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VMware Horizon Client for Windows Release Notes

Horizon Client for Windows 3.4 | 4 June 2015

Last Updated: 9 June 2015

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

VMware Horizon Client for Windows makes it easy to access your Windows virtual desktop with the best possible user experience on the Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).

  • Support for Windows 8 and 8.1 (with Updates) and Windows 7 systems - Windows XP and Windows Vista are supported only with Horizon Client 3.2.1 and earlier. See Resolved in Horizon Client 3.2.1.
  • Unmatched performance - The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP display protocol are optimized to deliver the best user experience, even over low-bandwidth and high-latency connections. Your desktop is fast and responsive regardless of where you are.
  • Simple connectivity - Horizon Client for Windows is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon 6 for simple setup and connectivity.
  • Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office, your data is delivered securely to you wherever you are. SSL/TLS encryption is always used to protect user credentials, and enhanced certificate checking is performed on the client. Horizon Client for Windows also supports optional RADIUS and RSA SecurID authentication.

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What's New in This Release

The 3.4 release of Horizon Client for Windows includes the following new features:

  • Client drive redirection
    Users can now share folders and drives on their Windows client systems with remote desktops and applications. This feature is called client drive redirection. Requires View Agent 6.1.1 or later.
  • Serial port redirection
    With serial port redirection, users can redirect locally connected serial (COM) ports such as built-in RS232 ports or USB-to-serial adapters. Devices such as printers, bar code readers, and other serial devices can be connected to these ports and used in the remote desktops.
  • Support for Windows Media Multimedia Redirection (MMR) for RDS desktops
    Windows Media MMR is now supported for videos playing on RDS desktops. In past releases, this feature was supported only on VDI desktops that run on single-user machines. For details about supported desktops, see see System Requirements for Windows Media MMR in the Setting Up Desktop and Application Pools in View guide.
  • Linux remote desktops
    Administrators can set up a Linux virtual machine as a remote desktop. End users can log in to a Linux remote desktop from Horizon Client for Windows. Requires View Agent 6.1.1 or later and Horizon Client for Windows 3.4. Not all features are supported in this release. For more information, see Setting Up Horizon 6 for Linux Desktops.
  • Usability enhancements when using multiple monitors
    You can now change the display mode, such as from All Monitors mode to Fullscreen mode, without having to disconnect from the desktop. Also, if you have Horizon Client use only one monitor, the client remembers which monitor was used the last time you launched the desktop. This preference is remembered on a per-desktop basis.
  • Shade menu bar can be repositioned
    When you use All Monitors mode or Fullscreen mode, a shade menu bar appears at the top of the window, in the center. You can now drag the shade menu bar horizontally if you need to slide it out of the way.
  • Temporary removal of FIPS mode support
    For security reasons, this release does not support FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) mode. If your company requires that clients be FIPS-enabled, do not upgrade to Horizon Client 3.4. Wait for a future release.

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Internationalization

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

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Before You Begin

  • The OpenSSL library has been updated to version openssl-1.0.1m.
  • VMware Horizon Client for Windows requires one of the following operating systems:
    • 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8, 8.1, or 8.1 Update, Enterprise or Pro edition
    • 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 SP1, Home, Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional edition
  • VMware Horizon Client for Windows is supported with the latest maintenance release of Horizon View 5.3.x, VMware Horizon 6.0.x, or VMware Horizon 6 version 6.1.x.
  • To install, download the installer from the VMware Horizon Client download page.
  • For more system requirements and installation instructions, see Using VMware Horizon Client for Windows.

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Resolved Issues

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.4

  • Previously, the mouse pointer would sometimes jump to the middle of a remote desktop window. For example, this issue could occur if you minimized or closed a window for an application other than Horizon Client, or if you restored a remote desktop window that had been minimized, or if you move your mouse pointer from another window to a remote desktop window, or while inside a remote desktop window, you pressed the Caps Lock key or Scroll Lock key so that the lock status on the client system is different from the lock status in the remote desktop. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, the scanner redirection feature did not work with the Microsoft Fax and Scan application. This issue has been resolved.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.3

  • Previously, certain WIA scanning devices did not appear in the Scanner Redirection for VMware Horizon menu on the desktop after the devices' drivers were installed and the devices were plugged into the client computer. This issue has been resolved.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.2.1 (Released on 9 June 2015)

  • Horizon Client for Windows 3.2.1 is the last version of Horizon Client that is supported for installing on Windows XP and Vista client operating systems. For more details, see Retiring Old OSes: XP, Vista, Mac OS X 10.6 & 10.7.
  • Previously, if you wanted to change the display mode, such as from All Monitors mode to Fullscreen mode, you had to first disconnect from the desktop. This issue has been resoved only in Horizon Client 3.2.1 and 3.4. You can now right-click the system tray (notification area) icon on the client system to open the Settings window and change the display mode. For more information, see the online help topic called "Change the Display Mode While a Desktop Window Is Open." Although this topic states that you must have Horizon Client 3.4, the feature is also available in Horizon Client 3.2.1.
  • Previously, the mouse pointer would sometimes jump to the middle of a remote desktop window. For example, this issue could occur if you minimized or closed a window for an application other than Horizon Client, or if you restored a remote desktop window that had been minimized, or if you move your mouse pointer from another window to a remote desktop window, or while inside a remote desktop window, you pressed the Caps Lock key or Scroll Lock key so that the lock status on the client system is different from the lock status in the remote desktop. This issue has been resolved only in Horizon Client 3.2.1 and Horizon Client 3.4.
  • Previously, if you connected to a Windows Server 2008 R2 remote desktop, the virtual printing feature sometimes did not work correctly, so that instead of having a redirected virtual printer as the default, the Printers and Devices list in the remote desktop showed the location-based printer as the default. This issue has been resolved in Horizon Client 3.2.0 and later releases.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.1

  • Previously, remote applications that depended on user interaction with the System Tray could not be shut down. This issue has been resolved. System tray items from the remote desktop now appear in the system tray of the client system.

