Vsphere Client For Mac Osx

Vsphere Client For Mac Osx

By Pat Lee, Director of Product Management, End User Clients. It is an exciting day for Mac users now that OS X Mountain Lion is available from the Mac App Store. One of the great new features in Mountain Lion is Gatekeeper. For Mac OS X Server virtual machines you install or upgrade VMware Tools using an installer assistant. If you use VMware Fusion or ESXi on an Apple-labed computer, you can create Mac OS X Server (10.5 or 10.6) virtual machines and install VMware Tools.


Horizon View Client for Mac OS X 2.3 23 January 2014

Last Updated: 16 January 2013

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon View Client for Mac OS X makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop from your Mac with the best possible user experience on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).

  • Support for Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), Mac OS X Lion (10.7), Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), and Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) - Use an Intel-based Mac to work on your Windows-based Horizon View virtual desktop.
  • Unmatched performance - The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP display protocol are optimized to deliver the best user experience, even over low-bandwidth and high-latency connections. Your desktop is fast and responsive regardless of where you are.
  • Simple connectivity - Horizon View Client for Mac OS X is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon View for simple setup and connectivity. Quickly reconnect to your desktop by selecting from up to eight Horizon View server shortcuts in Horizon View Client.
  • Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office, your data is delivered securely to you wherever you are. Enhanced certificate checking is performed on the client. Horizon View Client for Mac OS X also supports optional RADIUS and RSA SecurID authentication. (RADIUS support was added with VMware Horizon View 5.1 and Horizon View Client for Mac OS X 1.5 or later.)

Horizon View Client Feature Support Matrix

Horizon View Client FeatureSupported in Horizon View Client for Mac OS X
Single sign-onX
PCoIP display protocolX
RDP display protocolX
USB accessX
Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV) X
Wyse Multimedia Redirection
Windows 7 Multimedia Redirection
Virtual printingX
Location-based printingX
Smart cards
Multiple monitorsX
Local mode

What's New in This Release

This release of VMware Horizon View Client for Mac OS X includes the following new feature:

  • Real-Time Audio-Video support - Real-Time Audio-Video works with standard webcam, USB audio, and analog audio devices, and with standard conferencing applications like Skype, WebEx, and Google Hangouts. Real-Time Audio-Video is supported on Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) and later. It is disabled on all earlier Mac OS X operating systems. See the documentation for complete software and hardware requirements.
  • Desktop search - Users can now search for a particular desktop by typing in the Desktop Selector window.
  • Reordering shortcuts - Users can now reorder View server shortcuts on the Home screen and desktop shortcuts in the Desktop Selector window by dragging and dropping.


The user interface and documentation for Horizon View Client are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean.

Before You Begin

  • Horizon View Client requires a Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8), Mac OS X Lion (10.7), Mac OS X Mountain Lion (10.8), or Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) operating system running on an Intel-based Mac.
  • Horizon View Client is supported with the latest maintenance release of VMware View 4.6.x and later releases.
  • If you have an older version of this client software, before you download the installer for this new version of Horizon View Client for Mac OS X, take the following steps:
    1. Remove the older version. Drag the VMware View Client application from the Applications folder to the Trash and empty the trash. This step ensures that, after you install the new version, the application icon in the launch pad will be updated to show VMware Horizon View Client.
    2. Remove the VMware View Client shortcut from the Dock.
  • To install, download the disk image file from the VMware Horizon View Client download page.
  • For system requirements and installation instructions, see Using VMware Horizon View Client for Mac OS X.

Resolved Issues

Resolved in Horizon View Client 2.3.x

  • If you launched a virtual machine in Fusion 6.0 and then connected to a desktop in Horizon View Client for Mac OS X, USB redirection did not work. This problem has been resolved in Fusion 6.0.1 and Horizon View Client for Mac OS X 2.2 and later.
  • If you launched Horizon View Client, started the printing service, connected to a remote desktop, and then launched and quit Fusion, print output was garbled when you tried to use a redirected printer from the remote desktop. This problem has been resolved in Fusion 6.0.2.

