Horizon View 5.3, brings with it a host of new features. The one which I’m most excited about is being able to use Windows Server 2008 R2 as a desktop operating system. A list of enhancements is shown below (source VMware Horizon View 5.3 release notes)
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Desktop Operating System Support
- Windows 8.1 Desktop Operating System Support
- VMware Horizon Mirage Support
- VMware Virtual SAN Support
- vDGA Support
- VMware Horizon View Agent Direct-Connection
TOP TIP: Horizon View does not support Windows 2012 Active Directory
Before we embark on this upgrade process, the number one rule is to get a good backup. Plus I recommend you check that everything is in good working order in your Horizon View 5.2 environment.
To make things a little more interesting, I’m going to do the upgrade whilst using a Horizon View 5.2 dedicated desktop to see if any part of the upgrade effects my experience or the ability to work.
The order in which I’m going to tackle the upgrade is as follows:
- View Composer
- View Connection Server including HTML Access
- View Security Server
- View Transfer Server (I don’t have one of these in my environment)
- View Agent including Remote Experience Agent
- View Client
In my lab, View Composer is on a seperate Windows 2008 R2 Server called VMF-VCOM01.
The first thing we are going to do is download the correct installation which is at the time of writing is VMware-viewcomposer-5.3.0-1427647
Launch the installer and hit ‘Next’
Accept the EULA and hit ‘Next’
Select install location and hit ‘next’
Enter your ODBC Password
In my environment, I’m using an existing SSL certificate.
Once finished a reboot is required.
A quick check of the vmfocus.com Horizon View environment and we can see everything is ‘tickety boo’.
|Did the installation cause any disruption to existing Horizon View 5.2 desktop connections?||No|
|Able to connect to existing composed desktops after installation?||Yes|
|Recompose tasks work on Horizon View 5.2 desktops?||Yes|
|Did the View Composer Server require a reboot?||No|
|HTML 5.2 Access via Blast working after installation?||Yes|