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Dec 27 2014

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VMware Horizon View – Upgrade from version 5.x to 6.x

Upgrading from VMware View 5.x to VMware Horizon View 6.x is a fairly straightforward process. Below is a small overview of the steps to undertake.

Document existing View environment

  • Document View topology
  • Document OS versions used
  • Document VM settings for Connection, security and composer servers (vCPU, RAM, HDD, …)
  • Document database settings (ODBC on Composer)
  • Document accounts used
  • Document IP addresses, hostnames, DNS entries, …
  • Document all View global settings and pool settings
  • Document configuration of load balancer
  • Export LDAP database using vdmexport.exe from a connection server. c:\program files \VMware\VMware View\Servers\tools\bin\vdmexport -f myexport_beforeupgrade.ldf -v
  • Make a copy of the folder that contains the SSL certificates on the View Composer server: %allusersprofiles%\Application Data\VMware\VMware Virtualcenter

Preparation

  • Stop/halt all VMware View scheduled tasks
  • Disable provisioning of all linked-clone desktop pools
  • Edit Desktop/pools settings: set “Refresh OS disk on logoff” to “never”

Hardware Requirements

  • Composer Server:
    • Win Server 2008 R2 / 2008 R2 SP1 / Win 2012 R2
    • 2 (4) vCPUs – 4 (8) GB RAM – 40 (60) GB HDD [minimum (recommended)]
  • Connection/Security Server
    • Win Server 2008 R2 / 2008 R2 SP1 / Win 2012 R2
    • 1 (4) vCPUs – 4 (10) GB RAM [minimum (recommended)]
  • SQL Server
    • 2008 Express R2 SP2, 2008 SP3, 2008 R2 SP2, 2012 Express, 2012 or 2012 SP1

Upgrade Process

  • Upgrade View composer server
    • Download and run the View Composer installer
    • Choose to let the installer upgrade the database
  • Upgrade View Connection Server
    • Download and run the View Connection Server installer on all View Connection servers (one-by-one)
    • Edit the VMware View Horizon license and enter the VMware Horizon 6.0 license key
    • Export LDAP database using vdmexport.exe from a connection server. c:\program files \VMware\VMware View\Servers\tools\bin\vdmexport -f myexport_afterupgrade.ldf -v
  • Upgrade View Security Server
    • Specify a security server pairing password on the Connection server that will be paired with the security server you are upgrading
    • Select “prepare for upgrade of reinstallation” to remove the existing IPsec rules
    • Download and run the View Connection Server installer on all View Security servers (one-by-one)
  • Upgrade GPOs
  • Upgrade View Agent on parent machines
  • Recompose linked clone pools
  • Upgrade View Clients

VMware Documentation

https://pubs.vmware.com/horizon-view-60/topic/com.vmware.ICbase/PDF/horizon-view-60-upgrades.pdf

 

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