Offline Desktop was an experimental feature of VMware View 4.0.x, but you can upgrade to the fully supported View Client with Local Mode available with View 5.0.


This procedure provides instructions for upgrading from View 4.0.x View Offline Clients. If you are upgrading from View 4.5.x or 4.6.x Client with Local Mode, see Upgrade View Local Mode Clients.

Verify that you have either a local user account with administrative privileges or a domain user account with administrative privileges on client systems that you will use to run the installer and perform the upgrade.

Verify that client computers have a supported operating system and can accommodate the View desktop that end users plan to download and run locally. See Supported Operating Systems for Windows-Based View Client and View Client with Local Mode and Hardware Requirements for Local Mode Desktops.


Have end users check in their View 4.0.x offline desktops.


Have end users delete the folder that contains the files that make up their offline desktops.

Desktop Operating System

Check-out Directory

Default directory on Windows 7 and Windows Vista

C:\Users\User Name\AppData\Local\VMware\VDM\Offline Desktops\pool_display_name

Default directory on Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Local Settings\Application Data\VMware\VDM\Offline Desktops\pool_display_name


Upgrade all components that need to be upgraded.

These components might include View Connection Server, View Transfer Server, View Composer, vCenter Server, ESX/ESXi hosts, virtual machines, VMware Tools in virtual machines, and View Agent in virtual machines.


If you do not already have View Transfer Server installed and configured, install and configure a View Transfer Server instance, as described in the VMware View 5.0 Installation document.

With VMware View 4.5 and later versions, the View Transfer Server component transfers data between local client devices and the datacenter during check in, check out, replication, and system-image provisioning operations.


On the client system, run the View 5.0 Client with Local Mode installer.

If end users have the required administrative privileges on their computers, you have several options for providing end users with the installer:

Download the installer from the VMware Web site and send it to your end users.

Post the installer on a company Web site and ask end users to download it.

Give end users the URL for View Portal and have them download the installer from View Portal.


Have end users verify that they can log in and connect to their upgraded View desktops.