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Deploying the VMware View Client for Windows as MSI?

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There are several ways of installing the VMware View Client for Windows on a Windows based device. You can install the client software manually by first downloading it from the VMware View Server web interface and then starting the installation from your desktop, you can install the client silently with MSI command line parameters or you can deploy the client with your software deployment solution. As described in the VMware View Installation Guide 4.6 chapter 09 on page 103 you can use parameters to modify the MSI settings for the installation package which is still an EXE file. You may wonder if that works with your deployment software.

If not, you could try to directly deploy the MSI file. The next steps show you how to access the content of the VMware View Client EXE installer file.First of all download the latest version of the client from your View Connection Server by accessing the web interface. Then start the installation on a Windows desktop. In the background the installer will extract the MSI file and some CAB archives into the temporary directory on your Windows box. When the installation wizard comes up and is ready to begin please open the temporary folder in the Windows Explorer. The easiest way of doing that is using the Run dialog/search field in the startmenu. Just type %temp% here, press enter and it will take you on the right folder.

In there look for a folder whose name is starting with a bracket like seen in the last screenshot. There should be three folders created by the View Client Installer so please take a look at all of them to find the right one. If so you’ll find a VMware View Client.MSI file and some *.cab files. Here we you!

*Kudos go to some colleagues having this conversation on a mailing-list.

Written by Christoph Harding

March 17th, 2011 at 1:05 pm

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Silent install without reboot

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The View client can be installed in two ways. You can do a normal GUI based install what means that you click through the installation wizard or you can do a scripted or silent installation. The silent or scripted View Client installation can be personalized with loads of MSI parameters. Some of them are standard MSI, some of them are specific.

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Written by Christoph Harding

April 17th, 2009 at 12:53 pm