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:

Users outside the corporate firewall can use this protocol with your company's virtual private network (VPN), or users can make secure, encrypted connections to a View security server in the corporate DMZ.

Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 128-bit encryption is supported and is turned on by default. You can, however, change the encryption key cipher to AES-192 or AES-256.

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.

MMR redirection is supported for some Windows client operating systems and some View desktop (agent) operating systems. See "Feature Support Matrix" in the VMware Horizon View Architecture Planning document..

USB redirection is supported for some client types.

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 for some client types. For example, on Windows-based clients, 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 1920 X 1200.

32-bit color is supported for virtual displays.

ClearType fonts are supported.

Copy and paste of text and images between a Windows-based client operating system and a View 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.

For information about which client devices support specific PCoIP features, go to https://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html.

Recommended guest operating system settings include the following settings:

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

For Windows 7 or 8 desktops: 1GB of RAM or more and a dual CPU is recommended for playing in high-definition, full screen mode, or 720p or higher formatted video.

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 or later and you want to play the video in high-definition Flash or in full screen mode, the desktop requires a dual virtual CPU. Even with a dual virtual CPU desktop, as low as 360p-formatted video played in full screen mode can lag behind audio, particularly on Windows clients.

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 use VMware vSphere 5.1 or later, you can configure View desktops to use software or hardware accelerated graphics.

With Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA), a vSphere 5.1 feature that uses physical graphics cards installed on the ESXi hosts, you can use 3D applications for design, modeling, and multimedia.

With the software accelerated graphics feature, available with vSphere 5.0 and later, you can use less demanding 3D applications such as Windows Aero themes, Microsoft Office 2010, and Google Earth.

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).

For 3D applications, up to 2 monitors are supported, and the maximum screen resolution is 1920 x 1200. The guest operating system on the View desktops must be Windows 7 or later.

For information about processor and memory requirements, see the "Using VMware Horizon View Client" document for the specific type of desktop or mobile client device. Go to https://www.vmware.com/support/viewclients/doc/viewclients_pubs.html.