Some features are supported on one type of Horizon Client but not on another.

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

Table 1. Remote Desktop Features Supported on Windows-Based Horizon Client Systems
Feature Windows XP Desktop (View Agent 6.0.2 and earlier) Windows Vista Desktop (View Agent 6.0.2 and earlier) Windows 7 Desktop Windows 8.x Desktop Windows 10 Desktop Windows Server 2008/2012 R2 Desktop or Windows Server 2016 Desktop
USB redirection Limited Limited X X X X
Client drive redirection X X X X
Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV) Limited Limited X X X X
Scanner redirection Limited X X X X
Serial port redirection X X X X
Blast Extreme display protocol X X X X
RDP display protocol Limited Limited X X X X
PCoIP display protocol Limited Limited X X X X
Persona Management Limited Limited X X
Wyse MMR Limited Limited
Windows Media MMR X X X
Location-based printing Limited Limited X X X X
Virtual printing Limited Limited X X X X
Smart cards Limited Limited X X X X
RSA SecurID or RADIUS Limited Limited X X X X
Single sign-on Limited Limited X X X X
Multiple monitors Limited Limited X X X X

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

Important: View Agent 6.1 and later releases do not support Windows XP and Windows Vista 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 desktops with View Connection Server 6.1.

For information about which editions of each client operating system are supported, or which service packs, see System Requirements for Windows Clients.

Feature Support for Session-Based 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 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
RDP display protocol (for desktop clients) 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
Windows Media MMR View Agent 6.1.1 and later View Agent 6.1.1 and later Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later
USB redirection (USB storage devices only) 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 (for desktop clients) 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)
Scanner redirection View Agent 6.0.2 and later View Agent 6.0.2 and later 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)
Multiple monitors (for desktop clients) X X Horizon Agent 7.0.2 and later
Unity Touch (for mobile and Chrome OS clients) 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

For information about which editions of each guest operating system are supported, or which service packs, see the "Supported Operating Systems for View Agent" topic in the View 5.x or 6.x installation documentation. See the "Supported Operating Systems for Horizon Agent" topic in the Horizon 7 installation documentation.

Limitations for Specific Features

Features that are supported on Windows-based clients have the following restrictions.

Table 3. Requirements for Specific Features
Feature Requirements
Windows Media MMR Requires View Agent 6.0.2 or later. To use the Windows Media MMR feature with RDS desktops, you must have View Agent 6.1.1 or later, or Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

If you use the VMware Blast Extreme display protocol, you must have Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

Serial port redirection Requires View Agent 6.1.1 or later. For Windows 10, requires View Agent 6.2 or later, or Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

If you use the VMware Blast Extreme display protocol, you must have Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

Virtual printing and location-based printing for Windows Server 2008 R2 desktops, RDS desktops (on virtual machine RDS hosts), and remote applications Requires Horizon 6.0.1 with View or later.

If you use the VMware Blast Extreme display protocol for this feature, you must have Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

Scanner redirection Requires View Agent 6.0.2 or later. Requires the PCoIP display protocol. For Windows 10, requires View Agent 6.2 or later, or Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

If you use the VMware Blast Extreme display protocol, you must have Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

Client drive redirection For single-user virtual machine desktops and session-based desktops on RDS hosts, requires View Agent 6.1.1 or later, or Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

If you use the VMware Blast Extreme display protocol, you must have Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

Note: You can also use Horizon Client to securely access remote Windows-based applications, in addition to remote desktops. Selecting an application in Horizon Client opens a window for that application on the local client device, and the application looks and behaves as if it were locally installed.

You can use remote applications only if you are connected to Connection Server 6.0 or later. For information about which operating systems are supported for the RDS (Remote Desktop Sessions) host, which provides remote applications and session-based desktops, see "Supported Operating Systems for Horizon Agent" topic in the View 5.x or 6.x installation documentation. See the "Supported Operating Systems for Horizon Agent" topic in the Horizon 7 installation documentation.

For descriptions of these features and their limitations, see the View Architecture Planning document.

Feature Support for Linux Desktops

Some Linux guest operating systems are supported if you have View Agent 6.1.1 or later, or Horizon Agent 7.0 or later. For a list of supported Linux operating systems and information about supported features, see Setting Up Horizon 6 for Linux Desktops, which is part of the Horizon 6, version 6.1 documentation.