​With URL Content Redirection, you can configure specific URLs to always open on the client or in a remote desktop or application. You can redirect URLs that users type in Internet Explorer's address bar, and links in an application that users can click. You can configure any number of protocols, such as HTTP, mailto, and callto, for redirection.

The URL Content Redirection feature supports URL redirection in the following directions.

From a client to a remote desktop or application (client-to-agent redirection)

Based on the rules that you set up, Horizon Client opens either a remote desktop or a remote application to handle the URL. If a desktop is opened, the default application for the URL's protocol processes the URL.

To use client-to-agent redirection, you must enable the URL Content Redirection feature for both Horizon Client and Horizon Agent.

From a remote desktop or application to a client (agent-to-client redirection)

Horizon Agent sends the URL to Horizon Client, which opens the default application for the protocol that is specified in the URL.

To use agent-to-client redirection, you must enable the URL Content Redirection feature for Horizon Agent. You do not need to enable the URL Content Redirection feature for Horizon Client.

You can redirect some URLs from a remote desktop or application to a client and other URLs from a client to a remote desktop or application. You configure group policy settings to indicate, for each protocol, how Horizon Agent or Horizon Client should redirect the URL.

You can have an environment where Horizon Client is installed on a remote desktop, which means that both Horizon Agent and Horizon Client are installed on the same machine. For example, a user logs in to a thin client device and is connected to a remote desktop. From the desktop, the user runs Horizon Client to access remote applications. On this desktop machine, you can install Horizon Agent with the URL Content Redirection feature or install Horizon Client with the feature, but not both. On this machine, you can set up either client-to-agent redirection or agent-to-client redirection, but not both.