With the serial port redirection feature, end users can redirect locally connected serial (/dev/ttyS) ports, such as built-in RS232 ports or USB-to-Serial adapters, to their RDS-hosted desktops. To support serial port redirection, your Horizon deployment must meet certain software and hardware requirements.

RDS-hosted desktops

RDS hosts must have Horizon Agent 7.6 or later installed with the Serial Port Redirection setup option selected. This setup option is deselected by default.

The following operating systems are supported for RDS-hosted desktops.

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Windows Server 2016

Serial port device drivers do not need to be installed in the RDS host.

Horizon Client computer or client access device

The serial port redirection feature is supported on Linux systems that are supported for this release. Any required serial port device drivers must be installed and the serial port must be operable. Serial port redirection is available with Horizon Client for Linux 4.9 and later releases.

Display protocols

VMware Blast (requires Horizon Agent 7.0 or later)

Serial port redirection is not supported in RDP or PCoIP desktop sessions.

Virtual desktops

Virtual desktops are currently not supported.