Resolved in Horizon View Client 2.2.x

  • The USB redirection features worked only for the first session when you were connected to multiple desktops. This means that when you were connected to multiple desktops, the Desktop > USB menu was available from the first desktop window you opened, but when you switched to another desktop window, the Desktop > USB menu was unavailable (dimmed). This issue has been resolved.
  • If you had Horizon View Client open in windowed mode and you attached an external monitor that had the same resolution as the original display (for example, if both the primary monitor an external monitor had a resolution of 1920x1200), if you then expanded the window to full screen mode, the Horizon View Client menu bar appeared on the external monitor rather than on the original, primary monitor, and the toolbar remained on the primary monitor. This issue has been resolved.

Resolved in Horizon View Client 2.1.x

  • Previously, multiple monitors were not supported on Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6.8). This issue has been resolved.

Resolved in Horizon View Client 2.0.x

  • Previously, if you used the PCoIP display protocol on some Mac OS X Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8) systems and displayed the View desktop in full screen mode, when you clicked on the battery, date and time, or search icons on the right side of the menu bar, the pointer moved to the middle of the screen. This issue has been resolved.

Known Issues

  • For some printers, using the virtual printing feature to print to a network printer fails.
    Workaround: In the remote desktop, change the paper source setting from 'Tray 1' to 'Automatically Select.'
  • If you use the PCoIP display protocol, connecting some password-protected storage devices (such as IronKey USB flash drives) might not work correctly. For example, after you redirect the device to the remote desktop, the password prompt does not appear. The remote desktop shows that a new drive was added and so displays a new drive letter but no corresponding label to identify the device.
    Workaround: Configure Horizon View Client to automatically connect the device when you insert it. From the Horizon View Client menu bar, select Desktop > USB > Autoconnect USB Devices on Insert.
  • Because Horizon View Client is available in Korean, whereas View Connection Server 4.6.x is not, if you use Horizon View Client on a Korean system, you will find that messages that originate from the client are available in Korean, but messages that originate from View Connection Server 4.6.x appear in English.
  • Because the key combination Command+Tab on an Apple keyboard is used for switching applications on Mac OS X, using this key combination has no effect in a remote desktop. For remote desktops that run Windows 7, this means that there is no equivalent of the key combination Windows+Tab for using Windows Flip 3D.
    Workaround: You can use the key combination Command+Control+Tab for Windows Flip 3D, but you must also press Enter choose the application you want to switch to.
  • If you use the virtual printing feature and change any printer settings or printing preferences, such as, for example, DPI or double-sided printing, the printer settings do not persist after you disconnect from or log off of a remote desktop.
  • If Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac version 2.1.1 is installed on the Mac client system and you use the RDP display protocol to connect to a desktop on a Windows Server 2008 R2 RDSH server for which RDS licensing is specified, the following error message occurs: You were disconnected from the Windows-based computer because of problems during the licensing protocol. This is a third-party issue. There is currently no workaround for this problem.
  • Changes to webcam and audio devices that are connected to, or disconnected from, the Mac client system during a remote desktop session are not detected by the Real-Time Audio-Video feature.
    Workaround: Disconnect and reconnect to your remote desktop session to detect webcam and audio device changes. For example, if you connect a USB headset to the Mac client system during a remote desktop session and you want to use that headset on the remote desktop, you must disconnect and reconnect to the remote desktop session to make the headset available.

After a long struggle of 48 hours, I could finally able to install the Apple's latest Mac OS X El Capitan v10.11 on a Virtual Machine (VM). The experiment was conducted on Vmware ESXi 6.0 virtualization platform running over physical IBM Server X3650 M3. Following are the installation steps:

Setting up ESXi for running Apple Mac OS X

Vmware ESXi 6.0 doesn’t support OS X out of the box.

