Some features are supported on one type of Horizon Client but not on another.

When planning which display protocol and features to make available to your end users, use the following information to determine which client operating systems support the feature.

Note:

Client drive redirection is a Tech Preview feature in Horizon Client 3.5 . It is a fully supported feature in Horizon Client 4.0 and later.

Table 1. Remote Desktop Features Supported Linux Clients

Feature

Windows XP Desktop (View Agent 6.0.2 and earlier)

Windows Vista Desktop (View Agent 6.0.2 and earlier)

Windows 7 Desktop

Windows 8.x Desktop

Windows 10 Desktop

Windows Server 2008 R2 Desktop

Windows Server 2012 R2 Desktop

USB redirection

Limited

Limited

X

X

X

X

X

Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV)

Limited

Limited

X

X

X

X

X

Scanner redirection

Serial port redirection

RDP display protocol

Limited

Limited

X

X

X

X

X

PCoIP display protocol

Limited

Limited

X

X

X

X

X

VMware Blast display protocol

X

X

X

X

X

Persona Management

Wyse MMR

Partner client systems only, and only with RDP

Partner client systems only, and only with RDP

Windows Media MMR

Location-based printing

Limited

Limited

X

X

X

X

X

Virtual printing

Limited

Limited

X

X

X

X

X

Smart cards

Limited

Limited

X

X

X

X

X

RSA SecurID or RADIUS

Limited

Limited

X

X

X

X

X

Single sign-on

Limited

Limited

X

X

X

X

X

Multiple monitors

Limited

Limited

X

X

X

X

X

Client Drive Redirection

X

X

X

X

X

Windows 10 desktops require View Agent 6.2 or later. Windows Server 2012 R2 desktops require View Agent 6.1 or later.

VMware Blast requires Horizon Client 4.0 or later and Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

Important:

View Agent 6.1 and later releases do not support Windows XP and Windows Vista desktops. View Agent 6.0.2 is the last View release that supports these guest operating systems. Customers who have an extended support agreement with Microsoft for Windows XP and Vista, and an extended support agreement with VMware for these guest operating systems, can deploy the View Agent 6.0.2 version of their Windows XP and Vista desktops with View Connection Server 6.1.

Feature Support for Session-Based Desktops on RDS Hosts

RDS hosts are server computers that have Windows Remote Desktop Services and View Agent or Horizon Agent installed. Multiple users can have desktop sessions on an RDS host simultaneously. An RDS host can be either a physical machine or a virtual machine.

Note:

The following table contains rows only for the features that are supported. Where the text specifies a minimum version of View Agent, the text "and later" is meant to include Horizon Agent 7.0 and later.

Table 2. Features Supported for RDS Hosts with View Agent 6.0.x or Later, or Horizon Agent 7.0 or Later, Installed

Feature

Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS Host on a Physical Machine

Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS Host on a Virtual Machine

Windows Server 2012 RDS Host on a Physical Machine

Windows Server 2012 RDS Host on a Virtual Machine

RSA SecurID or RADIUS

X

X

X

X

Smart card

View Agent 6.1 and later

View Agent 6.1 and later

View Agent 6.1 and later

View Agent 6.1 and later

Single sign-on

X

X

X

X

RDP display protocol (for desktop clients)

X

X

X

X

PCoIP display protocol

X

X

X

X

VMware Blast display protocol

Horizon Agent 7.0 and later

Horizon Agent 7.0 and later

Horizon Agent 7.0 and later

Horizon Agent 7.0 and later

HTML Access

View Agent 6.0.2 and later

View Agent 6.0.2 and later

Client drive redirection

View Agent 6.1.1 and later

View Agent 6.1.1 and later

View Agent 6.1.1 and later

View Agent 6.1.1 and later

Virtual printing (for desktop clients)

View Agent 6.0.1 and later

View Agent 6.0.1 and later

Location-based printing

View Agent 6.0.1 and later

View Agent 6.0.1 and later

Multiple monitors (for desktop clients)

X

X

X

X

Unity Touch (for mobile clients)

X

X

X

X

Note:

The smart card feature also requires Horizon Client 3.4 or later.

For information about which editions of each guest operating system are supported, or which service packs, see the "Supported Operating Systems for View Agent" topic in the View 5.x or 6.x installation documentation. See the "Supported Operating Systems for Horizon Agent" topic in the Horizon 7 installation documentation.

Limitations for Specific Features

Features that are supported on Windows desktops with Horizon Client for Linux have the following restrictions.

Table 3. Requirements for Specific Features

Feature

Requirements

Real-Time Audio-Video

  • For Horizon Client provided by third-party vendors, the feature requires View 5.2 with Feature Pack 2 or later.

  • For client software available from VMware, you must have Horizon Client 3.2 and later and View Agent 6.0.2 and later.

Requires the VMware Blast or PCoIP display protocol.

Virtual printing and location-based printing for Windows Server 2008 R2 desktops, RDS desktops (on virtual machine RDS hosts), and remote applications

  • For partner client software, Horizon Client 3.1 and later and Horizon 6.0.1 with View and later servers.

  • For client software available from VMware, Horizon Client 3.2 and later and View Agent 6.0.2 and later. Requires the VMware Blast or PCoIP display protocol.

USB redirection

  • For partner client software, and View 5.1 and later servers and desktops.

  • For client software available from VMware, Horizon Client 3.2 and later and View Agent 6.0.2 and later.

Requires the VMware Blast or PCoIP display protocol.

Smart cards

For single-user virtual machine desktops, Horizon Client 3.2 or later and View Agent 6.0.2 and later.

For session-based desktops on RDS hosts, Horizon Client 3.4 and later and View Agent 6.1 and later.

Client drive redirection

For single-user virtual machine desktops and session-based desktops on RDS hosts, Horizon Client 3.5 and later and View Agent 6.1.1 and later.

Note:

You can also use Horizon Client to securely access remote Windows-based applications, in addition to remote desktops. Selecting an application in Horizon Client opens a window for that application on the local client device, and the application looks and behaves as if it were locally installed.

You can use remote applications only if you are connected to Connection Server 6.0 or later. For information about which operating systems are supported for the RDS (Remote Desktop Sessions) host, which provides remote applications and session-based desktops, see "Supported Operating Systems for Horizon Agent" topic in the View 5.x or 6.x installation documentation. See the "Supported Operating Systems for Horizon Agent" topic in the Horizon 7 installation documentation.

Note:

The features that are available for each thin client device are determined by the vendor and model and the configuration that an enterprise chooses to use. For information about the vendors and models for thin client devices, see the VMware Compatibility Guide at http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=vdm.

For descriptions of these features and their limitations, see the View Planning document.

Feature Support for Linux Desktops

Some Linux guest operating systems are supported if you have View Agent 6.1.1 or later and Horizon Client 3.4 or later. For a list of supported Linux operating systems and information about supported features, see Setting Up Horizon 6 for Linux Desktops, which is part of the Horizon 6, version 6.1 documentation.