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

With silent installation, you can efficiently deploy View components in a large enterprise.

Prepare the guest operating system for View desktop deployment. See Prepare a Guest Operating System for View Desktop Deployment.

Download the View Agent installer file from the VMware product page at http://www.vmware.com/products/.

The installer filename is VMware-viewagent-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe or VMware-viewagent-x86_64-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe, where y.y.y is the version number and xxxxxx is the build number.

Verify that you have administrative rights on the virtual machine or physical PC.

Familiarize yourself with the View Agent custom setup options. See View Agent Custom Setup Options.

If you select the View Composer Agent custom setup option, verify that you have a license to use View Composer.

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

Familiarize yourself with the silent installation properties available with View Agent. See Silent Installation Properties for View Agent.

Familiarize yourself with the TCP ports that the View Agent installation program opens on the firewall. See the VMware Horizon View Architecture Planning document for more information.

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Open a Windows command prompt on the virtual machine or physical PC.

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Type the installation command on one line.

This example installs View Agent in a virtual machine that is managed by vCenter Server. The installer configures the PCoIP, View Composer Agent, Virtual Printing, and USB redirection custom setup options.

VMware-viewagent-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe /s /v"/qn VDM_VC_MANAGED_AGENT=1 ADDLOCAL=Core,PCoIP,SVIAgent,ThinPrint,USB"

This example installs View Agent on an unmanaged computer and registers the desktop with the specified View Connection Server, cs1.companydomain.com. The installer configures the SSO, Virtual Printing, and USB redirection custom setup options.

VMware-viewagent-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe /s /v"/qn VDM_VC_MANAGED_AGENT=0 VDM_SERVER_NAME=cs1.companydomain.com VDM_SERVER_USERNAME=admin.companydomain.com VDM_SERVER_PASSWORD=secret ADDLOCAL=Core,ThinPrint,USB"

The VMware View Agent service is started on the virtual machine.

If you selected the View Composer Agent option, the VMware View Composer Guest Agent Server service is started on the virtual machine.

If Windows Media Player is not installed, the View Agent installation program does not install the multimedia redirection (MMR) feature. If you install Windows Media Player after installing View Agent, you can install the MMR feature by running the View Agent installation program again and selecting the Repair option.

If the virtual machine has multiple NICs, configure the subnet that View Agent uses. See Configure a Virtual Machine with Multiple NICs for View Agent.