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Installing VMware View

If you are running VMware View as a virtual machine on Windows 2008 R2, much of the performance tuning is complete. You should, however, make the following changes to your VM.

Manually set the pagefile for the system based on 1.5 times the memory assigned to the VM. You can complete this process using the following steps:

  1. Open Server Manager on the VM.
  2. Select Change System Properties.
  3. Select the Advanced tab and settings.
  4. Select the Advanced tab, and under Virtual Memory, select Change.
  5. Select Custom Size and set the minimum and maximum value to 1.5 times the memory allocated.
  6. Click Set and click OK and OK again.
  7. When prompted, reboot the VM.

The first server you should install is a standard Connection Server. As mentioned, there are actually four kinds of Connection Servers you can install: View Standard (or the first Connection Server in the environment), View Replica (or all servers after the initial Connection Server is installed), Security Server, and Transfer Server for local mode VMs.

To install the first Connection Server, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the VMware View Installer and click Next on the welcome screen.
  2. Click Next on the end user patent agreement.
  3. Accept the license agreement and click Next.
  4. Accept the default location and click Next.
  5. Because this is the first server, select View Standard Server, as shown in Figure 3.60, and click Next.

    Figure 3.60

    Figure 3.60. Choose View Standard Server.

  6. Have the installer automatically configure the Windows Firewall and click Next. Note: The installer does not check the firewall state during the installation; it simply prompts you to configure it automatically or not to (see Figure 3.61).

    Figure 3.61

    Figure 3.61. Adjust the Windows Firewall.

  7. Click Install, as shown in Figure 3.62.

    Figure 3.62

    Figure 3.62. Click Install.

  8. Click Finish, as shown in Figure 3.63.

    Figure 3.63

    Figure 3.63. Click Finish.

The installer installs eight services on the Windows Server:

  • VMwareVDMDS—Provides the View LDAP directory services.
  • VMware View Web Component—Provides View Web Services.
  • VMware View Security Gateway Component—Provides secure tunneling services for View.
  • VMware View Script Host—Disabled by default but provides support for third-party scripts.
  • VMware View PCoIP Secure Gateway—Provides secure tunneling for the PC over IP (PCoIP) protocol.
  • VMware View Message Bus Component—Provides messaging services between View components.
  • VMware View Framework Services—Provides event logging, security, and COM+ framework services for View Manager.
  • VMware View Connection Server—Provides connection broker services.

After VMware View is installed, you can connect to it by launching the shortcut on the desktop or by opening a web browser and going to http://[Connection Server]/admin. Be aware that the admin is case sensitive, and the IP address can be used in place of the server name, which is not case sensitive. If you omit the /admin, you are redirected to the client installation page. When you connect to the console for the first time, you are prompted to install Adobe Flash Player. The Administrator Console requires Adobe Flash version 10 or higher. After you have logged in, you will need to configure the environment so that everything is running properly.

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