Features included in VMware View support usability, security, centralized control, and scalability.

The following features provide a familiar experience for the end user:

On Microsoft Windows client devices, print from a virtual desktop to any local or networked printer that is defined on the Windows client device. This virtual printer feature solves compatibility issues and does not require you to install additional print drivers in a virtual machine.

On any client device, use the location-based printing feature to map to printers that are physically near the client system. Location-based printing does require that you install print drivers in the virtual machine.

Use multiple monitors. With PCoIP multiple-monitor support, you can adjust the display resolution and rotation separately for each monitor.

Access USB devices and other peripherals that are connected to the local device that displays your virtual desktop.

You can specify which types of USB devices end users are allowed to connect to. For composite devices that contain multiple types of devices, such as a video input device and a storage device, you can split the device so that one device (for example, the video input device) is allowed but the other device (for example, the storage device) is not.

Use View Persona Management to retain user settings and data between sessions even after the desktop has been refreshed or recomposed. View Persona Management has the ability to replicate user profiles to a remote profile store (CIFS share) at configurable intervals.

You can also use a standalone version of View Persona Management on physical computers and virtual machines that are not managed by View.

VMware View offers the following security features, among others:

Use two-factor authentication, such as RSA SecurID or RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service), or smart cards to log in.

Use pre-created Active Directory accounts when provisioning View desktops in environments that have read-only access policies for Active Directory.

Use SSL tunneling to ensure that all connections are completely encrypted.

Use VMware High Availability to host desktops and to ensure automatic failover.

Scalability features depend on the VMware virtualization platform to manage both desktops and servers:

Integrate with VMware vSphere to achieve cost-effective densities, high levels of availability, and advanced resource allocation control for your virtual desktops.

Use the View storage accelerator feature to support end-user logins at larger scales with the same storage resources. This storage accelerator uses features in the vSphere 5 platform to create a host memory cache of common block reads.

Configure View Connection Server to broker connections between end users and the virtual desktops that they are authorized to access.

Use View Composer to quickly create desktop images that share virtual disks with a master image. Using linked clones in this way conserves disk space and simplifies the management of patches and updates to the operating system.

The following features provide centralized administration and management:

Use Microsoft Active Directory to manage access to virtual desktops and to manage policies.

Use View Persona Management to simplify and streamline migration from physical to virtual desktops.

Use the Web-based administrative console to manage virtual desktops from any location.

Use a template, or master image, to quickly create and provision pools of desktops.

Send updates and patches to virtual desktops without affecting user settings, data, or preferences.