You can configure Horizon Client to share folders and drives on your local system with remote desktops and applications. Drives can include mapped drives and USB storage devices. This feature is called client drive redirection.

About this task

In a Windows remote desktop, shared folders and drives appear in the Devices and drives section in the This PC folder, or in the Other section in the Computer folder. In a remote application, such as Notepad, you can browse to and open a file in a shared folder or drive. The folders and drives you select for sharing appear in the file system as network drives that use the naming format name on MACHINE-NAME.

You do not need to be connected to a remote desktop or application to configure client drive redirection settings. The settings apply to all your remote desktops and applications. That is, you cannot configure the settings so that local client folders are shared with one remote desktop or application but not with other remote desktops or applications.

The client drive redirection feature requires that the following library files be installed. On some thin client machines, these library files might not be installed by default.

  • libsigc-2.0.so.0

  • libglibmm-2.4.so.1

By default, the USB redirection feature redirects USB storage to the remote desktop or application. If the USB storage can be mounted locally, you might get better performance by using client drive redirection instead of USB redirection to share USB storage. To prevent USB redirection from redirecting USB storage, set one of the following USB configuration properties and restart Horizon Client.

  • viewusb.ExcludeFamily = "storage"

  • viewusb.ExcludeVidPid = "Vid-xxxx_Pid-xxxx"

Configuring the browser on the client system to use a proxy server can cause poor client drive redirection performance if the secure tunnel is enabled on the Connection Server instance. For the best client drive redirection performance, configure the browser to not use a proxy server or to automatically detect LAN settings.

Prerequisites

To share folders and drives with a remote desktop or application, the View administrator must have enabled the client drive redirection feature.

Procedure

  1. Open the Settings dialog box with the Sharing panel displayed.

    Option

    Description

    From the desktop and application selection window

    Right-click a desktop or application icon, select Settings, and click Sharing. Alternatively, select Connection > Settings from the menu bar and click Sharing.

    From the Sharing dialog box when you connect to a desktop or application

    Click Allow to share, or Deny to not share, your home directory.

    From within a desktop OS

    Select Connection > Settings from the menu bar and click Sharing.

  2. Configure the client drive redirection settings.

    Option

    Action

    Share a specific folder or drive with remote desktops and applications

    Click the Add button, browse to and select the folder or drive to share, and click OK.

    Note:

    You cannot share a folder on a USB device if the device is already connected to a remote desktop or application with the USB redirection feature.

    Stop sharing a specific folder or drive

    Select the folder or drive in the Folder list and click the Remove button.

    Allow remote desktops and applications access to files in your home directory

    Select the Share your home folder: home-directory check box.

    Do not show the Sharing dialog box when you connect to a remote desktop or application

    Select the Do not show dialog when connecting to a desktop or application check box.

    If this check box is deselected, the Sharing dialog box appears the first time you connect to a desktop or application after you connect to a server. For example, if you log in to a server and connect to a desktop, you see the Sharing dialog box. If you then connect to another desktop or application, you do not see the dialog box again. To see the dialog box again, you must disconnect from the server and then log in again.

What to do next

Verify that you can see the shared folders from within the remote desktop or application:

  • From within a Windows remote desktop, open File Explorer and look in the Devices and drives section in the This PC folder, or open Windows Explorer and look in the Other section in the Computer folder.

  • From within a remote application, if applicable, select File > Open or File > Save As and navigate to the folder or drive, which appears in the file system as a network drive that uses the naming format folder-name on MACHINE-NAME.