizon View Feature Pack

Now we have updated the Horizon View Agent, next on the agenda is downloading the Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack which comes in two flavors  a 64 Bit and 32Bit version, both of which can be found here.

At the time of writing this blog post, the most recent version is VMware-Horizon-View-5.2-Remote-Experience-Agent-x64-1.0-1046150

Launch the installer

View FP 1

Crikey, straight onto accepting the EULA

View FP 2

We are going to install both HTML Access and Unity Touch, so click on Install.  Note that the Windows Firewall service must be running.

View FP 4

You don’t have to restart your View Desktop source, but I’m going to as I like to make sure everything is working.

The next step is to take a snapshot and then a recompose on our desktop pool to use this.

View FP 5

On your Desktop Pool, you need to enable HTML Access which is under Pool Settings

View FP 6

I would strongly recommend Disabling the Pool before you change the images.

Just so you know that I’m using the correct image, here is a screenshot of my vCenter Settings after the recompose.

View FP 7

This seems to be a good place to leave this blog post, I will do a separate post on a few things to check to make sure Horizon View 5.2 HTML Access works.

2 thoughts on “Upgrading To Horizon View 5.2 – View Agent

  1. Good Article…. I have a query regarding our environment upgrade. We are having View 5.1 and planing to upgrade it to View 5.2. After up gradation our VDI which are running View agent 5.1.1 will work ? or do we need to upgrade view agent to 5.2 on all VDI by recomposing?

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