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Best practices for upgrading to VMware View 4.5 (1027095)

Purpose

This article discusses best practices that may be useful when upgrading to VMware View 4.5.
 
Note: This articles assumes that you have read the VMware View Upgrade Guide. The upgrade guide contains definitive information. If there is a discrepancy between the guide and this article, assume that the guide is correct.

Resolution

Compatibility Matrix

View 4.5

View 3 or View 4 Components

Connection Server 4.0.x or 3.1.x

View Agent 4.0.x or 3.1.x

View Client 4.0.x or 3.1.x

Thin Client 4.0.x or 3.1.x

View Composer 1.0 or 2.0

Connection Server 4.5

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

Limitations

View Agent 4.5

Yes

N/A

Yes

Yes

Yes

View Client (Windows) 4.5

Yes

Yes

N/A

N/A

Yes

View Client (Mac) 4.5

No

No

N/A

N/A

No

View Client with Local Mode 4.5

No

No

No

No

No

Thin Client 4.5

Yes

Yes

N/A

N/A

Yes

View Composer 2.5

Limitations

No

N/A

N/A

N/A


Notes
:
  • Until both View Connection Server and View Composer are upgraded, View Composer operations do not work. If you have View Connection Server 4.5 and View Composer 1.0 or 2.0, you can connect to the desktops, but no new linked-clone desktops can be created. Also, recompose, rebalance, and refresh operations do not work and you cannot edit the settings for linked-clone pools.
  • Although View Composer 2.5 can work with View Connection Server 4.0.x or 3.1.x in a limited fashion, this setup is available only for cases where upgrading all View Connection Server instances during the same maintenance window is not feasible. Specifically, new View Composer 2.5 features, such as SysPrep Customization, are not available until you update to View Agent 4.5.
  • Because View Client with Local Mode is a View 4.5 feature, and its predecessor, Offline Desktop, was an experimental feature, View Client with Local Mode is not backward compatible with View 4.0.x and 3.1.x components.

Requirements

Components Requirements

View Connection Server 4.5

  • 32 or 64bit Server
  • Pentium IV 2.0GHz Processor or Higher
  • One or More 10/100Mbps or higher Network Interface Cards (NICs)
  • 2 GB RAM or higher for Windows Server 2003 32bit host system
  • 4 GB RAM or higher for Windows Server 2008 64bit host system
  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2003 R2 32bit Service Pack 2, or Windows Server 2003 32bit Service Pack 2
  • Administrator rights on the domain user account used to install View Connection Server 4.5
  • Valid View 4.5 License Keys

    Note: The license keys in VMware View 4.5 consists of 25 characters.
  • Windows 2000, 2003, or 2008 Active Directory Environment

View Composer 2.5

  • Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows Server 2003 R2 Service Pack 2 Standard, Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 Standard
  • SQL Database. For more information,see the VMware View 4.5 Upgrade Guide .

View Administrator

  • Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.5, Firefox 3.0, Safari

Preparing to Upgrade

For View Connection Server 4.5:
  • Take a snapshot of the virtual machine.
  • Execute vdmexport.exe to backup the View LDAP database.
  • Document the View Administrator settings in the Desktop and Pools view and the Global Settings section of the Configuration view.
  • Document the IP address and system name of the machine on which View Connection Server is installed.
  • Document the names and locations of any batch files or scripts that run on the View database on the View Connection Server instance.
  • Document the configuration settings for any View Connection Server load balancers.
For View Composer 2.5:
  • Take a snapshot of the virtual machine.
  • Back up the VirtualCenter and View Composer databases.
  • Backup any SSL certificates.
  • Document the IP address and system name of the machine on which VirtualCenter is installed.

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