Nested mode is sometimes used for zero clients or thin clients, where, when the end user logs in to the zero client, Horizon Client automatically starts and logs the user in to a remote desktop. From this remote desktop, the user launches hosted applications.

In this setup, the remote desktop is either a single-user virtual machine desktop or a published desktop provided by an RDS host. In either case, to provide hosted applications, the Horizon Client software must be installed in the remote desktop. This setup is called nested mode because the client connects to a desktop that also has the client installed.

The following operating systems are supported when running Horizon Client in nested mode.

  • Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

  • Windows 7 Enterprise SP1

  • Windows 10 Enterprise, version 1607

The following features are supported when a user uses Horizon Client in nested mode.

  • VMware Blast, PCoIP, and RDP display protocols

  • Location-based printing

  • Virtual printing

  • Single sign-on (without smart card)

  • Clipboard redirection

  • URL Content Redirection

  • Log in as current user

  • USB redirection

Note:

For the USB redirection feature to work in nested mode, the first-level desktop (the desktop where both Horizon Client and Horizon Agent are installed), must be a virtual desktop. Published desktops on RDS hosts are not supported.