Although the VDI client and plug-in are backwards compatible with certain versions, updating at least periodically provides access to important new features and critical security updates.
This article covers:
Prerequisites for updating Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
- Administrator access to systems management software
- Existing VDI setup
The VDI client and plug-in are two separate programs with their own respective physical install locations:
- The VDI client, known as the host installer, will be installed on the virtual desktop as an application. The host installer is a .msi file that can be deployed through systems management software, such as Intune and SCCM. It will respond to the same .msi configuration as the non-VDI client.
- The VDI Plug-in will be installed on a thin client. The plug-in itself is an enhancement to the VDI host installer that allows a thin client to bridge a connection to the VDI over a .ica or .pcoip connection. This allows for media offloading, and reduces the memory and process strain on the VDI server.
The default installation directories are:
- C:\Program Files (x86)\Zoom VDI for the VDI client
- C:\Program Files (x86)\user entered location for the VDI plug-in
- Download the installation file for the preferred update version.
- If you are updating the VDI client and plug-in, then updating both at the same time is recommended. If this can't be done, update the client first then the plug-in.
- Utilize systems management software (SCCM, Intune, etc.) to update the files in the current installation directories. You can use the same software to update registry settings if necessary.
Note: If you are also doing new installations during the update process, make sure that the two components are never installed in the same location.