You can configure H.264 decoding and network condition options for remote desktop and published application sessions that use the VMware Blast display protocol.

You can configure H.264 decoding before or after you connect to a server. You cannot change the network condition option after you connect to a server.

Prerequisites

To use this feature, Horizon Agent 7.0 or later must be installed.

Procedure

  1. Open the Option menu.
    • If you are not connected to a server, tap the Option menu in the upper-left corner of the Horizon Client menu bar and expand the VMware Blast section.

    • If you are connected to a server, tap the Option menu in the upper-left corner of the desktop and application selection window, expand the Protocol section, and select VMware Blast.

  2. To enable or disable H.264 encoding, tap and toggle the Allow H.264 decoding option to On or Off.

    When this option is set to On (the default setting), Horizon Client allows H.264 encoding if Horizon Agent for the remote desktop or published application supports H.264 encoding. If Horizon Agent for the remote desktop or published application does not support H.264 encoding, Horizon Client uses JPEG/PNG encoding instead. When this option is set to Off, H.264 encoding is not allowed and Horizon Client always using JPEG/PNG encoding.

  3. To configure a network condition, select an option.

    You cannot change the network condition option after you connect to a server.

    Option

    Description

    Excellent

    Horizon Client uses only TCP networking. This option is ideal for a LAN environment.

    Typical (default)

    Horizon Client works in mixed mode. In mixed mode, Horizon Client uses TCP networking when connecting to the server and uses Blast Extreme Adaptive Transport (BEAT) if the agent and Blast Security Gateway (if enabled) support BEAT connectivity. This option is the default setting.

    Poor

    Horizon Client uses only BEAT networking if the BEAT Tunnel Server is enabled on the server, otherwise it switches to mixed mode.

    Note:

    In Horizon 7 version 7.1 and earlier, Connection Server and Security Server instances do not support the BEAT Tunnel Server. Unified Access Gateway 2.9 and later supports the BEAT Tunnel Server. Blast Security Gateway for Connection Server and Security Server instances do not support BEAT networking.

Results

Changes for H.264 take effect the next time a user connects to a remote desktop or published application and selects the VMware Blast display protocol. Your changes do not affect existing VMware Blast sessions.