When planning which display protocols 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 and Windows Server 2016 Desktops

USB redirection

Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV)

Serial port redirection

VMware Blast display protocol

X

X

X

X

RDP display protocol

PCoIP display protocol

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

Persona Management

Wyse MMR

Windows Media MMR

Location-based printing

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

Virtual printing

Smart cards

RSA SecurID or RADIUS

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

Single sign-on

X

X

X

Limited

Limited

X

Multiple monitors

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 View 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 and their limitations, 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 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.

The following table contains rows only for the features that are supported. Certain features are supported on virtual machine RDS hosts and not on physical machine RDS hosts.

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

Single sign-on

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

PCoIP display protocol

X

X

Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later

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)

For information about which editions of each guest operating system are supported, see "Supported Operating Systems for Horizon Agent" in the Horizon 7 Installation document.