In this video tutorial I run through the configuration of VMware View 5.

In this Part 2 of the VMware View 5 Video Tutorial we carry on with the VMware View 5 configuration. First up we log into the Connection Server and add in our vCenter Server. We will then enable our VMware View 5 composer option, followed by entering in our Database information for VMware View 5 Events.

I then switch screens over to my Windows 7 Base Image where we run through the simple installation of the VMware View 5 Agent. I then create a snapshot for the Windows 7 Base Image that we will be using to compose our Desktops with.

As a bonus, I show you an example of the space savings that you could experience with a Netapp SAN running deduplication on our Virtual Desktop Volume.

We are now ready to setup our first Desktop Pool, configure the options and begin composing our linked clone desktops. Once the Linked Clone desktops are ready, I will switch over to a Windows XP machine that is not connected to the primarysite.local domain. I browse to the VMware View 5 connection server, download the View 5 Client, run through the install, and successfully connect through to our Windows 7 Virtual Desktop.

This link will show you how to collect Diagnostic Information for Vmware View 4 and VMware View 5 – Collecting Diagnostic Information for VMware View

If you require VMware View 5 documentation, please visit the Resources section

VMware View 5 Configuration

Installing VMware View 5 Configuration

Preparing Virtual Machines for View Composer

VMware View 5.x Documentation – Preparing Virtual Machines for View Composer

Optimizing Windows 7 and Windows 8 for Linked-Clone Desktops

VMware View 5.x Documentation – Optimizing Windows 7 and Windows 8 for Linked-Clone Desktops

All the tutorials included on this site are performed in a lab environment to simulate a real world production scenario. As everything is done to provide the most accurate steps to date, we take no responsibility if you implement any of these steps in a production environment.


  1. Hello,

    I have followed the instructions from the video and I stopped at min. 11:10, at the vCenter Settings. I click Browse, then again click Browse, and in the Select Parent VM there no listed available machines snapshots. For sure I have done the snapshots of the VM (Windows XP). The VM version is 8.

    I am running vSphere 5.

    Please tell me any tips to figure it out. Thanks in advance

  2. Hi,
    For some reason when i launch the view console. Internet explorer brings up a pop up saying that the content has been blocked “https://”  usually i am aware that in this case you could add the instance of trusted zone, etc. However it does not let me add https://* to the trusted zone but does not let me get around this pop up.
    just so you know I have disbaled the firewall, brought all IE setting down to low. I have no idea what else it could be. I have also uninstalled and reinstalled the view connection server

    • Hi Don, can you please open up a new vmware thread in the forums (Click Forums on the navigation bar at the top of this page). This way you will be able to post pictures and we can help you diagnose the issue.

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