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 can configure H.264 decoding before or after you connect to a server.

You can change the network condition to any type before you connect to a server. After you connect to a server, you can switch the network condition between Typical and Excellent (you cannot select Poor), but only if Typical or Excellent was selected before you connected to the server. You cannot change the network condition after you connect to a server if Poor was selected before you connected.

After you connect to a server, the VMware Blast setting is visible only if VMware Blast is the preferred protocol.

Prerequisites

To use this feature, Horizon Agent 7.0 or later must be installed.

Procedure

  1. Tap Settings at the bottom of the Horizon Client window 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.

  2. Configure the decoding and network condition options.

    Option

    Action

    H.264

    Configure this option 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

    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. Unified Access Gateway 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 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.