With View Client with Local Mode, users can check out and download a View desktop to a local system such as a laptop. Administrators can manage these local View desktops by setting policies for the frequency of backups and contact with the server, access to USB devices, and permission to check in desktops.

For employees at remote offices with poor network connections, applications run faster on a local View desktop than on a remote desktop. Also, users can use the local version of the desktop with or without a network connection.

If a network connection is present on the client system, the desktop that is checked out continues to communicate with View Connection Server to provide policy updates, and ensure that locally cached authentication criteria is current. By default, contact is attempted every 6 minutes.

View desktops in local mode behave in the same way as their remote desktop equivalents, yet can take advantage of local resources. Latency is eliminated, and performance is enhanced. Users can disconnect from their local View desktop and log in again without connecting to the View Connection Server. After network access is restored, or when the user is ready, the checked-out virtual machine can be backed up, rolled back, or checked in.

Local resource utilization

After a local desktop is checked out, it can take advantage of the memory and CPU capabilities of the local system. For example, memory available beyond what is required for the host and guest operating systems is usually split between the host and the local View desktop, regardless of the memory settings that are specified for the virtual machine in vCenter Server. Similarly, the local View desktop can automatically use up to two CPUs available on the local system, and you can configure the local desktop to use up to four CPUs.

Although a local desktop can take advantage of local resources, a Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista View desktop that is created on an ESX/ESXi 3.5 host cannot produce 3D and Windows Aero effects. This limitation applies even when the desktop is checked out for local use on a Windows 8, Windows 7, or Windows Vista host. Windows Aero and 3D effects are available only if the View desktop is created using vSphere 4.x or later.

Conserving datacenter resources by requiring local mode

You can reduce datacenter costs associated with bandwidth, memory, and CPU resources by requiring that View desktops be downloaded and used only in local mode. This strategy is sometimes called a bring-your-own-PC program for employees and contractors.

Check-outs

When the View desktop is checked out, a snapshot is taken in vCenter Server, to preserve the state of the virtual machine. The vCenter Server version of the desktop is locked so that no other users can access it. When a View desktop is locked, vCenter Serveroperations are disabled, including operations such as powering on the online desktop, taking snapshots, and editing the virtual machine settings. View administrators can, however, still monitor the local session and access the vCenter Server version to remove access or roll back the desktop.

Backups

During backups, a snapshot is taken on the client system, to preserve the state of the checked-out virtual machine. The delta between this snapshot and the snapshot in vCenter Server is replicated to vCenter Server and merged with the snapshot there. The View desktop in vCenter Server is updated with all new data and configurations, but the local desktop remains checked out on the local system and the lock remains in place in vCenter Server.

Rollbacks

During rollbacks, the local View desktop is discarded and the lock is released in vCenter Server. Future client connections are directed to the View desktop in vCenter Server until the desktop is checked out again.

Check-ins

When a View desktop is checked in, a snapshot is taken on the client system, to preserve the state of the virtual machine. The delta between this snapshot and the snapshot in vCenter Server is replicated to vCenter Server and merged with the snapshot there. The virtual machine in vCenter Server is unlocked. Future client connections are directed to the View desktop in vCenter Server until the desktop is checked out again.

The data on each local system is encrypted with AES. 128-bit encryption is the default, but you can configure 192-bit or 256-bit encryption. The desktop has a lifetime controlled through policy. If the client loses contact with View Connection Server, the maximum time without server contact is the period in which the user can continue to use the desktop before the user is refused access. Similarly, if user access is removed, the client system becomes inaccessible when the cache expires or after the client detects this change through View Connection Server.

View Client with Local Mode has the following limitations and restrictions:

You must have a Horizon View license that includes the Local Mode component.

End users cannot access their local desktop while rollbacks and check-ins are taking place.

This feature is available only for virtual machines that are managed by vCenter Server.

You cannot use View Persona Management with desktops that run in local mode.

Assigning application packages created with VMware ThinApp is not supported for View desktops that are downloaded and used in local mode. Rolling back a desktop might cause View Connection Server to have incorrect information about the ThinApps on the rolled-back desktop.

For security reasons, you cannot access the host CD-ROM from within the View desktop.

Also for security reasons, you cannot copy and paste text or system objects such as files and folders between the local system and the View desktop.