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How to use View without vCenter and ESX(i)

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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need vCenter and ESX(i) to use View. If you want to utilize VMs from other platforms as your desktops you need to change one thing when installing the agent onto those VMs.

Install the agent by going to cmd and type the following in the location of where the agent install package is:

VMware-viewagent-3.x-<build>.exe /V”VMD_VC_MANAGED_Agent=0”

Note that this is case-sensitive and there is no space between the /V and the ”VMD_VC_MANAGED_Agent=0”.

During the install it will ask which connection broker that the agent should connect to. If you have multiple View Manager servers, just pick one. This will add it to the ADAM directory schema and then can use VMs on non-vCenter virtual platforms.

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Written by Linus

May 25th, 2009 at 5:49 pm

Posted in View Agent

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  • Evgeny

    Can you describe what connection brokers may be used instead Vmware connection server?

  • Christoph Dommermuth

    What do you mean? Just other brokers for desktop brokering?

  • Kent B. Hansen

    Great! But I tried to uninstall/install the Agent on a desktop that was previously managed by my VC – and it didn’t ask for the broker upon installation. :-(

    Do you have any idea how to “clean” the desktop so it works?

    Thanks, Kent

  • Kent B. Hansen

    Ahh, I guess it should be “VDM_VC_MANAGED_Agent” and not “VMD_VC_MANAGED_Agent” as you have written. :)


  • Christoph Dommermuth

    Oh sorry, Yes! You are right.

  • Guyrleech

    I think you mean VDM_VC_MANAGED_Agent – slight typo (VDM Is what the product was called before being rebadged as View)

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