During the Horizon Client installation process, you are prompted to confirm whether to install various components. The default is to install all components.

The following table provides a brief summary of each optional component.

Table 1. Horizon Client for Linux Installation Options

Option

Description

USB Redirection

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

USB redirection is supported on remote desktops and applications that are deployed on single-user machines.

The component files are installed in /usr/lib/vmware/view/usb/. The USB arbitrator daemon, vmware-USBArbitrator, runs automatically if you allow the installer to register and start installed services after the installation completes. Otherwise, you can start the daemon manually by running the following command:

sudo /etc/init.d/vmware-USBArbitrator start

Note:

You can use group policy settings to disable USB redirection for specific users. For more information, see the Configuring Remote Desktop Features in Horizon 7 document.

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.

The component file is installed in /usr/lib/pcoip/vchan_plugins/.

Virtual Printing

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

The component files are installed in /usr/lib/vmware/view/virtualPrinting/. After you install the client, you do not need to manually configure this feature if you allow the installer to register and start installed services after the installation. Otherwise, you can configure and enable this feature by following the instructions in Enable the Virtual Printing Feature on a Linux Client.

In Horizon 6.0.2 and later, virtual printing is supported on the following remote desktops and applications:

  • Desktops that are deployed on single-user machines.

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

  • Remote applications, which are provided by RDS hosts.

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

Multimedia Redirection (MMR)

Redirects multimedia stream from the desktop to the client machine, where the stream is processed.

The component file is installed in /usr/lib/vmware/view/vdpService/.

Smart Card

Lets users authenticate with smart cards when they use the VMware Blast or PCoIP display protocol. Although this option is selected in the client installer by default, this option is not selected by default when you run the View Agent installer in the remote desktop.

Smart card is supported on remote desktops that are deployed on single-user machines and RDS hosts. For smart card support on RDS hosts, you must have View Agent 6.1.1 or later.

The component files are installed in /usr/lib/pcoip/vchan_plugins/.

Client Drive Redirection

Lets users share folders and drives on the client computer with remote desktops and applications. Drives can include mounted drives and USB storage devices.

The component files are installed in /usr/lib/vmware/view/vdpService/.