When you install View Connection Server, the View Administrator user interface is also installed. This server requires more memory and processing resources than a vCenter Server instance.

Although you can install View Connection Server on a physical machine, this example uses a virtual machine with the specifications listed in Connection Server Virtual Machine Example. The ESX/ESXi host for this virtual machine can be part of a VMware HA cluster to guard against physical server failures.

Connection Server Virtual Machine Example

Item

Example

Operating system

64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2

RAM

10GB

Virtual CPU

4

System disk capacity

40GB

Virtual SCSI adapter type

LSI Logic SAS (the default for Windows Server 2008)

Virtual network adapter

E1000 (the default)

1 NIC

1 Gigabit

You can deploy multiple replicated View Connection Server instances in a group to support load balancing and high availability. Groups of replicated instances are designed to support clustering within a LAN-connected single-datacenter environment. VMware does not recommend using a group of replicated View Connection Server instances across a WAN due to the communication traffic needed between the grouped instances. In scenarios where a View deployment needs to span datacenters, create a separate View deployment for each datacenter.

View Desktop Connections provides information about the tested limits regarding the number of simultaneous connections that a VMware View deployment can accommodate.

This example assumes that you are using VMware View with vSphere 4.1 or later and vCenter Server 4.1 or later. It also assumes that View Connection Server is running on a 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise operating system.

View Desktop Connections

Connection Servers per Deployment

Connection Type

Maximum Simultaneous Connections

1 Connection Server

Direct connection, RDP or PCoIP;

Tunneled connection, RDP;

PCoIP Secure Gateway connection

2,000

7 Connection Servers (5 + 2 spares)

Direct connection, RDP or PCoIP

10,000

1 Connection Server

Unified Access to physical PCs

100

1 Connection Server

Unified Access to terminal servers

200

PCoIP Secure Gateway connections are required if you use security servers for PCoIP connections from outside the corporate network. Tunneled connections are required if you use security servers for RDP connections from outside the corporate network and for USB and multimedia redirection (MMR) acceleration with a PCoIP Secure Gateway connection. You can pair multiple security servers to a single connection server.