Horizon Client for Mac 2103 | 23 March 2021

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

Horizon Client for Mac makes it easy to access your remote desktops and published applications from your Mac with the best possible user experience on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).

  • Support for macOS Mojave (10.14), macOS Catalina (10.15), and macOS Big Sur (11) - Use a 64-bit Intel-based Mac or ARM M1-based Mac running in emulation with Rosetta 2 to work on your remote desktop or published application.
  • Unmatched performance - The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP display protocol and the VMware Blast display protocol are optimized to deliver the best user experience, even over low-bandwidth and high-latency connections. Your remote desktop or published application is fast and responsive, regardless of where you are.
  • Simple connectivity - Horizon Client for Mac is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon for simple setup and connectivity. Quickly reconnect to your remote desktop or published application by selecting shortcuts in Horizon Client.
  • Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office, your data is delivered securely to you wherever you are. Enhanced certificate checking is performed on the client. Horizon Client for Mac also supports optional RADIUS and RSA SecurID authentication.  

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What's New in This Release

Horizon Client for Mac 2103 includes the following new features:
  • USB redirection changes in the Horizon Client user interface
    A new USB setting is added to the Horizon Client settings to configure USB redirection for remote desktops and published applications.The USB setting for published applications is removed from the Horizon Client settings user interface. See Use USB Devices.
  • Media Optimization for Microsoft Teams support
    Media Optimization for Microsoft Teams redirects audio calls, video calls, and viewing desktop shares for a seamless experience between the client system and the remote session without negatively affecting the virtual infrastructure and overloading the network. See Configuring Media Optimization for Microsoft Teams.
  • User interface changes for Section 508 compliance
    Keyboard navigation enhancements are implemented for Section 508 compliance.  
  • DPI synchronization for published applications
    The DPI Synchronization feature is now supported for published applications. You can enable high-resolution mode and display scaling for published applications in the Horizon Client user interface. See Using a High-Resolution Mac with Retina Display and Allow Display Scaling.

For information about new remote desktop features, see Release Notes for VMware Horizon Version 2103.

Internationalization

The user interface and documentation for Horizon Client are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.

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Before You Begin

  • Horizon Client requires a macOS Mojave (10.14), macOS Catalina (10.15), or macOS Big Sur (11) operating system running on a 64-bit Intel-based Mac or ARM M1-based Mac running in emulation with Rosetta 2.
  • Horizon Client for Mac is supported with the latest maintenance release of Horizon 7 version 7.5 and later releases.
  • To install Horizon Client for Mac, download the disk image file from the VMware Horizon Client download page. For system requirements and installation instructions, see the VMware Horizon Client for Mac Installation and Setup Guide document.
  • Beginning with Horizon Client for Mac 2006, Virtual Printing (also known as ThinPrint) is not supported. Use VMware Integrated Printing instead.

Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows.

USB Redirection
  • If you use the PCoIP display protocol, connecting some password-protected storage devices (such as IronKey USB flash drives) might not work correctly. For example, after you redirect the device to the remote desktop, the password prompt does not appear. The remote desktop shows that a new drive was added and so displays a new drive letter but no corresponding label to identify the device.

    Workaround: Configure Horizon Client to automatically connect the device when you insert it. From the Horizon Client menu bar, select Desktop > USB > Autoconnect USB Devices on Insert.

  • When you insert an SD card into a Transcend USB 3.0 card reader attached to your Mac client system, the SD card is not mounted automatically. Because the SD card is not mounted on your Mac client system, the device does not appear in the menu in Horizon Client and you cannot use the USB redirection feature to connect the device to the remote desktop.

    Workaround: Reinsert the SD card into the Transcend card reader. After the device is connected to the remote desktop, reinsert the SD card again to make the disk volume appear in the remote desktop.

  • If you use the USB redirection feature to connect a Transcend USB 3.0 external hard drive to a remote desktop from your Mac client system, files that you copy or move to the drive do not appear on the drive after you disconnect the drive from the remote desktop.

    Workaround: Redirect the external hard drive to the remote desktop again. The files appear on the drive.

  • When you connect to a Windows remote desktop, start USB services, redirect a USB storage device to the remote desktop, disconnect from the remote desktop, and then try to reconnect to the remote desktop, either USB services are not available in the remote desktop or you cannot reconnect to the remote desktop. In Horizon Administrator, the state of the machine is Agent unreachable.

