You can include specific properties when you silently install Horizon Agent from the command line. You must use a PROPERTY=value format so that Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) can interpret the properties and values.

1 shows the Horizon Agent silent installation properties that you can use at the command-line.

Table 1. MSI Properties for Silently Installing Horizon Agent

MSI Property

Description

Default Value

INSTALLDIR

The path and folder in which the Horizon Agent software is installed.

For example: INSTALLDIR=""D:\abc\my folder""

The sets of two double quotes that enclose the path permit the MSI installer to ignore the space in the path.

This MSI property is optional.

%ProgramFiles%\VMware\VMware View\Agent

RDP_CHOICE

Determines whether to enable Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) on the desktop.

A value of 1 enables RDP. A value of 0 leaves the RDP setting disabled.

This MSI property is optional.

1

UNITY_DEFAULT_APPS

Specifies a default list of default favorite applications that are displayed in the Unity Touch sidebar on a mobile device. This property was created to support the Unity Touch component. It is not a general MSI property.

For information about configuring a default list of favorite applications and about the syntax and format to use with this property, see Configure Favorite Applications Displayed by Unity Touch.

This MSI property is optional.

URL_FILTERING_ENABLED

Specifies whether the URL Content Redirection feature is installed. A value of 1 installs the feature. You must then use group policy settings to configure which URLs to redirect. See Configuring URL Content Redirection.

This MSI property is optional.

0

VDM_VC_MANAGED_AGENT

Determines whether vCenter Server manages the virtual machine on which Horizon Agent is installed.

A value of 1 configures the desktop as a vCenter Server-managed virtual machine.

A value of 0 configures the desktop as unmanaged by vCenter Server.

This MSI property is required.

None

VDM_SERVER_NAME

The host name or IP address of the View Connection Server computer on which the Horizon Agent installer registers an unmanaged desktop. This property applies to unmanaged desktops only.

For example: VDM_SERVER_NAME=10.123.01.01

This MSI property is required for unmanaged desktops.

Do not use this MSI property for virtual-machine desktops that are managed by vCenter Server.

None

VDM_SERVER_USERNAME

The user name of the administrator on the View Connection Server computer. This MSI property applies to unmanaged desktops only.

For example: VDM_SERVER_USERNAME=domain\username

This MSI property is required for unmanaged desktops.

Do not use this MSI property for virtual-machine desktops that are managed by vCenter Server.

None

VDM_SERVER_PASSWORD

The View Connection Server administrator user password.

For example: VDM_SERVER_PASSWORD=secret

This MSI property is required for unmanaged desktops.

Do not use this MSI property for virtual-machine desktops that are managed by vCenter Server.

None

VDM_IP_PROTOCOL_USAGE

Specifies the IP version that Horizon Agent uses. The possible values are IPv4 and IPv6.

IPv4

VDM_FIPS_ENABLED

Specifies whether to enable or disable FIPS mode. A value of 1 enables FIPS mode. A value of 0 disables FIPS mode. If this property is set to 1 and Windows is not in FIPS mode, the installer will abort.

0

VDM_FLASH_URL_REDIRECTION

Determines whether Horizon Agent can install the Flash URL redirection feature. Specify 1 to enable installation or 0 to disable installation.

This MSI property is optional.

0

In a silent installation command, you can use the MSI property, ADDLOCAL=, to specify options that the Horizon Agent installer configures.

2 shows the Horizon Agent options you can type at the command line. These options have corresponding setup options that you can deselect or select during an interactive installation. For details about the custom setup options, see Horizon Agent Custom Setup Options.

When you do not use the ADDLOCAL property at the command line, Horizon Agent installs all options that are installed by default during an interactive installation, if they are supported on the guest operating system. When you use ADDLOCAL=ALL, Horizon Agent installs all of the following options, both on-by-default and off-by-default, if they are supported on the guest operating system, except NGVC. NGVC and SVIAgent are mutually exclusive. To install NGVC, you must specify it explicitly. For details, see the ADDLOCAL table entry in Microsoft Windows Installer Command-Line Options.

Table 2. Horizon Agent Silent Installation Options and Interactive Custom Setup Options

Silent Installation Option

Custom Setup Option in an Interactive Installation

Installed by Default Interactively or When ADDLOCAL Is Not Used

Core

Core

Yes

USB

USB Redirection

No

SVIAgent

View Composer Agent

Yes

NGVC

Instant Clone Agent

No

RTAV

Real-Time Audio-Video

Yes

ClientDriveRedirection

Client Drive Redirection

Yes

SerialPortRedirection

Serial Port Redirection

No

ScannerRedirection

Scanner Redirection

No

FlashURLRedirection

Flash URL Redirection

This feature is hidden unless you use the VDM_FLASH_URL_REDIRECTION=1 property on the command line.

No

ThinPrint

Virtual Printing

Yes

V4V

vRealize Operations Desktop Agent

Yes

VPA

View Persona Management

Yes

SmartCard

PCoIP Smartcard. This feature is not installed by default in an interactive installation.

No

VmwVaudio

VMware Audio (virtual audio driver)

Yes

TSMMR

Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR)

Yes

RDP

This feature enables RDP in the registry if you use the RDP_CHOICE=1 property on the command line or select RDP as the default display protocol when you create or edit a desktop pool in View Administrator.

This feature is hidden during interactive installations.

Yes

If you use ADDLOCAL to specify features individually, that is, you do not specify ADDLOCAL=ALL, you must always specify Core.

Table 3. Horizon Agent Silent Installation Features That Are Installed Automatically

Silent Installation Feature

Description

Core

The core Horizon Agent functions.

If you specify ADDLOCAL=ALL, the Core features are installed.

BlastProtocol

VMware Blast

PCoIP

PCoIP Protocol Agent

VmVideo

Virtual video driver

UnityTouch

Unity Touch

PSG

This features sets a registry entry that tells Connection Server whether Horizon Agent is using IPv4 or IPv6.

You install the Flash URL Redirection feature by using the VDM_FLASH_URL_REDIRECTION=1 property in a silent installation. This feature is not installed during an interactive installation or by using ADDLOCAL=ALL in a silent installation.

For example: VMware-viewagent-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe /s /v"/qn VDM_VC_MANAGED_AGENT=1 VDM_FLASH_URL_REDIRECTION=1 ADDLOCAL=Core,SVIAgent,ThinPrint,USB,FlashURLRedirection,RTAV"