You can configure VMware Blast options for remote desktop and published application sessions that use the VMware Blast display protocol.

You can allow H.264 decoding and High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC). H.264 is an industry standard for video compression, which is the process of converting digital video into a format that takes up less capacity when it is stored or transmitted. When H.264 decoding is allowed, you can also allow increased color fidelity.

The maximum resolution that is supported, and whether HEVC is supported, depends on the capability of the graphical processing unit (GPU) on the client. A GPU that can support 4K resolution for JPEG/PNG might not support 4K resolution for H.264. If a resolution for H.264 is not supported, Horizon Client uses JPEG/PNG instead.

If your environment uses a proxy server, you can specify whether to allow VMware Blast connections to an operating system proxy server.

The Allow Blast connections to use operating system proxy settings group policy setting specifies whether to allow VMware Blast connections to connect through a proxy server and whether to allow users to change this setting in the user interface. For more information, see General Settings for Client GPOs.

For an SSL proxy server, you also need to configure certificate checking for secondary connections through the SSL proxy server. For more information, see Setting the Certificate Checking Mode in Horizon Client.

You can configure VMware Blast options before or after you connect to a server.

Prerequisites

  • To use H.264 decoding, Horizon Agent 7.0 or later must be installed.
  • To allow increased color fidelity when H.264 decoding is allowed, Horizon Agent 7.4 or later must be installed.
  • To use High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), Horizon Agent 7.7 or later must be installed. In addition, the client system must have a GPU that supports HEVC decoding.

Procedure

  1. Start Horizon Client.
  2. Click the Options button in the upper-right corner of the menu bar and select Configure VMware Blast.
    If you are logged in to a server, you can click the Settings (gear) icon in the upper-right corner of the desktop and application selection window and select VMware Blast.
  3. To allow H.264 decoding in Horizon Client, select the Allow H.264 Decoding check box.
    When this option is selected (the default setting), Horizon Client uses H.264 decoding if the agent supports H.264 software or hardware encoding. If the agent does not support H.264 software or hardware encoding, Horizon Client uses JPG/PNG decoding. When this option is deselected, Horizon Client uses JPG/PNG decoding.
  4. (Optional) To allow increased color fidelity when H.264 decoding is allowed in Horizon Client, select the Allow High Color Accuracy (reduces battery life and performance) check box.
    When this option is selected, Horizon Client uses high color accuracy, but only if the agent supports high color accuracy. Selecting this option might reduce battery life and performance. This feature is disabled by default.
  5. To allow HEVC, select the Allow High Efficiency Video Decoding (HEVC) check box.
    When this option is selected, performance and image quality are improved if the client machine has a GPU that supports HEVC decoding. This feature is disabled by default.
    If this option is selected but the client machine does not have a GPU that supports HEVC decoding, Horizon Client uses H.264 decoding instead.
  6. To allow VMware Blast connections through a proxy server, select the Allow Blast connections to use operating system proxy settings check box.
  7. Click OK to save your changes.

Results

Changes for H.264 take effect the next time a user connects to a remote desktop or published application and selects the VMware Blast display protocol. Your changes do not affect existing VMware Blast sessions.