You can use Horizon Client to share folders and drives on the local client system with remote desktops and applications. This feature is called client drive redirection.

About this task

Drives can include mapped drives and USB storage devices.

In a Windows remote desktop, shared folders and drives appear in the This PC folder or in the Computer folder, depending on the Windows operating system version. In a remote application, such as Notepad, you can browse to and open a file in a shared folder or drive.

You do not need to be connected to a remote desktop or application to configure client drive redirection settings. The settings apply to all 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

Prerequisites

To share folders and drives with a remote desktop or application, a Horizon administrator must enable the client drive redirection feature. This task includes installing View Agent 6.1.1 or later, or Horizon Agent 7.0 or later, and enabling the agent Client Drive Redirection option. It can also include setting policies or registry settings to control client drive redirection behavior. For more information, see the Configuring Remote Desktop Features in Horizon 7 document.

On Ubuntu 16.04 x64 distributions, the libglibmm-2.4.so.1.3.0 library included in the distribution is incompatible with the current Client Drive Redirection (CDR) implementation. To work around this limitation, copy the libglibmm-2.4.so.1.3.0 library file from an Ubuntu14.04 x64 distribution to your Ubuntu 16.04 x64 distribution.

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 not to use a proxy server or automatically detect LAN settings.

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.

    Share USB storage devices with remote desktops and applications

    Select the Allow access to removable storage check box. The client drive redirection feature automatically shares all USB storage devices inserted in your client system and all FireWire and Thunderbolt-connected external drives. You do not need to select a specific device to share.

    Note:

    USB storage devices already connected to a remote desktop or application with the USB redirection feature are not shared.

    If this check box is deselected, you can use the USB redirection feature to connect USB storage devices to remote desktops and applications.

    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 This PC folder, or open Windows Explorer and look in the Computer folder, depending on the Windows operating system version.

  • From within a remote application, if applicable, select File > Open or File > Save As and navigate to the folder or drive.

The folders and drives that you selected for sharing might use one or more of the following naming conventions:

  • name on MACHINE-NAME. For example, jsmith on JSMITH-W03.

  • N on MACHINE-NAME. For example, Z on JSMITH-W03.

  • name (N:). For example, jsmith (Z:).

A redirected folder can have two entrances, such as Z on JSMITH-W03 and jsmith (Z:), and both entrances can appear at the same time. If all the volume labels (from A: through Z:) are already in use, the redirected folder has only one entrance, such as Z on JSMITH-W03.