At the end of last week VMware released the latest version of VMware Horizon 6.1.1. The version number would suggest that this update contains only minor changes or bugfixes, but in fact has some very nice new features.

  • Client Drive Redirection Users can share folders and drives on their local client systems with remote desktops and applications. Client Drive Redirection is supported on VDI desktops that run on single-user machines and on RDS desktops and applications. The feature is supported on Windows clients and, as a Tech Preview, on Mac OS X clients.
  • Horizon 6 for Linux Desktops You can now deploy Horizon 6 desktops on Linux virtual machines. With the View Agent for Linux installer, you can set up parent virtual machines or templates that run on Ubuntu, RHEL, CentOS, or NeoKylin and deploy Linux-based VDI desktop pools in View Administrator. You can configure Linux virtual machines to use vDGA to support 3D graphics applications running on NVIDIA GRID GPU cards. Some features such as SSO, automated provisioning, and local device redirection are not supported in this release.
  • 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.
  • HTML Access Support for Hosted Apps Users can now connect to Hosted Apps from HTML Access Web clients. To take advantage of this feature, you must download and install a separate HTML Access installer from the Horizon 6 version 6.1.1 download page.

Upgrading Horizon 6 to the latest version requires some additional steps you need to be aware of. You can find instructions in this readme document from VMware or have a look at the short bullit version over at ITuDA.com.

For more information on this release head on over to the vmware release note site.

Client Drive Redirection is a feature that I got asked about by end users for a long time. And I am glad to see that it is now available with VMware Horizon to.