You can use View with VMware vCenter Server to create desktops from virtual machines that are running on VMware ESX® or VMware ESXi™ hosts and deploy these desktops to end users. You can also install View on RDS hosts to deploy desktops and applications to end users. View uses your existing Active Directory infrastructure for user authentication and management.

After you create a desktop or application, authorized end users can use Web-based or locally installed client software to securely connect to centralized virtual machines, back-end physical systems, or RDS hosts.

View consists of the following major components.

View Connection Server

A software service that acts as a broker for client connections by authenticating and then directing incoming user requests to the appropriate virtual machine, physical system, or RDS host.

Horizon Agent

A software service that is installed on all guest virtual machines, physical systems, or RDS hosts to allow them to be managed by View. Horizon Agent provides features such as connection monitoring, virtual printing, USB support, and single sign-on.

Horizon Client

A software application that communicates with View Connection Server to enable users to connect to their desktops.

View Administrator

A Web application that enables View administrators to configure View Connection Server, deploy desktop and application pools, manage machines, control user authentication, initiate and examine system events, and perform analytical activities.

Note:

View Administrator is named Horizon Administrator in Horizon 7.

vCenter Server

A server that acts as a central administrator for ESX/ESXi hosts that are connected on a network. A vCenter Server instance provides the central point for configuring, provisioning, and managing virtual machines in the datacenter.

View Composer

A software service that is installed on a vCenter Server instance to enable View to rapidly deploy multiple linked-clone desktops from a single centralized base image.