Customers can now use Adobe Media Server and multicast or unicast to deliver live video events in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment. To deliver multicast or unicast live video streams within a VDI environment, the media stream should be sent directly from the media source to the endpoints, bypassing the remote desktops. The Flash URL Redirection feature supports this capability by intercepting and redirecting the ShockWave Flash (SWF) file from the remote desktop to the client endpoint.

The Flash content is then displayed using the clients' local Flash media players.

Streaming Flash content directly from the Adobe Media Server to the client endpoints lowers the load on the datacenter ESXi host, removes the extra routing through the datacenter, and reduces the bandwidth required to simultaneously stream Flash content to multiple client endpoints.

The Flash URL redirection feature uses a JavaScript that is embedded inside an HTML Web page by the Web page administrator. Whenever a remote desktop user clicks on the designated URL link from within a Web page, the JavaScript intercepts and redirects the SWF file from the remote desktop session to the client endpoint. The endpoint then opens a local Flash Projector outside of the remote desktop session and plays the media stream locally.

To configure Flash URL Redirection, you must set up your HTML Web page and your client devices.


To support Flash URL Redirection, your View deployment must meet certain software and hardware requirements.


Before you use this feature, verify that the Flash URL Redirection feature is installed and running on your virtual desktops.


To allow Flash URL redirection to take place, you must embed a JavaScript command in the MIME HTML (MHTML) Web pages that provide links to the multicast or unicast streams. Users display these Web pages in the browsers on their remote desktops to access the video streams.


The Flash URL Redirection feature redirects the SWF file from remote desktops to client devices. To allow these client devices to play Flash videos from a multicast or unicast stream, you must verify that the appropriate Adobe Flash Player is installed on the client devices. The clients also must have IP connectivity to the media source.


Flash URL Redirection is enabled when you perform a silent installation of View Agent with the command-line argument, FlashURLRedirection. You can disable or reenable the Flash URL Redirection feature on selected remote desktops by setting a value on a Windows registry key on those virtual machines.