There are three different VMware View 4 clients currently available for Windows clients. The first one is an ActiveX client which is installed if users login to the Connection Server via a web-browser. The second option is a standard 32-bit client. The third is a 32-bit client that supports the experimental “offline desktop” feature.
In addition to the standard View 4 clients provided by VMware, it is also possible to connect to the virtual machines via broker using Linux, Mac, Thin Client, and a repurposed PC. Lastly, find out how you can setup an agentless connection.
VMware View Open Client
VMware View Open Client is available under the GNU Lesser General Public License version 2.1 (LGPL v 2.1) and is accessible from http://code.google.com/p/vmware-view-open-client/. Some of the features included in this release support secure tunnelling using SSL, two factor authentication with RSA SecurID, Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Thin Client Add-On RPM package and a full command line interface. Support for the source code distribution is available through the VMware View Open Client community at: http://code.google.com/p/vmware-view-open-client/.
VMware View Client for Mac
VMware does not officially support or provide a VMware View Client for Mac OS (OSX), however after VMware released VMware View Open Client source code some users from the virtualization community have compiled versions for Mac OS.
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Today’s market offers a wide range of Thin Client brands and models. Look for Thin Clients that have achieved the VMware Hardware Certification for VMware View 4, and support PCoIP, MMR (Multimedia Redirection) and Smart Cards.
The VMware Hardware Certification Program enables VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program members to provide mutual customers with jointly supported hardware solutions.
The document link bellow shows a list of Thin Clients certified to be used with VMware View 4:
Repurposing Legacy PC
Another option for VMware View end-points is to repurpose legacy PC into a Thin Client. VMware has delivered a good document explaining how organisations should look at this option.
“There are several approaches you can use to turn a legacy PC into a thin client or locked down device with direct access to virtual desktop. This technical note highlights some of your options. It is not all?inclusive, and you may prefer to achieve the same objective using different methods. This paper provides information for both Windows and Linux platforms. It does not constitute an endorsement or product validation of any third?party tools.”
Repurposing a PC to a Thin Desktop Using VMware® View – http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/pc_to_thin_desktop.pdf
As mentioned at the start of this article, in some specific cases, it would be handy to have clientless support from View 4. VMware View 4 does not offer HTTP/SSL encapsulation without the agent being installed on the workstation.
This might come handy in situations where you don’t have access to the laptops/workstations to install the clients and the administration rights are not assigned to the users using the end-point device. Example: Remote workers with access to virtual desktops over the Internet.
VMware View4 Windows Clients require administrator rights to install.
If you want to provide an clientless solution for your users I recommend combining VMware View Open Client for Linux and Sun Secure Global Desktop or NX Enterprise Server. NX Enterprise Server is a reasonable cheap solution under $1500,00 for unlimited number of concurrent sessions.