View Client and View Administrator communicate with a View Connection Server host over secure HTTPS connections. Information about the server certificate on View Connection Server is communicated to View Client as part of the XML handshake between client and server.

The initial View Client connection, which is used for user authentication and View desktop selection, is created when a user opens View Client and provides a fully qualified domain name for the View Connection Server or security server host. The View Administrator connection is created when an administrator types the View Administrator URL into a Web browser.

A default server SSL certificate is generated during View Connection Server installation. By default, clients are presented with this certificate when they visit a secure page such as View Administrator.

You can use the default certificate for testing, but you should replace it with your own certificate as soon as possible. The default certificate is not signed by a commercial Certificate Authority (CA). Use of noncertified certificates can allow untrusted parties to intercept traffic by masquerading as your server.

When clients connect to a View desktop with the PCoIP display protocol from VMware, View Client can make a second connection to the PCoIP Secure Gateway component on a View Connection Server instance or a security server. This connection provides the required level of security and connectivity when accessing View desktops from the Internet.

When users connect to a View desktop with the Microsoft RDP display protocol, View Client can make a second HTTPS connection to the View Connection Server host. This connection is called the tunnel connection because it provides a tunnel for carrying RDP data.

Administrators can configure View Connection Server settings so that View desktop sessions are established directly between the client system and the View desktop virtual machine, bypassing the View Connection Server host. This type of connection is called a direct client connection.

View Client with Local Mode offers mobile users the ability to check out View desktops onto their local computer.