VMware Horizon View – Upgrade Horizon View Composer to v. 7.8

Welcome to my VMware Horizon View series. In this session I will describe how I upgraded my VMware Horizon View Composer to v. 7.8

Upgrading the Composer Server is always the first task to complete, when upgrading a Horizon installation, presuming you have a composer in your solution, that is.

The first thing I do is to disable any provisioning on pools that require composer in the Horizon Administrator. Next I make sure I have a viable backup of the server. Lastly I shut down the composer server and take a snapshot prior to upgrading.

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After reboot, I login on the server and upgrade composer with the install-media I downloaded from MyVmware

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Prior to installation I take a backup of the Composer Database in SQL Server Manager Studio.

I launch the Installation Wizard for VMware Horizon 7 Composer and accept the terms, Next

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The default installation path looks correct according to my existing installation, Next

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I enter my existing Database Information, Next

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The SOAP Port and Default SSL Certificate will suffice, Next

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I’m ready to complete, Install

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Once the installer completes I reboot the server

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After the Composer Server is restarted and all essential services are up and running, I log into Horizon Administrator and see the error below. To rectify the Certificate error, I follow VMware’s instructions here: Failed to verify Composer server certificate after upgrading to Horizon 7.x (2149331)

Having followed VMware’s instructions, I can now verify the Untrusted Certificate

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When I now check my composer details, everything looks nice and green.

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This concludes my composer-upgrade, I can now proceed with upgrading my connection servers, covered here: VMware Horizon View – Upgrade Horizon Connection Servers to v. 7.8

 

 

Recommended reading:

VMware Horizon View Upgrades

 

VMware Horizon View – Upgrade to v. 7.8

VMware Horizon View planning, deployment etc.

 

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.