VMware, Inc. VMware View Client

Version: 5.1.0
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Deployment Tips (3)

Most Common Setup Type
Windows Installer (MSI)
Average Package Difficulty Rating
Rated 1 / 5 (Very Easy) based on 2 ratings
Most Commonly Reported Deployment Method
Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)

Deployment Tip Summary

VMware View is a program that allows you to point the client at a server to access VDI images. With special settings like entitlements done on the backend you can ensure that the proper users can access the needed virtual machines across the company.
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Note

Followed these steps for use of this deployment in KACE:

1. Started the executable (But I didn't run it)
2. Opened the Temp folder (%Temp%) and accessed the temporary install directory it created and copied the contents to my desktop.
2a. For this version the install folder was {A3EDFC4-865D-403B-905C-C55EF79A4936}
2b. Repeated steps 1 and 2 for the 64bit Version
3. Created Install.bat with the code under Scripts
4. Compiled into a zip file and uploaded into KACE under Deployments

4a. Installation Command is set to Configure Manually and set to look at Install.bat
4b. Don't prepend msiexec.exe
4c. Delete Downloaded Files

 

Install time for this was less than a minute, tested and deployed on Windows 7 Pro 32 and 64bit.

Setup Information:
Setup Type: unspecified
Deployment Method Used: unspecified
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
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Command Line

 

The executable is nothing more then a wrapper

pickup the files as described above by samzeeco

you are looking for 5 files :

- VMware-viewclient-<version>-<buildnumber>.msi (mine was a 5.4 client)

- Core.cab

- USB.cab

- TSSO.cab

- ThinPr~1.cab ( whoever thought up that tilde in the filename ?)

Put the mentioned files in your central location, and manipulate the .msi with ORCA or other tool to generate a transform file.

All major settings are present in the Property table of the msi, most mentionworthy ( and used by me) are below:

  • AgreeToLicense - set to Yes
  • RebootYesNo - set to No
  • QUICKLAUNCH_SHORTCUT - set to 0 to suppress
  • DESKTOP_SHORTCUT - set to 0 to suppress

After generating the transform run it with the standard msiexec /i <filename> TRANSFORM=<your-transform-file> /qn for a silent install

Or use your deployment mechanism ( we use Zenworks Configuration Management )

 

Setup Information:
Setup Type: Windows Installer (MSI)
Deployment Method Used: Windows Installer with Custom Transform (MST)
Deployment Difficulty: Very Easy
Platform(s): Windows
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Script

if exist "C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Client\bin\wswc.exe" goto END
if exist "C:\Program Files(x86)\VMware\VMware View\Client\bin\wswc.exe" goto END

set ProgFiles86Root=%ProgramFiles(x86)%

IF NOT "%ProgFiles86Root%"=="" (
    MSIEXEC /i "VMware View 64bit\VMware View Client64.msi" MSIFASTINSTALL=1 /qn /norestart
) ELSE (
    MSIEXEC /i "VMware View 32bit\VMware View Client.msi" MSIFASTINSTALL=1 /qn /norestart
)


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Setup Information:
Setup Type: unspecified
Deployment Method Used: unspecified
Deployment Difficulty: unspecified
Platform(s): Windows
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