VMware Horizon USB Redirection

In this quick walkthrough we're going to demo USB Redirection in a Horizon VDI Desktop. 

Overview


  • Open the VMware Horizon Client, and click on your region Horizon View Connection server (i.e. horizonamer.vmtestdrive.com )
  • Log in to Horizon View
  • Launch the Region Win 7 desktop (i.e. AMER-Win7)
  • Open USB redirected drive
  • Copy the Local USB file from the local drive to the desktop in the session
  • Open and show the file text
  • In VMware Horizon Client select "Connection" from the toolbar, then select USB and click on your USB storage device to disconnect local usb device to session
  • Close the text file

Before You Begin


In order to perform the full end-to-end demo make sure you have the following:

  • A valid account in the VMware TestDrive environment, sign up here if you don't
  • Network access from your device and TCP ports 80, 443 and 4172 & UDP 4172 enabled
  • An appropriate Horizon client (6.2 or above) installed on your device
  • A USB drive connected to your local machine. 
  • A small text file called "Local_USB_File.txt with text  "This is a file that is saved to my local USB drive"

 

Let's get started, open up the VMware Horizon Client.

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Log in to Horizon View

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Launch the Region Win 7 desktop (i.e. AMER-Win7)

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Windows 7 Launches

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In VMware Horizon Client select "Connection" from the toolbar, then select USB and click on your USB storage device to connect local usb device to session

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Click Continue to confirm connecting usb storage device

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Device drivers install automatically

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Device drivers are completed and device is ready

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Drive is connected and showing in the VDI desktop session.

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Open USB Drive to view contents. 

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Copy Local_USB_File.txt to VDI Desktop

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Open Local_USB_file.txt

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In VMware Horizon Client select "Connection" from the toolbar, then select USB and click on your USB storage device to disconnect local usb device from session

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Click the Continue button to confirm disconnecting USB device

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USB drive disappears from File explorer.

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End of Demo

Walkthrough Summary

  • Opened the VMware Horizon Client, and clicked on region Horizon View Connection server (i.e. horizonamer.vmtestdrive.com )
  • Logged in to Horizon View
  • Launched the Region Win 7 desktop (i.e. AMER-Win7)
  • Opened USB redirected drive
  • Copied the Local USB file from the local drive to the desktop session
  • Opened and showed the file text
  • Closed the text file
  • In VMware Horizon Client select "Connection" from the toolbar, then select USB and click on your USB storage device to disconnect local usb device to session

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