  1. So, the first thing you need to do is to customise the hypervisor layer by executing an Unlocker script by insanelymac.com. Please note that you will need to register on the site in order to download the Unlocker tool.
  2. You need to enable SSH on your ESXi host. In order to do that, login to the host using VMware vShpere Client and navigate to Configuration->Security Profile. From here click on Properties in the upper right corner where it says Services. The dialog Services Properties should appear and from here you can click on SSH->Options and choose Start and stop with host. Click Start and then close all the open dialogs.
  3. Transfer the Unlocker-files to the host using any SFTP client. Make sure you extract the files somewhere on your client before transfer and connect to the ESXi host using the user root. Once connected navigate to /vmfs/volumes/datastore01/ , replacing datastore01 with your actual datastore name. Create a new folder (mkdir) called tools and transfer your unlockerXXX directory.
  4. Now cd into the uploaded directory and ensure the ESXi scripts have execute permissions by running chmod +x esxi-install.sh. Now run ./esxi-install.sh in order to install the Unlocker.
  5. Reboot the ESXi host.

Download and create the bootable OS X El Capitan ISO

Grab the El Capitan installer app from the Apple Appstore. Note, you need a real Mac in order to download and convert the El Capitan installation disk. Once downloaded minimize or close the installer.

Open the terminal and change directory to /tmp using command cd /tmp

Create a new script file: nano ElCapitan.sh

Paste the following into the script file and save:

# Mount the installer image
hdiutil attach /Applications/Install OS X El Capitan.app/Contents/SharedSupport/InstallESD.dmg -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/install_app

# Create the ElCapitan Blank ISO Image of 7316mb with a Single Partition - Apple Partition Map
hdiutil create -o /tmp/ElCapitan.cdr -size 7316m -layout SPUD -fs HFS+J
# Mount the ElCapitan Blank ISO Image
hdiutil attach /tmp/ElCapitan.cdr.dmg -noverify -nobrowse -mountpoint /Volumes/install_build
# Restore the Base System into the ElCapitan Blank ISO Image
asr restore -source /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.dmg -target /Volumes/install_build -noprompt -noverify -erase
# Remove Package link and replace with actual files
rm /Volumes/OS X Base System/System/Installation/Packages
cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/Packages /Volumes/OS X Base System/System/Installation/
# Copy El Capitan installer dependencies
cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.chunklist /Volumes/OS X Base System/BaseSystem.chunklist
cp -rp /Volumes/install_app/BaseSystem.dmg /Volumes/OS X Base System/BaseSystem.dmg
# Unmount the installer image
hdiutil detach /Volumes/install_app
# Unmount the ElCapitan ISO Image
hdiutil detach /Volumes/OS X Base System/
# Convert the ElCapitan ISO Image to ISO/CD master (Optional)
hdiutil convert /tmp/ElCapitan.cdr.dmg -format UDTO -o /tmp/ElCapitan.iso
# Rename the ElCapitan ISO Image and move it to the desktop
mv /tmp/ElCapitan.iso.cdr ~/Desktop/ElCapitan.iso

Now ensure that the script file has execute permissions by running chmod +x ElCapitan.sh and run with sh ./ElCapitan.sh. This will take some time, so just be patient. Once done it should have created a file called ElCapitan.iso on your desktop.

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Create a virtual Mac OS X VM

The next step should be fairly simple if you have used ESXi before. As usual open your datastore and transfer the iso to wherever you normally store your installation files. Then create a new vm, select Typical and you should be able to select Other and then Apple Mac OS X 10.10 (64-bit). Complete the wizard, mount the ISO and install Mac OS X as usual. Please note that you must format the hard drive using the disk utility before it will be visible in the install wizard.

Configure Mac OS X

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It’s very important to install the VMware Tools as soon as possible after the install has finished. Without it Mac OS X might not awake from sleep and in general be very unreliable. I also recommend to turn off sleep and the screensaver in settings as these may cause issues.

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Finally, reboot and start enjoying your virtual Mac on non-Apple hardware.