You can configure USB policies for both View Agent and View Client for Windows to specify whether View Client should split composite USB devices into separate components for redirection, to restrict the types of USB devices that View Client makes available for redirection, and to make View Agent prevent certain USB devices from being forwarded from a client computer. You cannot use USB policies to control which USB devices can be used with a checked-out remote desktop.

If you have older versions of View Agent or View Client installed, not all the features of the USB redirection policies are available. Compatibility of USB Policy Settings shows how View applies the policies for different combinations of View Agent and View Client for Windows.

Compatibility of USB Policy Settings

View Agent Version

View Client Version

Effect of USB Policy Settings on USB Redirection

5.1 or later

5.1 or later

USB policy settings are applicable to both View Agent and View Client. You can use View Agent USB policy settings to block USB devices from being forwarded to a desktop. View Agent can send device splitting and filtering policy settings to View Client. You can use View Client USB policy settings to prevent USB devices from being redirected from a client computer to a desktop.

5.1 or later

5.0.x or earlier

USB policy settings apply only to View Agent. You can use View Agent USB policy settings to block USB devices from being forwarded to a desktop. You cannot use View Client USB policy settings to control which devices can be redirected from a client computer to a desktop. View Client cannot receive device splitting and filtering policy settings from View Agent. Existing registry settings for USB redirection by View Client remain valid.

5.0.x or earlier

5.1 or later

USB policy settings apply only to View Client. You can use View Client USB policy settings to prevent USB devices from being redirected from a client computer to a desktop. You cannot use View Agent USB policy settings to block USB devices from being forwarded to a desktop. View Agent cannot send device splitting and filtering policy settings to View Client.

5.0.x or earlier

5.0.x or earlier

USB policy settings do not apply. Existing registry settings for USB redirection by View Client remain valid.

If you upgrade View Client, any existing registry settings for USB redirection, such as HardwareIdFilters, remain valid until you define USB policies for View Client.

The Linux client does not support USB policies. You can use the USB policies for View Agent to control which USB devices are allowed to be forwarded from a Linux client to a desktop.