When you install Horizon Agent on a virtual machine, you can select or deselect custom setup options. In addition, Horizon Agent installs certain features automatically on all guest operating systems on which they are supported. These features are not optional.

To learn which features are supported on which guest operating systems, see "Feature Support Matrix for Horizon Agent" in the Horizon 7 Architecture Planning document.

To change custom setup options after you install the latest Horizon Agent version, you must uninstall and reinstall Horizon Agent. For patches and upgrades, you can run the new Horizon Agent installer and select a new set of options without uninstalling the previous version.

All custom setup options are selected by default except USB Redirection, Scanner Redirection, Smartcard Redirection, Serial Port Redirection, Flash Redirection, Skype for Business, VMware Horizon Instant Clone Agent, HTML5 Multimedia Redirection, Horizon Performance Tracker, and SDO Sensor Redirection.

Table 1. Horizon Agent Custom Setup Options in an IPv4 Environment

Option

Description

Core

Installs the core functionality.

USB Redirection

Gives users access to locally connected USB devices on their desktops.

USB redirection is supported on remote desktops that are deployed on single-user machines. In addition, redirection of USB flash drives and hard disks is supported on published desktops and published applications.

This option is not selected by default. You must select the option to install it.

For guidance on using USB redirection securely, see the Horizon 7 Security document. For example, you can use group policy settings to disable USB redirection for specific users.

Real-Time Audio-Video

Redirects webcam and audio devices that are connected to the client system so that they can be used on the remote desktop.

Client Drive Redirection

Allows Horizon Client users to share local drives with their remote desktops.

After this option is installed, no further configuration is required on the remote desktop.

Client Drive Redirection is also supported on published desktops and published applications and on virtual desktops that run on unmanaged machines.

Virtual Printing

Lets users print to any printer available on their client computers. Users do not have to install additional drivers on their desktops.

Virtual printing is supported on the following remote desktops and applications:

  • Desktops that are deployed on single-user machines, including Windows desktop and Windows Server machines.

  • Desktops that are deployed on RDS hosts, where the RDS hosts are virtual machines.

  • Published applications.

  • Published applications that are launched from Horizon Client inside remote desktops (nested sessions).

The virtual printing feature is supported only when you install it from Horizon Agent. It is not supported if you install it with VMware Tools.

vRealize Operations Desktop Agent

Provides information that allows vRealize Operations Manager to monitor remote desktops.

VMware Horizon 7 Persona Management

Synchronizes the user profile on the local desktop with a remote profile repository, so that users have access to their profiles whenever they log in to a desktop.

Scanner Redirection

Redirects scanning and imaging devices that are connected to the client system so that they can be used on the remote desktop or application.

This option is not selected by default. You must select the option to install it.

VMware Client IP Transparency

Enables remote connections to Internet Explorer to use the client's IP address instead of the remote desktop machine's IP address.

This setup option is not selected by default. You must select the option to install it.

Smartcard Redirection

Lets users authenticate with smart cards when they use the PCoIP or VMware Blast display protocol. This option is not selected by default.

Smartcard Redirection is supported on remote desktops that are deployed on single-user machines.

Serial Port Redirection

Redirects serial COM ports that are connected to the client system so that they can be used on the remote desktop.

This option is not selected by default. You must select the option to install it.

VMware Audio

Provides a virtual audio driver on the remote desktop.

Flash Redirection

Redirects Flash multimedia content in an Internet Explorer 9, 10, or 11 browser to the client, for performance optimization.

HTML5 Multimedia Redirection

Redirects HTML5 multimedia content in a Chrome or Edge browser to the client, for performance optimization.

URL Content Redirection

Redirects URL content in an Internet Explorer 9, 10, or 11 browser from client-to-client, for performance optimization.

VMware Horizon View Composer Agent

Lets this virtual machine be the parent virtual machine of a View Composer linked-clone desktop pool. If you select this option, you cannot select the VMware Horizon Instant Clone Agent option.

VMware Horizon Instant Clone Agent

Lets this virtual machine be the parent virtual machine of an instant-clone desktop pool. This option is not selected by default. If you select this option, you cannot select the VMware Horizon View Composer Agent option.

Local Printer Redirection

Local printer redirection is designed for the following use cases:

  • Printers directly connected to USB or serial ports on the client device

  • Specialized printers such as bar code printers and label printers connected to the client

  • Network printers on a remote network that are not addressable from the virtual session.

Fingerprint Scanner Redirection

Redirects fingerprint scanner devices that are plugged into a serial port on a Windows client system to virtual desktops, published desktops, and published applications.

VMware Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business

Makes optimized audio and video calls with Skype for Business inside a virtual desktop. This option is not selected by default. You must select the option to install it.

Horizon Performance Tracker

Monitors the performance of the display protocol and system resource usage. This option is not selected by default. You must select the option to install it.

SDO Sensor Redirection

Enables the Simple Device Orientation (SDO) sensor redirection feature. This option is not selected by default. You must select the option to install it.

Geolocation Redirection

Enables the Geolocation Redirection feature. This option is not selected by default. You must select this option to install it.

In an IPv6 environment, Core, VMware Horizon View Composer Agent, Virtual Printing, and VMware Audio options are selected and installed by default.

Table 2. Horizon Agent Features That Are Installed Automatically (Not Optional)

Feature

Description

PCoIP Agent

Lets users use the PCoIP display protocol to connect to the remote desktop.

Installing the PCoIP Agent feature disables sleep mode on Windows desktops. When a user navigates to the Power Options or Shut Down menu, sleep mode or standby mode is inactive. Desktops do not go into sleep or standby mode after a default period of inactivity. Desktops remain in active mode.

Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR)

Extends multimedia redirection to Windows 7 and later desktops and clients. This feature delivers a multimedia stream directly to the client computer, allowing the multimedia stream to be processed on the client hardware instead of the remote ESXi host.

Unity Touch

Allows tablet and smart phone users to interact easily with Windows applications that run on the remote desktop. Users can browse, search, and open Windows applications and files, choose favorite applications and files, and switch between running applications, all without using the Start menu or Taskbar.

Virtual video driver

Provides a virtual video driver on the remote desktop.

VMware Blast

Installs the VMware Blast display protocol on remote desktops.

Core

Installs the core functionality.

PSG Agent

Installs the PCoIP Secure Gateway on remote desktops to implement the PCoIP display protocol.