Automated Installation of VMware View Components

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A VMware Horizon View block or pod could contains View Standard Server, Replica Servers, Security Servers and Transfer Servers. Also part of the View are View Agent installed on every desktop source and View Client installed on every end point device which is used to access your virtual desktop. All of those components provide a silent installation methods which not involved any wizard interactions. The silent installation itself  could be included in scripts and achieve a good level of automation building a Horizon View environment. Let’s take a look how the silent installation should be initiated for each of the components.

 Horizon View Connection Server (Standard)

Following the manual View Connection Server installation you can find what inputs you need. Let’s summarize:

  • Choose where to install the View Connection Server
  • Choose server type – Standard, Replica, Security, Transfer
  • Choose recovery password and reminder
  • Choose firewall configuration type
  • Choose a admin group
  • Choose if you want to participate in User Experience Improvement Program

Here are the parameters which you should add in your silent installation command:

  • Installation directory – INSTALLDIR
  • Server Type – VDM_SERVER_INSTANCE_TYPE
  • Recovery password – VDM_SERVER_RECOVERY_PWD
  • Recovery password reminder – VDM_SERVER_RECOVERY_PWD_REMINDER
  • Firewall choice – FWCHOICE
  • Admin Group – VDM_INITIAL_ADMIN_SID  – you must specify SID. By default it will add the local administrator group, but you can change it with any other from your domain.

As you may notice you do not have a switch to configure the UEIP, so you will have to do that after the silent installation or leave it by default (On).

The final command should look something like this:

Official Documentation

 Horizon View Connection Server (Replica)

Following the manual View Replica installation you can find what inputs you need. Let’s summarize again:

  • Choose where to install the View Replica Server
  • Choose server type – Standard, Replica, Security, Transfer
  • Type a server name or IP address of a server from the View block or pod
  • Choose firewall configuration type

 

Here are the parameters which you should add in your silent installation command:

  • Installation directory – INSTALLDIR
  • Server Type – VDM_SERVER_INSTANCE_TYPE
  • Existing server name and port- ADAM_PRIMARY_NAME, ADAM_PRIMARY_PORT
  • Firewall choice – FWCHOICE

Example:

Official Documentation

 Horizon View Security Server

Following the manual View Security Server installation you can find what inputs you need. Let’s summarize again:

  • Choose where to install the View Security Server
  • Choose server type – Standard, Replica, Security, Transfer
  • Type a server name or IP address of the connection server which will be paired with
  • Type pairing password
  • Type external URL/Port
  • Type PCoIP URL/Port
  • Blast External URL/Port
  • Choose firewall configuration type

Here are the parameters which you should add in your silent installation command:

  • Installation directory – INSTALLDIR
  • Server Type – VDM_SERVER_INSTANCE_TYPE
  • Existing server name – VDM_SERVER_NAME
  • Paring password – VDM_SERVER_SS_PWD
  • External URL/Port – VDM_SERVER_SS_EXTURL
  • External PCoIP URL/Port – VDM_SERVER_SS_PCOIP_IPADDRVDM_SERVER_SS_PCOIP_TCPPORT / VDM_SERVER_SS_PCOIP_UDPPORT
  • Blast External URL/Port – VDM_SERVER_SS_BSG_EXTURL
  • Firewall choice – FWCHOICE

Example:

Official documentation

Horizon View Transfer Server

Following the manual View Transfer installation you can find what inputs you need. Let’s summarize again:

  • Choose where to install the View Replica Server
  • Choose server type – Standard, Replica, Security, Transfer
  • Type network domain
  • Type server name
  • Type administrator’s e-mail address
  • Choose firewall configuration type

 

Here are the parameters which you should add in your silent installation command:

  • Installation directory – INSTALLDIR
  • Server Type – VDM_SERVER_INSTANCE_TYPE
  • Server Domain – SERVERDOMAIN
  • Server name – SERVERNAME
  • Admin’s e-mail – SERVERADMIN
  • Firewall choice – FWCHOICE

Example:

 Official Documentation

Horizon View Agent

Following the manual View Agent installation you can find what inputs you need. Let’s summarize:

  • Choose where the agent to be install
  • If not a managed by View vCenter server or physical machine you need to provide connection server name or IP address and credentials for agent registration
  • Select agent’s features

Here are the parameters which you should add in your silent installation command:

  • Installation directory – INSTALLDIR
  • VM type – VDM_VC_MANAGED_AGENT
  • Connection server details – VDM_SERVER_NAME, VDM_SERVER_USERNAME, VDM_SERVER_PASSWORD

Features details:

  •  View Composer Agent – SVIAgent
  • Virtual Printing – ThinPrint
  • Virtual Printing with PCoIP – ThinPrintPCoIP
  • PCoIP Protocol – PCoIP
  • USB Redirection – USB
  • View Persona Management – VPA
  • Smart Card authentication – SmartCard

Example for non-managed agent installation:

Example for managed agent installation:

Official Documentation

Horizon View Client

The options which you have during the View Client installation are:

  • Installation directory
  • Type a host name or IP address of a preferred view connection server
  • What kind of shortcuts do you need
  • Features

Here are the parameters which you should add in your silent installation command:

  • Installation Directory – INSTALLDIR
  • Connection server – VDM_SERVER
  • Shortcuts – DESKTOP_SHORTCUT, QUICKLAUNCH_SHORTCUT, STARTMENU_SHORTCUT

Features details:

  • Virtual Printing – ThinPrint
  • Single Sign-on (SSO) – TSSO
  • USB Redirection – USB

Example:

Official Documentation

References:

VMware Horizon View Installation

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Nikolay Nikolov

VDI Engineer
Nikolay has 9 years work experience in IT and 5 of them in the Virtualization technologies mainly based on VMware products. Currently works as VDI Engineer at MSD IT Global Innovation Center and he is an ex-member of VMware CoE at IBM. He holds VCIX6-DCV, VCIX6-DTM and VCP on DCV, DTM, NV and Cloud, Nutanix NPP certificate and also Master Degree of Computer Systems and Networks. Honored with vExpert 2015/2016 by VMware and Nutanix Technology Champion 2016/2017.

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Nikolay has 9 years work experience in IT and 5 of them in the Virtualization technologies mainly based on VMware products. Currently works as VDI Engineer at MSD IT Global Innovation Center and he is an ex-member of VMware CoE at IBM. He holds VCIX6-DCV, VCIX6-DTM and VCP on DCV, DTM, NV and Cloud, Nutanix NPP certificate and also Master Degree of Computer Systems and Networks. Honored with vExpert 2015/2016 by VMware and Nutanix Technology Champion 2016/2017.
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