VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2 Release Notes

Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2 | 11 July 2013

Last Updated: 11 July 2013

These release notes cover the following topics:

What's New in This Release

VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2 includes the following new features:

  • Flash URL Redirection - Customers can now use Adobe Media Server and multicast to deliver live video events in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment. To deliver multicast live video streams within a VDI environment, the media stream should be sent directly from the media source to the endpoints, bypassing the virtual desktops. The Flash URL Redirection feature supports this capability by intercepting and redirecting the ShockWave Flash (SWF) file from the virtual desktop to the client endpoint.
  • Real-Time Audio-Video - Real-Time Audio-Video allows Horizon View users to run Skype, Webex, Google Hangouts, and other online conferencing applications on their virtual desktops. With Real-Time Audio-Video, webcam and audio devices that are connected locally to the client system are redirected to the remote desktop. This feature redirects video and audio data to the desktop with a significantly lower bandwidth than can be achieved by using USB redirection. Real-Time Audio-Video is compatible with standard conferencing applications and supports standard webcams, audio USB devices, and analog audio input.
  • Unity Touch improvements - You can now add a favorite application or file from a list of search results, and you can now use the Unity Touch sidebar to minimize a running application's window. Requires users to connect to their desktops from VMware Horizon View Client for iOS 2.1 or later, or VMware Horizon View Client for Android 2.1 or later.

Features Provided in Earlier Releases

The following features and components were introduced in VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1:

  • Remote Experience Agent installer - The Remote Experience Agent installs Feature Pack components on Horizon View desktops, enhancing the remote desktop experience provided by View Agent 5.2. The initial release installed Unity Touch and the HTML Access Agent on Horizon View desktops. (The current release also installs Flash URL Redirection and Real-Time Audio-Video.) These components are installed by default when you run the installer.
  • HTML Access Agent - HTML Access allows users to connect to virtual desktops from their Web browsers without having to install Horizon View Client software on their client systems. The HTML Access Agent, which runs on Horizon View desktops, is the component that enables users to use HTML Access to connect to their desktops. You must install the Remote Experience Agent with the HTML Access Agent on the desktops that you want to be accessed via HTML Access.
  • Unity Touch - Unity Touch enhances the way that mobile client users access a desktop. Instead of trying to manipulate a full desktop image on a small device screen, users can browse between apps and documents in a native mobile user interface without seeing the desktop. The VMware Horizon View Client documents for mobile devices provide more information about end user features provided by Unity Touch.
  • HTML Access installer - This installer configures View Connection Server instances to allow users to select HTML Access to connect to desktops. After you run the HTML Access installer, the View Portal displays an HTML Access icon in addition to the View Client icon.
    You must run this installer if you want to use HTML Access to connect to desktops in a Horizon View deployment. Running this installer is also required if your users go through Horizon Workspace and select HTML Access to connect to desktops.

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The user interface and documentation for Horizon View Feature Pack are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, and Korean.

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Before You Begin

  • Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2 is supported on View Agent 5.2.x and View Connection Server 5.2.x.
  • To upgrade the Remote Experience Agent and HTML Access software from an earlier release, simply run the current versions of the installers. No additional steps are required. As a best practice, always upgrade to the current Feature Pack release to obtain the latest components, updates, and improvements.
  • For more information about system requirements, installation, and upgrade, see the VMware Horizon View Feature Pack Installation and Administration document.

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Known Issues

The known issues are grouped as follows:

Remote Experience Agent

  • Uninstalling the Remote Experience Agent does not return certain files that were installed with View Agent 5.2 to the state they were in before the Remote Experience Agent was installed.
    Workaround: To return your View Agent files to their original state, uninstall and reinstall View Agent.
  • Under certain conditions, you can uninstall the Remote Experience Agent from within a Horizon View desktop session, which leaves open the possibility that an end user might inadvertently uninstall the Remote Experience Agent from the desktop.This issue occurs when you use View Client to connect to the desktop over RDP or use HTML Access to connect to the desktop from a browser. This issue does not occur when you connect over PCoIP.
    Workaround: Do not uninstall the Remote Experience Agent from within a desktop session. If appropriate, warn end users not to take this action.

HTML Access

Flash URL Redirection

  • If you close an IE 8 browser in the desktop while Flash URL Redirection is in effect, the redirected video remains open on the client system.
    Workaround: Manually close the redirected video window.

Real-Time Audio-Video

  • If you install Skype 6.0.x.x on a Horizon View desktop, the Skype application might not detect a webcam that you have plugged into your client system.
    Workaround: Update to the latest version of Skype.

Horizon View and Blast Secure Gateway

  • If you change the VMware View Blast Secure Gateway (absg.log) log level on a View Connection Server instance from Info to Debug, the log level remains Info. (You change the log level by opening the Set View Connection Server Log Levels on a View Connection Server instance, changing the absg log level, and restarting the VMware View Blast Secure Gateway service.) Changing the log level from Debug to Info works properly.
    Workaround: None.

Unity Touch

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