It seems to me that at this moment the hottest discussion going on in the IT world is around Virtual Desktops. Whether you buy in on the hype, or you are one of those that don’t think it’s ready for prime time you have to admit that the best way to gain a better understanding of a product or solution is to just role up your sleeves and install it. This blog post is a culmination of an 11 part series that takes you through the complete step-by-step, screenshot-by-screenshot process of installing VMware View 5 in your home lab. Please note, 11 blogs has more to do with trying to break up as much of the information as I could then it was any indication of the complexity of the install. In a lot of cases, the install is “next, next, next, finish” but I documented it none the less. My hope is this process will give you a better understand of where VMware View 5 is and how far they have come over the last 2 years.
First things first, my install is based loosely on the official “VMware View Installation Guide for View 5.0. I’ve included a link so you can download it so keep it handy(click on image to the right). Keep in mind, from a security perspective, best practices etc I really tried hard to follow them but sometimes you just have to “wing” it 🙂 When in doubt, look it up in the installation guide.
Feel free to follow along or you can skip from blog to blog depending on where you are at in the install process. Some of the assumptions I’ve made is you already have vSphere 5 installed, Active Director and the Windows 2008 vCenter 5 version squared away. Other then that, I’ll take you through the process of installing everything.
You will need to create the following Windows 2008 R2 VM’s from the template (or clean install) – if you want to know how to do that, just follow along here: How to setup an OS Template as well as my “How to Deploy from Template”
- Windows 2008 R2 for SQL 2008 R2
- VMware Connection Server
When you are done creating those 2 Windows VM’s – make sure they authenticate to your Active Directory and you have good clean IP’s. Once you are done with the base OS’s we can move on with the actual installation of SQL 2008 R2 SP1 and the rest of the stuff.
- Microsoft SQL 2008 R2 SP1
- VMware View Composer 2.7.0-481620 (or latest)
- VMware View Connection Server x86_64bi 5.0.0-481677
- VMware View Agent x86_64_5.0.0-4871677 (Windows 7 64bit)
Let’s get started and in this particular order.
- 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
- How to install VMware View 5 Client on your Desktop
12-12-2011 Updated/Added the following:
- Setting Up View 5 Event Database
- Maximizing View 5 Storage Performance in your home lab
- Using VMware View 5 Security Server with Dynamic IP’s
This series will be growing as I start adding more and more administration stuff like how to setup Profile Management, Thin App and how to enable event monitoring. I also want to get into mixing up the datastores onto different performance tiers. I’m in the process of adding some SSD into my Iomega PX6-300D so I should be able to get to this pretty quickly. That’s where the fun will really start to happen !!
By the way, I’m sure I’ve made mistakes in the blogs so feel free to let me know when you come across them. Also, I had all sorts of fun issues with DNS/DHCP that I’ll be blogging about. My guess is you won’t run into them like I did but just in case, I’ll write it up soon.
If you find any issues, please let me know. I’m sure there will be, I did most of the big installs in one night, staying up until 2am 🙂
Good Luck !!