VMware Horizon Client Drive Redirection

Video Overview

In this quick walkthrough we're going to demo the Client Drive Redirection feature in Horizon by completing the following steps:

 

Walkthrough Summary

  • Create a folder on your device called LocalMachineCorporateFiles. 
  • Place a new Microsoft Word Document in this folder called WorkFile.docx with suggested text.
  • Open VMware Horizon Client
  • Open Preferences
  • From the Sharing tab, select the LocalMachineCorporateFiles folder on your local machine
  • From the VMware Horizon Client, open your region Horizon instance.
  • Open your regions Horizon Microsoft Word Remote app
  • From the Microsoft Word Remote app, navigate to the redirected LocalMachineCorporateFiles folder and open the WorkFiles.docx file
  • Enter suggested text and "Save As" back to the redirected LocalMachineCorporateFiles folder as WorkFiles.docx
  • Close the Horizon Microsoft Word Remote App.
  • Navigate to the LocalMachineCorporateFiles on your local machine
  • Open the WorkFiles.docx file with the local version of Microsoft Word.
  • Enter suggested text, save and close

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
  • The latest Horizon client installed on your device
  • Microsoft Word Installed on your local machine. 

Let's get started, 

First we will do some pre-staging:  Create a folder on your device called LocalMachineCorporateFiles.   Place a new Microsoft Word Document in this folder called WorkFile.docx

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Inside the word document, type "I need to be able to redirect a local directory to my VDI session so I can keep working effectively whether I am on my local machine or virtual."

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Save the file and close Word. 

Next, lets open VMware Horizon Client

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Click on VMware Horizon Client in the toolbar, and select "Preferences" from the dropdown menu.

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Under the Sharing section, select the + button to add a folder on your local machine.

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Find the folder you created called LocalMachineCorporateFiles, then click the "Add" button.

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Close the preferences window by clicking on the red x.

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From the VMware Horizon Client, open your regions Horizon instance.

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Log in with your credentials

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Open your regions RDS Remote Microsoft Word remote app.

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In Word, select Open Other Documents

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Click on Open, then select Computer, than click on the browse button.

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Navigate to the WorkFile.docx file in the folder previously created on the local machine.

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After your file opens, add the the following text "Now I can continue working on my documents in Microsoft Word that was delivered to me through the Horizon Client 

as a Remote Application.  I can work here and then save this back to my local machine for offline editing."

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Click the File tab and then select Save As

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Navigate the the LocalMachineCorporateFiles folder and save as WorkFiles.docx, and click yes to replace.

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Microsoft Word Saves the changes. 

Close Horizon RDS Remote Microsoft Word app

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Navigate to the local WorkFiles.docx in the folder you created earlier and open it.

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Type "Now I am back in my local machine"

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Save the file and close.

End of Demo

Now to recap what we did:

  • Created a folder on your device called LocalMachineCorporateFiles. 
  • Placed a new Microsoft Word Document in this folder called WorkFile.docx with suggested text.
  • Opened VMware Horizon Client
  • Opened Preferences
  • From the Sharing tab, selected the LocalMachineCorporateFiles folder on your local machine
  • From the VMware Horizon Client, opened your region Horizon instance.
  • Opened your regions Horizon Microsoft Word Remote app
  • From the Horizon Microsoft Word Remote app, navigated to the redirected LocalMachineCorporateFiles folder and opened the WorkFiles.docx file
  • Entered suggested text and selected "Save As" back to the redirected LocalMachineCorporateFiles folder as Workfiles.docx
  • Closed the Horizon Microsoft Word Remote App.
  • Navigated to the LocalMachineCorporateFiles on your local machine
  • Opened the WorkFiles.docx file with the local version of Microsoft Word.
  • Entered suggested text, saved and closed Microsoft WordHo
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