Horizon 7 introduces several new features for Linux desktops.

The following new features are supported for Horizon 7 version 7.1 release.

  • Support for RHEL 7.3, CentOS 7.3, SLED 12 SP2, and SLES 12 SP2

  • Linux Agent Single Sign Support on Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 16.04

  • Client Drive Redirection (CDR) (Technology Preview)

  • USB Redirection on Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 16.04 (Technology Preview)

  • Keyboard Layout and Locale Synchronization

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

Automated Full-Clone Desktop Pool

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

Manual Desktop Pool

Machine source.

  • Managed Virtual Machine - Machine source of the 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 an 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 four monitors.

  • 2D/vSGA desktop on vSphere 6.0 or later supports a maximum resolution of 2048x1536 on four monitors or a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 on three 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 fails and the desktop is 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 a Horizon desktop, especially under a low-bandwidth network. If the client side disabled H.264, Blast Extreme falls back to JPEG/PNG encoding automatically.

From Horizon 7 version 7.0.3 release, 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 7.2/7.3 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 7.2/7.3 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 7.2/7.3 Workstation x64 with NVIDIA M6 graphics cards.

Clipboard Redirection

Clipboard redirection allows you to copy and paste a rich text or a 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. This feature is enabled by default. You can disable it during installation.

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

  • Ubuntu 14.04/16.04

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. If you want this feature enabled, you must select it during installation. You must select the 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 7.2/7.3 x64

  • RHEL 7.2/7.3 workstation x64

Client Drive Redirection

Client Drive Redirection (CDR) is available as a Technology Preview feature in Horizon 7 version 7.1 release. When CDR is enabled, your local system's shared folders and drives become available for you to access via the tsclient folder that is located in your home directory in the remote Linux desktop. You must install the CDR components to enable and use this feature. The feature is supported on:

  • Ubuntu 14.04 x64

  • Ubuntu 16.04 x64

USB Redirection

USB Redirection is available as a Technology Preview feature in Horizon 7 version 7.1 release. This feature gives you access to locally attached USB devices from remote Linux desktops. You must install the USB Redirection components and USB VHCI driver kernel module to enable and use the USB feature. Ensure that you have been granted sufficient privileges to use the USB device that you want to redirect.

The feature is only supported on the following systems:

  • Linux Desktops with Ubuntu 14.04

  • Linux Desktops with Ubuntu 16.04

  • Windows clients with Horizon Client version 4.4 or later

Note:

USB 3.0 protocol is not supported in Horizon 7 version 7.1 release.

Keyboard Layout and Locale Synchronization

This feature specifies whether to synchronize a client's system locale and current keyboard layout with the Horizon Linux Agent desktops. When this setting is enabled or not configured, synchronization is allowed. When this setting is disabled, synchronization is not allowed.

This feature is supported only for Horizon Client for Windows, and only for the English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese locales.

Linux desktops and desktop pools have the following limitations:

  • 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.