Client systems that use a smart card for user authentication must meet certain requirements.

Horizon Client for iOS supports using smart cards with remote desktops that have Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2008 R2 guest operating systems. For Microsoft RDS host-based desktops and applications, the Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 operating systems are supported. An iOS 8.4.1 or later operating system is required.

Each client system that uses a smart card for user authentication must have the following software and hardware:

  • Horizon Client

  • A compatible smart card reader

  • Product-specific application drivers

You must also install product-specific application drivers on the remote desktops or Microsoft RDS host.

Users that authenticate with smart cards must have a smart card and each smart card must contain a user certificate.

In addition to meeting these requirements for Horizon Client systems, other View components must meet certain configuration requirements to support smart cards:

  • For information about configuring Connection Server to support smart card use, see "Setting Up Smart Card Authentication" in the View Administration document.

    You must add all applicable Certificate Authority (CA) certificates for all trusted user certificates to a server truststore file on the Connection Server host or security server host. These certificates include root certificates and must include intermediate certificates if the user's smart card certificate was issued by an intermediate certificate authority.

  • For information about tasks you might need to perform in Active Directory to implement smart card authentication, see "Setting Up Smart Card Authentication" in the View Administration document.

Enabling the Username Hint Field in Horizon Client

In some environments, smart card users can use a single smart card certificate to authenticate to multiple user accounts. Users enter their user name in the Username hint field during smart card sign-in.

To make the Username hint field appear on the Horizon Client login dialog box, you must enable the smart card user name hints feature for the Connection Server instance in View Administrator. The smart card user name hints feature is supported only with Horizon 7 version 7.0.2 and later servers and agents. For information about enabling the smart card user name hints feature, see "Setting Up Smart Card Authentication" in the View Administration document.

If your environment uses an Access Point appliance rather than a security server for secure external access, you must configure the Access Point appliance to support the smart card user name hints feature. The smart card user name hints feature is supported only with Access Point 2.7.2 and later. For information about enabling the smart card user name hints feature in Access Point, see the Deploying and Configuring Access Point document.

Note:

Horizon Client still supports single-account smart card certificates when the smart card user name hints feature is enabled.