With the USB redirection feature, you can use locally attached USB devices, such as thumb flash drives, in a remote desktop or published application.

When you use the USB redirection feature, most USB devices that are attached to the local client system become available from menus in Horizon Client. You can use the menus to connect and disconnect the devices.

You can connect USB devices to a remote desktop or published application either manually or automatically.

Prerequisites

  • To use USB devices with a remote desktop or published application, a Horizon administrator must enable the USB feature.

  • The USB Redirection component must be installed in Horizon Client. If you did not include this component in the installation, uninstall the client and run the installer again to include the USB Redirection component.

  • Become familiar with USB Redirection Limitations

Procedure

  • Manually connect a USB device to a remote desktop.
    1. Connect the USB device to your local client system.
    2. From the Horizon Client menu bar, click Connect USB Device.
    3. Select the USB device.

    The device is manually redirected from the local system to the remote desktop.

  • Connect the USB device to a published application.
    1. In the desktop and application selector window, open the remote application.

      The name of the application is the name that your administrator has configured for the application.

    2. In the desktop and application selector window, right-click the application icon and select Settings.
    3. In the left pane, select USB Devices.
    4. In the right pane, select the USB device and click Connect.
    5. Select the application, and click OK.
      Note:

      The name of the application in the list comes from the application itself and might not match the application name that your administrator configured to appear in the desktop and application selector window.

      You can now use the USB device with the remote application. After you close the application, the USB device is not released right away.

    6. When you are finished using the application, to release the USB device so that you can access it from your local system, in the desktop and application selector window, open the Settings window again, select USB Devices, and select Disconnect.
  • Configure Horizon Client to connect USB devices automatically to the remote desktop when Horizon Client starts.

    This option is selected by default.

    1. Before you plug in the USB device, start Horizon Client and connect to a remote desktop.
    2. From the Horizon Client menu bar, click Connect USB Device.
    3. Select Automatically Connect at Startup.
    4. Plug in the USB device and restart Horizon Client.

    USB devices that you connect to your local system after you start Horizon Client are redirected to the remote desktop. USB devices that you connect to your local system after you start Horizon Client are redirected to the remote desktop.

  • Configure Horizon Client to connect USB devices automatically to the remote desktop when you plug them in to the local system.

    Enable this option if you plan to connect devices that use MTP drivers, such as Android-based Samsung smart phones and tablets. This option is selected by default.

    1. Before you plug in the USB device, start Horizon Client and connect to a remote desktop.
    2. From the Horizon Client menu bar, click Connect USB Device.
    3. Select Automatically Connect when Inserted.
    4. Plug in the USB device.

    USB devices that you connect to your local system after you start Horizon Client are redirected to the remote desktop.

Results

If the USB device does not appear in the remote desktop or published application after several minutes, disconnect and reconnect the device to the client computer.