Administrators must perform specific tasks so that end users can connect to remote desktops using a Web browser.

Before end users can connect to View Connection Server or a security server and access a remote desktop, you must install View Connection Server with the HTML Access component and install security servers.

Important:

For some versions of HTML Access, if you accidentally install View Connection Server without the HTML Access option and then later decide that you do want the HTML Access component, you must uninstall View Connection Server and then run the installer again with the HTML Access option selected. When you uninstall View Connection Server, do not uninstall the View LDAP configuration, called the AD LDS Instance VMwareVDMDS instance.

For other versions of HTML Access, you use a separate installer for HTML Access and so do not need to reinstall View Connection Server.

Table 1. Installer Requirements for HTML Access Versions

HTML Access Version

View Connection Server Version

Install Requirements

4.0

7.0

No separate HTML Access installer

3.5

6.2

No separate HTML Access installer

3.4

6.1.1

Separate installer

2.6

6.1, 6.1.1

No separate HTML Access installer

Following is a check list of the tasks you must perform in order to use HTML Access:

  1. Install View Connection Server with the HTML Access option on the server or servers that will compose a View Connection Server replicated group.

    By default, the HTML Access component is already selected in the installer. For installation instructions, see the View Installation documentation.

    Note:

    To check whether the HTML Access component is installed, you can open the Uninstall a Program applet in the Windows operating system and look for View HTML Access in the list.

  2. For HTML Access 3.4 only, download the HTML Access Web Portal installer onto your View Connection Server instances and run the installer. For other versions, this step is not necessary because HTML Access is automatically installed in step 1.

    The HTML Access 3.4 installer is available from the Horizon 6 version 6.1.1 download page (http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadview). The installer is named VMware-Horizon-View-HTML-Access_X64-3.4.0-xxxxxx.exe, where xxxxxx is the build number.

    Note:

    If you are performing an upgrade rather than a new installation, you must upgrade View Agent before you perform this step. Follow the steps in Upgrading the HTML Access Software.

  3. If you use security servers, install View Security Server.

    For installation instructions, see the View Installation documentation.

    Important:

    The version of View Security Server must match the version of View Connection Server.

  4. Verify that each View Connection Server instance or security server has a security certificate that can be fully verified by using the host name that you enter in the browser.

    For more information, see the View Installation documentation.

  5. To use two-factor authentication, such as RSA SecurID or RADIUS authentication, verify that this feature is enabled on View Connection Server.

    For more information, see the topics about two-factor authentication in the View Administration documentation.

  6. If you use third-party firewalls, configure rules to allow inbound traffic to TCP port 8443 for all security servers and View Connection Server hosts in a replicated group, and configure a rule to allow inbound traffic (from View servers) to TCP port 22443 on remote desktops in the datacenter. For more information, see Firewall Rules for HTML Access.

After the servers are installed, if you look in View Administrator, you will see that the Blast Secure Gateway setting is enabled on the applicable View Connection Server instances and security servers. Also, the Blast External URL setting is automatically configured to use for the Blast Secure Gateway on the applicable View Connection Server instances and security servers. By default, the URL includes the FQDN of the secure tunnel external URL and the default port number, 8443. The URL must contain the FQDN and port number that a client system can use to reach this View Connection Server host or security server host. For more information, see "Set the External URLs for a View Connection Server Instance," in the View Installation documentation.

Note:

You can use HTML Access in conjunction with VMware Workspace Portal to allow users to connect to their desktops from an HTML5 browser. For information about installing Workspace Portal and configuring it for use with View Connection Server, see the Workspace Portal documentation. For information about pairing View Connection Server with a SAML Authentication server, see the View Administration documentation.