VMware View Manager 3.1 Release Notes
These release notes cover the following topics:
View Manager Version 3.1 | 27 MAY 2009 | Build 167577 (View Manager), 161885 (View Composer)
Last Document Update: 03 July 2009
Note: An issue has been discovered by many VMware customers and partners with View Manager 3.1 and the details of this issue is available in KB 1012388.
What's New in View Manager 3.1
View Manager 3.1 includes the following enhancements:
- Performance Improvements - Login times are significantly improved and server utilization is reduced.
- Automated LDAP Data and View Composer Database Backup - You can now configure automated backup of LDAP data and View Composer databases in View Administrator, enabling disaster recovery.
- Client Information - Information about the client device that the end user is connecting from is now provided for the desktop session as registry settings. This enables customers to use third party tools or create custom scripts to map local printers to devices. The information available includes the device name, IP address, and MAC address.
- Improved Logging - Debug logs are now enabled by default. Logging has been improved to provide more informational messages with minimal performance impact.
- Edit Desktop Wizard Navigation - Improved wizard navigation enables you to quickly modify existing desktop pools.
- USB Improvements - View 3.1 offers more reliable and broader device support with reduced bandwidth consumption. A separate TCP/IP stream is used.
- Multimedia Redirection (MMR) for Windows Vista - MMR is now supported in Windows Vista environments. MMR technology delivers the multimedia stream directly to the client using an RDP virtual channel instead of decoding and rendering it with RDP. This enables full fidelity playback in View Client.
- Adobe Flash Bandwidth Reduction - The Adobe Flash bandwidth reduction feature improves end-user productivity when browsing Adobe Flash content.
- Multi-Protocol Support - View Client can now use HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) as the display protocol when connecting to HP Blade PCs, HP Workstations, and HP Blade Workstations. The connection is brokered by View Manager. HP RGS is a display protocol from HP that allows a user to access the desktop of a remote computer over a standard network. VMware View 3.1 supports HP RGS Version 5.2.5. VMware does not bundle or license HP RGS with View 3.1. Please contact HP to license a copy of HP RGS software version 5.2.5 to use with View 3.1. This release does not support HP RGS connections to virtual machines.
Before You Begin
Before you begin installing and configuring VMware View components, review
the following guidelines.
General Installation Guidelines
The following guidelines apply to all installation types (new
installations and upgrades).
- View 3.1 does not support vSphere – Only the VMware Infrastructure versions listed in the System Requirements section of the VMware View Manager Administration Guide are supported.
- Install VMware Infrastructure 3 Version 3.5 Update 3 or Update 4 – Install VMware Infrastructure 3 Version 3.5 Update 3 or Update 4 if you want to use the View Composer or Offline Desktop features.
When upgrading, strictly follow the recommendations in the VMware VirtualCenter Upgrade Guide.
- View Client with Offline Desktop is an experimental feature. Install the VMware View Client with Offline Desktop if you are going to use Offline Desktop.
View Client with Offline Desktop cannot be installed on the same machine as VMware Workstation, VMware ACE, VMware Player, or VMware Server.
- View Client, View Client with Offline Desktop, and View Agent cannot be installed on the same machine.
- Synchronize time – Use the VMware Tools time synchronization function to ensure that virtual machines are synchronized to ESX. ESX must synchronize to an external NTP source, for example, the same time source as Active Directory. For additional information, see http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmware_timekeeping.pdf.
- 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
- 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 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 which is used
for the guest virtual machines. The default value for ESX is 24, which 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.
- VMware View provides Common Access Card (CAC) support for Actividentity and Gemalto smart cards. View does not currently offer SSO support which enables single sign on from a client device to a virtual desktop without requiring a user to re-enter a pin.
