View Agent, what is installed?

20160710-01

While (re)installing the VMware Horizon View Agent you can choose from many features. (De)Selecting a feature can have a big impact on the user experience (Once a customer was very upset when he found out that Client Drive Redirection was activated…).
After finishing the installation of the View Agent, there is no easy way to review the features installed (as far as I know). Luckily, the log files created during the installation provide a lot of information.

Location of the log files: C:\ProgramData\VMware\logs.
Search for the latest vmmsi.log, these come in the format: vmmsi.log_yyyymmdd_hhmmss.
Note, there are also log files starting with vminst.

Open the log file with your favorite editor.

View Agent log files can be recognized as the first line reflects the product and version/buildnumber.

=== Verbose logging started: 30/04/2016  19:40:53  
Build type: SHIP UNICODE 5.00.10011.00  
Calling process: C:\Install\VMware-viewagent-x86_64-6.2.2-3508800.exe ===

To quickly scroll to the right section, search for “USB”.

For better readability, the first part of the lines has been cut:

Feature: Core; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: UnityTouch; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: PCoIP; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: ClientDriveRedirection; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: RDP; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: VmwVaudio; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: VmVideo; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: VPA; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: V4V; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: USB; Installed: Absent;   Request: Null;   Action: Null
Feature: ThinPrint; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: TSMMR; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: SmartCard; Installed: Absent;   Request: Null;   Action: Null
Feature: SerialPortRedirection; Installed: Absent;   Request: Null;   Action: Null
Feature: ScannerRedirection; Installed: Absent;   Request: Null;   Action: Null
Feature: SVIAgent; Installed: Absent;   Request: Null;   Action: Null
Feature: RTAV; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: PSG; Installed: Absent;   Request: Null;   Action: Null
Feature: HtmlAccess; Installed: Absent;   Request: Local;   Action: Local
Feature: FlashURLRedirection; Installed: Absent;   Request: Null;   Action: Null
Feature: 3DRDSH; Installed: Absent;   Request: Null;   Action: Null

Each line of this section has four fields:

  • Feature
  • Installed (Absent, Local)
  • Request (Null, Local, Reinstall)
  • Action (Null, Local, Reinstall)

Feature is the View Agent Feature, some features are default and will always be installed, like; Core, UnityTouch and PCoIP.

Installed is the current status of this feature. Possible values Absent (meaning not installed) or Local (Installed). During the initial installation this value is always Absent. After a repair installation, this value is Local if the feature was installed during a previous installation

Request reflects changes in the status of a feature. Possible values Null (Feature already installed or was not selected), Local (Feature is selected for installation) or Reinstall (Feature is selected for Reinstallation).

Action reflects the action to perform during this installation. The possible values are equal to filed Request; Null, Local or Reinstall.

So in the example above, all features will be installed, except; USB, SmartCard, SerialPortREdirection, ScannerRedirection, SVIAgent, PSG, FlashURLRedirection and 3RDSH.

If multiple installations of the View Agent were performed, then you must combine the values of the Fields Installed (value Local) and Request or Action (value Local).

As you may know, there are two methods to install the VMware Horizon View Agent; an interactive and a silent installation. The Interactive Installation walks you through the process and let you select the features. To perform a silent installation, you use the MSI command line options. The whole process is detailed in VMware Documentation “Setting up Desktop and Application Pools in View” , Chapter 3 (individual desktops) and Chapter 7 (RDSH).

To match the Features as presented in the log files, the interactive installation and the silent installation see this table.

Table 1

Log file Interactive installation Silent Installation Description Remarks
SerialPort Redirection Serial Port Redirection SerialPort Redirection Redirects Serial Ports
Scanner Redirection Scanner Redirection Scanner Redirection Redirects Scanning devices
USB USB Redirection USB Redirects USB devices
HtmlAccess HTML Access HtmlAccess Connect to desktop using HTML
RTAV Real-Time Audio-Video RTAV Redirects Webcam and audio devices
ClientDrive Redirection Client Drive Redirection ClientDrive Redirection Redirects local drives to desktop
ThinPrint Virtual Printing Print to client printers Not optional during silent installation
V4V vRealize Operations Desktop Agent V4V Agent for vRealize Operations Desktop
VPA VMware Horizon View Persona Management VPA Sync user profile with remote repository
SmartCard PCoIP Smartcard SmartCard Authenticate wth Smart cards
FlashURL Redirection N/A FlashURL Redirection Only silent install
VmwVaudio VMware Audio N/A Virtual Audio driver Will always be installed during during silent installation
Core N/A N/A Core component Will always be installed
UnityTouch N/A N/A Unity Touch Will always be installed
PCoIP N/A N/A PCoIP Protocol Agent Will always be installed
VmVideo N/A N/A Virtual Video driver Will always be installed
TSMMR N/A N/A Windows Media Multimedia Redirection Will always be installed
SVIAgent View Composer Agent SVIAgent View Composer Agent
PSG PCoIP Secure Gateway PSG PCoIP Secure Gateway RDSH feature
3DRDSH 3D Graphics 3RDSH 3D Graphics support RDSH feature

For a description and more information, see the VMware Documentation mentioned above.

As always, I thank you for reading.

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One Response to View Agent, what is installed?

  1. TechMassey says:

    Awesome! This was perfect for validating the recent installations of the view agent.

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