For some time now I have VMware View running and with the Windows 7 BETA being available I tried to add Windows 7 to VMware View. Since I already created a VM with Windows 7 on my laptop in Vmware Workstation, I imported that VM in Virtual Center and saved some work.
After the conversion/import of the VM was completed I tried to add it to VMware View with the VMware View administrator.
Unfortunately Windows 7 was not recognized as an Client Operating System and therefore could not be added. So I asked myself how does VMware View know that it isn’t (or thinks that isn’t) an Client OS?
VMware View communicates with Virtual Center so properties of a VM are communicated from Virtual Center to VMware View. So the solution is in making VMware View think it deals with a supported OS!
To make Windows 7 available in VMware View you have to change the guest OS-type in Virtual Center/ESX to an OS that is recognized as an compatible guest client OS. For the Windows 7 VM I changed the guest type in Virtual Center from “Other” to “Windows” with version “Windows Vista 64-bit”. See screenshot:
After I changed the OS type and version I was able to add the VM to VMware View.