You can configure a View Connection Server instance or security server so that View desktop users can authenticate by using smart cards. Smart cards are sometimes referred to as Common Access Cards (CACs).

A smart card is a small plastic card that contains a computer chip. The chip, which is like a miniature computer, includes secure storage for data, including private keys and public key certificates.

With smart card authentication, a user inserts a smart card into a smart card reader attached to the client computer and enters a PIN. Smart card authentication provides two-factor authentication by verifying both what the user has (the smart card) and what the user knows (the PIN).

See the VMware Horizon View Installation document for information on hardware and software requirements for implementing smart card authentication. The Microsoft TechNet Web site includes detailed information on planning and implementing smart card authentication for Windows systems.

Smart card authentication is not supported by View Client for Mac or View Administrator. See the VMware Horizon View Architecture Planning document for complete information on smart card support.