VMware Horizon – Upgrade Recording Agent to v. 1.7.8

Release date: April 9th 2023

Welcome to my VMware Horizon series. In this session I will describe how I upgrade the VMware Horizon Recording Agent in my template to v. 1.7.8. According to VMware’s official documentation, this should be done as step 11 in the supported update sequence.

I start out by downloading the installation media from VMware Customer Connect

As I’ve gone over to using MDT to create Horizon templates, described here: Automating Template Creation & Maintenance, I will update the Horizon Recording Agent in the Deployment Share, and run through the task sequence, to create a new template. Before I begin, I open the task sequence and can see that it has found the 1.6.1 Agent in the Deployment Share.

As the Horizon Recording Agent is an application in the Deployment-share, I upgrade this by adding in the new version as a new application. It is important to make sure that the executable isn’t blocked by Windows Security, therefore I right-click the exe-file, select Properties and tick the Unblock box, if it exists.

As I have previously described this here, VMware Horizon – Install and Setup Desktop Recording Server & Agent, I wont go into details but do a quick run through with the screenshots below. I open Deployment Workbench MMC and go through the “New Application Wizard

Once the application is added in MDT, I change the task sequence accordingly.

Once done, I update the deployment Share, before I run through the task sequence and push the new template to my desktop pool.

Having finished the Recording Agent upgrade, I can now proceed with upgrading the Horizon Group Policy templates, covered here: VMware Horizon – Upgrade Horizon GPO Bundle to v. 2303

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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