VMware Horizon Client for Mac Release Notes
Horizon Client for Mac 4.4 | 16 March 2017
Last Updated: 16 March 2017
These release notes cover the following topics:
Horizon Client for Mac makes it easy to access your Windows or Linux remote desktop or hosted Windows remote desktops or applications from your Mac with the best possible user experience on the
Local Area Network (LAN) or across a Wide Area Network (WAN).
- Support for Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10), Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11), and macOS Sierra (10.12) - Use a 64-bit Intel-based Mac to work on your remote desktop or application.
- Unmatched performance - The adaptive capabilities of the PCoIP display protocol and the VMware Blast display protocol are optimized to deliver the best user experience, even over
low-bandwidth and high-latency connections. Your remote desktop or application is fast and responsive regardless of where you are.
- Simple connectivity - Horizon Client for Mac is tightly integrated with VMware Horizon 6 and VMware Horizon 7 for simple setup and connectivity.
Quickly reconnect to your remote desktop or application by selecting shortcuts in Horizon Client.
- Secure from any location - At your desk or away from the office, your data is delivered securely to you wherever you are. Enhanced certificate checking is
performed on the client. Horizon Client for Mac also supports optional RADIUS and RSA SecurID authentication.
Features Supported on Windows Desktops for Mac Clients
|Horizon Client Feature
||Supported in Horizon Client for Mac
|PCoIP display protocol
|VMware Blast display protocol
|RDP display protocol
|Client drive redirection
|Real-Time Audio-Video (RTAV)
|Wyse Multimedia Redirection
|Windows 7 Multimedia Redirection
- You can use Horizon Client for Mac to securely access remote Windows-based applications, in addition to remote desktops.
- You can use remote Windows-based applications only if you are connected to a VMware Horizon 6.0 with View or later server.
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What's New in This Release
- Support for Blast Extreme Adaptive Transport (BEAT)
With the VMware Blast display protocol, Horizon Client for Mac uses TCP networking when it connects to a server or BEAT if the agent and Blast Secure Gateway (if enabled) support BEAT connectivity. You can select network condition options to use only TCP networking or BEAT networking.
- Hide security information for enhanced security
A Horizon 7 version 7.1 administrator can configure global settings to hide security information in Horizon Client for Mac, including server URL information and the Domain drop-down menu. To authenticate when the Domain drop-down menu is hidden in Horizon Client, you must provide domain information by entering your user name in the format domain\username or username@domain in the User name text box.
- Restart a remote desktop
You can restart a remote desktop from Horizon Client for Mac. Restarting a remote desktop is the equivalent of the Windows operating system restart command.
- Touch Bar integration
If your Mac has a Touch Bar, you can use the Touch Bar to interact with Horizon Client for Mac.
- Touch ID biometric authentication
If you have a Mac model that supports Touch ID, you can use Touch ID for user authentication in Horizon Client for Mac. A Horizon administrator must enable biometric authentication in Connection Server to use this feature. For information, see the View Administration document.
- Upgrade Horizon Client online
You can configure Horizon Client to check for and install updates automatically each time it starts. You can also check for and install updates manually.
- URL Content Redirection feature enhancements and official support
Previously, only agent-to-client URL content redirection was supported and the URL Content Redirection feature was Tech Preview in Horizon Client for Mac. Now, both agent-to-client and client-to-agent URL content redirection are supported and the URL Content Redirection feature is officially supported in Horizon Client for Mac.
- OpenSSL 1.0.2k support
The OpenSSL library is updated to version openssl-1.0.2k.
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The user interface and documentation for Horizon Client are available in English, Japanese, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Spanish.
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Before You Begin
- Horizon Client requires a Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9), Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10), Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11), or macOS Sierra (10.12) operating system running on a 64-bit Intel-based Mac.
- Horizon Client is supported with the latest maintenance release of VMware View 5.3.x and later releases.
