The first time an end user checks out a View desktop to use in local mode, the check-out and download process involves several phases and takes more time than for subsequent check-out operations.

After an end user logs in with View Client and is provided with a list of one or more desktops, the user can either connect to the desktop and then check it out or else check out the desktop without connecting remotely first.

Important

You cannot check out a desktop if when you logged in, you used the Log in as current user feature. You must close View Client, start it again, and clear the Log in as current user check box.

If the end user connects to the desktop and then checks it out, the user is logged off of the remote desktop, the virtual machine in the datacenter is locked, and a copy of the virtual machine is downloaded to the end user.

After the download is complete, the first time the end user powers on the local desktop, a number of drivers are installed in the local desktop. Which drivers are installed depends on the View desktop operating system and the local computer's hardware and operating system. During installation of the drivers, performance of the View desktop is affected, especially if the View desktop runs a Windows XP operating system.

After the drivers are installed, the end user is prompted to reboot the local desktop.

Note

Occasionally, if you click inside a View desktop window when the guest operating system is starting up or shutting down, your pointer remains inside the window. After startup is complete and VMware Tools is running, the pointer is released. If your pointer is grabbed inside the desktop window, you can release it by pressing Ctrl+Alt.

The amount of RAM and the number of CPUs that the local View desktop uses depends on the capabilities of the local computer. The View desktop uses NAT so that it shares the IP and MAC addresses of the local computer. For more information, see Configuring Endpoint Resource Usage.