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USB Device Redirection in VMware Horizon with View: White Paper and Video

By Peter Brown, Senior R&D Manager, VMware, London, UK

We are all accustomed to using USB devices with desktop PCs and laptops in the form of mass storage devices, headsets, webcams, scanners, printers, and more. In the virtual world, where your actual desktop may be many miles away from your client device, physically plugging in a USB device is not possible. VMware Horizon with View supports using USB devices in the virtual desktop by using USB device remoting. View 5.1 and later introduced some complex configuration options for the usage and management of USB devices in a View virtual desktop session.

In order to assist users with these remoting options, I have published a white paper that gives a high-level overview of USB redirection, discusses the configuration options, and provides some practical worked examples to illustrate how these options can be used. USB Device Redirection, Configuration, and Usage in VMware Horizon with View is now available. I hope that this white paper will help you navigate some of the difficulties, options, and configurations to maximize the VDI end-user experience.

As a supplement to the paper, I have helped put together a video, Using Composite USB Devices in Horizon View Desktops, which talks viewers through USB-device splitting, and shows a worked example of how to configure splitting for a USB dictation audio-device.

Download the white paper: USB Device Redirection, Configuration, and Usage in VMware Horizon with View

View the USB device-splitting video: Using Composite USB Devices in Horizon View Desktops

If you have any USB-related questions for Horizon with View, please visit our forum to check out other discussions for help, or to post your own questions:

VMware View USB Community

Creating New Storage Policies in Virtual SAN for View 5.3.1 Desktops in Horizon

By Ting Liu, End-User Computing Solution Engineer, VMware

View 5.3.1 and later provide support for VMware Virtual SAN 5.5, a component of VMware vSphere 5.5U1. Using View with Virtual SAN 5.5 reduces the total CapEx of storage by up to 50%, which is a huge plus for businesses big and small.

In this blog post, we discuss how to configure storage policies in Virtual SAN for View 5.3.1 desktops. (View desktops in Horizon 6 operate differently.) We already know how to deploy a View pool on Virtual SAN storage. (See the Using a Virtual SAN Datastore in Horizon View section of Horizon View 5.3.1 on VMware Virtual SAN – Quick Start Guide for more.) This blog, on the other hand, shows you how to create a new virtual machine storage policy in Virtual SAN and assign it to the virtual machine template. This can help you keep part of the linked-clone pool’s replica desktop in the SSD storage, which may improve the performance of your linked-clone pool. (For more details on Virtual SAN policies, consult the About Virtual Machine Storage Policies and Working with Virtual SAN chapters in the vSphere Storage guide.)

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How Colt Technology Services Deployed View Desktops With Ease and Efficiency

By Alexander West, Technical Writer, End-User Computing, VMware, and Matt Coppinger, EUC Architect, End-User Computing, VMware

Recently, Colt Technology Services, a leading international IT- and telecoms-services company, confronted two crucial challenges: (1) enabling employees to work remotely and (2) reducing costly desktop and laptop replacements.

According to Colt, “We wanted to break the paradigm of a traditional and costly three-year laptop and desktop refresh project. We wanted to release our employees from their reliance on internal IT, and give them the freedom to use any device from any location to access corporate applications.”

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Update! Key Considerations in Choosing a Zero Client Environment for VDI

By Jessica Flohr, Technical Writer and Editor, End-User Computing, VMware

Zero clients are getting a refresh! The popular white paper, Top Five Considerations in Choosing a Zero Client Environment, has been updated with new case studies, graphics, and a deeper technical perspective. The original paper, written by Cyndie Zikmund, was one of the most frequently downloaded white papers in End-User Computing at VMware. This long-awaited update takes a fresh look at key concerns IT administrators have when choosing client endpoints for a virtual desktop infrastructure.

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Lakeside SysTrack Provides an ‘Assist’ to Get You Moving with Horizon 6

By Aaron Black, Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

If you are a sports fan, or simply have the experience of playing a sport that involves passing, you know the value of an ‘assist’. We at VMware have put together an inspiring set of products with the launch of Horizon 6, but we realize that you may be faced with the daunting realities of another upgrade or the business justification for a new implementation. Those of us who build and manage environments are often presented with challenges that are not purely technical or even architectural—the difficulties are providing visibility to what is really happening and providing enough certainty so that people feel comfortable with moving forward with their end-user-computing project. Lakeside Software is a partner that we have been working with for several years; Lakeside can provide customers and partners with a valuable ‘assist’ to help get started with Horizon 6.

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Horizon Clients—OpenSSL, Updated TLS, Heartbleed, and More!

By Robert Pinkoske, Staff Engineer, VMware, and Kristina De Nike, Senior Product Manager, VMware

VMware Horizon tells a great security story: Your data never leaves your data center—it is safe and secure. But, of course, that is only true if the access to a virtual desktop is also secure. Here is an update on Horizon Clients and security.


