VMware Horizon View Client 5.4.1 for
Windows Release Notes
Horizon View Client 5.4.1 for Windows (with Local Mode) | 19 June
Last Updated: 19 June 2014
These release notes cover the following topics:
VMware Horizon View 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 Desktop, 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 View Client for
Windows is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon View for simple setup
- 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. View Client
for Windows also supports optional RADIUS and RSA SecurID
authentication. (RADIUS support was added with VMware View 5.1 and View
Client for Windows 5.1.)
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What's New in This Release
The 5.4.1 release of VMware Horizon View Client for Windows (with Local Mode) updates the
Horizon View Client for Windows 5.4.0 release as follows: The OpenSSL library is updated to version
0.9.8za for PCoIP when not running in FIPS Enabled Mode where necessary to address the CVE-2014-0224 and CVE-2014-3470 vulnerabilities.
The one exception to this is that the OpenSSL
libraries that are used when PCoIP is running in FIPS Enabled Mode have not been updated
to the latest versions for this release of the client. An updated version of the client will be released at
a later date that includes a FIPS certified module built with the recently patched versions of OpenSSL.
Other than providing the OpenSSL library enhancement, this release is exactly the same as the Horizon View
Client for Windows 5.4.0 release.
The 5.4.x releases of VMware Horizon View Client for Windows include the
following new features:
- Real-Time Audio-Video - You can now use webcams and
microphones in a virtual desktop and run Skype, Webex, Google Hangouts,
and other online conferencing applications. 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. Requires a VMware
Horizon View 5.2 virtual desktop with the Remote Experience Agent
installed. This agent is included with VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature
- Microsoft Lync support on Windows 8 client systems
- You can now use a Microsoft Lync 2013 client on a Windows 7 or Windows
8 Horizon View desktop to participate in Unified Communications (UC)
VoIP (voice over IP) and video chat calls with Lync certified USB audio
and video devices. Requires Horizon View 5.2 servers, and desktop
connections must be made with the PCoIP display protocol. Recording
audio is not yet supported. See the End User Computing Blog entry.
- Flash URL Redirection - You can now use Adobe Media
Server and multicast to deliver live video events in a virtual desktop
infrastructure (VDI) environment. Streaming Flash content directly to
client endpoints lowers the load on the datacenter ESXi host, removes
the extra routing through the datacenter, and reduces bandwidth
requirements. Requires a VMware Horizon View 5.2 virtual desktop with
the Remote Experience Agent installed. This agent is included with
VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 2.
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The user interface and documentation for Horizon View Client are
available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese,
Traditional Chinese, and Korean.
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Before You Begin
- VMware Horizon View Client for Windows requires one of the following
- 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8, 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
- 32-bit Windows XP SP3, Home or Professional edition
- VMware Horizon View Client for Windows is supported with VMware View
4.6.1 or later, 5.0.1 or later, 5.1.x, and Horizon View 5.2.
- To install, download the installer from the VMware Horizon
View Client download page.
- For more system requirements and installation instructions, see Using VMware Horizon View Client for Windows.
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- Previously, if you plugged a USB
1.x or 2.x device into a USB 3.x port on a client that used an Intel or
AMD USB controller, the device was not detected by View Client.
- Previously, if the client system's computer name
included some special Korean characters, the Connect USB Devices menu
was hidden. This issue has been resolved.
- View Client 5.3 for Windows could not redirect
ScanLogic USB devices to a View desktop. This issue has been resolved.
- Previously, occasionally even if a USB 2.0
device was plugged into a USB 2.0 port, the device was incorrectly
detected as a USB 3.0 device and was not listed in the View Client's
Connect USB Devices menu. This issue has been resolved.
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cannot launch a PCoIP session if the PCoIP client image cache size is
larger than available memory on the client system. This issue is more
likely to occur with thin clients or if you connect to more than one
View desktop at a time.
Workaround: Set a View
desktop GPO to reduce the size of the image cache. For instructions, see
the section called "View PCoIP General Session Variables" in the
"Configuring Policies" chapter of the VMware Horizon View
- 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
Workaround: Manually close the redirected
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
Workaround: Update to a newer
version of Skype.
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.
you have multiple monitors with different screen resolutions, if you
expand Horizon View 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
Workaround: Press Ctrl+Alt.
you use smart cards with ActivClient middleware, to log in to a Windows
8 View desktop, you must have ActivClient 22.214.171.124 or later installed on
both the client system and the View desktop.
For more known issues, see the known issues for View Client and Remote Desktop Experience section of the
VMware Horizon View 5.2 Release Notes
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