How to install VMware View 5 Client on your Desktop is the next task we need to do. Especially if you don’t have an iPad that you could test like we discussed in my last blog post. In fact, let’s recap 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
- Setting up your iPad to connect into VMware View 5
So far we’ve covered a TON of ground in installing and configuring VMware View 5. All that hard work is about to pay off !! This is the last part of making sure everything we did worked !! Now, if you happen to have an iPad and you read my last blog “How to setup your iPad to connect into VMware View 5” and it worked, then you know everything is done !! If you don’t have an iPad then this blog will be our defining moment :). This is another easy install of “next, next, next” so lets get right to it.
First thing you want to do is on your desktop surf over to your View Connection Server but this time leave off the /admin at the end. When you do that you will see the following options on the screen:
Download the View Client (64-bit) (32MB) version for now.
1. Double click on the VMware-ViewClient-x86_64 icon to kick off the installation.
2. Click Next
3. Click next on the End User Patent agreement
4. Click on “agree” on the License Agreement and click next.
5. Keep the defaults and just click Next
6. Now enter in your View Connect Server Name:
7. For the Enhanced Single Sign On, I just left it with “Show in connection Dialog” since I would be testing with different user account for it.
8. Choose what sort of shortcuts you want added to where.
9. Verify the info and click Install.
10. Once that is done, it will prompt you to reboot.
11. Once the reboot is done, you should see a new icon on your desktop called VMware View Client. Double click on it.
12. Verify your View 5 connection server information is correct and click connect.
13. Click on the Continue button on the certificate window.
14. Enter in the user name credentials you will be using for this.
15. Notice the pools that have been assigned to this user. In this case, we just have one but it’s possible to have many pools assigned to a user.
16. Select the pool and click Connect.
17. If everything worked, then you should get a desktop out of the CallCenter Pool and you are good to go !!!
All of that hard work paid off !! You now have installed, configured and deployed VMware View 5 with a Windows 7 Desktop !! AHHHH YAAAA.
Easy Peasy !!
10 thoughts on “How to install VMware View 5 Client on your Desktop”
Excellent guide so far but the “we installed vmware view 5 connection server” link is pointing to the “installing Composer” page.
Never mind, I found the correct link in the recap before the “configuring connection server for 1st time”. The correct URL is
Excellent guide !!!
I followed this entire guide and everything seemed to go well. When trying to connect to a desktop out of the pool, I get an error message that says “This desktop currently has no desktop sources available”.. I did see two new desktops create in vcenter and I powered them on but still no luck..
I am getting the same issue as Daniel C and don’t know what to do!!!!
in the View Console in the status of the provisioned desktop it is stuck on “Customizing” status.
Yep. I’m having the same problem as Zuhair and Daniel C.
View Admin says “customizing” on the provisioned desktops and if I try to connect via view client, “This desktop currently has no desktop sources available”
Also, I can’t ping the provisioned desktops, but I can log into them via the console on vCenter. I’m sure customization didn’t complete because they aren’t yet joined to the domain. I did see the computer accounts in AD, though.
hi, your instruction really helped me, and i finished it successfully, and I really appreciate your help, but i have a problem, and that is how to connect a Thin Client to VMware View 5.1 server? 🙂
I am getting an error. and the error is
The Desktop currently has no desktop source available. Could you please guide me?
I am trying to install VMware-viewclient-5.2.1-937772.exe ( x32 bit) but its failing with the message failed to install the hcmon driver. Then i installed .net framework 3.5 SP1 as it was mentioned in VMware site as the resolution for the above said problem. Even after that i am getting the same error.
Please giude me
It is possible to access your VDI environment with a web browser instead of the view client? Pros and cons ?