How to Install VMWare Horizon Agent – Step 4

How to Install VMWare Horizon Agent

In this post, we’ll learn the steps to install VMWare Horizon Agent. In the old posts, we have already learned the steps to install VMWare Horizon View 7 Connection Server and steps to install VMware view Composer 7.

Moreover we also learned the steps to add vCenter Server and VMWare view Composer in Horizon Connection Server.

Topic Sequence

  1. How to install VMWare Horizon View 7 Connection Server
  2. How to install VMWare Horizon 7 Composer Server
  3. How to add vCenter Server and Composer Server in Connection Server.
  4. Steps to add VMWare Horizon Agent
  5. How to create Virtual Desktop Pool

We have already created a Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtual Machine using vCenter Server. In this article, we’ll learn the steps to install VMWare Horizon Agent on the same Virtual Machine. This Virtual Machine would be used as a template.

Now the question is, why do we need to install Horizon Agent ?

Horizon Agent is required on all the Virtual Machines because it would connect and communicate to the VMWare Horizon View Server. Without agent communication would not work.

Steps to install VMWare Horizon Agent

Step 1#
Insert the DVD of VMWare Horizon View on the newly created Virtual Machine or download the VMWare Horizon Agent from VMWare Website and start the Agent installation.
Step 2#
On the Welcome installation Wizard, click on next to continue.

Step 3#
Read the VMWare End User License Agreement and if you agree then click on “I accept the terms in the licence agreement” and click on next.

Step 4#
We have two options to continue the installation either we can configure Remote Desktop Sesion Host role on the Virtual Machine and then restart the VM.

Alternatively we can check the box “Install VMWare Horizon Agent in ‘desktop mode’“. For this practical, we’ll select the option and click on next to continue.

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Step 5#
Out of IPv4 and IPv6, select the protocol that you want VMware Horizon Agent to use while communicating and establishing all the connection. For this practical, we’ll select IPv4.

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Step 6#
Out of all the features available, select the features that you want to be available or installed on the Virtual Machine.

For this article, we’ll go with the default options and click on next to continue.

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Step 7#
VMWare Horizon Agent required the Remote Desktop support to be turned on and Firewall exception for RDP Port number 3389 would be automatically created. Select the option “Enable the Remote Desktop capability on this computer”.

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Step 8#
On “Ready to Install the Program“, click on Install and it would start the installation process of VMWare Horizon Agent.

Agent would be installed in C:\Program Files\VMWare\VMware View\Agent\ folder.

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Step 9#
Once the installation is completed, click on Finish to close the console and then restart the Virtual Machine to complete the installation process.

Conclusion

Hope you understood the steps to install VMware Horizon Agent. Please don’t forget to share this article with your friends and share your experience.

What would be the impact if we don’t install VMWare Horizon Agent on the Virtual Machine? Answer the same in the comments.