Complete these high-level tasks to install View and configure an initial deployment.

Review the system requirements for all of the View components that you plan to install. For more information, see System Requirements for Server Components and System Requirements for Guest Operating Systems.


Set up the required administrator users and groups in Active Directory.

See Preparing Active Directory.


If you have not yet done so, install and set up VMware ESXi servers and vCenter Server.

See the VMware vSphere documentation on the VMware Documentation Web site.


If you are going to deploy linked-clone desktops, install View Composer.

See Installing View Composer.


Install and set up View Connection Server.

See Installing View Connection Server.


Configure SSL certificates for View servers. See Configuring SSL Certificates for View Servers.


Complete the initial set-up of your View environment. See Configuring View for the First Time.


Create desktop pools that run on VDI-based single-user machines.


Create one or more virtual machines that can be used as a template for full-clone desktop pools or as a parent for linked-clone desktop pools.

See Creating and Preparing Virtual Machines.


To create a full-clone desktop pool, see Creating Automated Desktop Pools That Contain Full Virtual Machines.


To create a linked-clone desktop pool, see Creating Linked-Clone Desktop Pools.


To create a manual desktop pool, see Creating Manual Desktop Pools.


Create desktop and application pools that run on session-based Remote Desktop Services (RDS) hosts.


Prepare RDS hosts to support desktop and application sessions. See Setting Up Remote Desktop Services Hosts.


Create one or more farms. See Creating Farms.


Create application pools. See Creating Application Pools.


Create RDS desktop pools. See Creating RDS Desktop Pools.


Control user access to desktops and applications.

See Entitling Users and Groups.


Install Horizon Client on end users' machines and mobile devices and have end users access their remote desktops and applications.

See the VMware Horizon Clients documentation Web page.

Your initial configuration of View is completed.

After you have successfully installed and configured your View environment, you can perform the following additional configuration tasks.

Create and configure additional administrators to allow different levels of access to specific inventory objects and settings. See Configuring Role-Based Delegated Administration.

Configure policies to control the behavior of View components, desktop and application pools, Remote Desktop Services, and users. See Configuring Policies in View Administrator and Active Directory and Configuring Policies for Desktop and Application Pools.

Configure View Persona Management, which gives users access to personalized data and settings whenever they log in to a desktop. See Configuring User Profiles with View Persona Management.

For added security, integrate smart card authentication and two-factor authentication solutions such as RSA SecurID and RADIUS. See Setting Up User Authentication.