When the Heartbleed alarm went off, VMware did a complete inventory of our exposure. Horizon Clients for Windows, iOS, and Android were using a vulnerable version of OpenSSL 1.0.1. However, the only way to exploit the vulnerability in the clients would be for an end user to connect to a Horizon View Connection Server or View security server that is running malicious code. Although it is possible for a man-in-the-middle server to try to jump into the connection, the Horizon Client checks the server’s SSL certificate. If the client has ever seen a fully verified certificate for a server and then sees a self-signed one, the client blocks the connection.

Our HTML Access client connects using the SSL/TLS functionality built into the browser, so the client did not require an update for Heartbleed. However, the agent that shipped with View 5.3 Feature Pack 1 had a Heartbleed vulnerability.

To address these issues, VMware released a 2.3.3 update for our Windows, iOS, and Android Horizon clients on April 14, 2014. We also posted a fix to the agent side of HTML Access for View 5.3 Feature Pack 2. For more information, see the Knowledge Base article VMware Horizon View and the Heartbleed Bug.

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VMware Horizon View Clients Update

By Kristina De Nike, Senior Product Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

I once lost a checker piece. I found a red button that looked so much like the original piece that while I was playing I almost never thought about the replacement. We expect our new, RDS-hosted applications feature to be like that for end users. With Horizon 6, the remote Windows apps feel so native that end users will regularly forget that the applications are not running locally. For more information, see the VMware Horizon Clients documentation.

In this significant update to the VMware Horizon Clients, users connecting to a Horizon 6 View Connection Server can access applications running on a Windows Remote Desktop Session host (RDS host) from the Horizon Client over PCoIP. The applications look and behave like applications running natively on the local computer. For instance, on the Mac, the application icon appears in the Mac dock, and application windows layer over each other, as you would expect (see Figure 1). This seamless application access is available in the Windows and Mac clients.

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Horizon 6 with PCoIP—Up to 30% Bandwidth Savings out of the Box!

By Tony Huynh, Product Line Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

As part of the exciting Horizon 6 launch, I want to share a few enhancements that have been made to our remote display protocol, PCoIP. These PCoIP enhancements will more fully optimize Horizon deployments.

PCoIP is a protocol that adapts to the available network bandwidth to provide the best user experience possible. However, in some network environments, it may be optimal to set the bandwidth usage lower, such as in a wide-area-network (WAN) environment.

As a result of collaborating closely with our customers and partners, VMware and Teradici have made a few changes to the PCoIP defaults. We have also made bandwidth-management enhancements on congested and lossy networks, which will provide better performance over WAN and wireless networks. Ultimately, what this means for end users is that they now get up to 30% bandwidth savings out of the box and a better experience on their wireless devices. The best part is that users do not have to do a thing to be able to take advantage of these improvements!
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ThinApp 5.0.1: Minor release number, but notable features!

By Tina de Benedictis, Senior Technical Marketing Manager, End-User Computing, VMware

VMware ThinApp 5.0.1 has just been released, and although this is a minor release number, some new features will make a difference in your application-packaging life.

Package.ini parameters now case-insensitive

Have you ever set a value for a Package.ini parameter, only to find out after much troubleshooting that it did not take effect because you did not copy the exact capitalization for the parameter? Well, no longer do you need to worry about capitalization for a Package.ini parameter! Package.ini parameters are now case-insensitive, so you can use all caps, all lowercase, or mixed case, and you will be correct no matter what you do. Thank you, ThinApp engineers!

For more information on setting Package.ini parameters, see the ThinApp Package.ini Parameters Reference Guide.

Enhanced tracking of ThinApp capture and deployment scenarios

When you opt in to sending your packaging information to VMware in the Quality Assurance Statistics window of ThinApp Setup Capture, what do you think is going on? You may in fact opt out because you think you want your packaging information private. But everyone gains if you opt in. And with ThinApp 5.0.1, VMware is collecting more information about your capture and deployment operating systems. This information helps VMware to know where to focus engineering efforts. By opting in, you are helping not only yourself, but also others like you. Opting in is essentially your vote for the most popular capture and deployment scenarios.

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Horizon 6.0 – Introducing Virtual SAN Integration

By Narasimha Krishnakumar, Director, Product Management, End-User Computing, VMware

On behalf of everyone on the End-User Computing (EUC) team at VMware, I’m proud to bring you another exciting product announcement from EUC.

View 5.3.1 was introduced early in the first quarter of 2014 to support Virtual SAN 5.5 GA. As you may have read recently, VMware announced the release of Horizon 6 (with View). With this release, we are continuing to expand the Virtual SAN integration capabilities delivered by Horizon. The Virtual SAN integration capabilities introduced in Horizon 6 deliver the following benefits to our customers:

  • Reduces CAPEX cost of storage by up to 50% when compared to the cost of using an external shared storage array based on magnetic disks
  • A package that contains both View and Virtual SAN
  • A simple three-step setup and management workflow
  • Performance capabilities similar to that of an all flash/all SSD external storage system

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