Resolved in Horizon Client 3.0

  • Previously, the client did not support connections via proxy server if the proxy details were configured using group policy preferences. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, if you used the Log In as Current User feature, the connection might fail unless you logged in to the local operating system as an admin user. This issue occurred if the primary DNS name was different from the primary domain name. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, if you enabled the group policy setting called "Disable sending CAD when users press Ctrl+Alt+Del" in the remote desktop, then on the Windows client, selecting "Send Ctrl-Alt-Delete" from the menu bar had no effect. Also, using the Ctrl+Alt+Insert key combination had no effect. These issues have been resolved.
  • Previously, if you used a Windows 8.1 client device and attempted to configure a Philips SpeechMike USB device to be split and redirected to the View desktop, the USB redirection would fail.
    This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, the client could not connect to a server if the server short name was used. This issue has been resolved.
  • Previously, under certain connection failure conditions, the following error message appeared, even if the server did not provide a self-signed certificate: "Cannot verify your connection. The server provided a self-signed certificate instead of a verifiable certificate." This issue has been resolved so that the client no longer presents an incorrect failure message.
  • Previously, if you used a tablet client device, if you moved the mouse pointer within 10 mm of the top of the screen, the tab for the shade dropped down. This issue has been resolved so that the shade does not drop down unless you move the pointer to the very top of the screen.

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Known Issues

  • On Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 desktops, if you remove a drive from being shared on the desktop, Windows Explorer continues to display the removed drive in the guest operating system.
    Workaround: Close and reopen Windows Explorer.
  • On Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 desktops, if you open files in a shared folder on the desktop, disconnect from the desktop, and reconnect to the desktop, the left navigation pane in Windows Explorer displays duplicate entries for the shared drive.
    Workaround: Close and reopen Windows Explorer.
  • On Windows 7 client systems, you cannot use the Windows Media MMR feature with videos that use Dolby AC3 audio. On Windows 7 clients, Windows Media Foundation does not have the proper codec to support Dolby AC3 audio files. This issue does not occur on Windows 8.x clients.
  • In the Settings dialog box, pressing the Tab key has no effect.
  • Sometimes the virtual printing feature and location-based printing feature are not able to display the correct list of printers in the Devices and Printers window of a remote, session-based desktop. This issue can occur with desktops provided by Windows Server 2012 RDS hosts. The printers shown within applications are correct, however.
    Workaround: Log off the desktop running on the Windows Server host and reconnect to it.
  • Virtual printing might not work if you connect to a remote desktop using RDP, open Horizon Client on the remote desktop, launch a nested application session, and then log off and log back in to the desktop. When you try to print from the nested application, the expected printer list might not appear. This issue only occurs after you log back in to the desktop.
    Workaround: Reset the application on the remote desktop. To avoid having to set applications, use PCoIP for both ends of the session-in-session connection. That is, use PCoIP to connect to the remote desktop and use PCoIP to connect from within the desktop to the nested application. If you are using location-based printing, you can resolve this issue by closing and reopening the application's print dialog box.
  • If multiple Horizon clients connect to the same RDS desktop or remote application simultaneously and map to a location-based printer with the same name, the printer appears in the first client session, but not in later client sessions. This problem also occurs for client-redirected virtual printers.
    Workaround: For the client sessions in which the printer does not appear, perform a manual refresh. For a remote desktop, press F5 or refresh the Devices and Printers window. For a remote application, close and reopen the application print dialog box. The location-based printer appears in the printer list.
  • In a nested, or session-in-session, implementation of Horizon Client, the virtual printing feature works only for remote applications and not for desktops. An example of a session-in-session implementation is one in which an end user logs in to Horizon Client on a thin client, so that the Horizon Client interface is the only one the end user sees, and the end user then launches a nested version of Horizon Client in order to use a remote application provided by an RDS host.
  • If your client operating system is Windows 8.1 and you launch a Microsoft RDP session, pressing Ctrl+Alt+Insert does not send Ctrl+Alt+Del to the remote virtual desktop.
    Workaround: Upgrade the operating system by installing Windows 8.1 Update.
  • If you use a touch-enabled screen on your client system to work in a View desktop, do not use the Enable Relative Mouse feature. This feature provides improved mouse performance for 3D and CAD applications, but for touch-enabled screens and tablets, the mouse coordinates are not translated properly, even in 3D and CAD applications.
  • If you have multiple monitors with different screen resolutions and expand Horizon Client to all monitors and then select the Enable Relative Mouse feature, occasionally, the mouse pointer might not be able to move downward beyond a certain position.
    Workaround: Press Ctrl+Alt.
  • For more information about known issues with features specific to Horizon 6 version 6.1, see the Release Notes for VMware Horizon 6 version 6.1.
  • For information about known issues with the scanner redirection and Windows Media multimedia redirection (MMR) features, see the Release Notes for VMware Horizon 6.0.2 (with View).

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