PCoIP provides an optimized desktop experience for the delivery of the entire desktop environment, including applications, images, audio, and video content for a wide range of users on the LAN or across the WAN. PCoIP can compensate for an increase in latency or a reduction in bandwidth, to ensure that end users can remain productive regardless of network conditions.

PCoIP is supported as the display protocol for View desktops with virtual machines and with physical machines that contain Teradici host cards.

Key features of PCoIP include the following:

For users outside the corporate firewall, you can use this protocol with your company's virtual private network or with View security servers.

Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption is supported and is turned on by default.

Connections to Windows desktops with the View Agent operating system versions listed in Supported Operating Systems for View Agent are supported.

Connections from all types of View clients. For more information, go to https://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html.

MMR redirection is supported for Windows XP and Vista clients. MMR redirection is not supported for Windows 7 View Clients and is not supported on Windows 7 View desktops.

USB redirection is supported.

Audio redirection with dynamic audio quality adjustment for LAN and WAN is supported.

Optimization controls for reducing bandwidth usage on the LAN and WAN.

Multiple monitors are supported. You can use up to four monitors and adjust the resolution for each monitor separately, with a resolution of up to 2560x1600 per display. Pivot display and autofit are also supported.

When the 3D feature is enabled, up to 2 monitors are supported with a resolution of up to 1920x1200.

32-bit color is supported for virtual displays.

ClearType fonts are supported.

Copy and paste of text and images between a local Windows client system and the desktop is supported, up to 1MB. Supported file formats include text, images, and RTF (Rich Text Format). You cannot copy and paste system objects such as folders and files between systems.

480p-formatted video

You can play video at 480p or lower at native resolutions when the View desktop has a single virtual CPU. If the operating system is Windows 7 and you want to play the video in high-definition Flash or in full screen mode, the desktop requires a dual virtual CPU.

720p-formatted video

You can play video at 720p at native resolutions if the View desktop has a dual virtual CPU. Performance might be affected if you play videos at 720p in high definition or in full screen mode.

1080p-formatted video

If the View desktop has a dual virtual CPU, you can play 1080p formatted video, although the media player might need to be adjusted to a smaller window size.


If you plan to use 3D applications such as Windows Aero themes or Google Earth, the Windows 7 View desktop must have virtual hardware version 8, available with vSphere 5 and later. You must also turn on the pool setting called Windows 7 3D Rendering. Up to 2 monitors are supported, and the maximum screen resolution is 1920 x 1200.

This non-hardware accelerated graphics feature enables you to run DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.1 applications without requiring a physical graphics processing unit (GPU).

Recommended guest operating system settings include the following settings:

For Windows XP desktops: 768MB RAM or more and a single CPU

For Windows 7 desktops: 1GB of RAM and a dual CPU

Client hardware requirements include the following:

x86-based processor with SSE2 extensions, with a 800MHz or higher processor speed.

ARM processor with NEON (preferred) or WMMX2 extensions, with a 1Ghz or higher processor speed.

Available RAM above system requirements to support various monitor setups. Use the following formula as a general guide:

20MB + (24 * (# monitors) * (monitor width) * (monitor height))

As a rough guide, you can use the following calculations:

1 monitor: 1600 x 1200: 64MB
2 monitors: 1600 x 1200: 128MB
3 monitors: 1600 x 1200: 256MB

For mobile client hardware requirements, go to https://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html.