- To install Horizon Client for Mac, download the disk image file from the VMware Horizon Client download
page. For system requirements and installation instructions, see
Using VMware Horizon Client for Mac.
- Beginning with version 2.9, VMware Access Point is renamed to VMware Unified Access Gateway. This change is not yet reflected in the Horizon 7 version 7.1 and Horizon Client 4.4 documentation sets.
No known issues were resolved in this release.
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If you use the PCoIP display protocol, connecting some password-protected storage devices (such as IronKey USB flash drives) might not work correctly. For example,
after you redirect the device to the remote desktop, the password prompt does not appear. The remote desktop shows that a new drive was added and so displays a new drive
letter but no corresponding label to identify the device.
Workaround: Configure Horizon Client to automatically connect the device when you insert it. From the Horizon Client menu bar, select Desktop
> USB > Autoconnect USB Devices on Insert.
Because the key combination Command+Tab on an Apple keyboard is used for switching applications on a Mac, using this key combination has no effect in a remote desktop.
For remote desktops that run Windows 7, this means that there is no equivalent of the key combination Windows+Tab for using Windows Flip 3D.
Workaround: You can use the key combination Command+Control+Tab for Windows Flip 3D, but you must also press Enter choose the application you want to
If Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac version 2.1.1 is installed on the Mac client system and you use the RDP display protocol to connect to a desktop on a Windows Server 2008 R2 RDSH server for which RDS licensing is specified, the following error message occurs: You were disconnected from the Windows-based computer because of problems during the licensing protocol. This is a third-party issue.
Changes to webcam and audio devices that are connected to, or disconnected from, the Mac client system during a remote desktop session are not detected by the Real-Time Audio-Video feature.
Workaround: Disconnect and reconnect to your remote desktop session to detect webcam and audio device changes. For example, if you connect a USB headset to the Mac client system during a remote desktop session and you want to use that headset on the remote desktop, you must disconnect and reconnect to the remote desktop session to make the headset available.
- If Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac version 2.1.1 is installed on the Mac client system and you use the RDP display protocol to connect to an RDS desktop hosted on Windows Server 2012, the following error message appears: Remote Desktop Connection cannot verify the identity of the computer that you want to connect to.
Workaround: Use Horizon Client for Mac 3.0 and select the PCoIP display protocol when you connect to the remote desktop. Note: If you are using a pre-3.0 version of Horizon Client for Mac, you cannot select the PCoIP display protocol.
- The keyboard language is not synchronized with the language in desktop and application sessions.
- When you insert an SD card into a Transcend USB 3.0 card reader attached to your Mac client system, the SD card is not mounted automatically. Because the SD card is not mounted on your Mac client system, the device does not appear in the Connection > USB menu in Horizon Client and you cannot use the USB redirection feature to connect the device to the remote desktop.
Workaround: Reinsert the SD card into the Transcend card reader. After the device is connected to the remote desktop, reinsert the SD card again to make the disk volume appear in the remote desktop.
- If you use the USB redirection feature to connect a Transcend USB 3.0 external hard drive to a remote desktop from your Mac client system, files that you copy or move to the drive do not appear on the drive after you disconnect the drive from the remote desktop.
Workaround: Redirect the external hard drive to the remote desktop again. The files appear on the drive.
If an administrator edits an application pool in View Administrator and changes the path to point to a different application that already has an application pool associated with it, unexpected results can occur. For example, the original application might be launched from the Mac Dock instead of the new application.
Workaround: Make sure that each application in a farm is associated with only one application pool.
Users cannot launch an application from the Mac Dock if multiple application pools point to the same application in one farm, and if the application pool the users selected was created with associated parameters in View Administrator. If a user saves the application in the Mac Dock and tries to open the saved item, the application fails to launch with the associated parameters.
Workaround: Make sure that each application in a farm is associated with only one application pool.
- If multiple Horizon clients connect to the same RDS desktop or remote application simultaneously and map to a location-based printer with the same name, the printer appears in the first client session, but not in later client sessions.
