You can configure Horizon Client to share folders and drives on your local system with remote desktops and applications. Drives can include mapped drives and USB storage devices. This feature is called client drive redirection.

About this task

In a Windows remote desktop, shared folders and drives appear in the Devices and drives section in the This PC folder, or in the Other section in the Computer folder, depending on the Windows operating system version. In a remote application, such as Notepad, you can browse to and open a file in a shared folder or drive. The folders and drives you select for sharing appear in the file system as network drives that use the naming format name on MACHINE-NAME.

You do not need to be connected to a remote desktop or application to configure client drive redirection settings. The settings apply to all your remote desktops and applications. That is, you cannot configure the settings so that local client folders are shared with one remote desktop or application but not with other remote desktops or applications.

You can also turn on the ability to open local files with remote applications directly from the local file system. When you right-click a local file, the Open with menu also lists the available remote applications. You can also set files to be opened automatically with remote applications when you double-click the file. When you enable this feature, all files on your local file system that have certain file extensions are registered with the server that you are logged in to. For example, if Microsoft Word is one of the remote applications available from the server, you can right-click a .docx file on your local file system and open the file with the remote MS Word application. This feature requires Horizon 6.2 servers and agents.

An administrator can hide the client drive redirection feature in Horizon Client by enabling a group policy setting. For more information, see Disable sharing files and folders in 1.

Configuring the browser on the client system to use a proxy server can cause poor client drive redirection performance if the secure tunnel is enabled on the Connection Server instance. For the best client drive redirection performance, configure the browser not to use a proxy server or automatically detect LAN settings.

Prerequisites

To share folders and drives with a remote desktop or application, you must enable the client drive redirection feature. This task includes 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 client drive redirection behavior. For more information, see the Configuring Remote Desktop Features in Horizon 7 document.

Procedure

  1. Open the Settings dialog box with the Sharing panel displayed.

    Option

    Description

    From the desktop and application selection window

    Right-click a desktop or application icon, select Settings, and select Sharing in the left panel of the window that appears.

    From the Sharing dialog box that appears when you connect to a desktop or application

    Click the Settings > Sharing link in the dialog box.

    From within a desktop OS

    Select Options > Share Folders from the menu bar.

  2. Configure the client drive redirection settings.

    Option

    Action

    Share a specific folder or drive with remote desktops and applications

    Click the Add button, browse to and select the folder or drive to share, and click OK.

    Note:

    You cannot share a folder on a USB device if the device is already connected to a remote desktop or application with the USB redirection feature.

    Also, do not turn on the USB redirection feature that automatically connects USB devices at startup or when the device is inserted. If you do so, the next time you start Horizon Client or plug in the USB device, the device will be connected using the USB redirection feature rather than the client drive redirection feature.

    Stop sharing a specific folder or drive

    Select the folder or drive in the Folder list and click the Remove button.

    Permit remote desktops and applications access to files in your local user directory

    Select the Share your local files user-name check box.

    Share USB storage devices with remote desktops and applications

    Select the Allow access to removable storage check box. The client drive redirection feature automatically shares all USB storage devices inserted in your client system and all FireWire and Thunderbolt-connected external drives. You do not need to select a specific device to share.

    Note:

    USB storage devices already connected to a remote desktop or 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 applications.

    Turn on the ability to open a local file with a remote application from the local file system

    Select the Open local files in hosted applications check box. With this option, you can right-click a file in your local file system and select to open the file with a remote application.

    You can also change the properties of the file so that all files with that file extension are opened with the remote application by default, such as when you double-click the file. For example, you can right-click a file, select Properties, and click Change to select the remote application to open files of that type.

    Your administrator can disable this feature.

    Do not show the Sharing dialog box when you connect to a remote desktop or 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 desktop or application after you connect to a server. For example, if you log in to a server and connect to a desktop, you see the Sharing dialog box. If you then connect to another desktop or application, you do not see the dialog box again. To see the dialog box again, you must disconnect from the server and then log in again.

What to do next

Verify that you can see the shared folders from within the remote desktop or application:

  • From within a Windows remote desktop, open File Explorer and look in the Devices and drives section in the This PC folder, or open Windows Explorer and look in the Other section in the Computer folder.

  • From within a remote application, if applicable, select File > Open or File > Save As and navigate to the folder or drive, which appears in the file system as a network drive that uses the naming format folder-name on MACHINE-NAME.