Create policies that control the behavior of the USB redirection, virtual printing, clipboard redirection, client drive redirection, Web and Chrome file transfer features, and bandwidth profiles in a published desktop or application Horizon session.

Horizon Smart Policies are applied during login and can be refreshed during reconnect of a session. To reapply Horizon Smart Policies when a user reconnects to a session, configure a triggered task. For more information on creating Horizon Smart Policies, see the Using Smart Policies section in Setting Up Desktop and Application Pools in View from the Horizon 7 documentation.


  1. Start the VMware Dynamic Environment Manager Management Console.
  2. Click the User Environment tab.
  3. Select Horizon Smart Policies and click Create.
  4. Enter a name for the settings definition.
  5. Configure the Horizon Smart Policy settings.
    Option Description
    Audio playback Specifies whether audio playback is enabled for remote desktops. This setting is to enable audio playback and applies to both PCoIP and Blast Extreme sessions.
    Bandwidth profile Configures a bandwidth profile for PCoIP and Blast Extreme sessions on the remote desktop.
    Blast Extreme Protocol
    • H.264

      Specifies whether to use H.264 encoding or JPEG/PNG encoding. The default is to use H.264 encoding.

    • H.264 high color accuracy

      Increases color accuracy when using H.264 encoding by using the YUV 4:4:4 colorspace instead of 4:2:0.

      This setting might result in degraded performance at very high resolutions or with multiple monitors.

    • H.264 minimum quality

      Specifies the image quality for the remote display configured to use H.264 encoding.

    • HEVC/H.265

      Enables High Efficiency Video Decoding (HEVC) if the client machine has a GPU that supports HEVC decoding.

    • JPG

      When you select Enable for JPG, JPEG encoding is used for encoding in JPEG/PNG mode.

      When you select Disable for JPG, PNG encoding is used for encoding in JPEG/PNG mode.

      This policy does not apply when the H.264 encoder is active.

    • Max frame rate

      Specifies the maximum rate of screen updates. Use this setting to manage the average bandwidth that users consume. The default is 30 updates per second.

    Drag and drop Enables drag and drop between agent and client.

    You can allow drag and drop in both directions or in one direction, from agent to client or from client to agent.

    Printing Enables virtual printing on the remote desktop.
    • Client drive

      Enables the client drive redirection on the remote desktop and whether shared drives and folders are writable.

    • Clipboard

      Sets the direction in which clipboard redirection is allowed.

    • USB

      Enables USB redirection on the remote desktop. Use Horizon Agent 7.6 or later to ensure the best performance of the USB redirection option.

    Web and Chrome file transfer Enables and disables file transfer between agent and client.
  6. Click Save.