VMware View Manager 3.0 Release Notes

View Manager Version 3.0 | 2 DEC 2008 | Build 127642 (View Manager), 126338 (View Composer)

Last Document Update: 26 MAR 2009

Check frequently for additions and updates to these release notes.

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New in View Manager 3.0

View Manager 3.0 includes the following improvements and new features:

  • View Composer - Dramatically reduces the amount of storage consumed. Images can be provisioned in a few seconds in a fully automated manner by the VMware View Manager for rapid rollouts or as an immediate response to everyday support issues.
  • Unified Access - View Manager now brokers connections to physical PCs, terminal servers, and blade PCs in addition to virtual desktops hosted on VMware Infrastructure 3.
  • Virtual Printing - Provides end users the ability to print to any local or network printer. Virtual Printing includes a universal print driver, compression for print jobs, and auto detection of local printers from View Client.
  • Enhanced User Experience - Extends MMR (multi-media redirection) to all Win XP and Win XPe based clients. Provides increased support for the following critical codecs: MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4 part2, WMV 7/8/9, WMA, AC3, and MP3. Provides granular policies for USB redirection.
  • Offline Desktop (Experimental) - Provides the flexibility to intelligently and securely move virtual desktops between the datacenter and local resources. Users can check out their virtual desktops onto physical clients, use the virtual desktop locally, and then check it back in.

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Before You Begin

Before you begin to install and configure VMware View Manager, see the following guidelines.

General Installation Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all installation types (new installations and upgrades).

  • View Client with Offline Desktop cannot be installed on the same machine as VMware Workstation, VMware ACE, VMware Player, or VMware Server.
  • View Client, the View Client with Offline Desktop, and View Agent cannot be installed on the same machine.
  • Install VMware Infrastructure 3 Version 3.5 update 3 - Installing VMware Infrastructure 3 Version 3.5 update 3 is recommended in order to use the Desktop Composer and Offline Desktop features.
  • Synchronize time - Make sure that you have synchronized time across View Connection Server and desktop virtual machines.  By default, virtual machines pick up the time from the ESX host at boot, and you might have to synchronize time on the ESX hosts through the ntpd service.
  • Validate your Internet Explorer settings - View Client uses Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet settings, including proxy settings, when connecting to View Connection Server. Ensure that your Internet Explorer settings are accurate and that you can access the View Connection Server URL through Internet Explorer.
  • Before creating an automatically provisioned desktop pool, do the following:
    • Validate the VirtualCenter guest customization specification if you intend to use one - Make sure that the guest customization specification in VirtualCenter is accurate. You should use VirtualCenter to deploy and customize a virtual machine from your template by using that customization specification and fully test the resulting virtual machine (in other words, DHCP, authentication) before using that customization specification in View Administrator.
    • Validate network ports on ESX - Make sure you have a sufficient number of ports on the virtual switch that is used for the guest virtual machines. The default value for ESX is 24; it might not be sufficient when creating a large pool of desktop virtual machines.
  • Install required Microsoft Windows patches - For Windows XP desktop virtual machines, make sure you have RDP patches referenced by Microsoft Knowledge Base (KB) articles 323497 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/323497) and 884020 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/884020).  Failure to do this might result in a Windows Sockets failed error message on the client. 
  • Upgrade View Client machines to use Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) 6.x - This recommendation applies to machines running Windows XP and Windows XPe. Windows 2000 does not support RDC 6.x.Windows Vista comes with RDC 6.x installed. RDC 6.x can be downloaded at the following Microsoft download site: Microsoft downloads
  • View does not support using link-local (169.254.x.x) addresses for virtual desktops - Configure virtual desktops to use DHCP or static IP addresses.
  • Install the VMware View Client with Offline Desktop if you are going to use Offline Desktop.
  • VMware View 3.0 provides Common Access Card (CAC) support for customers who use Actividentity or Gemalto smart cards. View does not currently offer SSO support from a client device to a virtual desktop without requiring a user to re-enter a pin.

Backing Up Configuration Data (VDM 2.1 and later)

For information about backing up configuration data, see the VMware technical note at http://www.vmware.com/pdf/viewmanager_data_exp_imp.pdf

Upgrading VMware View

VMware View supports upgrading to the released build of VMware View 3.0. Keep in mind the following issues when upgrading VMware View Clients:

Upgrading VMware View Beta Builds

Known Issues

The Known Issues are grouped as follows:


General Issues include the following categories:

View Administrator

View Client


Common Access Card

General - Miscellaneous

Unified Access

Offline Desktop

View Composer