VMware Horizon View Client 5.4.1 for Windows Release Notes

Horizon View Client 5.4.1 for Windows (with Local Mode) | 19 June 2014

Last Updated: 19 June 2014

These release notes cover the following topics:

Key Features

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 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. 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 Pack 2.
  • 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 operating systems:
    • 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 edition
    • 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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Resolved Issues

  • 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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Known Issues

  • You 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 Administration document.
  • 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.
  • 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 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, 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 position.
    Workaround: Press Ctrl+Alt.
  • If you use smart cards with ActivClient middleware, to log in to a Windows 8 View desktop, you must have ActivClient 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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