After you upgrade View Connection Server, you can upgrade the security servers that are paired with it.

Determine when to perform this procedure. Choose an available desktop maintenance window. Budget 15 minutes to half an hour for each instance.

Verify that you have upgraded View Connection Server. For instructions, see .Upgrade View Connection Servers in a Replicated Group.

Verify that the virtual or physical machine on which the current View Connection Server instance is installed meets the system requirements for View 5.1.

See View Connection Server Requirements.

Familiarize yourself with the security-related requirements of VMware View 5.1, and verify that these requirements are met. See Upgrade Requirements for View Connection Server. You might need to obtain and install a CA-signed SSL server certificate that includes certificate revocation information, verify that Windows Firewall with Advanced Security is set to on, and configure any back-end firewalls to support IPsec.

Verify that you have a domain user account with administrative privileges on the hosts that you will use to run the installer and perform the upgrade.

If you have not configured a security server pairing password, use View Administrator 5.1 to do so. The installation program might prompt you for this password during installation. See the topic called "Configure a Security Server Pairing Password" in the VMware View 5.1 Installation document.

If you are upgrading a View 5.1 security server, such as for a maintenance release, remove existing IPsec rules for the security server. See .Prepare to Upgrade or Reinstall a Security Server.

You do not need to make any changes to the configuration of existing load balancers.


Stop the service called VMware View Connection Server service.


Run the installer for the VMware View 5.1 Connection 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.


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


Log in to View Administrator, select the security server in the Dashboard, and verify that the security server is now at version 5.1.


Verify that you can log in to a View desktop.


In View Administrator, go to View Configuration > Servers > Security Servers tab and remove any duplicate security servers from the list.

The new automated security server pairing mechanism can produce duplicate entries in the Security Servers list if the full system name does not match the name that was assigned when the security server was originally created.

Upgrade the other View server components, such as View Composer, vCenter Server, and View Transfer Server, if you use any of these components. See Upgrading VMware View Server Components.

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

If you are also upgrading vSphere components, see Upgrade ESX/ESXi 4.0.x, 4.1.x, or 5.0.x Hosts and Their Virtual Machines.

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