You can configure H.264 decoding and network condition options for remote desktop and application sessions that use the VMware Blast display protocol.

About this task

You cannot change the network condition option after you log in to a server. You can configure H.264 decoding before or after you log in to a server.

Prerequisites

This feature requires Horizon Agent 7.0 or later.

Procedure

  1. Tap Settings at the bottom of the Horizon Client screen and tap VMware Blast.

    If you are logged in to a server, the VMware Blast setting is visible only if VMware Blast is the preferred protocol. You cannot change the network condition option after you log in to a server.

  2. Configure the decoding and network condition options.

    Option

    Action

    H.264

    Configure this option, before or after connecting to Connection Server, to allow H.264 decoding in Horizon Client.

    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.

    Deselect this option to use JPG/PNG decoding.

    Network Condition

    You can only configure this option before connecting to Connection Server. Select one of the following network condition options:

    • Excellent - Horizon Client uses only TCP networking. This option is ideal for a LAN environment.

    • Typical (default) - Horizon Client works in mixed mode. In mixed mode, Horizon Client uses TCP networking when connecting to the server and uses Blast Extreme Adaptive Transport (BEAT) if the agent and Blast Security Gateway (if enabled) support BEAT connectivity. This option is the default setting.

    • Poor - Horizon Client uses only BEAT networking if the BEAT Tunnel Server is enabled on the server, otherwise it switches to mixed mode.

    Note:

    In Horizon 7 version 7.1 and earlier, Connection Server and Security Server instances do not support the BEAT Tunnel Server. VMware Access Point 2.9 and later supports the BEAT Tunnel Server.

    Blast Security Gateway for Connection Server and Security Server instances do not support BEAT networking.

Results

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