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View Auto-Connection Utility

version 1.0 — June 30, 2015

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Summary

The View Auto-Connection Utility allows you to connect the VMware View Client automatically into a View desktop or an application pool when the system starts up. This can be very useful for thin clients or for turning existing Windows endpoints into thin client systems used to automatically connect into a View desktop.

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Requirements

  • Windows OS
  • .NET Framework 4.0
  • VMware View Client Installed (32 or 64 bit)

The tool can be used on the Following Operating Systems:

  • Windows XP
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2012

Instructions

This application is delivered as a single .exe - View_AutoConnect.exe. The application requires that the VMware View Client be installed to function. If the client is not detected, the user will receive a message indicating the client is not found, along with a link to download the client before the application can be used.

Configuration:

Mandatory Settings

  • Select either a Desktop Pool or Application Pool (View 6.x and later only) type
  • Enter the name of the Desktop or Application Pool
  • Select the Protocol Type
  • Enter the IP or name of the View Connection Server / Security Server
  • Select to log in as the current user or enter credentials
  • Select the desktop layout type

Optional Settings

  • Connect USB devices into the desktop session automatically on desktop startup
  • Connect newly inserted USB devices automatically into the desktop session
  • Launch the View Session Silently
    • NOTE: This suppresses all errors from the View Client directly, but the application will capture any exit codes and present them in a message box 
  • Disable / Enable Shade - Determines whether the shade menu bar at the top of the View Client window is visible.
  • Exit Application When Session Ends - Ability to quit the View AutoConnection Utility automatically when the View Desktop Session ends. This can be useful for for thin clients so the session automatically log off.
  • Use Custom Command String
    • Will allow the user to specify a custom command string after the VMware-view.exe executable. By clicking the “Refresh” button, the current command string will be built, and can then be modified. When this option is enabled, the application will execute the custom command string specified in the text box
  • Hide View Client After Launch
    • This is a new feature, only supported in 3.1 and later clients. It will hide the View Client and application selector window after launching a remote session. This option will not be enabled for clients earlier than 3.1

Testing the Connection

Once you have configured all of the required fields you can test the connection by clicking the “Test Connection Button”.

Running the Application

Once you have tested your connection, you are ready to enable AutoConnection. You enable AutoConnection by checking the “Enable AutoConnection” box. A common use case would be to place the .exe in the Windows startup folder so that every time a user logs in it will automatically connect to the Virtual Desktop.

This will run the application with the GUI hidden and will automatically connect to the specified pool. The application will minimize to the system tray and a balloon will indicate the status of the connection process.

Updating the Application

If you need to make changes to the application when it is running in AutoConnect mode you need to find the tray icon and either right-click it and choose “Update Settings” or Double-Click it.

Exiting the Application

The close box on the form minimizes the application to the system tray and does not close it. It will continue to run in the system tray until it is manually ended. To end the application either choose File | Exit from the menu bar or Exit by right-clicking on the tray icon.

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