Complete these high-level tasks to install VMware Horizon View and configure an initial deployment.

Review the system requirements for all of the Horizon View components that you plan to install. For more information, see System Requirements for Server Components and System Requirements for Guest Operating Systems.


Set up the required administrator users and groups in Active Directory.

See Preparing Active Directory.


If you have not yet done so, install and set up VMware ESXi servers and vCenter Server.

See the VMware vSphere documentation on the VMware Documentation Web site.


If you are going to deploy linked-clone desktops, install View Composer on the vCenter Server system.

See Installing View Composer.


Install and set up View Connection Server.

See Installing View Connection Server.


If you are going to use desktops in local mode, install Transfer Server.

See Installing View Transfer Server.


Configure SSL certificates for View servers. See Configuring SSL Certificates for View Servers.


Complete the initial set-up of your Horizon View environment. See Configuring View for the First Time.


Create one or more virtual machines that can be used as a template for full-clone desktop pools or as a parent for linked-clone desktop pools.

See Creating and Preparing Virtual Machines.


Create a desktop pool.

See Creating Desktop Pools.


Control user access to desktops.

See Entitling Users and Groups.


Install Horizon View Client on end users' machines and mobile devices and have end users access their View desktops.

See the VMware Horizon View Clients documentation Web page.

Your initial configuration of VMware Horizon View is completed.

After you have successfully installed and configured your Horizon View environment, you can perform the following additional configuration tasks.

Create and configure additional administrators to allow different levels of access to specific inventory objects and settings. See Configuring Role-Based Delegated Administration.

Configure policies to control the behavior of Horizon View components, desktop pools, and desktop users. See Configuring Policies.

Configure View Persona Management, which gives users access to personalized data and settings whenever they log in to a desktop. See Configuring User Profiles with View Persona Management.

For added security, integrate smart card authentication and two-factor authentication solutions such as RSA SecurID and RADIUS. See Setting Up User Authentication.