VMware Horizon USB Redirection

Video Overview

In this quick walkthrough we're going to demo USB Redirection in a Horizon VDI Desktop by completing the following steps:

Walkthrough Summary

  • Open the VMware Horizon Client, and click on your region Horizon View Connection server (i.e. hv6amer.vmwdemo.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

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

  • A valid account in the VMware TestDrive environment, signup 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.

Log in to Horizon View

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

Windows 7 Launches

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

Click Continue to confirm connecting usb storage device

Device drivers install automatically

Device drivers are completed and device is ready

Drive is connected and showing in the VDI desktop session.

Open USB Drive to view contents. 

Copy Local_USB_File.txt to VDI Desktop

Open Local_USB_file.txt

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

Click the Continue button to confirm disconnecting USB device

USB drive disappears from File explorer.

End of Demo

Here is a quick recap of what was done.

  • Opened the VMware Horizon Client, and clicked on region Horizon View Connection server (i.e. hv6amer.vmwdemo.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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