General settings include proxy options, time zone forwarding, multimedia acceleration, and other display settings.

General Settings

The following table describes the general settings in the Horizon Client Configuration ADMX template file. General settings include both Computer Configuration and User Configuration settings. The User Configuration setting overrides the equivalent Computer Configuration setting. The settings appear in the VMware Horizon Client Configuration folder in the Group Policy Management Editor.

Table 1. Horizon Client Configuration Template: General Settings

Setting

Computer

User

Description

Allow data sharing

X

When this setting is enabled, the data sharing mode setting in the Horizon Client user interface is set to On and end users cannot change the setting.

When this setting is disabled, the data sharing mode setting in the Horizon Client user interface is set to Off and end users cannot change the setting.

When this setting is not configured (the default), end users can change the data sharing mode setting in the Horizon Client user interface.

Allow display scaling

X

X

When this setting is enabled, the display scaling feature is enabled for all remote desktops and published applications.

When this setting is disabled, the display scaling feature is disabled for all remote desktops and published applications.

If this setting is not configured (the default setting), end users can enable and disable display scaling in the Horizon Client user interface.

You can also hide the display scaling preference in the Horizon Client user interface by enabling the Locked Guest Size group policy setting. For more information, see Scripting Definition Settings for Client GPOs.

Always on top

X

Determines whether the Horizon Client window is always the topmost window. Enabling this setting prevents the Windows taskbar from obscuring a full-screen Horizon Client window. This setting is disabled by default.

Default value of the "Hide the selector after launching an item" check box

X

X

Sets whether the Hide the selector after launching an item check box is selected by default. This setting is disabled by default.

Disable time zone forwarding

X

Determines whether time zone synchronization between the remote desktop and the connected client is disabled.

Disable toast notifications

X

X

Determines whether to disable toast notifications from Horizon Client.

Enable this setting if you do not want the user to see toast notifications in the corner of the screen.

Note:

If you enable this setting, the user does not see a five-minute warning when the Session Timeout function is active.

Disallow passing through client information in a nested session

X

Specifies whether Horizon Client is prevented from passing through client information in a nested session. When enabled, if Horizon Client is running inside a remote session, it sends the actual physical client information instead of the virtual machine device information. This setting applies to the following client information: device name and domain, client type, IP address, and MAC address. This setting is disabled by default, which means passing through client information in a nested session is allowed.

Display modifier function key

X

X

Specifies the switch modifier and function key combination that a user can press that, when grabbed and injecting input into a PCoIP or VMware Blast remote desktop session, changes the display configuration on the client machine.

When this setting is not configured (the default setting), the end user must use the mouse to ungrab the remote desktop and then press the Windows logo key + P to select a presentation display mode.

This setting does not apply to published application sessions.

Don't check monitor alignment on spanning

X

By default, the client desktop does not span multiple monitors if the screens do not form an exact rectangle when they are combined. Enable this setting to override the default. This setting is disabled by default.

Enable multi-media acceleration

X

Determines whether multimedia redirection (MMR) is enabled on the client.

MMR does not work correctly if the Horizon Client video display hardware does not have overlay support.

Enable relative mouse

X

X

Enables the relative mouse when using the PCoIP display protocol. Relative mouse mode improves the mouse behavior for certain graphics applications and games. If the remote desktop does not support the relative mouse, this setting is not used. This setting is disabled by default.

Enable the shade

X

Determines whether the shade menu bar at the top of the Horizon Client window is visible. This setting is enabled by default.

Note:

The shade menu bar is disabled by default for kiosk mode.

Enable Horizon Client online update

X

Enables the online update feature. This setting is enabled by default.

Note:

You can also disable the online update feature by setting the AUTO_UPDATE_ENABLED property to 0 when you install Horizon Client from the command line. For more information, see Installation Properties for Horizon Client.

Tunnel proxy bypass address list

X

Specifies a list of tunnel addresses. The proxy server is not used for these addresses. Use a semicolon (;) to separate multiple entries.

URL for Horizon Client online help

X

Specifies an alternate URL from which Horizon Client can retrieve help pages. This setting is intended for use in environments that cannot retrieve the remotely hosted help system because they do not have Internet access.

URL for Horizon Client online update

X

Specifies an alternate URL from which Horizon Client can retrieve updates. This setting is intended for use in an environment that defines its own private/personal update center. If it is not enabled, the VMware official update server is used.

Pin the shade

X

Determines whether the pin on the shade at the top of the Horizon Client window is enabled and auto-hiding of the menu bar does not occur. This setting has no effect if the shade is disabled. This setting is enabled by default.

Disable desktop disconnect messages

X

X

Specifies whether messages that are normally shown upon remote desktop disconnection are disabled. These messages are shown by default.

Disable sharing files and folders

X

Specifies whether client drive redirection functionality is available in Horizon Client.

When this setting is set to Enabled, all client drive redirection functionality is disabled in Horizon Client, including the ability to open local files with published applications. In addition, the following elements are hidden in the Horizon Client user interface:

  • Sharing panel in the Settings dialog box.

  • Share Folders item in the Option menu in a remote desktop.

  • Sharing item for Horizon Client in the system tray.

  • Sharing dialog box that appears the first time you connect to a remote desktop or application after you connect to a server.

When this setting is set to Disabled, the client drive redirection feature is fully functional. This setting is disabled by default.

Always hide the remote floating language (IME) bar for Hosted Apps

X

X

Forces the floating language bar off for application sessions. When this setting is enabled, the floating language bar is never shown in a published application session, regardless of whether the local IME feature is enabled. When this setting is disabled, the floating language bar is shown only if the local IME feature is disabled. This setting is disabled by default.

Disable opening local files in hosted applications

X

Specifies whether Horizon Client registers local handlers for the file extensions that hosted applications support.

When this setting is set to Enabled, Horizon Client does not register any file extension handlers and does not allow the user to override the setting.

When this setting is set to Disabled, Horizon Client always registers file extension handlers. By default, file extension handlers are registered, but users can disable the feature in the Horizon Client user interface by using the Turn on the ability to open a local file with a remote application from the local file system setting on the Sharing panel in the Settings dialog box. For more information, see Share Access to Local Folders and Drives with Client Drive Redirection.

This setting is disabled by default.

Automatically install shortcuts when configured on the Horizon server

X

When published application and remote desktop shortcuts are configured on a Connection Server instance, this setting specifies how and whether the shortcuts are installed on client machines when users connect to the server.

When this setting is set to Enabled, shortcuts are installed on client machines. Users are not prompted to install the shortcuts.

When this setting is set to Disabled, shortcuts are never installed on client machines. Users are not prompted to install the shortcuts.

Users are prompted to install the shortcuts by default.

Block multiple Horizon Client instances per Windows session

X

Prevents a user from starting multiple Horizon Client instances during a Windows session.

When this setting is set to Enabled, Horizon Client runs in single-instance mode and a user cannot start multiple Horizon Client instances in a Windows session.

When this setting is set to Disabled, a user can start multiple Horizon Client instances in a Windows session. This setting is disabled by default.

Display only smart card certificates during login

X

Specifies whether to list all certificates from user and system stores, or to show only smart card certificates.

When this setting is set to Enabled, the certificate selection dialog box shows only smart card certificates.

When this setting is set to Disabled, all types of certificates are listed in the certificate selection dialog box.

This setting is disabled by default.