When using Local Mode on a VMware View setup, you need what is called a “Transfer Server” this server will handle transferring the VM to the end users machine and allow users to remotely access their VMs from their own desktop. You’ll need to make sure the end users have the VMware View client with “Local Mode” installed as well. It can be downloaded from the same place as the normal View client.

  1. Set up a Windows 2008 R2 64bit server with:
    1.  A static IP
    2. 100GB HDD (may need more or less depending on how many VMs you’ll publish)
    3. LSI Logic Parallel SCSI controller
    4. Make sure the VM is created under the same cluster as the VDI machines and vCenter server that handles them.
    5. Create a folder in C: called TransferRepository
  2. Run the VMware View Connection Server install.
    1. Next on the Splash Page
    2. Accept the License agreement and click Next
    3. Next on the default save location
    4. Click View Transfer Server on the Installation Options page and click Next
    5. Verify the Network Domain, Server name (FQDN) and then type in the administrators email address. Then click Next
    6. Click Install
    7. Click Finish
  3. Open up the View Administrator Console page
    1. You may be prompted to install Adobe Flash. You may also need to disable IE Security Configuration to install it.
    2. Log in to the Administrator console and Navigate to View Configuration -> Servers -> Transfer Servers
    3. Choose Edit on Transfer Server Repository and select Local filesystem and put in C:\TransferRepository then click OK
    4. Choose the Contents Tab and select Publish. Select the VDI gold image you want to publish for download.
    5. Under Transfer Servers choose Add… then select the vCenter Server and click Next then select the Transfer server you created and click Finish
    6. The Transfer Server status will change from pending to Ready.
    7. Navigate to Policies -> Global Policies and edit the Local Mode Policies to Allow Local Mode (If not already allowed)
    8. Log in on the View Client and choose the drop down arrow and select Check Out.

Note:

  • You can’t check out a VDI if you’ve logged in as “Current User” you have to uncheck that and log in manually.
  • Default Save Directory is C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\VMware\VDM\Local Desktops
  • You need at least enough RAM to run the laptop's host OS plus the RAM you are allocating to the VM.
  • If you get the error “Checking out a linked clone desktop fails with the error: This desktop cannot be checked out” Then you need to publish the gold image (Step 3e)
  • The first time you log in to the VM it will slow down your PCs performance while it scans your hardware and prepares the VM for first use. You’ll then need to restart.
  • VMware View does not currently support local mode on Macs