You can configure policies to control the behavior of desktop and application pools, machines, and users. You use Horizon Administrator to set policies for client sessions. You can use Active Directory group policy settings to control the behavior of
Horizon Agent, Horizon Client for Windows, and features that affect single-user machines, RDS hosts, PCoIP, or VMware Blast.
Setting Policies in Horizon Console You use Horizon Console to configure policies for client sessions.
Using Smart Policies You can use Smart Policies for user environment settings in a published desktop or application and also for computer environment settings that apply during computer boot or session reconnection.
Using Active Directory Group Policies You can use Microsoft Windows Group Policy to optimize and secure remote desktops, control the behavior of Horizoncomponents, and to configure location-based printing.
Using Horizon Group Policy Administrative Template Files Horizon provides several component-specific Group Policy Administrative ADMX template files. You can optimize and secure remote desktops and applications by adding the policy settings in the ADMX template files to a new or existing GPO in Active Directory.
Horizon ADMX Template Files The Horizon ADMX template files provide group policy settings that allow you to control and optimize Horizon components.
Add the ADMX Template Files to Active Directory You can add the policy settings for specific remote desktop features in the Horizon ADMX files to group policy objects (GPOs) in Active Directory.
VMware View Agent Configuration ADMX Template Settings The VMware View Agent Configuration ADMX template file ( vdm_agent.admx) contains policy settings related to the authentication and environmental components of Horizon Agent.
Client Drive Redirection Policy Settings The VMware Horizon Client Drive Redirection ADMX template file ( vdm_agent_cdr.admx) contains policy settings related to the client drive redirection feature.
VMware HTML5 Feature Policy Settings The VMware View Agent Configuration ADMX template file ( vdm_agent.admx) contains policy settings related to the VMware HTML5 features.
VMware Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business Policy Settings The VMware View Agent Configuration ADMX template file ( vdm_agent.admx) contains policy settings related to the VMware Virtualization Pack for Skype for Business.
VMware Integrated Printing Policy Settings The VMware Integrated Printing ADMX template file ( printerRedirection.admx) contains policy settings related to the VMware Integrated Printing feature.
PCoIP Policy Settings The PCoIP ADMX template file ( pcoip.admx) contains policy settings related to the PCoIP display protocol. You can configure settings to default values that can be overridden by an administrator, or you can configure settings to non-overridable values.
VMware Blast Policy Settings The VMware Blast ADMX template file ( vdm_blast.admx) contains policy settings for the VMware Blast display protocol. After you apply the policy, the system stores the settings in the registry key HKLM\Software\Policies\VMware, Inc.\VMware Blast\Config.
Managing Special Unity Windows You can use the Unity Filter rule list agent group policy setting to filter out unity windows, or map unity windows to a specific type, when using published applications. This feature is useful if you have a window display problem, such as a window that has a black background, or a drop-down window that is not sized correctly.
Active Directory Group Policy Example One way to implement Active Directory group policies in Horizon is to create an OU for the machines that deliver remote desktop sessions and link one or more GPOs to that OU. You can use these GPOs to apply group policy settings to your Horizon machines.