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