Administrators can configure the ability to use USB devices, such as thumb flash drives, VoIP (voice-over-IP) devices, and printers, from a View desktop. This feature is called USB redirection.

When you use this feature, most USB devices that are attached to the local client system become available from a menu in View Client. You use the menu to connect and disconnect the devices.

You can specify which types of USB devices end users are allowed to connect to. For composite devices that contain multiple types of devices, such as a video input device and a storage device, on some client systems, you can split the device so that one device (for example, the video input device) is allowed but the other device (for example, the storage device) is not.


With this USB redirection feature, you can connect to and manage an iPad from a View desktop. For example, you can sync your iPad with iTunes installed in your View desktop.

USB devices that do not appear in the menu, but are available in a View desktop, include smart card readers and human interface devices such as keyboards and pointing devices. The View desktop and the local computer use these devices at the same time.

This feature has the following limitations:

When you access a USB device from a menu in View Client and use the device in a View desktop, you cannot access the device on the local computer.

USB redirection is not supported on View desktops sourced from Microsoft Terminal Servers.

The USB redirection feature is available only on some types of clients. To find out whether this feature is supported on a particular type of client, see the feature support matrix included in the "Using VMware Horizon View Client" document for the specific type of desktop or mobile client device. Go to