Setting up your iPad to connect into VMware View 5….Let’s be honest, the only really “cool” reason to run VMware View 5 in the home lab is its ability to use their native VMware View Client for iPad !!! As the last part of our install series, we are going to use this process to validate that all the hard work has paid off. Once you are done with this blog post, you should successfully log into one of your View desktop !!
Here is a quick recap of what we’ve done so far:
- How to install SQL 2008 R2 in your vSphere 5 Home lab
- we setup the VMware View 5 Database inside that SQL Server
- we setup our ODBC connection for View 5 inside the vCenter Server
- We troubleshooted View 5 ODBC Connection Servers
- we installed VMware View Composer 2.7.0 inside our Windows vCenter 5 server.
- we installed VMware View 5 connection server in vSphere 5
- Setting up View 5 Connection Server for the 1st time.
- Installing View 5 Desktop Agent in Windows 7 64bit
- How to setup your first desktop pool in VMware View 5
This is a quick HOWTO setup your iPad to connect into your brand new VMware View 5 environment.
First things first, VMware recently did a REALLY nice update to their View Client. They added the following features into an already feature packed application:
- Optimized for VMware View 5 with improved performance
- Support for iOS 5 including AirPlay – <—FTW !!!
- Presentation Mode for use with external display and AirPlay <—Can’t WAIT to test this!!
- Embedded RSA soft token simplifies login to desktop
- Background tasking to move between Windows and iOS apps
- Updated look and feel
- Integrated online help
- Buffered text input for multibyte text entry
- Bug Fixes
So, now lets install the VMware View for iPad 1.2 client to your iPad – it can be found here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/vmware-view-for-ipad/id417993697?mt=8
1. After you download the Client, you will see the below ICON on your iPad – click on it.
2. Since this is your first install, you need to “Add View Connection Server”. Click it.
3. Type in the name of your View Connection Server
4. Accept – Continue past the security certificate
5. The end user will add their AD credentials (or in my case, my admin one).
6. Based on your credentials, you should see desktop pools that you’ve been “entitled” to. In this case, we only have 1 pool so that’s the one we see. Lets click on it to proceed.
7. BOOM !!! Looks like ALL is setup correctly !!!
8. Notice some of the gestures that are available to you in the iPad App.
9. If you sneak over to View Manager – Pools – Inventory – you will see that Desktop-01 has been connected to by a user. Composer also fired up another desktop as part of the rules we setup to keep 2 up and waiting at all time.
THAT’S IT !!! WE are DONE !!! Congrats on deploying your View5 environment in your home lab. Now go play around with the various settings and features.