The View Transfer Server component was added in View 4.5. View Transfer Server is an optional View Manager component that supports check in, check out, and replication of desktops that run in local mode.

After you upgrade all replicated View Connection Server instances, you can upgrade View Transfer Server.

Note

This procedure describes an in-place upgrade. To migrate to a different machine, see Upgrade to View Transfer Server 5.2 on a Different Machine.

Important

If users will be checking out local desktops that use the space-efficient sparse disk format (SE-Flex), available starting with vSphere 5.1, View Transfer Server must be hosted on a vSphere 5.1 or later virtual machine (virtual hardware version 9). The SE Sparse disk format allows stale or deleted data within a guest operating system to be reclaimed with a wipe and shrink process.

Verify that View Connection Server and View Composer have been upgraded. See Upgrading Horizon View Server Components. If only one of these components is upgraded, end users will not be able to check out Horizon View desktops if the desktops are based on linked clones.

Verify that you have local administrator privileges on the Windows server that you will use to run the installer and perform the upgrade.

Verify that the virtual machine on which the current View Transfer Server instance is installed meets the system requirements.

See Installation and Upgrade Requirements for View Transfer Server and Supported Operating Systems for View Transfer Server.

If the View Transfer Server instance uses a local file system for its Transfer Server Repository, back up the Transfer Server Repository directory.

If you are using an SSL server certificate that is signed by a certificate authority (CA), and you want to continue using the certificate after the upgrade, back up the certificate. The certificate is located in the following directory: install_directory\VMware\VMware View\Server\httpd\conf.

Important

With View 5.1 and later versions, having a CA-signed server certificate for View Transfer Server is not necessary. Instead you can use the default self-signed certificate that gets installed during the upgrade. Security enhancements have been made so that using a CA-signed certificate does not offer significantly more security than using the default self-signed certificate.

1

Put the View Transfer Server into maintenance mode.

a

In View Administrator, go to View Configuration > Servers > Transfer Servers tab, select the View Transfer Server, and click Enter Maintenance Mode.

b

Wait until the status changes to Maintenance.

The status remains in Maintenance Pending until all active transfers are complete.

2

On the virtual machine that hosts the View Transfer Server instance, run the installer for the new version of View Transfer Server.

The installer determines that an older version is already installed and performs an upgrade. The installer displays fewer installation options than during a fresh installation.

3

Verify that the VMware View Transfer Server service restarts after the installer wizard closes.

4

In View Administrator, go to View Configuration > Servers > Transfer Servers tab, select the View Transfer Server, and click Exit Maintenance Mode.

If you are using an SSL server certificate that is signed by a certificate authority (CA) and you want to continue to use that certificate on the upgraded version of View Transfer Server, you must configure the signed certificate for the new View Transfer Server version. See the section called "Configuring Certificate Authentication for View Transfer Server" in version 5.0 of the VMware View Installation document. Note that with View 5.1 and later versions, having a CA-signed server certificate for View Transfer Server is not necessary and so the procedure is not included in the 5.1 and later versions of the document.

If you have finished upgrading Horizon View server components, at your next maintenance window, continue with the Horizon View upgrade.

If you are also upgrading vSphere components, see Upgrade ESX/ESXi Hosts and Their Virtual Machines.

If you upgrading only Horizon View components, see Upgrade View Agent.