The Horizon Agent component (called View Agent in previous releases) assists with session management, single sign-on, device redirection, and other features. You must install Horizon Agent on all virtual machines, physical systems, and RDS hosts.

These operating systems are fully supported as of the date of this publication. For updates to the list of supported operating systems, see the Horizon 7 Release Notes, available from https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/view_pubs.html. For updates to the list of supported Windows 10 operating systems, see the VMware Knowledge Base (KB) article http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2149393.

The following table lists the Windows operating system versions that are supported on single-session virtual machines in a desktop pool. The virtual machine version must support the guest operating system. For example, to install Windows 8.1, you must use a vSphere 5.1 or later virtual machine.

Table 1. Operating Systems for Linked-Clone and Full-Clone Remote Desktops
Guest Operating System Version Edition Service Pack
Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) Version 1607
Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Current Business Branch (CBB) Version 1511
Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) Version 1507 (RTM)
Windows 8.1 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise and Professional Latest update
Windows 8 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise and Professional None
Windows 7 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise and Professional SP1
Windows Server 2012 R2 64-bit Datacenter Latest update
Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit Datacenter SP1
Windows Server 2016 64-bit Standard and Datacenter None

To use the View Persona Management setup option with Horizon Agent, you must install Horizon Agent on Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2008 R2, or Windows Server 2016 virtual machines. This option does not operate on physical computers or RDS hosts.

You can install the standalone version of View Persona Management on physical computers. See Supported Operating Systems for Standalone View Persona Management.

The following table lists the Windows versions that are supported for instant-clone remote desktops.

Table 2. Operating Systems for Instant-Clone Virtual Desktops
Guest Operating System Version Edition Service pack
Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) Version 1607
Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Current Business Branch (CBB) Version 1511
Windows 10 64-bit and 32-bit Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) Version 1507 (RTM)
Windows 7 64-bit and 32-bit Enterprise and Professional SP1

The following table lists the Windows operating systems versions that are supported for creating desktop pools and application pools on an RDS host.

Table 3. Operating Systems for RDS Hosts, Providing Remote Desktops or Applications
Guest Operating System Edition Service Pack
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter SP1
Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter None
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter Latest update
Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter None
Note: To use the VMware Blast display protocol, you must install Horizon Agent on a single-session virtual machine or on an RDS host. The RDS host can be a physical machine or a virtual machine. The VMware Blast display protocol does not operate on a single-user physical computer.

For enhanced security, VMware recommends configuring cipher suites to remove known vulnerabilities. For instructions on how to set up a domain policy on cipher suites for Windows machines that run View Composer or Horizon Agent, see Disable Weak Ciphers in SSL/TLS.