To use View Portal, end users on a Windows, Linux, or Mac PC or laptop open a Web browser and enter the URL of a View Connection Server instance. View Portal provides links for downloading the installers for the full View Client.

By default, when you open a browser and enter the URL of a View Connection Server instance, the View Portal page that appears contains links to the VMware Downloads site for downloading View Client. The links on the View Portal page are configurable, however. For example, you can configure the links to point to an internal Web server, or you can limit which client versions are available on your own View Connection Server.

If you use the HTML Access feature, View Portal also displays a link to the View Web Client, which allows you to open a View desktop inside a supported browser. No View Client application is installed on the client system or device. For more information, see the Horizon View clients documentation at https://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html.