You can configure policies to control the behavior of desktop and application pools, machines, and users. You use Horizon Administrator to set policies for client sessions. You can use Active Directory group policy settings to control the behavior of
Horizon Agent, Horizon Client for Windows, and features that affect single-user machines, RDS hosts, PCoIP, or VMware Blast.
Setting Policies in Horizon Administrator You use Horizon Administrator to configure policies for client sessions.
Using Smart Policies You can use Smart Policies to create policies that control the behavior of the USB redirection, virtual printing, clipboard redirection, client drive redirection, and PCoIP display protocol features on specific remote desktops. You can also use Smart Policies to create policies that control the behavior of published applications.
Using Active Directory Group Policies You can use Microsoft Windows Group Policy to optimize and secure remote desktops, control the behavior of Horizon 7 components, and to configure location-based printing.
Using Horizon 7 Group Policy Administrative Template Files Horizon 7 provides several component-specific Group Policy Administrative ADMX template files. You can optimize and secure remote desktops and applications by adding the policy settings in the ADMX template files to a new or existing GPO in Active Directory.
Horizon 7 ADMX Template Files The Horizon 7 ADMX template files provide group policy settings that allow you to control and optimize Horizon 7 components.
Add the ADMX Template Files to Active Directory You can add the policy settings for specific remote desktop features in the Horizon 7 ADMX files to group policy objects (GPOs) in Active Directory.
VMware View Agent Configuration ADMX Template Settings The VMware View Agent Configuration ADMX template file ( vdm_agent.admx) contains policy settings related to the authentication and environmental components of Horizon Agent.
VMware Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business Policy Settings The VMware View Agent Configuration ADMX template file ( vdm_agent.admx) contains policy settings related to the VMware Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business.
PCoIP Policy Settings The PCoIP ADMX template file contains policy settings related to the PCoIP display protocol. The ADMX template file is named ( pcoip.admx). You can configure settings to default values that can be overridden by an administrator, or you can configure settings to non-overridable values.
VMware Blast Policy Settings The VMware Blast group policy ADMX template file vdm_blast.admx contains policy settings for the VMware Blast display protocol. After the policy is applied, the settings are stored in the registry key HKLM\Software\Policies\VMware, Inc.\VMware Blast\config.
Using Remote Desktop Services Group Policies You can use Remote Desktop Services group policies to control the configuration and performance of RDS hosts and RDS desktop and application sessions. Horizon 7 provides an ADMX file that contains the Microsoft RDS group policies that are supported in Horizon 7.
Filtering Printers for Virtual Printing When the virtual printing feature is enabled, users can print to any printer available on their client systems from their remote desktops and applications. You can use the Specify a filter in redirecting client printers agent group policy setting to prevent the virtual printing feature from redirecting specific client printers to remote desktops and applications.
Setting Up Location-Based Printing The location-based printing feature maps printers that are physically near client systems to remote desktops, enabling users to print to their local and network printers from their remote desktops.
Active Directory Group Policy Example One way to implement Active Directory group policies in Horizon 7 is to create an OU for the machines that deliver remote desktop sessions and link one or more GPOs to that OU. You can use these GPOs to apply group policy settings to your Horizon 7 machines.