Workaround: For the client sessions in which the printer does not appear, perform a manual refresh. For a remote desktop, press F5 or refresh the Devices and Printers window. For a remote application, close and reopen the application print dialog box. The location-based printer appears in the printer list.
- Sometimes the virtual printing feature and location-based printing feature are not able to display the correct list of printers in the Devices and Printers window of a remote, session-based desktop. This issue can occur with desktops provided by Windows Server 2012 RDS hosts. The printers shown within applications are correct, however.
Workaround: Log off the desktop running on the Windows Server 2012 RDS host and reconnect to it.
- If you use a PIV smart card to authenticate to a Windows 7, XP, or Vista remote desktop on which ActivClient is installed, Horizon Client might stop responding when you log off from the desktop.
Workaround: On the Windows 7 remote desktop, uninstall ActivClient and use Windows Update to install the PIV smart card driver. There is no workaround for Windows XP and Vista desktops.
- If you set the Horizon Client security preference (VMware Horizon Client > Preferences > Security) to Do not verify server identity certificates and connect to a View server that has a valid root-signed certificate, Horizon Client might stop responding.
Workaround: Unplug the smart card reader and then plug it back in.
You cannot use a PIV smart card to authenticate to a Windows 8 or later remote desktop from an Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) or later client system, or to a Windows Vista remote desktop from an Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later client system.
Workaround: For Mac OS X 10.10 and later client systems, use Charismathics software for PIV smart cards.
- Keyboard shortcut mappings do not work if you are connected to a remote desktop or application and the Mac Input Source is Traditional Chinese or Korean.
Workaround: Before you connect to the remote desktop or application, switch to the English Input Source on the Mac client system. If you are already connected to the remote desktop or application, reconnect to the View Connection Server instance and switch to the English Input Source on the Mac client system before you connect to the remote desktop or application.
- If you use a PIV smart card to authenticate to a Windows XP remote desktop on which ActivClient is installed from an Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10) or later client system and the smart card removal policy is set to disconnect user sessions on smart card removal, the desktop might not unlock automatically when you reconnect to the desktop. The smart card removal policy is a View Connection Server setting.
If you use a PIV smart card to authenticate to a Windows XP remote desktop on which ActivClient is installed from an Mac OS X Mavericks (10.9) or later client system and the smart card removal policy is set to disconnect user sessions on smart card removal, the PIN dialog box in the Windows XP desktop stops responding when you reconnect to the desktop. The smart card removal policy is a View Connection Server setting.
- If you launch a remote desktop with the PCoIP display protocol or the VMware Blast display protocol in full screen or window mode on an iMac with Retina 5K display and the screen size is more than 4K (4096 x 2160), auto fit does not work for the remote desktop if you change the display to full resolution (Connection > Resolution > Full Resolution).
Workaround. None. This problem is caused by a PCoIP or VMware Blast limitation.
- If you use the client drive redirection feature to share a folder or drive with remote desktops and applications, but you connect to a remote desktop or application that does not support client drive redirection, an error message is not displayed to notify you that the folder or drive was not shared.
Workaround: Install View Agent 6.1.1 or later in the remote desktop or RDS host. View Agent 6.1.1 or later is required to use the client drive redirection feature.
- When you connect to a Windows desktop, start USB services, redirect a USB storage device to the desktop, disconnect from the desktop, and then try to reconnect to the desktop, either USB services are not available in the desktop or you cannot reconnect to the desktop. In View Administrator, the state of the machine is Agent unreachable.
Workaround: If you are an end user, restart Horizon Client and try again. If you are a View administrator, restart View Agent in the machine.
- If you use the client drive redirection feature to share a USB drive with a remote desktop, and you unplug the device and then plug it back in during the desktop session, you can no longer access the device in the remote desktop. Unplugging a USB drive during a session also removes the drive and folder entries from the Folder list on the Sharing panel in the Preferences dialog box and you must reshare the drive the next time you connect to the remote desktop.
