You must install View Agent on virtual machines that are managed by vCenter Server so that View Connection Server can communicate with them. Install View Agent on all virtual machines that you use as templates for automated desktop pools, parents for linked-clone desktop pools, and desktop sources in manual desktop pools.

To install View Agent on multiple Windows virtual machines without having to respond to wizard prompts, you can install View Agent silently. See Install View Agent Silently.

The View Agent software cannot coexist on the same virtual or physical machine with any other View Manager software component, including a security server, replica server, View Connection Server, View Composer, View Client, or View Transfer Server.

Prepare the guest operating system for View desktop deployment. See Prepare a Guest Operating System for View Desktop Deployment.

Download the View Agent installer file from the VMware product page at

Verify that you have administrative rights on the virtual machine.

Familiarize yourself with the View Agent custom setup options. See View Agent Custom Setup Options.

Familiarize yourself with the TCP ports that the View Agent installation program opens on the firewall. See the VMware Horizon View Architecture Planning document for more information.

If you select the View Composer Agent custom setup option, verify that you have a license to use View Composer.


To start the View Agent installation program, double-click the installer file.

The installer filename is VMware-viewagent-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe or VMware-viewagent-x86_64-y.y.y-xxxxxx.exe, where y.y.y is the version number and xxxxxx is the build number.


Accept the VMware license terms.


Select your custom setup options.

To deploy linked-clone desktops, select the View Composer Agent option.


Accept or change the destination folder.


Follow the prompts in the View Agent installation program and finish the installation.


If you did not enable Remote Desktop support during guest operating system preparation, the View Agent installation program prompts you to enable it. If you do not enable Remote Desktop support during View Agent installation, you must enable it manually after the installation is finished.


If you selected the USB redirection option, restart the virtual machine to enable USB support.

In addition, the Found New Hardware wizard might start. Follow the prompts in the wizard to configure the hardware before you restart the virtual machine.

The VMware View Agent service is started on the virtual machine.

If you selected the View Composer Agent option, the VMware View Composer Guest Agent Server service is started on the virtual machine.

If Windows Media Player is not installed, the View Agent installation program does not install the multimedia redirection (MMR) feature. If you install Windows Media Player after installing View Agent, you can install the MMR feature by running the View Agent installation program again and selecting the Repair option.

If the virtual machine has multiple NICs, configure the subnet that View Agent uses. See Configure a Virtual Machine with Multiple NICs for View Agent.