Release: VMware Horizon View 5.3

VMware Horizon View 5.3 went GA last night and is now available to download.

The new features and functions included in Horizon View 5.3 and Feature Pack 1 for Horzion View 5.3 are:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Desktop Operating System Support
  • Windows 8.1 Desktop Operating System Support
  • VMware Horizon Mirage Support
  • VMware Virtual SAN Datastore Support (Tech Preview)
  • View Connection Server Memory Recommendation Messages if Connection server has less than 10GB RAM
  • vDGA Support
  • Linked-Clone Desktop Pool Storage Overcommit Feature Enhancements
  • View Persona Management Supportability Improvements
  • Support to Grant Domain Administrators Access to Redirected Folders in View Persona Management
  • Public availability of the VMware Horizon View Agent Direct-Connection Plug-in
  • View Composer Array Integration (VCAI) Support
  • Higher amount of Blast Secure Gateway Maximum Connections
  • Windows 7 Multimedia Redirection
  • Flash URL Redirection
  • Real-Time Audio-Video for Linux, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 8.1
  • Unity Touch for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 8.1
  • HTML Access is much faster and supports Sound, Copy and paste and much more

Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at created a nice link list with everything you need to know about Horizon View 5.3.

To get the latest and greatest features you need to have the latest Horizon View clients, Horizon View 5.3 and Feature Pack 1 for Horizon View 5.3 installed.

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Release: VMware Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1 including HTML Access and Unity Touch

One the release day of VMware Horizon View 5.2 may asked for the long awaited HTML desktop access feature. The wait is over and the Feature Pack is now available to download!

Horizon View 5.2 Feature Pack 1 provides the following features and components:

Remote Experience Agent installer – The Remote Experience Agent installs Feature Pack components on Horizon View desktops, enhancing the remote desktop experience provided by View Agent 5.2. In Feature Pack 1, the installation program installs Unity Touch and the HTML Access Agent on Horizon View desktops. Both components are installed by default when you run the installer.

HTML Access Agent – HTML Access allows users to connect to virtual desktops from their Web browsers without having to install Horizon View Client software on their client systems. The HTML Access Agent, which runs on Horizon View desktops, is the component that enables users to use HTML Access to connect to their desktops. You must install the Remote Experience Agent with the HTML Access Agent on the desktops that you want to be accessed via HTML Access.

Unity Touch – Unity Touch enhances the way that mobile client users access a desktop. Instead of trying to manipulate a full desktop image on a small device screen, users can browse between apps and documents in a native mobile user interface without seeing the desktop. The VMware Horizon View Client documents for mobile devices provide more information about end user features provided by Unity Touch.

HTML Access installer – This installer configures View Connection Server instances to allow users to select HTML Access to connect to desktops. After you run the HTML Access installer, the View Portal displays an HTML Access icon in addition to the View Client icon.
You must run this installer if you want to use HTML Access to connect to desktops in a Horizon View deployment. Running this installer is also required if your users go through Horizon Workspace and select HTML Access to connect to desktops.


To use the Unity Touch feature you need to install the latest Horizon View clients for iOS, Android and Kindle which are already available in their respective app stores.

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