VMware Horizon FLEX remotely manages Workstation and Fusion desktops

Securely enabling the offline BYOPC & Mac culture for contractors, road-warriors and employees


Get users up and running in no time.

Find out why all of your users can rely on Horizon FLEX to access the corporate network wherever they are, without compromising security or corporate compliance.

What Horizon FLEX Does


Horizon FLEX provides central management for Workstation and Fusion. It pushes policy and authorizes access to corporate-sanctioned second desktops. Administrators can set and update restrictions to USB access and interactions with the host computer.


  • Flexible deployment
  • Central policy
  • Disconnected execution
  • Windows management
  • Cost reduction

Embrace BYOPC & Macs

Deliver centrally policy managed, secure containerized corporate desktops to contractors, road-warriors and field workers on PCs and Macs. Enjoy peace-of-mind knowing that remote systems only interact with corporate-approved 3rd party devices. Reclaim Windows' licenses by revoking remote desktops or setting an expiration date. Allow users to select their own hardware and host operating systems (such as Windows 10 or macOS Sierra) while you continue to deliver a desktop that’s secure, tried and tested.

Legacy Extension

Extend the life of legacy applications using centrally controlled local virtual desktops on modern hardware. Take advantage of the latest in compliance and threat management technologies while continuing to deploy mission critical legacy applications on modern hardware. Avoid expensive support contracts by packaging Windows XP applications as virtual containers, and execute them, unchanged, within trusted environments.

Cost Avoidance

Reduce both the CapEx and OpEx costs associated with operating remote laptops by switching to centrally controlled, cloud distributed, local virtual machines. Reduce CapEx by up to 75% by running multiple Windows and Linux desktops on the same laptop simultaneously, enabling field-workers and engineers to enjoy flexibility and convenience. Distribute corporate-standard desktops via USB or the cloud, reducing OpEx by eliminating the costs associated with shipping laptops during M&A, employee onboarding, maintenance and refresh cycles.


Horizon FLEX is a proven solution for saving CAPEX and OPEX when employing contractors.


Horizon FLEX - Contractor ROI

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Policy Based

Deliver local virtual desktops to remote users with over 70 policy control points

AD Integration

Assign desktops and policy to remote, disconnected users based on Active Directory credentials.

Data Controls

Control the flow of data between the physical computer and the local virtual desktop using encryption, clipboard, and file sharing policies.

USB Controls

Specify the peripheral category or specific external devices that the local virtual desktop can / cannot use.

License Control

Control the life span of virtual desktop with remote lock, wipe and auto-expiration.

Legacy Applications

Deliver legacy applications and operating systems, securely on modern hardware.

Network Controls

Specify the settings for the virtual Ethernet card. Use the console to set MAC address ranges.

Windows Management

Incorporate VMware Mirage for next-generation Windows image management, backup and recovery.


Tested Host Operating Systems

VMware has verified the following host operating systems as compatible with the Horizon FLEX Clients:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 7
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite
  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Tested Local Virtual Desktops

VMware has verified the following guest operating systems as compatible with the Horizon FLEX Clients:

  • Windows 10
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7
  • Windows XP
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Ubuntu 15.10
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2016


Fusion / Workstation
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Fusion / Workstation *Only if you buy both
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Features Network controls
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Features Resource controls
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Features USB device access
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Features Active Directory integration
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Features Central management
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Features Remote policy enforcement
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Features Desktop deployment & entitlement
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Features Windows management
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Features Windows backup / restore
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Features Remote lock & wipe
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Horizon FLEX is sold in packs of 10 and contains the following:

  • 1 license for the Horizon FLEX Policy Server
  • 1 license for the VMware Mirage Server
  • 10 licenses for the Horizon FLEX Clients (Fusion Pro or Workstation Player)
  • Licenses for the VMware Mirage Client

The Horizon FLEX client licenses are free from territory restrictions.