    Workaround: If you are an end user, restart Horizon Client and try again. If you are a Horizon administrator, restart Horizon Agent in the machine.

  • After you connect to a remote desktop with the USB Automatically connect at startup setting enabled, the desktop connection is sometimes disconnected.

    Workaround: None.

  • When you start the USB service on a macOS Mojave (10.14) or later system, the System Extension Blocked dialog box appears.

    Workaround: Click OK in the System Extension Block dialog box, navigate to System Preferences > Security & Privacy, and allow the extension to load.

Smart Card Authentication
  • On macOS 10.14 or later, if you are using a TokenD driver, the Keychain Access app does not refresh when you unplug and re-plug in a smart card/smart card reader, and the Mac client cannot obtain the update status for the smart card. Because of this issue, the following problems might occur in Horizon Client on macOS 10.14 or later:

    • Smart card authentication does not work after you unplug and re-plug in a smart card/smart card reader.
    • Smart card redirection might not work after you unplug and re-plug in a smart card/smart card reader several times.
    • The Disconnect user sessions on smart card removal option in Horizon Administrator does not work.
    • The smart card removal policy on the agent machine might not work.

    Workaround: Switch to the CryptoTokenKit driver on macOS 10.14 or later. If you want to continue using the TokenD driver, for the smart card authentication issue, quit both Keychain Access and the Horizon Client app, relaunch Horizon Client, and perform smart card authentication again, making sure that Keychain Access is not launched. For the smart card redirection issue, reboot the Mac client machine, launch Horizon Client, and perform smart card authentication again, making sure that Keychain Access isn't launched. There is no workaround for the smart card removal policy issue with a TokenD driver.

  • If you set the Horizon Client security preference (VMware Horizon Client > Preferences > Security) to Do not verify server identity certificates and connect to a server that has a valid root-signed certificate, Horizon Client might stop responding.

    Workaround: Unplug the smart card reader and then plug it back in.

  • With the IDPrime .Net card, when the SafeNet Authentication Client middleware is installed, you can view or change the smart card's cache type. If the cache type for the IDPrime .Net card is "Normal Cache," the client might not verify the smart card's PIN during server authentication when the smart card PIN is cached.

    Workaround: Change the Cache Type to "Always Prompt" for the IDPrime .Net card. This setting enables the client to verify the smart card's PIN each time the user connects to the server. 

  • TokenD support for physical smart cards does not work well with macOS Catalina 10.15.4 and later.

    Workaround: Use CTK instead, or modify the following option to enable TokenD support:

    #sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.security.smartcard Legacy -bool true

Displays and Keyboards
  • Keyboard shortcut mappings do not work if you are connected to a remote desktop or application and the Mac Input Source is Traditional Chinese or Korean.

    Workaround: Before you connect to the remote desktop or application, switch to the English Input Source on the Mac client system. If you are already connected to the remote desktop or application, reconnect to the Connection Server instance and switch to the English Input Source on the Mac client system before you connect to the remote desktop or application.

  • If you launch a remote desktop with the PCoIP display protocol in full screen or window mode on an iMac with a Retina or monitor that supports a 5K display, and the screen size is more than 4K (4096 x 2160), auto fit does not work for the remote desktop if you change the display to full resolution.

    Workaround. None. This problem is caused by a PCoIP limitation.

  • When you connect to a remote desktop that is running Windows 10 Creators Update with the VMware Blast display protocol, autofit fails when the desktop enters full screen with two displays.

    Workaround: Resize the window and autofit recovers.

  • When you connect to a remote desktop with the VMware Blast display protocol from a Mac client system that has an NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M graphics card, the desktop stops responding.

    Workaround: None. This is a third-party issue.

  • If you start a remote desktop with the VMware Blast display protocol in full-screen or window mode on an iMac that has a Retina display or a monitor that supports a 5K display with Full Resolution mode, and then disconnect and reconnect with the PCoIP display protocol, the connection fails and the remote desktop does not start.

    Workaround: This problem is caused by a PCoIP limitation. Change to Normal mode and use the PCoIP or VMware Blast display protocol.

Touch Bar
  • When you are using a remote desktop in full-screen mode on multiple displays, if you click Customize Touch Bar on the external display and click Done, the Open selection window and Launch Item List Touch Bar items do not work.

    Workaround: This problem is a third-party issue. Apple fixed this issue in macOS 10.14 Mojave.

  • You might lose focus for the front window when you use the Touch Bar to switch between published applications that are hosted on Windows Server 2016. This problem can also occur when you press Command+~, or click the dock icon, to switch windows. This problem typically only occurs after switching windows several times.

