With the recent release of Horizon 7.4 a new feature was launched to allow multiple users to share the same Blast Session. Aimed at collaborative working in particular for high graphics and design use cases.
- Only available using the Blast Protocol, not PCoIP or RDP.
- Need Horizon Enterprise license.
- Upgrade your Horizon Client to version 4.7
- Upgrade your Horizon Connection Servers to Horizon 7.4.0
- Upgrade you Horizon Agent to 7.4
- Available in VDI and RDSH
How to enable Session Collaboration
Once you have upgraded to Horizon 7.4 you will notice a new option you will need to enable on the desktop pool or RDSH farm in the Desktop Pool Settings.
Lets see it in action….
The primary collaborator instigates the blast session.
Log into a VDI desktop or RDSH Server with the new 7.4 agent installed and you will notice a new icon in the system tray for VMware Horizon Collaboration.
When you click the icon you get asked to invite users to the session collaboration.
Note: default maximum is 5 users but this can be increased.
Once you have entered all the users usernames and/or email addresses for the collaboration you get options to copy the link to the clipboard, email the link or IM the link.
In my lab I didn’t have a mail or IM client installed on the desktop so didn’t get those options.
Once you have clicked copy/email/IM link you will get a ‘success’ message and will notice a collaboration icon on your desktop.
A secondary collaborator joins the session:
A secondary user opens the Horizon Client and copies the link provided in the email/clipboard/IM that the primary user has provided or simply logs into the Horizon Client as they normally would.
As well as their usual entitlements they will also see a Collaborative Desktop Session identified by the primary users username.
When a user joins the collaborative session the primary user receives a notification on their desktop stating that a user has joined the session.
When a secondary user connects they initially do not have mouse/keyboard control. Control can be granted to a user by clicking the Session Collaboration icon in the toolbar and grating them control by toggling the control button for the appropriate user.
The primary collaborator also has the option to remove a user from the collaboration or end the collaboration, which will close all secondary sessions.
A great new feature. Watch this space for more detail.