When you install Horizon Agent on a non-vSphere machine, you can select or deselect certain custom setup options. In addition, Horizon Agent installs certain features automatically on all guest operating systems on which they are supported. These features are not optional.

To change custom setup options after you install the latest Horizon Agent version, you must uninstall and reinstall Horizon Agent. For patches and upgrades, you can run the new Horizon Agent installer and select a new set of options without uninstalling the previous version.

Table 1. Horizon Agent Features That Are Installed Automatically on Non-vSphere Machines in an IPv4 Environment (Not Optional)
Feature Description
PCoIP Agent Lets users connect to the remote desktop with the PCoIP display protocol.

The PCoIP Agent feature is supported on physical machines that are configured with a Teradici TERA host card.

Lync Provides support for Microsoft Lync 2013 Client on remote desktops.
Unity Touch Allows tablet and smart phone users to interact easily with Windows applications that run on the remote desktop. Users can browse, search, and open Windows applications and files, choose favorite applications and files, and switch between running applications, all without using the Start menu or Taskbar.
Table 2. Horizon Agent Custom Setup Options for Non-vSphere Machines in an IPv4 Environment (Optional)
Option Description
USB Redirection Gives users access to locally connected USB devices on their desktops.

USB redirection is supported on remote desktops that are deployed on single-user machines. In addition, redirection of USB flash drives and hard disks is supported on RDS desktops and applications.

This setup option is not selected by default. You must select the option to install it.

For guidance on using USB redirection securely, see the Horizon Security document. For example, you can use group policy settings to disable USB redirection for specific users.

Client Drive Redirection Allows Horizon Client users to share local drives with their remote desktops.

After this setup option is installed, no further configuration is required on the remote desktop.

Client Drive Redirection is also supported on VDI desktops that run on managed, single-user virtual machines and on RDS desktops and applications.

Smartcard Redirection Lets users authenticate with smart cards when they use the PCoIP or Blast Extreme display protocol.

Smartcard Redirection is supported on remote desktops that are deployed on single-user machines but is not supported on RDS host-based remote desktops.

Virtual audio driver Provides a virtual audio driver on the remote desktop.

In an IPv6 environment, the only optional feature is Smartcard Redirection.

In an IPv6 environment, the only automatically installed feature is PCoIP Agent.