VMware Horizon FLEX 1.7 Release Notes

VMware Horizon FLEX 1.7 | 8 DEC 2015

Last updated: 8 DEC 2015

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About VMware Horizon FLEX

VMware Horizon FLEX enables companies to provision and manage local, corporate virtual desktops to workers that were previously difficult or costly to support.

For more information, see the broader VMware Horizon FLEX documentation, or specifically the VMware Horizon FLEX 1.7 Documentation Center

Key Features

  • Flexible Deployment Options - Standardized virtual desktops for PC and Mac end users can be provisioned for customers, contractors, or remote employees through the corporate network or on a USB drive.
  • Centralized Control - Centralized policy-based management provides a central point of entitlement and control. Device control can allow or deny use of peripheral devices, expiration control enables IT to set a timeframe for virtual desktops to expire, and remote kill can disable virtual desktops remotely in case of theft, termination, or lack of corporate compliance.
  • Local Execution - End users receive access to a rich desktop experience through VMware industry-leading clients. Productivity is ensured, even when users are on the road or are disconnected from the network.
  • Unified Image Management - Virtual desktops can be managed as a set of logical layers owned by IT or the end user. Dynamic layers for desktop and application management, provided by VMware Mirage technology, enable IT-managed layers to be updated while maintaining end-user files and personalization.
  • IT Cost Reductions - Enable Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC) and support Macs in the enterprise without having to manage the entire Mac. This feature can reduce training needs by enabling employees to use their system of choice, expedite new employee onboarding, and eliminate the cost of deploying and managing a physical laptop.

Learn more about Horizon FLEX at: http://www.vmware.com/products/horizon-flex.

What's New

  • Self-signed certificate support - Better error reporting and updated certificate field checking.
  • Improved policy editing interface - A more intuitive interface for editing policies.
  • Automatic CPU & memory sizing – When default settings for the virtual machine are too high for the host hardware, the client automatically tries to boot with settings based on available resources.
  • Updated camera policy – Camera policy now applied to built-in cameras on the USB and PCI bus.

Guest Operating System Support Statement

Windows 10, Windows Server 2012, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 15.10 guest operating systems are supported by Horizon FLEX clients, but you cannot use VMware Mirage at this time to manage the following virtual machines.

  • Windows 10
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Ubuntu

Prior Releases

Features and Known Issues from prior releases of VMware Horizon FLEX are described in the release notes for each release. To view release notes for prior releases of VMware Horizon FLEX, click the following links:

Known Issues

The following issues might occur in this version of Horizon FLEX.

  • A Horizon FLEX virtual machine with Active Directory password enabled cannot be reverted to a source virtual machine
    For the Horizon FLEX virtual machine with Active Directory password enabled, you cannot remove the virtual machine restriction, but you can edit the restriction configuration.
    Workaround: You can create a new source virtual machine based on the previous source virtual machine. The new source virtual machine must have a different virtual machine ID than the previous source virtual machine, which you can accomplish by removing the restriction on the previous source virtual machine and enabling the restriction again.
  • If you block video class devices and use a camera's PID and VID, users are not able to use the camera with a virtual machine
    The following actions do not work to specify a camera for users.
    1. Edit the Device control panel of the policy editing page
    2. Set the Global Use of USB devices to Custom.
    3. Select the video class to block.
    4. Add an item to the allowed device list using the camera's USB product ID (PID) and vendor ID (VID).

    The preceding settings do not take effect. Users cannot use the camera because the blocked video class overrides the customized settings.

    Workaround: Allow video class devices in the Global Use of the USB devices settings of the policy to allow users to use the camera with the virtual machine.

  • The use of an invalid certificate on the VMware Horizon FLEX server might prevent the virtual machine from connecting to the VMware Horizon FLEX server
    When an invalid certificate is used on the VMware Horizon FLEX server, for example when you update a certificate, an error message appears in the FLEX client regarding the certificate. From that point forward, even if you remove the invalid certificate, the virtual machine does not connect to the server again.
    Workaround:
    • To prevent this issue from occurring, when you set up or update certificates on the Horizon FLEX server, use valid certificates only. See instructions for updating trusted certificates on the Horizon FLEX server.
    • The following workarounds explain how to fix the issue of invalid certificates on the Horizon FLEX server. To fix the issue, the administrator must follow the steps in the Horizon FLEX Administration Guide to delete invalid certificates and use valid certificates.
      • If you downloaded the Horizon FLEX virtual machine for the first time or you do not have any use for the Horizon FLEX virtual machine, delete the Horizon FLEX virtual machine from the local disk. Download the Horizon FLEX virtual machine again after the issue is fixed on the Horizon FLEX server.
      • If you have been using the Horizon FLEX virtual machine for a while, back up your data from the guest operating system once it is powered on. Download the Horizon FLEX virtual machine after the issue is fixed on the Horizon FLEX server.

Resolved Issues

  • Fusion users cannot add a USB camera to the virtual machine even if it is enabled in the USB policy
    When you configure the Horizon FLEX server to enable a USB camera, users still cannot add a USB camera as a device. The camera is not listed in the available USB devices.

    This issue is resolved.
  • Powering on a Horizon FLEX virtual machine that is in a Pending Wipe state might lead to an error message
    When you perform a Wipe operation from the Horizon FLEX server and then power on the Horizon FLEX virtual machine while it is in a Pending Wipe state, an internal error message dialog box appears in the Horizon FLEX Client host, both for VMware Workstation Player and VMware Fusion. The Horizon FLEX virtual machine is usually deleted from the file system as expected. However, sometimes, Workstation Player stops responding and the virtual machine is not deleted.

    This issue is resolved.
  • On VMware Player, users might not be able to reconnect a multiple interface USB device to a virtual machine
    When you create a policy for a virtual machine in the Horizon FLEX server that enables the Audio, Image, or Video class, users cannot reconnect disconnected multiple interface USB devices, such as webcam and microphone devices, to the virtual machine.

    This issue is resolved.