VMware Horizon Client for Windows Release Notes

Horizon Client for Windows 3.2 | 9 December 2014

Last Updated: 9 December 2014

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, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP systems.
  • 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 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 3.2 release of Horizon Client for Windows includes the following new features:

  • Windows Media Multimedia redirection (MMR) -- Windows Media MMR, provided for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 desktops and clients, redirects the multimedia stream directly to the client computer. Users can play videos in Windows Media Player or Internet Explorer. The feature supports the media formats that are supported on Windows Media Player. Windows Media MMR is supported on both 2D- and 3D-enabled desktops. Windows Media MMR is also supported on View Agent Direct-Connection desktops.
  • Scanner redirection -- Scanner redirection allows View users to scan information in their remote desktops and applications with scanners that are connected locally to their client computers. This feature is supported on VDI desktops running on single-user machines and on RDS desktops and applications.
  • Persistent settings in location-based printing -- Printer settings for location-based printers are retained after a user logs out or disconnects from the desktop. After the user logs in to the desktop again, the location-based printer continues to use the previously configured settings.
  • Local IME support for remote applications -- When using non-English keyboards and locales, you can use an IME (input method editor) installed in your local system to send non-English characters to a remote hosted application. No IME is required on the RDS host.

Note: All of these features require that View Agent 6.0.2 be installed in the remote desktop. For more information, see the Release Notes for VMware Horizon 6.0.2 (with View).

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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 is updated to version openssl-1.0.1i.
  • 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 or no service pack, Home, Enterprise, Ultimate, or Professional edition
    • 32-bit Windows Vista SP2, Home, Enterprise, Ultimate, or Business edition
    • 32-bit Windows XP SP3, Home or Professional edition
  • VMware Horizon Client for Windows is supported with the latest maintenance release of Horizon View 5.3.x or VMware Horizon 6.0.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 3.2

  • 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

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

  • Certain WIA scanning devices might not appear in the Scanner Redirection for VMware Horizon menu on the desktop after the devices' drivers are installed and the devices are plugged into the client computer.
    Workaround: Reboot the client computer and, if the physical device required a reboot when you first installed its driver, reboot the client computer again.
  • 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 2012 RDS 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 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.
  • With regards to the Real-Time Audio-Video feature, if you install Skype 6.0.x.x on a Horizon View 5.3 or earlier desktop, the Skype application might not detect a webcam that you have plugged into your client system. This issue does not occur if the remote desktop is running View Agent 6.0 or later.
    Workaround: Update to a newer version of Skype.
  • 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 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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