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 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 and 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, the virtual machine should have at least 2 GB of RAM and 2 vCPUs. This feature might require good network conditions, such as a bandwidth of 1000 Mbps 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 > Enter 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. 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.

You can select a full-screen option from the Settings dialog box after you connect to a server and before you open 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.

You can use the selective multiple-monitor feature to display a remote desktop window on a subset of your monitors. For more information, see Select Specific Monitors in a Multiple-Monitor Setup.

Using Remote Desktops With Split View

With Split View, which is supported in El Capitan (10.11) and later operating systems, you can fill your Mac screen with two applications without manually moving and resizing windows. 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 select 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.