If you’re like me and very often need to do testing in your home lab, you might not always have the time or the hardware to be able to setup a full VMware View environment. Well, the good news is that it might be possible, if you’re an existing VMware customer, to ask for a tool called View Agent Direct Connection Plugin.
This tool is not released to the public yet, might not be ready for general consumption but if you’re interested, you should definitely reach out to your VMware point of contact.
Andre Leibovici explains in details what the tool is all about in this post: http://myvirtualcloud.net/?p=4125
I wanted to share with you the general installation steps.
First thing you will need is a Windows desktop 32 or 64 bit VM running on ESX. XP SP3 or later is supported (event Windows 8 is supported, if anyone cares).
The Virtual Machine should have the latest VMTools installed and at least 128MB of video memory. If you need help setting up the video memory, you can refer to VMware KB 103566. Also make sure you verify that you have the correct graphic drivers (also mentioned in article)
Firewall in Windows has to be on, (Control Panel -> Windows Firewall) or do it by command line: Netsh Firewall Show Config.
Next step is to install the View Agent, use the current released version (5.2), get the proper one for your system, 32 or 64 bit, from here: VMware View Agent download. After agent installation, you will need to reboot the Virtual Desktop.
The next step is where you would have needed to reach out to your VMware point of contact and get your hands on the View Agent Direct-Connection, again here, either in 32 or 64 bit, right one for your Virtual Desktop system. Install the Agent with all the default settings, you don’t need to reboot after install.
If you’ve done all the steps listed above and you didn’t get any errors, all that’s left to do is open a VMware View client and point it to the IP address or FQDN of that Virtual Desktop and you’ll be logged in!