VMware View Connection Server 4.5 is a component of both View 4.5 Premier and Enterprise Edition.
It is a critial component required for VMware View to function.
For an overview of the components of VMware View 4.5 see View 4.5 Part 1 - Intro and Components.
The View Connection Server must be installed on its own dedicated server. It must NOT be installed on the vCenter server or a domain controller.
It acts as a broker for client connections by authenticating directing incoming remote desktop user requests to a virtual desktop, physical desktop, or terminal server.

Connection Server Types: 

Standard Server - Is the first instance of a group of Connection Servers.
Replica Server - Additional Standard Connection Servers are called Replica Servers. Replica Servers can be used to provide high‐availability and load balancing.

Each replica server has a local LDAP instance (using Microsoft's ADAM), the View LDAP data on the replica server is copied from an existing View Connection Server when a new one is installed.
Security Server - In a DMZ a Security server can be installed to add additional protection. Security servers ensure only authenticated users can connect to the internal network from external locations by providing a single point of access.
Transfer Server - A Transfer Server is required when using local desktop (aka offline mode).

Minimum requirements for View Connection Server(s) are as follows:
The View Connection Server can be physical or virtual. (Ideally virtual to get the benefits of HA and DRS)

Pentium IV 2.0GHz Processor or Higher

2 GB RAM or higher for Windows Server 2003 32bit host system
4 GB RAM or higher for Windows Server 2008 64bit host system

One ore more 1GB NICs recommended (depends if virtual or physical)

Operating System:
Windows Server 2003 32-Bit SP2 (Standard/Enterprise)
Windows Server 2003 R2 32-Bit SP2 (Standard/Enterprise)
Windows Server 2008 R2 (Standard/Enterprise)

1. Double Click "VMware-viewconnectionserver-4.5.0-293049.exe" to start the installer.
2.  The installation wizard is displayed. Click Next.

3. Read and Accept the End User Patent Agreement, Click Next. 
4. Read and Accept the VMware license agreement, Click Next.
5. Enter the destination folder to install VMware View Composer. Click Next.
6. Select "Standard" for the server instance type (as this is the first server). Click Next. 


7. Configure the Windows firewall to allow incoming TCP connections to the View Connection Server, Click Next. 
8. Click Install to start the installation of the View Connection Server. 


9. Once the installation has completed Click Finish.
10. The View Connection Server can then be managed via the View Administrators portal: https://view.connection.server.IP/admin

VMware View 4.5 How To Series:
View 4.5 Part 1 - Intro and Components
View 4.5 Part 2 - Installing View Composer
View 4.5 Part 3 - Installing View Connection Server
View 4.5 Part 4 - Configuring with View Adminstrator
View 4.5 Part 5 - Creating a Master/Golden Image
View 4.5 Part 6 - 

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