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As written, VMware has release a week ago the new version of VMware View 5.0.1 (with the new build 640055), as also the new version of vSphere 5.0U1.

Note that the VMware Composer remain the same 2.7.0 (build 481620) of previous version. As report in the VMware View 5.0 Installation Guide (page 10), the VMware Composer is compatible with vSphere 5.0 and later, so it is just a piece that will not need any upgrade.

Actually the View documentation is not changes to reflect the new version, it remain a simple 5.0 version. So the Upgrade Guide can help to perform the upgrade from a major release (see also my post Upgrade path to vSphere 5 – The View 5 part), but not too much for the 5.0 to 5.0.1 upgrade.

Actually I’ve verified different paths and the result remain just the same:

  • upgrade the View Manager part (all the Connection Server)
  • upgrade the View Secure Server (is just a new reinstallation, require a new pairing and will drop all the connection on it)
  • upgrade the vSphere part from 5.0 to 5.0 U1 (and be done also as a first step without issue)
  • upgrade the VMware Tools and then the View Agent on the master images
  • recompose the pools
  • upgrade the other parts

The vCenter Server upgrade does not break any Composer functionally, so you do not really to reinstall or repair his installation.

The only issue that I’ve got was with a Windows XP pool: in this case using the order VMware Tools -> View Agent break some VMware Tools components that become not updated. In right way (to resolve the issue) was first the new View Agent and then the VMware Tools.