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

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

Verify that the client system uses a supported operating system. See Supported Operating Systems for Windows-Based View Client and View Client with Local Mode.

If you plan to install View Client with Local Mode, verify that your license includes View Client with Local Mode.

If you plan to install View Client with Local Mode, verify that none of the following products is installed: VMware View Client, VMware Player, VMware Workstation, VMware ACE, VMware Server.

Determine whether to use the feature that lets end users log in to View 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 virtual desktop. Some client operating systems do not support this feature.

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

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 View Client. See Silent Installation Properties for View 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 View Client.

If you install View Client with Local Mode, verify that the Windows Installer group policies that are required for silent installation are configured on the client computer. See Set Group Policies to Allow Silent Installation of View Client with Local Mode.

1

On the client system, download the View Client installer file from the VMware product page at http://www.vmware.com/products/.

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

Option

Action

View Client on 64-bit operating systems

Select VMware-viewclient-x86_64-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe for View Client.

Select VMware-viewclientwithlocalmode-x86_64-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe for View Client with Local mode.

View Client on 32-bit operating systems

Select VMware-viewclient-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe for View Client.

Select VMware-viewclientwithlocalmode-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe for View Client with Local Mode.

2

Open a command prompt on the Windows client computer.

3

Type the installation command on one line.

This example installs View Client with single sign-on and USB redirection features. A default View Connection Server instance is configured for View Client users: VMware-viewclient-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe /s /v"/qn REBOOT=ReallySuppress VDM_SERVER=cs1.companydomain.com ADDLOCAL=Core,TSSO,USB"

This example installs View Client with Local Mode: VMware-viewclientwithlocal-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe /s /v"/qn ADDLOCAL=Core,MVDI"

Note

The Core feature is mandatory.

The VMware View Client service is installed on the Windows client computer.

Start the View Client and verify that you can log in to the correct virtual desktop. See Start the Windows-Based View Client or View Client with Local Mode or Install View Client by Using View Portal.