Part of the final phase of a VMware View upgrade includes upgrading View Composer desktop pools.

Upgrading pools that were created with View Composer requires that you use a snapshot taken after upgrading View Agent on the parent virtual machine.

Note

If you are also upgrading the virtual hardware version, such as upgrading to virtual hardware version 8, included with vSphere 5, the snapshot of the upgraded parent virtual machine is used to upgrade the virtual hardware version of the rest of the virtual machines in the linked-clone pool. Upgrading in this way, from one virtual hardware version to a higher version, is supported. You cannot, however, recompose linked clones to a lower hardware version than their current version. For example, you cannot recompose hardware version 8 clones to a parent virtual machine that is hardware version 7.

View Agent 4.0.x is not compatible with View Composer 2.5 and later. This limitation means that you must not use a View 4.0.x master image, or snapshot, when creating, recomposing, or refreshing a pool that uses features specific to View 4.5 or later releases. These View 4.5 and later features include using a system-disposable disk (SDD), using a Sysprep customization specification, and attaching a previously archived persistent disk to an existing desktop.

Complete the procedure described in Upgrade View Connection Servers in a Replicated Group.

Complete the procedure described in Upgrade to View Composer 2.7 and vCenter Server 5.0 on a Different Machine or Upgrade View Composer Only.

If you are also upgrading ESX/ESXi hosts and virtual machines, complete the procedure described in Upgrading ESX/ESXi Hosts and Virtual Machines.

To use the 3D rendering feature available with View 5.0, you must upgrade the virtual hardware version to 8 in Windows 7 virtual machines.

Complete the procedure described in Upgrade View Agent for upgrading the agent in the parent virtual machine.

Plan maintenance windows carefully so that recreating and recomposing desktop pools will not overwhelm the storage array and ESX/ESXi hosts.

1

If you disabled provisioning of new virtual machines in preparation for the upgrade, enable provisioning again.

2

For pools composed of Windows 7 desktops, to use the Windows 7 3D rendering feature available with View 5.0, edit the pool to configure the following settings:

Set the pool to use the PCoIP display protocol.

Set Allow users to choose protocol to No.

Turn on the Windows 7 3D Rendering feature.

This feature is available for Windows 7 desktops that use virtual hardware version 8, available with vSphere 5.

3

Use the snapshot you created after upgrading the parent virtual machine to recreate or recompose desktop pools.

Option

Action

View 4.0.x pools

For floating desktop pools, delete virtual desktops from the pool and recreate the desktop pool. For dedicated pools, recompose the desktop pool.

View 4.5.x and 4.6.x pools

For both floating and dedicated pools, recompose the desktop pool.

4

If you changed the Refresh OS disk on logoff setting for a pool to Never in preparation for the upgrade, change the setting back to reflect the appropriate refresh policy.

5

If you canceled any refresh or recompose operations for any desktop pools, schedule the tasks again.

Upgrade View Clients. See Upgrade View Clients and Upgrade View Local Mode Clients.