When you use the VMware Blast display protocol or the PCoIP display protocol, you can extend a remote desktop to multiple monitors. If you have a Mac with Retina Display, you can see the remote desktop in full resolution.

Using Multiple Monitors

With Horizon Client 3.4 and earlier and the PCoIP display protocol, you can use up to two monitors. The monitors can be side by side or vertically stacked. A remote desktop screen resolution of 2650 x 1600 is supported. When the 3D rendering feature is enabled, the maximum resolution is 1920 x 1200. Examples of 3D applications include Windows Aero themes, Microsoft Office 2010, and Google Earth.

With Horizon Client 3.5 and later and the PCoIP display protocol, and with Horizon Client 4.0 and later and the VMware Blast display protocol or the PCoIP display protocol, a remote desktop screen resolution of 4K (3840 x 2160) is supported. The number of 4K displays that are supported depends on the hardware version of the desktop virtual machine and the Windows version.

Hardware Version

Windows Version

Number of 4K Displays Supported

10 (ESXi 5.5.x compatible)

7, 8, 8.x, 10

1

11 (ESXi 6.0 compatible)

7 (3D rendering feature disabled; Windows Aero disabled)

3

11

7 (3D rendering feature enabled)

1

11

8, 8.x, 10

1

The remote desktop must have View Agent 6.2 or later, or Horizon Agent 7.0 or later, installed. For best performance, VMware recommends that the virtual machine have at least 2GB of RAM and 2 vCPUs. This feature might require good network conditions, such as a bandwidth of 1000Mbps with low network latency and a low package loss rate.

Using Full-Screen Mode with Multiple Monitors

When a remote desktop window is open, you can use the Window > Full Screen menu item or the expander arrows in the upper-right corner of the desktop window to extend the remote desktop across multiple monitors. In Horizon Client 4.0 and later, you can select the Window > Use Single Display in Full Screen menu item to make the remote desktop fill only one monitor. With this option, the monitors do not have to be in the same mode. For example, if you are using a laptop connected to an external monitor, the external monitor can be in portrait mode or landscape mode.

In Horizon Client 4.0 and later, you can select a full-screen option from the Settings dialog box before you launch a remote desktop. Click the Settings button (gear icon) in the upper right corner of the desktop and application selection window, select the remote desktop, and select a full-screen option from the Full Screen drop-down menu.

Using Remote Desktops with Split View in OS X El Capitan

With Split View in OS X El Capitan, you can fill your Mac screen with two applications without having to manually move and resize windows. In Horizon Client 4.0 and later, you can use Split View with remote desktops in full-screen mode (Full Screen or Use Single Display in Full Screen option).

Using a High-Resolution Mac with Retina Display

When you use the VMware Blast display protocol or the PCoIP display protocol, Horizon Client also supports very high resolutions for those client systems with Retina Display. After you connect to a remote desktop, you can choose the Connection > Resolution > Full Resolution menu item. This menu item appears only if the client system supports Retina Display.

If you use Full Resolution, the icons on the remote desktop are smaller but the display is sharper.