    Workaround: Use the mouse to click the window and regain focus.

Miscellaneous
  • Changes to webcam and audio devices that are connected to, or disconnected from, the Mac client system during a remote desktop session are not detected by the Real-Time Audio-Video feature.

    Workaround: Disconnect and reconnect to your remote desktop session to detect webcam and audio device changes. For example, if you connect a USB headset to the Mac client system during a remote desktop session and you want to use that headset on the remote desktop, you must disconnect and reconnect to the remote desktop session to make the headset available.

  • If an administrator edits an application pool in Horizon Console and changes the path to point to a different application that already has an application pool associated with it, unexpected results can occur. For example, the original application might be launched from the Mac Dock instead of the new application.

    Workaround: Make sure that each application in a farm is associated with only one application pool.

  • Users cannot launch an application from the Mac Dock if multiple application pools point to the same application in one farm, and if the application pool the users selected was created with associated parameters in Horizon Console. If a user saves the application in the Mac Dock and tries to open the saved item, the application fails to launch with the associated parameters.

    Workaround: Make sure that each application in a farm is associated with only one application pool.

  • Users cannot launch an application from the Mac Dock if multiple application pools point to the same application in one farm, and if the application pool the users selected was created with associated parameters in Horizon Console. If a user saves the application in the Mac Dock and tries to open the saved item, the application fails to launch with the associated parameters.

    Workaround: Make sure that each application in a farm is associated with only one application pool.

  • If you select the Remember this password check box when you log in to a server, you cannot log in to the same server as a different user if the credential caching timeout period (clientCredentialCacheTimeout) on the server has not yet expired. Horizon Client will automatically use the saved credentials to log you in to the server.

    Workaround: Remove the server from the Selector window (right-click the server icon and select the Delete menu item), click the Add Server button to add the server again, and then log in to the server as the different user.

  • On late 2016 MacBook Pro client systems, the response time of Windows Server 2016 hosted remote applications is slow in the first few seconds after you launch a Windows Server 2016 application or switch the top window between Horizon Client and the Windows Server 2016 application window.

    Workaround: None. This is a third-party issue.

  • If you connect to a remote application for which the pre-launch feature is enabled on a Horizon 7 version 7.2 server, and the Horizon Client reconnect behavior is set to "Ask to reconnect to open applications" or "Do not ask to reconnect and do not automatically reconnect," resumed application sessions are disconnected after the pre-launch timeout expires (default 10 minutes).

    Workaround: Set the Horizon Client reconnect behavior to "Reconnect automatically to open applications."

  • With Moom 3.2.12 (3240), the Moom UI appears when you hover your mouse over the Close icon, not the maximize icon, in Office 2016 and 2019 apps.

    Workaround: None.

  • Horizon Client for Mac stops responding if you unplug an external graphics processing unit (GPU).

    Workaround: None.

  • You cannot start a VMware App Volumes application from the Dock on the client system.

    Workaround: Start the application from Horizon Client, or use a shortcut.

  • The Moom user interface does not work for UWP published applications.

    Workaround: None.

  • You might lose focus for the front window when you use custom controls in the Moom app to move or resize published applications that are hosted on Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019.

     Workaround: To regain focus, use your mouse to click on the title bar of the application window.

  • When the URL Content Redirection feature is configured, Horizon Client presents an alert message that asks you to change your default web browser to VMware Horizon URL Filter for using third-party apps, not including the Chrome and Edge browsers. You must click Yes to use the URL Content Redirection feature. In macOS 11 (Big Sur), even when you click Yes to the alert message, the VMware Horizon URL Filter user interface is not shown in the default web browser of the general option, which means you cannot change the default web browser from another browser to VMware Horizon URL Filter manually, and you must connect to the server again. In macOS 10, the user interface is shown in the default web browser of the general option. The URL Content Redirection extensions for the Chrome and Edge browsers are not influenced by macOS 11.

    Workaround: None. This problem is a third-party issue.

  • When using Microsoft Teams Optimization Pack with Horizon Client for Mac published applications, screen sharing is not supported.

    Workaround: None.

  • When using Microsoft Teams Optimization Pack, if the Horizon Client for Mac device has more than one monitor available, the remote desktop user's cursor is not visible to other users when the remote desktop user shares a screen.

    Workaround: Have only one monitor available to the Horizon Client for Mac device.

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