This software service acts as a broker for client connections. View Connection Server authenticates users through Windows Active Directory and directs the request to the appropriate virtual machine, physical or blade PC, or Windows Terminal Services server.

View Connection Server provides the following management capabilities:

Authenticating users

Entitling users to specific desktops and pools

Assigning applications packaged with VMware ThinApp to specific desktops and pools

Managing local and remote desktop sessions

Establishing secure connections between users and desktops

Enabling single sign-on

Setting and applying policies

Inside the corporate firewall, you install and configure a group of two or more View Connection Server instances. Their configuration data is stored in an embedded LDAP directory and is replicated among members of the group.

Outside the corporate firewall, in the DMZ, you can install and configure View Connection Server as a security server. Security servers in the DMZ communicate with View Connection Servers inside the corporate firewall. Security servers ensure that the only remote desktop traffic that can enter the corporate data center is traffic on behalf of a strongly authenticated user. Users can access only the desktop resources that they are authorized to access.

Security servers offer a subset of functionality and are not required to be in an Active Directory domain. You install View Connection Server in a Windows Server 2008 server, preferably on a VMware virtual machine.