Install Horizon View Agent on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Since VMware Horizon View version 5.3 it is possible to use Windows 2008 R2 SP1 (Datacenter edition) as a desktop operating system.
To be able to install the Horizon View Agent on a Windows 2008 R2 SP1 operating system, you need to install the Horizon View Agent in desktop mode. The procedure to do this is the following:

  • Verify that the Remote Desktop Services role is not installed
  • Configure the Windows 2008 R2 Virtual Machine as you would configure a Windows 7 Virtual Machine
  • Install the Horizon View Agent with the VDM_FORCE_DESKTOP_AGENT flag set to 1.
    • This flag can be set a a system environment variable or can be passed as an argument to the Horizon View Agent installer.
    • E.g. VMware-viewagent-x86_64-5.3.1-xxxxx.exe /v”VDM_FORCE_DESKTOP_AGENT=1”

Reference: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2057605

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