VMware Horizon – Upgrade Horizon Linux Agent to v. 2103

Release date: April 21th 2021

Welcome to my VMware Horizon series. In this session I will describe how I upgraded the VMware Horizon Linux Agent in my template to v. 2103. I have previously posted how to create a template and Instant Clone Desktop Pool using Ubuntu Desktop here: VMware Horizon – Ubuntu 18.04 Linux Instant-clone Desktop-pool In this session I will upgrade the VMware Horizon Agent with the newest version.

First, I power up the template and open VMware Remote Console. I log in and download the latest Horizon Agent for Linux from MyVmware and unpack it in the Downloads folder

Next, I log out from the desktop to ensure the VMwareBlastServer process isn’t running

Before I can Putty into the desktop I need to know the IP address

Determining the correct parameter to use with the install_viewagent.sh script, can be a little confusing looking at the documentation, Managed/Unmanaged?? https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon/2103/linux-desktops-setup/GUID-EECF6E10-5E87-47F1-A565-1151B7F206BF.html

Having read the documentation a little closer, it becomes clear what I’m going to do with my Instant Clone Setup:

sudo ./install_viewagent.sh -A yes -M yes

I log in with Putty and run through the install_viewagent script

Once the installer is finished, I shut down the VM, take a Snapshot and deploy this to my desktop pool

Once the Push-operation is done, I can verify the agent version in my virtual desktops

This completes the Linux Horizon Agent upgrade. The last task when upgrading VMware Horizon, is to upgrade the clients. As I use a local client repository for this, I will proceed with upgrading the repository, posted here: VMware Horizon – Upgrade Horizon Client repository

VMware Horizon – Upgrades

VMware Horizon planning, deployment etc.

Official VMware Horizon 8 Documentation

Disclaimer: Every tips/tricks/posting I have published here, is tried and tested in different it-solutions. It is not guaranteed to work everywhere, but is meant as a tip for other users out there. Remember, Google is your friend and don’t be afraid to steal with pride! Feel free to comment below as needed.

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