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

Prerequisites

  • Verify that the client system uses a supported operating system. See System Requirements for Windows Clients.

  • Verify that you can log in as an administrator on the client system.

  • Verify that the domain controllers have the latest patches, enough free disk space, and can communicate with each other. Otherwise, when you run the installer on a Windows 8.1 system, the installer can take an unusual amount of time to finish. This problem occurs if the machine's domain controller, or another domain controller in its hierarchy, is unresponsive or unreachable.

  • If you plan to install Horizon Client with FIPS-compliant cryptography, enable FIPS mode in the Windows operating system before you run the client installer. See Enabling FIPS Mode in the Windows Client Operating System.

  • Determine whether to use the feature that lets end users log in to Horizon Client and their virtual desktop as the currently logged in user. Credential information that the user entered when logging in to the client system is passed to the View Connection Server instance and ultimately to the remote desktop. Some client operating systems do not support this feature.

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

  • Familiarize yourself with the silent installation (MSI) properties available with Horizon Client. See Silent Installation Properties for Horizon Client.

  • Determine whether to allow end users to access locally connected USB devices from their virtual desktops. If not, set the MSI property, ADDLOCAL, to the list of features of interest and omit the USB feature. For details, see Silent Installation Properties for Horizon Client.

  • If you do not want to require end users to supply the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the View Connection Server instance, determine the FQDN so that you can supply it during installation.

Procedure

  1. On the client system, download the Horizon Client installer file from the VMware product page at http://www.vmware.com/go/viewclients.

    Select the appropriate installer file, where xxxxxx is the build number and y.y.y is the version number.

    Option

    Action

    Horizon Client on 64-bit operating systems

    Select VMware-Horizon-Client-x86_64-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe, where y.y.y is the version number and xxxxxx is the build number.

    Horizon Client on 32-bit operating systems

    Select VMware-Horizon-Client-x86-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe, where y.y.y is the version number and xxxxxx is the build number.

  2. Open a command prompt on the Windows client computer.
  3. Type the installation command on one line.

    This example installs Horizon Client silently:

    VMware-Horizon-Client-x86-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe /s /v"/qn ADDLOCAL=Core,USB,TSSO"

    Alternatively, you could use ADDLOCAL=ALL instead of ADDLOCAL=Core,USB,TSSO.

    Note:

    The Core feature is mandatory.

What to do next

Start Horizon Client and verify that you can log in to the correct remote desktop or application. See Connect to a Remote Desktop or Application.