VMware has Released Horizon 7.2.0

June 20, 2017 0 By Allan Kjaer

Today VMware has released Horizon 7.2.0.

What's new:

Horizon Connection Server

  • Horizon Help Desk Tool
    • You can use Horizon Help Desk Tool to get the status of Horizon 7 user sessions and to perform troubleshooting and maintenance operations.
  • Authentication​ 
    • The Recursive Unlock feature unlocks all remote sessions after the client machine has been unlocked.
  • Workspace ONE Access Policies
    • You can configure Workspace ONE access policies in Horizon Administrator to enable end users to log in through Workspace ONE to access their published desktops and applications.
  • Instant Clones
    • The instant clone desktop pool inherits video memory settings, such as the number of monitors and resolution of the vCenter parent VM snapshot. You can set the video memory settings of the pool on the snapshot.
    • The vGPU profile for an instant-clone desktop pool is automatically selected when you select the snaphot of the vCenter parent VM.
    • You can reuse existing AD computer accounts when the virtual machine names of new instant clones match the existing AD computer account names.
    • You can store instant clones on local datastores.
  • Cloud Pod Architecture
    • The total session limit is increased to 120,000.
    • You can configure restricted global entitlements in Horizon Administrator.
  • True SSO 
    • You can configure LDAP URL filters for Connection Server to identify an AD user that does not have an AD UPN.
  • Connection Server Connections
    • ​​​Horizon 7 now supports 4,000 maximum simultaneous connections per Connection Server instance for direct connections, PCoIP Secure Gateway connections, and Blast Secure Gateway connections. Each Horizon 7 pod supports 20,000 maximum simultaneous connections.  
    • Horizon 7 now supports 4,000 full clones, instant clones, and linked clones per vCenter Server.
  • Virtual SAN
    • You can now enable vSAN encryption capabilities for your Horizon 7 deployment.  
  • Published Applications and Application Pools
    • You can use Smart Policies to create policies that control the behavior of published applications.
    • You can add a tag to an application pool.
    • You can configure a published application so that an application session is launched before a user opens the application in Horizon Client. When a published application is launched, the application opens more quickly in Horizon Client.
  • Virtual Desktops and Desktop Pools
    • You can rebuild a virtual machine in a full-clone desktop pool if you want to replace the virtual machine with a new virtual machine and want to reuse the machine name. 
    • You can now select the Storage DRS cluster in addition to selecting individual datastores for an automated full-clone desktop pool.
    • You can choose to reuse existing machine accounts when you provision full-clone desktop pools.

Horizon Agent for Linux

Linux desktops now support the following features:

  • Client Drive Redirection (CDR)
  • USB Redirection
  • Audio output for HTML Access
  • Single sign-on on RHEL 7 Workstation x64 and CentOS 7 x64
  • FIPS 140-2 mode on RHEL 6 x64 and RHEL 7 x64
  • K Desktop Environment (KDE) on CentOS 6 x64 and RHEL 6 x64
  • RHEL 6.9 x64 and CentOS 6.9 x64

Horizon Agent

Skype for Business

  • You can make optimized audio and video calls with Skype for Business inside a virtual desktop without negatively affecting the virtual infrastructure and overloading the network. All media processing takes place on the client machine instead of in the virtual desktop during Skype audio and video call.

Horizon GPO Bundle

  • ADM Template Files 
    • The ADM template files are removed. Use the ADMX template files to configure group policy settings.

Horizon Client

For information about new features in Horizon Client 4.5, including resolved and known issues, see the Horizon Clients Documentation page.


  • Additional HTTP protection measures have been added at this release, including W3C recommended standards CORS and CSP. For more information, see the View Security document.
  • Horizon Agent and Horizon Client now support Local Security Authority (LSA) protection. 

See the full release notes here: https://pubs.vmware.com/Release_Notes/en/horizon-7-view/72/horizon-72-view-release-notes.html

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