When planning which display protocol and features to make available to your end users, use the following information to determine which guest operating systems support the feature.

Table 1. Features Supported for Windows Virtual Desktops

Feature

Windows 10 Desktop

Windows 8.x Desktop

Windows 7 Desktop

Windows Vista Desktop

Windows XP Desktop

Windows Server 2008/2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016 Desktop

RSA SecurID or RADIUS

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

Single sign-on

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

PCoIP display protocol

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

RDP display protocol

VMware Blast display protocol

X

X

X

X

USB redirection

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

Client drive redirection

X

X

X

X

Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV)

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

Wyse MMR

Windows 7 MMR

Virtual printing

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

Location-based printing

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

Smart cards

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

Multiple monitors

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

Windows 10 remote desktops require View Agent 6.2 or later or Horizon Agent 7.0 or later. Windows Server 2012 R2 remote desktops require View Agent 6.1 or later or Horizon Agent 7.0 or later. Windows Server 2016 remote desktops require Horizon Agent 7.0.2 or later.

Important:

View Agent 6.1 and later and Horizon Agent 7.0 and later releases do not support Windows XP and Windows Vista remote desktops. View Agent 6.0.2 is the last release that supports these guest operating systems. Customers who have an extended support agreement with Microsoft for Windows XP and Vista, and an extended support agreement with VMware for these guest operating systems, can deploy the View Agent 6.0.2 version of their Windows XP and Vista remote desktops with Connection Server 6.1.

For descriptions of these features, see the Horizon 7 Architecture Planning document.

Feature Support for Published Desktops on RDS Hosts

RDS hosts are server computers that have Windows Remote Desktop Services and View Agent or Horizon Agent installed. Multiple users can have remote desktop sessions on an RDS host simultaneously. An RDS host can be either a physical machine or a virtual machine.

Note:

The following table contains rows only for the features that are supported. Where the text specifies a minimum version of View Agent, the text "and later" is meant to include Horizon Agent 7.0.x and later.

Table 2. Features Supported for RDS Hosts with View Agent 6.0.x or Later, or Horizon Agent 7.0.x or Later, Installed

Feature

Windows Server 2008 R2 RDS Host

Windows Server 2012 RDS Host

Windows Server 2016 RDS Host

RSA SecurID or RADIUS

X

X

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

Smart card

View Agent 6.1 and later

View Agent 6.1 and later

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

Single sign-on

X

X

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

PCoIP display protocol

X

X

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

VMware Blast display protocol

Horizon Agent 7.0 and later

Horizon Agent 7.0 and later

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

HTML Access

View Agent 6.0.2 and later (virtual machine only)

View Agent 6.0.2 and later (virtual machine only)

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

USB redirection

View Agent 6.1 and later

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

Client drive redirection

View Agent 6.1.1 and later

View Agent 6.1.1 and later

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

Virtual printing

View Agent 6.0.1 and later (virtual machine only)

View Agent 6.0.1 and later (virtual machine only)

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later (virtual machine only)

Location-based printing

View Agent 6.0.1 and later (virtual machine only)

View Agent 6.0.1 and later (virtual machine only)

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later (virtual machine only)

Multiple monitors

X

X

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV)

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

Horizon Agent 7.0.3 and later

For information about which editions of each guest operating system are supported, see the Horizon 7 Installation document.

Limitations for Specific Features

Specific features that are supported on Windows desktops for Horizon Client for Mac have certain restrictions.

Table 3. Requirements for Specific Features

Feature

Requirements

Real-Time Audio-Video

See System Requirements for Real-Time Audio-Video.

Virtual printing and location-based printing for Windows Server 2008 R2 desktops, published desktops (on virtual machine RDS hosts), and published applications

Horizon 6 version 6.0.1 and later servers.

Smart cards

For published desktops, View Agent 6.1 and later.

Client drive redirection

View Agent 6.1.1 and later or Horizon Agent 7.0 and later.

Feature Support for Linux Desktops

If you have View Agent 6.1.1 or later, or Horizon Agent 7.0 or later, some Linux guest operating systems are supported. For a list of supported Linux operating systems and information about supported features, see the Setting Up Horizon 6 for Linux Desktops or Setting Up Horizon 7 for Linux Desktops document.