With the client drive redirection feature, you can share folders and drives on the local client system with remote desktops and published applications.
Shared drives can include mapped drives and USB storage devices.
In a Windows remote desktop, shared folders and drives appear in the This PC folder or in the Computer folder, depending on the Windows operating system version. In a published application, such as Notepad, you can browse to and open a file in a shared folder or drive.
You can turn on the ability to open local files in published applications directly from your local file system. If you select a local file and press Control-click, the Open With menu lists the available published applications. You can also open a local file by dragging it into the published application window or Dock icon.
If you set a published application as the default application for files that have a certain file extension, all files on your local file system that have that file extension are registered with the server. You can also turn on the ability to run published applications from the Applications folder.
If a filename contains characters that are invalid in the Windows file system, you cannot open the file in a published application. For example, you cannot open a file named test2<.txt in Notepad.
The client drive redirection settings apply to all remote desktops and published applications.
To share folders and drives with a remote desktop or published application, a Horizon administrator must enable the client drive redirection feature. This task involves installing View Agent 6.1.1 or later, or Horizon Agent 7.0 or later, and enabling the agent Client Drive Redirection option. It can also include setting policies to control the client drive redirection behavior. For more information, see the Configuring Remote Desktop Features in Horizon 7 document.
If the secure tunnel is enabled on the Connection Server instance, configuring the browser on the client system to use a proxy server can cause poor client drive redirection performance. For the best client drive redirection performance, configure the browser not to use a proxy server or automatically detect LAN settings.
- Open the Preferences dialog box and display the Sharing panel.
From the desktop and application selection window
Select Sharing.and click
From the Sharing dialog box that appears when you connect to a remote desktop or published application
Click thelink in the dialog box.
From within a remote desktop operating system
Select Sharing.from the menu bar and click
- Configure the client drive redirection settings.
Share a specific folder or drive with remote desktops and published applications
Click the plus (+) button, browse to and select the folder or drive to share, and click Add.Note:
If a USB device is already connected to a remote desktop or published application with the USB redirection feature, you cannot share a folder on the USB device.
Stop sharing a specific folder or drive
Select the folder or drive in the Folder list and click the minus (-) button.
Give remote desktops and published applications access to files in your home directory
Select the Allow access to home-directory check box.
Share USB storage devices with remote desktops and published applications
Select the Allow access to removable storage check box. The client drive redirection feature shares all USB storage devices inserted in your client system and all FireWire and Thunderbolt-connected external drives automatically. Selecting a specific device to share is not necessary.Note:
USB storage devices already connected to a remote desktop or published application with the USB redirection feature are not shared.
If this check box is deselected, you can use the USB redirection feature to connect USB storage devices to remote desktops and published applications.
Do not show the Sharing dialog box when you connect to a remote desktop or published application
Select the Do not show dialog when connecting to a desktop or application check box.
If this check box is deselected, the Sharing dialog box appears the first time you connect to a remote desktop or published application. For example, if you log in to a server and connect to a remote desktop, you see the Sharing dialog box. If you then connect to another remote desktop or published application, you do not see the dialog box. To see the dialog box again, you must disconnect from the server and log in again.
- Configure settings for published applications.
- Click the Settings button (gear icon) in the upper right corner of the desktop and application selector window and select Applications in the left pane.
- To turn on the ability to open local files with published applications from the local file system, select Open local files in hosted applications.
- To turn on the ability to run published applications from the Applications folder on the client system, select Run hosted applications from your local Applications folder.
What to do next
Verify that you can see the shared folders from within the remote desktop or published application.
In a Windows remote desktop, open File Explorer and look in the This PC folder, or open Windows Explorer and look in the Computer folder, depending on the Windows operating system version.
In a published application, selector and navigate to the folder or drive.
The folders and drives that you selected for sharing might use one (or more) of the following naming conventions.
folder-name on desktop-name
jsmith on JSMITH-W03
folder-name on desktoptop-name (drive-number:)
jsmith on JSMITH-W03 (Z:)
For some Horizon Agent versions, a redirected folder can have two entrances, such as under Devices and drives and Network locations in Windows 10, and both entrances can appear at the same time. If all the volume labels (from A: through Z:) are already in use, the redirected folder has only one entrance.