Horizon Client for end users can involve configuring URIs to start Horizon Client, configuring the certificate checking mode, setting advanced TLS options, customizing the Horizon Client menus, and using group policies to configure custom settings.
Preparing Connection Server for Horizon Client Before end users can connect to a server in a Horizon 8 deployment and access a remote desktop or published application, a Horizon administrator must configure certain Connection Server settings.
Common Configuration Settings Horizon Client provides several configuration mechanisms that simplify the login and remote desktop selection experience for end users, and enforce security policies.
Using URIs to Configure Horizon Client You can use uniform resource identifiers (URIs) to create web page or email links that end users can click to start Horizon Client, connect to a server, or open a remote desktop or published application.
Setting the Certificate Checking Mode in Horizon Client Server certificate checking occurs for connections between Horizon Client and a server. A certificate is a digital form of identification, similar to a passport or a driver's license.
Configuring the Certificate Checking Mode for End Users You can configure the certificate checking mode for end users. For example, you can configure that full verification is always performed. Certificate checking occurs for TLS connections between a server and Horizon Client.
Configuring Advanced TLS Options You can select the security protocols and cryptographic algorithms that are used to encrypt communications between Horizon Client and servers, and between Horizon Client and the agent in a remote desktop.
Customizing the Horizon Client Menus You can use Horizon Client group policies to hide some items in certain menus in the Horizon Client user interface.
Customizing the Horizon Client Error Messages You can use the Horizon Client Custom error screen footer group policy setting to add custom help text to the bottom of all error messages that appear in the Horizon Client user interface. For example, your help text might tell users how to contact the help desk at your company.
Configuring Cursor Event Handling You can optimize cursor event handling by configuring settings in the C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware Horizon View\config.ini file on the Windows client system.
Using Group Policy Settings to Configure Horizon Client Horizon Client includes a group policy ADMX template file that you can use to configure Horizon Client features and behavior. You can optimize and secure remote desktop and published application connections by adding the policy settings in the ADMX template file to a new or existing GPO in Active Directory.
Running Horizon Client From the Command Line You can run Horizon Client from the command line or from scripts. You might want to run Horizon Client from the command line if you are implementing a kiosk-based application that grants end users access to remote desktop applications.
Using the Windows Registry to Configure Horizon Client You can define default settings for Horizon Client in the Windows Registry instead of specifying these settings on the command line. Group policy settings take precedence over Windows Registry settings, and Windows Registry settings take precedence over the command line.
Clearing the Last User Name Used to Log In to a Server When end users log in to a Connection Server instance for which the Hide domain list in client user interface global setting is enabled, the Domain drop-down menu is hidden in Horizon Client and users provide domain information in the Horizon Client User name text box. For example, users must enter their user name in the format or domain\ username . username@ domain
Configure VMware Blast Options You can configure VMware Blast options for remote desktop and published application sessions that use the VMware Blast display protocol.
Using Internet Explorer Proxy Settings Horizon Client uses proxy settings configured in Internet Explorer.
Configure Horizon 8 Client Data Sharing If a Horizon administrator has opted to participate in the VMware Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), VMware collects and receives anonymous data from client systems through Connection Server. You can configure whether to share this client data with Connection Server.
MAC Address Deny List Horizon Client reports the MAC address of the user's local hardware instead of the MAC address of the VPN by using a hard-coded deny list of MAC addresses.