The View Agent component assists with session management, single sign-on, device redirection, and other features. You must install View Agent on all virtual machines, physical systems, and RDS hosts.

The following table lists the Windows operating system versions that are supported on single-session virtual machines in a desktop pool. The virtual machine version must support the guest operating system. For example, to install Windows 8.1, you must use a vSphere 5.1 or later virtual machine.

Note:

These operating systems are fully supported as of the date of this publication. For updates to the list of supported operating systems, see the Horizon 6.2.x Release Notes, available from https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/view_pubs.html. For updates to the list of supported Windows 10 operating systems, see the VMware Knowledge Base (KB) article http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149393.

Table 1. Operating Systems for Linked-Clone and Full-Clone Remote Desktops

Guest Operating System

Version

Edition

Service Pack

Windows 8.1

64-bit and 32-bit

Enterprise and Professional

Latest update

Windows 8

64-bit and 32-bit

Enterprise and Professional

None

Windows 7

64-bit and 32-bit

Enterprise and Professional

SP1

Windows Server 2012 R2

64-bit

Datacenter

None

Windows Server 2008 R2

64-bit

Datacenter

SP1

Important:

View Agent 6.1 and later releases do not support Windows XP and Windows Vista desktops. View Agent 6.0.2 is the last View release that supports these guest operating systems. Customers who have an extended support agreement with Microsoft for Windows XP and Vista, and an extended support agreement with VMware for these guest operating systems, can deploy the View Agent 6.0.2 version of their Windows XP and Vista desktops with the latest version of View Connection Server.

The following table lists the Windows operating systems versions that are supported for creating desktop pools and application pools on an RDS host.

Table 2. Operating Systems for RDS Hosts, Providing Remote Desktops or Applications

Guest Operating System

Edition

Service Pack

Windows Server 2008 R2

Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter

SP1

Windows Server 2012

Standard and Datacenter

None

Windows Server 2012 R2

Standard and Datacenter

Latest update

For enhanced security, VMware recommends configuring cipher suites to remove known vulnerabilities. For instructions on how to set up a domain policy on cipher suites for Windows machines that run View Composer or View Agent, see the topic about disabling weak ciphers for View Composer or View Agent in the View Installation document.