The Known Issues are grouped as follows:
When creating and preparing the guest system, you must install View Agent after all other third-party applications are installed. After you install View Agent, you must uninstall it before installing additional third-party applications in the guest. If you install other third-party applications after installing View Agent, and then uninstall View Agent, certain registry entries for the other third-party applications might be lost. Applications known to be affected by the installation order include Microsoft AppV, vmSight ConnectorID, and Citrix Presenter.
Workaround: If you need to install another third-party application after installing View Agent, uninstall View Agent, install the other third-party applications, and then install View Agent.
If the system locale (set in Control Panel > Regional and Language options > Advanced > Language for non-Unicode programs) does not match the language of the version of Windows that you are using, installation of the View Connection Server hangs.
Workaround: Make sure that the system locale matches the language of the version of Windows that you are using.
Installing the View Agent on Windows XP disables the Welcome Screen and Fast User Switching (KB 1007602)
- No warning message is generated that desktops are checked out when you uninstall the View Client with Offline Desktop (KB 1007607)
- If you press the F5 key to refresh the page while configuring a desktop pool, a Java exception might occur.
Workaround: Do not press F5. If the exception occurs, you must close all running Web browser instances and then restart them.
- When using View Administrator with Internet Explorer 6, the OK and Cancel buttons on the Global Settings page (Configuration > Global Settings > Edit) might not be visible when the screen resolution is set to 800x600.
Workaround: Change the screen resolution to 1024x768.
- On rare occasion, View Administrator might display IllegalStateException errors.
Workaround: Restart the VMware View Connection Server service.
If this error occurs, a file named facelet_error<nnnnn>.html, containing detailed information about the exception, is created in the log directory C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VDM\logs. VMware Technical Support might ask you to send these files, in addition to vdm-support script output, for troubleshooting.
Note: The facelet_error<nnnnn>.html log files are small, but they are not deleted automatically. You can delete them manually to reclaim disk space.
- An authentication error is displayed if a non-ASCII value for the External URL is entered when configuring a View Server in View Administrator.
Workaround: Use only ASCII characters in the View Server External URL.
- Removing a View Manager ADAM instance (Adam Instance VMwareVDMDS) causes an error if no other directory service servers can be contacted in an environment with more than one View Connection Server. (KB 1007591)
- New: View Clients might unexpectedly disconnect from the desktops when tunneled (KB 1012388)
MMR might not work in View Clients connecting to a Windows virtual desktop that has been restarted in VirtualCenter.
Unregister and re-register WMRVFilter.dll in the virtual machine as follows:
- Change to the directory <drive>:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\Wyse TCX MMR Server
- regsvr32 /u WMRVFilter.dll
- regsvr32 WMRVFilter.dll
- Restart the media player.
- View Client for Windows supports connections to desktops using the HP RGS protocol. View Portal does not support RGS connections. Linux thin clients do not support RGS connections.
- Only HP Blade PCs, HP Workstations, and HP Blade Workstations are supported. Virtual machines are not supported.
- Vista desktops are not supported.
- Only direct connections are supported. Tunnel connections are not supported.
- Smart cards (CAC) are not supported.
- Multiple monitors are not supported.
- When you are connected to a desktop using the HP RGS protocol, if you right-click a file, folder, or network connection, you might see a red screen and repeated Network connection warning errors. This problem occurs if you right-click an item to select that item and the following settings are turned on:
Workaround: Workarounds are described in Microsoft KB article 819946 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/819946). Do one of the following:
- Show Common Tasks in Folders
- Fade or Slide Menus into View
Alternatively, select the item before you right-click it. To select an item, either click the item or rest the mouse pointer on the item.
- Turn off the Fade or Slide Menus into View visual effect
- Use Windows classic folders
- View Client fails to connect to the View Security Server if a standard server FQDN with localized characters is specified during security server installation.
Workaround: Specify the IP address of the standard server during security server installation.
