Horizon 7 introduces a number of new features for Linux desktops.

The following new features are supported for Horizon 7.0.3 release.

  • Audio input support

  • Ubuntu 16.04 support

  • Software H.264 Encoder to support multiple monitors

  • Clipboard redirection support on all distributions

  • vGPU support with NVIDIA M6 graphics card on RHEL 6.6/6.7/6.8/7.2 Workstation x64

The following list presents the key features for Horizon Linux Desktops.

Automated Full-Clone Desktop Pool

From Horizon 7 version 7.0.2, you can create automated full-clone desktop pools for Linux desktops.

Manual Desktop Pool

Machine source.

  • Managed Virtual Machine - Machine source of vCenter virtual machine. Managed virtual machine is supported for new and upgrade deployment.

  • Un-Managed Virtual Machine - Machine source of other sources. Un-Managed virtual machine is only supported when the upgrade from Un-Managed virtual machine deployment.

Note:

Managed virtual machine requires View Connection Server 7.0.1 or later.

Multiple Monitors

  • vDGA/vGPU desktop supports a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 on 4 monitors.

  • 2D/vSGA desktop on vSphere 6.0 or later supports a maximum resolution of 2048x1536 on 4 monitors or a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 on 3 monitors.

  • 2D desktop on vSphere 5.5 U3

    • RHEL/CentOS 6.6/6.7/6.8 and SLED 11 SP3/SP4 supports a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 on 4 monitors.

    • Ubuntu 12.04/14.04/16.04, RHEL/CentOS 7.2, and SLES 12 SP1 supports a maximum resolution of 2048x1536 on 4 monitors, or maximum resolution of 2560x1600 on 3 monitors.

For Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04, you must disable Compiz to support multiple monitors. See http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2114809 for more information.

For SLES 12 SP1, you must use the default package with kernel level kernel-default-3.12.49-11.1. If you upgraded the package, the multi-monitor feature will not work, and the desktop will be shown in one monitor.

Lossless PNG

Images and videos that are generated on a desktop are rendered on the client device in a pixel-exact manner.

Software H.264 Encoder

H.264 can improve the Blast Extreme performance for Horizon desktop, especially under low bandwidth network. If client side disabled H.264, Blast Extreme will fall back to JPEG/PNG encoding automatically.

From Horizon 7 version 7.0.3, multiple monitors are supported.

3D Graphics

3D graphics is supported with the following combinations of Linux versions and graphics cards:

  • vSGA is supported on RHEL 7.2 Workstation x64 with NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 graphics cards.

  • vDGA is supported on RHEL 6.6/6.7/6.8 Workstation x64 with NVIDIA GRID K1 or K2 graphics cards.

  • vGPU is supported on RHEL 6.6/6.7/6.8 Workstation x64 with NVIDIA Maxwell M60 graphics cards.

  • vGPU is supported on RHEL 7.2 Workstation x64 with NVIDIA Maxwell M60 graphics cards.

  • vGPU is supported on RHEL 6.6/6.7/6.8 Workstation x64 with NVIDIA M6 graphics cards.

  • vGPU is supported on RHEL 7.2 Workstation x64 with NVIDIA M6 graphics cards.

Clipboard Redirection

Clipboard redirection allows you to copy and paste rich text or plain text between a client host and a remote Linux desktop. You can set the copy/paste direction and the maximum text size using Horizon agent options.

Single Sign-on

Single sign-on is supported on the following Linux versions:

  • RHEL 6.6/6.7/6.8 Workstation x64

  • CentOS 6.6/6.7/6.8 x64

  • SLED 11 SP3/SP4 x64

Smart Card Redirection with SSO

Smart card redirection is supported on RHEL 6.6/6.7/6.8 Workstation x64. Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards and Common Access Cards (CAC) are supported. Mac client is not supported.

Audio-in

Audio input redirection from a client host to a remote Linux desktop is supported. This feature is not based on the USB redirection function. You must select this feature during installation if you want it enabled, and you must select system default audio in device "PulseAudio server (local)" in your application for the audio input. The feature is supported on:

  • Ubuntu 14.04 x64

  • Ubuntu 16.04 x64

  • CentOS 7.2 x64

  • RHEL 7.2 workstation x64

Linux desktops and desktop pools have the following limitations:

  • USB redirection, virtual printing, location-based printing, and Real-Time Video are not supported.

Note:

When a security server is used, port 22443 must be open in the internal firewall to allow traffic between the security server and the Linux desktop.