In the last blog post we upgraded our Security Server which had a couple of issues which we resolved. We did experience some downtime for remote access, but this was to be expected. Upgrading the Horizon View Agent consists of two parts:
- View Agent
- View 5.3 Remote Experience Agent
It is assumed that you have access to your existing ‘golden template’ for your Horizon View Desktops and that the recompose operation will be undertaken out of hours.
In my lab, I have two ‘golden template’ images for Horizon View desktops, one which is a Windows 7 32 Bit and the other which is Windows 8 64 Bit. For this upgrade, I’m going to concentrate on the Windows 7 32 Bit desktop. The first thing we are going to do is download the correct installation which is at the time of writing is VMware-viewagent-5.3.0-1427931 Launch the installer and hit ‘Next’
Accept the EULA and hit ‘Next’
Select the components you wish to install, I have ensured that Persona Management and vCenter Operations Manager are selected.
After the install completes, you will need to reboot the ‘golden template’.
View 5.3 Remote Experience Agent
Next up is the View 5.3 Remote Experience Agent, with the latest version being VMware-Horizon-View-5.3-Remote-Experience-Agent-1.0-1404669 Launch the installer and accept the EULA
Next hit Install
Now this is done, you will need to do the following:
- Ipconfig /release on the ‘golden image’ desktop
- Shutdown the ‘golden image’ desktop
- Create a new snapshot
- Perform a recompose of the desktop pool
- Upgrade your View Client to 5.3
I’m sure you can appreciate the above are out of scope for this post, however I did want to give you a high level overview.
The upgrade process has been fairly straight forward. VMware have made some drastic improvements to HTML access via Blast, it is now a usable method for accessing a desktop and makes using Horizon Workspace much more appealing.
I have yet to do more thorough testing, but so far so good.