You can use the silent installation feature of the Microsoft Windows Installer (MSI) to install Horizon Agent on several Windows virtual machines or physical computers. In a silent installation, you use the command line and do not have to respond to wizard prompts.

About this task

With silent installation, you can efficiently deploy View components in a large enterprise.

If you do not want to install all features that are installed automatically or by default, you can use the ADDLOCAL MSI property to selectively install individual setup options and features. For details about the ADDLOCAL property, see 2.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that you have prepared Active Directory. See the View Installation document.

  • Prepare the guest operating system for desktop deployment. See Prepare a Guest Operating System for Remote Desktop Deployment.

  • To use Windows Server as a single-session remote desktop (rather than as an RDS host), perform the steps described in Prepare Windows Server Operating Systems for Desktop Use.

  • If the machine has the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable package installed, verify that the version of the package is 2005 SP1 or later. If the package version is 2005 or earlier, you can either upgrade or uninstall the package.

  • Download the Horizon Agent installer file from the VMware product page at http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadview.

    The installer filename is VMware-viewagent-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe or VMware-viewagent-x86_64-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe, where y.y.y is the version number and xxxxxx is the build number.

  • Verify that you have administrative rights on the virtual machine or physical PC.

  • Familiarize yourself with the Horizon Agent custom setup options. See Horizon Agent Custom Setup Options.

  • Familiarize yourself with the MSI installer command-line options. See Microsoft Windows Installer Command-Line Options.

  • Familiarize yourself with the silent installation properties available with Horizon Agent. See Silent Installation Properties for Horizon Agent.

  • Familiarize yourself with the TCP ports that the Horizon Agent installation program opens on the firewall. See the View Architecture Planning document for more information.

  • Verify that the latest Windows Update patches are installed on the guest operating systems on which you plan to install Horizon Agent silently. In certain cases, an interactive installation by an administrator might be required to execute pending Windows Update patches. Verify that all OS operations and subsequent reboots are completed.

Procedure

  1. Open a Windows command prompt on the virtual machine or physical PC.
  2. Type the installation command on one line.

    The following example installs Horizon Agent with the components Core, VMware Blast, PCoIP, Unity Touch, VmVideo, PSG, View Composer Agent, Virtual Printing, USB redirection, and Real-Time Audio-Video components.

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

    The following example installs Horizon Agent on an unmanaged computer and registers the desktop with the specified View Connection Server, cs1.companydomain.com. In addition, the installer installs the Core, VMware Blast, PCoIP, Unity Touch, VmVideo, PSG, Virtual Printing, and USB redirection components.

    VMware-viewagent-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe /s /v"/qn VDM_VC_MANAGED_AGENT=0 VDM_SERVER_NAME=cs1.companydomain.com VDM_SERVER_USERNAME=admin.companydomain.com VDM_SERVER_PASSWORD=secret ADDLOCAL=Core,ThinPrint,USB"

    If you install Horizon Agent on a Windows Server machine, and you intend to configure the machine as a single-user View desktop rather than as an RDS host, you must include the VDM_FORCE_DESKTOP_AGENT=1 property in the installation command. This requirement applies to machines that are managed by vCenter Server and unmanaged machines.

What to do next

If the virtual machine has multiple NICs, configure the subnet that Horizon Agent uses. See Configure a Virtual Machine with Multiple NICs for Horizon Agent.