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VMware View
Original author(s) VMware
Developer(s) VMware
Stable release 6.0.1 / September 9, 2014 (2014-09-09)
Development status Active
Operating system Windows
Type Desktop virtualization
License Commercial, Proprietary
Website vmware.com/products/view/

VMware View is a commercial desktop-virtualization product developed by VMware, Inc. Its first two releases (2.0.0 and 2.1.0) sold under the name VMware VDM, but with the 3.0.0 release in 2008[1] VMware Inc. changed the name to "VMware View". "VMware View" became "Horizon View" with the launch of Horizon 6 in April 2014.[2]

VMware View provides remote-desktop capabilities to users using VMware's virtualization technology. A client desktop operating-system - typically Microsoft Windows 7, Vista or XP - runs within a virtual environment on a server. The VMware View product has a number of components which are required to provide the virtual desktops, including:

  • VMware vSphere for Desktops (includes ESXi, VMware's hypervisor)
  • VMware vCenter Server (management of virtualization environment)
  • View Composer (advanced View management, with automation and cloning)
  • View Manager (administration of the View Environment)
  • View Client (communication between View and the desktop OS)
  • VMware ThinApp (application virtualization)
  • View Persona Management (user profile management)
  • vShield Endpoint (offloaded desktop antivirus)

Although VMware licenses vSphere hypervisor per physical CPU-socket,[3] it licenses VMware View per concurrent desktop.[4] The bundled hypervisor, vSphere for Desktops, is functionally equivalent to vSphere Enterprise Plus.[5]

VMware View has two licensing options, Enterprise and Premier. Enterprise comes with vSphere for Desktops, vCenter Server, and View Manager, and has an MSRP of $150 per concurrent desktop. View Composer, Persona Management, vShield Endpoint, and ThinApp are included in the Premier edition at an MSRP of $250 per concurrent desktop.[6]

In order to transport a view of the desktop to users, keyboard, video, mouse and other interactions travel over a LAN connection. VMware View supports both the Microsoft-developed RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) and the Teradici-licensed PCoIP (PC-over-IP) protocol.[7]

Users establish client connections to VMware View sessions by running a VMware View Client on a local host. The product supports most versions of Windows, along with Mac OS X. Specific embedded clients are also supported for a large number of thin clients, for a list of supported clients refer to the VMware website.[8]

An open-source product called "VMware View Open Client" can connect from a Linux or Mac OS X desktop to remote Windows desktops managed by VMware View.[9] The client uses rdesktop under-the-hood to connect to the host.

An HTML5 Client for VMware View is available to enable access to VMware View desktops directly from within any HTML5-compatible web browser such as Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox (for Windows, Linux, Mac and Chrome OS devices, such as Chromebooks).[10]

Ubuntu 12.10 can login to VMware View desktops directly from the login screen.

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