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.

These settings apply to HTML Access and all Horizon Client platforms.

Table 1. VMware Blast Policy Settings

Setting

Description

Audio playback

Specifies whether audio playback is enabled for remote desktops. This setting is to enable audio playback.

Cookie Cleanup Interval

Determines how often, in milliseconds, cookies associated with inactive sessions are deleted. The default is 100 ms.

Image Quality

Specifies the image quality of the remote display. You can specify two low-quality settings, two high-quality settings, and a mid-quality setting. The low-quality settings are for areas of the screen that change often, for example, when scrolling occurs. The high-quality settings are for areas of the screen that are more static, resulting in a better image quality. You can specify the following settings:

  • Low JPEG Quality (available range of values: 10 - 100, default: 25)

  • Mid JPEG Quality (available range of values: 10- 100, default: 35)

  • High JPEG Quality (available range of values: 10 - 100, default: 90)

H264 High Color Accuracy

Increases color accuracy when using H.264 encoding by using the YUV 4:4:4 colorspace instead of 4:2:0.

This setting might result in degraded performance at very high resolutions or with multiple monitors.

H264

Specifies whether to use H.264 encoding or JPEG/PNG encoding. The default is to use H.264 encoding.

H.264 Quality

Specifies the image quality for the remote display configured to use H.264 encoding. You can specify the minimum and maximum quantization values that determine how much an image is controlled for lossless compression. You can specify a minimum quantization value for the best image quality. You can specify a maximum quantization value for the lowest image quality. You can specify the following settings:

  • H264maxQP (available range of values: 0-51, default: 36)

  • H264minQP (available range of values: 0-51, default: 10)

For the best image quality, set the quantization values to within +5 or -5 of the available range of values.

HTTP Service

Specifies the port that is used for secure communication (HTTPS) between the security server or Access Point appliance and a desktop. The firewall must be configured to have this port open. The default is 22443.

Max Session Bandwidth Slope for the Kbps Per Megapixel

Specifies the maximum bandwidth slope, in kilobits per second (kbps), that is reserved for a VMware Blast session. The minimum value is 100. The maximum value is 100000. The default value is 6200.

Max Frame Rate

Specifies the maximum rate of screen updates. Use this setting to manage the average bandwidth that users consume. The default is 30 updates per second.

Max Session Bandwidth

Specifies the maximum bandwidth, in kilobits per second (kbps), for a VMware Blast session. The bandwidth includes all imaging, audio, virtual channel, USB, and VMware Blast control traffic. The default is 1 Gbps.

Min Session Bandwidth

Specifies the minimum bandwidth, in kilobits per second (kbps), that is reserved for a VMware Blast session. The default is 256 kbps.

PNG

If you enable or do not configure this setting, PNG encoding is available for remote sessions. If you disable this setting, only JPEG encoding is used for encoding in JPEG/PNG mode. This policy does not apply when the H.264 encoder is active. This setting is not configured by default.

Screen Blanking

Specifies whether to have the desktop VM's console show the actual desktop that the user sees or to show a blank screen when the desktop has an active session. The default is to show a blank screen.

UDP Protocol

Specifies whether to use the UDP or the TCP protocol. The default is to use the UDP protocol. This setting requires a reboot of the Horizon Agent machine on which the registry key exists. This setting does not apply to HTML Access, which always uses the TCP protocol.

Filter text out of the incoming clipboard data

Specifies whether textual data is filtered out of the clipboard data coming from the client to the agent. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Filter Rich Text Format data out of the incoming clipboard data

Specifies whether Rich Text Format data is filtered out of the clipboard data coming from the client to the agent. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Filter images out of the incoming clipboard data

Specifies whether image data is filtered out of the clipboard data coming from the client to the agent. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Filter Microsoft Office text data out of the incoming clipboard data

Specifies whether Microsoft Office text format data (BIFF12 format) is filtered out of the clipboard data coming from the client to the agent. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Filter Microsoft Chart and Smart Art data out of the incoming clipboard data

Specifies whether Microsoft Office Chart and Smart Art data (Art::GVML ClipFormat) is filtered out of the clipboard data coming from the client to the agent. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Filter Microsoft Text Effects data out of the incoming clipboard data

Specifies whether Microsoft Office text effects data (HTML Format) is filtered out of the clipboard data coming from the client to the agent. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Filter text out of the outgoing clipboard data

Specifies whether textual data is filtered out of the clipboard data sent from the agent to the client. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Filter Rich Text Format data out of the outgoing clipboard data

Specifies whether Rich Text Format data is filtered out of the clipboard data sent from the agent to the client. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Filter images out of the outgoing clipboard data

Specifies whether image data is filtered out of the clipboard data sent from the agent to the client. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Filter Microsoft Office text data out of the outgoing clipboard data

Specifies whether Microsoft Office text format data (BIFF12 format) is filtered out of the clipboard data sent from the agent to the client. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Filter Microsoft Chart and Smart Art data out of the outgoing clipboard data

Specifies whether Microsoft Office Chart and Smart Art data (Art::GVML ClipFormat) is filtered out of the clipboard data sent from the agent to the client. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Filter Microsoft Text Effects data out of the outgoing clipboard data

Specifies whether Microsoft Office text effects data (HTML Format) is filtered out of the clipboard data sent from the agent to the client. When this setting is enabled and the check box is selected, the data is filtered out. When this setting is disabled or not configured, the data is allowed.

Keyboard locale synchronization

Specifies whether to synchronize a client's keyboard locale list and default keyboard locale to the remote desktop or application. If this setting is enabled, synchronization occurs. This setting applies to Horizon Agent only.

Note:

This feature is supported only for Horizon Client for Windows.

Clipboard memory size on server

Specifies the server's clipboard memory size value in bytes or kilobytes, as selected. The memory size is in kilobytes if it is not configured.

The client also has a value for the clipboard memory size, which is always in kilobytes. After the session is set up, the server sends its clipboard memory size value to the client. The effective clipboard memory size value is the lesser of the client and server clipboard memory size values.

This setting applies only to Windows, Linux, and Mac clients on which Horizon Client 4.1 or later is installed, and to iOS clients on which Horizon Client 4.7 or later is installed. In earlier releases, the clipboard memory size is set to 1 MB and is not configurable.

Note:

A large clipboard memory size can negatively affect performance, depending on your network. VMware recommends that you do not set the clipboard memory size to a value greater than 16 MB.

Configure clipboard redirection

Specifies the permissible behavior for clipboard redirection. The options are:

  • Enabled in both directions

  • Disabled in both directions

  • Enabled client to server only

  • Enabled server to client only

The default is Enabled client to server only.

Configure file transfer

Specifies the permissible behavior for file transfer between a remote desktop and the HTML Access client. You can select one of the following values:

  • Disabled both upload and download

  • Enabled both upload and download

  • Enabled file upload only (Users can upload files from the client system to the remote desktop only.)

  • Enabled file download only (Users can download files from the remote desktop to the client system only.)

The default is Enabled file upload only.

This setting applies only to HTML Access 4.1 and later.

HTML Access printing

When configured, printing with HTML Access is enabled.

Applying VMware Blast Policy Settings

If the following VMware Blast policies change during a client session, Horizon Client detects the change and immediately applies the new setting.

  • H264

  • Audio Playback

  • Max Session Bandwidth

  • Min Session Bandwidth

  • Max Frame Rate

  • Image Quality

For all other VMware Blast policies, Microsoft GPO update rules apply. GPOs can be updated manually or by restarting the Horizon Agent machine. For more information, see the Microsoft documentation.