Upgrading View 4.5.x or 4.6.x Client with Local Mode is very similar to upgrading View Client for Windows. You run the new installer on the client system.


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

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.

Determine a strategy for upgrading the View Agent software installed in the local desktop operating system. One strategy is to instruct end users to check in their local desktops and upgrade View Agent on the virtual machine in the datacenter. Another strategy is to upgrade View Agent inside the local View desktop on the client system. You can use whatever third-party tools you usually use for software upgrades.


If you plan to upgrade View Agent on the virtual machine in the datacenter, have end users check in their local mode desktops.


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 local View desktops.

If end users checked in their local mode desktops so that the View Agent software could be upgraded in the datacenter, when the View Agent upgrade is complete, instruct end users to check out their newly upgraded View desktops to their local systems.

If the View Agent software inside the local desktops is not yet upgraded to View Agent 5.0, upgrade View Agent, either in the datacenter virtual machine or on the local client system.