Recently in my article “Take your Virtual Desktop anywhere” I discussed the creation of a ThinApp package for VMware View Client to allow portability of Virtual Desktops without requirement to deploy View Client to the computer you or your users are using. This is specially handy in airport lounges and internet cafes.
As mentioned, ideally this package should be carried in a USB stick or be available for download from your organisation’s webpage. This has all been explained in my previous post.
However, after executing View Client the user would have to know the FQDN for the View Connection Broker and this can be tricky depending on the technical ability of your users. Nothing major that an email with instructions or a piece of paper would not solve, but there is a more elegant solution for that.
It is possible to embed the parameters necessary to connect to your organisation’s connection brokers inside the ThinApp package. I created the video below demonstrating the packaging process in full.
As it is not easy to read the small text in this video I listed here the most important elements of the installation process.
VMware View Client Installation
ware-viewclient-4.0.1-233023.exe /s /v"/qn VDM_SERVER=""Connection Broker FQDN"" ADDLOCAL=Core"
Line to be added to Package.ini
CommandLine=%ProgramFilesDir%\VMware\VMware View\Client\bin\wswc.exe -serverURL Connection Broker FQDN
Folders to remain (delete all other folders)