Vmware Horizon View , PCoIP , vmware composer

HI all experts,

we have vmware vcenter 5.5 , esxi 5.5 hosts with licensed .

i would like to know how to step by step " Get Started with VMware Horizon View".
if anyone have document that can helps from start to end, would like to know which we can run a test on our lab
we looking for solutions for hosting  client without using remotefx solution, i read about VMware View with the PCoIP would like to know how to implement vmware view with PCoIP
many thanks all.
VN-PC viewAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Two of the best documents are here

Reviewer's Guide for View in Horizon 6 : VMware, Inc.

This shows you how to install and evaluate VMware Horizon View
VN-PC viewAuthor Commented:
Hi Andrew

i am confuse on these servers , do it required all the rolls or i can install all in one server?
do i need sql server for composer or can i use db from vcenter , which create new db or use same db (instance of Vcenter).
i am new to this vmware view. can you please point out simple test lab, as of right we don't have any video card support this environment, but i think we just wanted to put in place closed as much possible then we can bring it to production with video GPU  

vCenter Server Appliance
View Composer Server
View Connection Server
View security server

many thanks
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's actually recommended to have different servers for all these following:-

vCenter Server Appliance
View Composer Server
View Connection Server
View security server

You will need separate databases for View and Composer.

The evaluation guide I posted, contains the details, as to how you install.

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VN-PC viewAuthor Commented:
thank you so much Andrew. got it
I agree that it's a good thing to separate out your servers.  We do still combine Composer and vCenter (we don't use an appliance, we have a regular Windows server as the vCenter) because that was a requirement in earlier versions of View.

We have found that a well running implementation requires really fast storage. Spinning disks really didn't cut it and we've ended up using PureStorage Flash SSD arrays and this really significantly affected our user experience in a very positive way. All complaints about "slowness" just went away.

Also, we have found that using zero clients instead of running the View client on a PC makes the experience better. With the View client on a PC (Which does work OK), you still have the PC OS taking up resources as well as the client's need for resources.  It's not a bad fit if the PC is fast enough, but typically zero clients (we use Dell/Wyse P25) give a better experience overall.  Having said that we've also found that USB printing is a major issue with zero clients.  It's getting better as new firmware upgrades are applied, but the View client running on a PC does give a better USB printing experience.

Your best bet is to evaluate your environment, figure out what the users need to run and experiment with View client on PCs as well as zero client.
VN-PC viewAuthor Commented:
Hello jhyiesla:

first, thank you so much, very appreciated your suggestions
can i ask if we using vcenter 5.5 and we using 5.3 view, is this possible with vcenter 5.5 or we need appliance vcenter?
again, thank you very much.
Andrew would probably be a better resource on that than me. We are running View 5.5 and 6.1 in separate environments. I know that with View 6 we are running vCenter 5.5 on Windows 2008 R2. And with View 5.2 we are running vCenter 5.1.

I am including the link for a VMware compatibility matrix that may help.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you already have vCenter 5.5, then use it.

VMware Horizon View 5.3 is compatible with VMware vCenter Server 5.5 and VMware vCenter Server 5.5 U1 only, it's not been tested or compatible with U2 or U3.

you can check the matrix here...for compatibility


I've even done it for you...

View 5.3 and vCenter 5.5
VN-PC viewAuthor Commented:
Hi jhyiesla and andrew

thank you both very much.
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