- VMware View Client requires HTTP 1.1 to be enabled in Internet Explorer (KB 1011655)
- Setting the "Automatic logoff after disconnect" policy for an individual desktop or desktop pool results in unexpected behavior when a user is already connected to that desktop through another client (KB 1007581)
- View Portal on Mac OS does not support connection to Windows Vista desktops (KB 1007584)
Common Access Card
Offline Desktop (Experimental)
- On rare occasion, linked clone deletion might fail, with an error indicating that the MoID is missing.
Workaround: Manually delete the desktop from VI Client.
- If the system disk of a Master VM is configured as a dynamic disk, linked clones might fail to power on with a blue screen and Stop message 0x0000007B.
Configure the system disk of the Master VM as a basic disk, not a dynamic disk.
- Occasionally, the deletion of a desktop pool of linked clones fails. When deletion fails, you cannot remove the leftover "replica-" and "source-" virtual machines from VirtualCenter because they are protected entities.
Workaround: To delete an unused replica or source virtual machine, first use the SviConfig command to unprotect the entity. For example:
SviConfig -operation=UnprotectEntity -VcUrl=https://<my.vc>/sdk -Username=<MyUser> -Password=<MyPass> -InventoryPath="/<My Datacenter>/vm/<MyReplicaFolder>/replica-<xxx>"
Note: The SviConfig utility does not check to see if the replica is being used by other linked clones. If a replica is being used by other linked clones, those linked clones cannot be powered on, refreshed, or recomposed after the replica is unprotected or deleted. These unusable linked clones should be deleted.
You can, however, provision new linked clones from the same desktop pool. A new replica will be created for newly provisioned linked clone desktops.
- If the connection to the database is lost during linked clone operations (including linked clone creation, resynchronization, and destruction), View Composer might crash. View Composer will attempt to restart automatically, causing another crash which is logged as a Service cannot be started exception in the Windows event log.
Workaround: Restart the database server if it is not running. Then restart the View Composer service from the Windows Services control panel.
- If you unregister and then re-register a linked clone in VirtualCenter 2.5 update 3 or earlier, the BIOS UUID of the linked clone is changed.
Also, when a host is disconnected from and then reconnected to VirtualCenter, the BIOS UUIDs of the virtual machines on that host are changed.
Workaround: After unregistering a linked clone, restart VirtualCenter before re-registering the linked clone.
If a host is disconnected, restart VirtualCenter before reconnecting the host to preserve BIOS UUID of that host's virtual machines.
- During linked clone creation, the Desktop Sources tab in View Administrator indicates an error status and the error message View Composer agent initialization state error is logged. The error status appears after provisioning and customization.
Workaround: It is safe to ignore this status. After a couple of minutes, linked clone creation completes successfully.
- To create a linked clone, you must have sufficient permissions on the Active Directory server on which the computer account will be created. The permissions required are Create Computer Objects and Delete Computer Objects. This Knowledge Base article describes how to configure those permissions. (KB 1007697)
- If linked clones are created on one ESX server's local storage and you change the storage to another ESX server's local storage by editing the desktop, the rebalance operation results in a failure for the virtual machines that have already been created. (KB 1007699)
- Non-ASCII user names and passwords for VirtualCenter are not recognized by View Composer. (KB 1007702)
- Static DNS server setting is lost when a recompose is performed from a Windows XP virtual machine to a Windows Vista virtual machine. (KB 1007707)
- During the creation of linked clones, the following message may appear in the VirtualCenter client: "The MAC address (xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx) of vm2 conflicts with MAC assigned to vm1." (KB 1007710)
- The template list is not refreshed if the administrator returns to the VirtualCenter selection page and checks the "Use linked clone technology to create desktops in this pool" checkbox while creating a pool. (KB 1007721)
- After transient failure of networks, datastores, services, and the View server, you can bring linked clones back to a ready state from error state after a reset, recompose, refresh, or rebalance as described in this Knowledge Base article. (KB 1007820)
General - Miscellaneous
The Resolved Issues are grouped as follows:
Common Access Card
General - Miscellaneous