With the URL Content Redirection feature, URL content can be redirected from the client machine to a remote desktop or application (client-to-agent redirection), or from a remote desktop or application to the client machine (agent-to-client redirection).

For example, an end user can click a link in the native Microsoft Word application on the client and the link opens in the remote Internet Explorer application, or an end user can click a link in the remote Internet Explorer application and the link opens in a native browser on the client machine. Any number of protocols can be configured for redirection, including HTTP, mailto, and callto.

Note:

The callto protocol is not supported for redirection with the Chrome browser.

Web browsers

The supported browsers in which you can type or click a URL and have that URL redirected are as follows:

  • Internet Explorer 9, 10, and 11

  • Chrome 60.0.3112.101 (Official Build), 64-bit or 32-bit (requires Horizon 7 version 7.4 or later)

URL Content Redirection does not work for links clicked from inside Windows 10 universal apps, including the Microsoft Edge Browser.

Client system

To use URL Content Redirection with the Chrome browser, you must enable the VMware Horizon URL Content Redirection Helper extension for Chrome. This extension is installed when you connect to a Connection Server instance on which URL Content Redirection rules are configured, but it is not enabled. To enable the extension, restart Chrome after you connect to the Connection Server instance and click Enable Extension when Chrome prompts you to enable the extension.

The first time a URL is redirected from the Chrome browser, you are prompted to open the URL in Horizon Client. You must click Open VMware Horizon Client for URL redirection to occur. If you select the Remember my choice for VMware Horizon Client links check box (recommended), this prompt does not appear again.

Remote desktop or application

A Horizon administrator must enable URL Content Redirection during Horizon Agent installation. For information, see the Setting Up Virtual Desktops in Horizon 7 or Setting Up Published Desktops and Applications in Horizon 7 documents.

To use URL Content Redirection with the Chrome browser, a Horizon administrator must install and enable the VMware Horizon URL Content Redirection Helper extension on the Windows agent machine. For information, see the Configuring Remote Desktop Features in Horizon 7 document for Horizon 7 version 7.4 or later.

A Horizon administrator must also configure settings that specify how Horizon Client redirects URL content from the client to a remote desktop or application, or how Horizon Agent redirects URL content from a remote desktop or application to the client. For complete information, see the "Configuring URL Content Redirection" topic in the Configuring Remote Desktop Features in Horizon 7 document.