Workaround: Do not unplug a shared USB drive during a remote desktop session unless you intend to stop using the device.
If you use Horizon Client on a new MacBook, and you use the USB-C port to connect to the network, you might notice poor performance when copying and pasting between a remote desktop to a shared folder.
- After you install Horizon Agent 7.0 in a Windows 7 remote desktop, you can no longer use Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac 2.1.1 to connect to the remote desktop. This problem occurs because TLSv1.0 is disabled by default in Horizon 7 version 7.0 and later.
Workaround: Install Microsoft update 3080079: Update to add RDS support for TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 in Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 in the Windows 7 virtual machine and perform the steps in VMware KB
2059786: Establishing a RDP connection with a Windows 8.1 desktop from Horizon View Client for Mac.
If you select the Remember this password check box when you log in to a server, you cannot log in to the same server as a different user if the credential caching timeout period (clientCredentialCacheTimeout) on the server has not yet expired. Horizon Client will automatically use the saved credentials to log you in to the server.
Workaround: Remove the server from the Selector window (right-click the server icon and select the Delete menu item), click the Add Server button to add the server again, and then log in to the server as the different user.
When you connect to a remote desktop with the VMware Blast display protocol from a Mac client system that has an NVIDIA GeForce GT 755M graphics card, the desktop stops responding.
Workaround: None. This is a third-party issue.
If you use a local certificate for server authentication, authentication sometimes fails and an SSL error occurs.
Workaround: Disable TLS 1.2 in Horizon Client. For information, see "Configure Advanced TLS/SSL Options" in
Using VMware Horizon Client for Mac.
When you use Horizon Client on macOS Sierra (10.12), the remote desktop window exits from Tab mode when you enter full-screen mode or Split mode.
Workaround: None. This behavior is by design for Horizon Client.
When you use Horizon Client on macOS Sierra (10.12), Horizon Client stops responding when it reads a smart card with Apple CryptoTokenKit PIVToken.
Workaround: Disable PIVToken by using one of the following methods: 1) Install PKard for Mac v1.7, which automatically disables the com.apple.CryptoTokenKit.pivtoken token; or 2) Enter the following command at the command line:
sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.security.smartcard DisabledTokens -array com.apple.CryptoTokenKit.pivtoken
If you connect to a Windows 2016 RDS desktop, use the client drive redirection to share a local folder with the remote desktop, edit a Microsoft Office file in the shared folder, and then navigate to a different folder on the remote desktop, the remote desktop might stop responding.
Workaround: None. This problem is a Microsoft issue.
When you use Horizon Client on macOS Sierra (10.12), Apple builtin USB devices are not automatically redirected to remote desktops when you configure Horizon Client to connect USB devices automatically when Horizon Client starts (Connection > USB > Automatically connect at startup).
When you use Horizon Client on macOS Sierra (10.12), the remote desktop window turns black if you connect and reconnect to a Windows Server 2012 RDS desktop and then select Window > Show Tab Bar.
Workaround: Reset the remote desktop virtual machine.
If you use Horizon Client on macOS Sierra (10.12), and you connect to a server that is configured for URL Content Redirection, depending on the configuration, the popup dialog box Do you want to change your default browser to <browsername>
or keep using "VMware Horizon URL Filter" appears behind the app windows.
Also, if you try to set or change the default browser from the browser settings, you can see the popup dialog box behind the app windows on the server login.
Workaround: Navigate behind the app windows to view the popup dialog and click the Keep using "VMware Horizon URL Filter" button.
In certain circumstances, opening a local file with File > Open in a remote desktop or remote application causes the guest operating system on the Horizon Agent machine to encounter a STOP error (blue screen) or to stop responding (hang) when client drive redirection (CDR) is used. For more information, see VMware Knowledge Base (KB) article 2149417: Agent machine gets STOP error or stops responding when you open a local file shared with CDR.
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