With Horizon Client, you can use a configuration file on the client system to specify which USB devices can be redirected to a View desktop.

You can configure USB policies for both View Agent, on the remote desktop, and Horizon Client, on the local system, to achieve the following goals:

  • Restrict the types of USB devices that Horizon Client makes available for redirection.

  • Make View Agent prevent certain USB devices from being forwarded from a client computer.

  • Specify whether Horizon Client should split composite USB devices into separate components for redirection.

System Requirements

The USB redirection feature is available only with certain versions of the client software. For the Horizon Client software provided by third-party vendors, this feature also has the following requirements:

  • The version of View Agent and View Connection Server must be View 5.1 or later.

  • The USB filtering features and device splitting features described in these topics are available with View Connection Server 5.1 and later.

For more information about VMware thin-client and zero-client partners, see the VMware Compatibility Guide. In order to use the USB components available for third-party vendors, certain files must be installed in certain locations, and certain processes must be configured to start before Horizon Client is launched. These details are beyond the scope of this document.

If you have the version of Horizon Client 3.2 or a later that is available from the VMware Web site, this feature also has the following requirements:

  • The remote desktop must have View Agent 6.0.2 or later installed.

  • You must be using the VMware Blast or PCoIP display protocol.

If you use Horizon 6.0.1 and later, you can plug USB 3.0 devices into USB 3.0 ports. USB 3.0 devices are supported only with a single stream. Because multiple stream support is not yet implemented, USB device performance is not enhanced. Note that on the Linux client system, i386 processors are supported, whereas armel and armhf architectures are not. The Linux kernel version must be 2.6.35 or later.

USB-Specific Log Files

For troubleshooting purposes, you can increase the amount of information sent to USB-specific logs by using the following commands:

vmware-usbarbitrator --verbose
vmware-view-usbd -o log:trace

To get a list of usage information, use the following command:

vmware-usbarbitrator -h