Part 5 | Installing VMware Horizon Transfer Server – Step-by-Step guide

View Transfer Server downloads system-image files, synchronizes data between local desktops and the corresponding remote desktops in the datacenter, and transfers data when users check in and check out local desktops.

VMware Horizon View series:

Installing VMware Horizon View Transfer Server will enable offline usage of your Horizon View desktop pools and individual desktops. It is a mandatory part of your View Pod if the end-users must use their virtual desktop while they do not have connection to the datacenter where your VDI is hosted.

View Transfer Server has some specific requirements which differ form the other components’ requirements.

 Hardware Requirements

Table.1

Component Minimum
Processor 2 vCPU at least 2GHz
Memory 4 GB RAM

Storage Requirements

  • The size of the OS volume is identical as the requirements for the rest View VDI components
  • The size of the Transfer Server disks repository must be considered according the size of your base images
  • Transfer Server must have access to the datastores where the offline desktops disks are stored

Supported Operation Systems

Table.2

Operating System Version Edition
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Standard or Enterprise
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 64-bit Standard or Enterprise

Other Requirements

  • Static IP address
  • Transfer Server must be install on a VM which is managed by the same vCenter which manages the virtual desktops which will be used in offline mode
  • Does not have to be joined to the domain
  • You should not manually add nor remove PCI devices to the VM
  • More than one Transfer Server could be installed for high availability and load balancing

Let’s begin with the installation

First of all you must have downloaded the installation media accessible from the View Transfer server. If you do not have it, you can download it from the VMware download page

  1. Run the View Connection installer Installation Source
  2. Welcome Wizard where you can verify the version which you are going to installWelcome wizardClick Next to continue…
  3. License Agreement. Read and select I accept to continue and click NextALUA
  4. Select the destination folder for the installation. We recommend to use the default unless you don’t have a good reason not to. Click Next to continue…Transfer Server Destination
  5. Choose the View Transfer Server and click Next to continue…Transfer Server selection
  6. Now you have to add some data about your domain, transfer server name, and administrator e-mail, where we recommend to add a group distribution e-mail, so all admins are able to get the messages from the Transfer Server. Click Next to continue …
    Transfer Server Data
  7. If you have Windows Firewall turned On, we recommend to leave the default option. You are also provided with information what modification will be made on the Windows Firewall settings. If you use physical firewalls and Windows Firewall is not in use, you should choose Do not configure Windows Firewall. Click Next to continue…Firewall config
  8. The last step before the installation begins is to confirm by clicking Install…Confirm Install

If the installation is successful you must get screen like that

completed

If you use Windows Firewall and chose the automatic Windows Firewall configuration after installation completes you can verify what is changed on its configuration. Here are the results:

Inbound Rules

Firewall-in

There are no changes made on the Outbound Rules

The newly installed services are:Services

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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About Nikolay Nikolov

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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