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
  • An appropriate Horizon client (6.2 or above) 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

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."

Save the file and close Word. 

Next, lets open VMware Horizon Client

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

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

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

Close the preferences window by clicking on the red x.

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

Log in with your credentials

Open your regions RDS Remote Microsoft Word remote app.

In Word, select Open Other Documents

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

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

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."

Click the File tab and then select Save As

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

Microsoft Word Saves the changes. 

Close Horizon RDS Remote Microsoft Word app

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

Type "Now I am back in my local machine"

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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