VCAP6-DTM Deployment Objective 2.1 – Configure Group Policy Settings Related to Horizon View

When you download VMware View GPO bundle it contain below ADMX and ADM files:

View Agent Configuration – vdm_agent.adm – Contains policy settings related to the authentication and environmental components of View Agent.
Horizon Client Configuration – vdm_client.adm- Contains policy settings related to Horizon Client for Windows. Clients that connect from outside the  Server host domain are not affected by policies applied to Horizon Client.
View Server Configuration – vdm_server.adm – Contains policy settings related to View Connection Server.
View Common Configuration – vdm_common.adm – Contains policy settings that are common to all View components.
View PCoIP Session Variables – pcoip.adm – Contains policy settings related to the PCoIP display protocol.
View PCoIP Client Session Variables – pcoip.client.adm – Contains policy settings related to the PCoIP display protocol that affect Horizon Client for Windows.
View Persona Management Configuration – ViewPM.adm – Contains policy settings related to View Persona Management.
View Remote Desktop Servicesvmware_rdsh.admx vmware_rdsh_server.admx – Contains policy settings related to Remote Desktop Services.
Real-Time Audio-Video Configuration – vdm_agent_rtav.adm Contains policy settings related to webcams that are used with the Real-Time Audio-Video feature.
Scanner Redirection – vdm_agent_scanner.adm – Contains policy settings related to scanning devices that are redirected for use in remote desktops and applications.
Serial Port Redirection – vdm_agent_serialport.adm – Contains policy settings related to serial (COM) ports that are redirected for use in remote VDI desktops.

Configure View Persona Management settings

To configure View Persona first you setup remote repository to store user profile in it. Install View Agent with View Persona Managment setup option enable and next configure GPO.

Create new GPO ex. Persona MGMT right click and choose edit.
Extend Computer Configuration > Policies right-click Administrative Templates Policy definition in new Add/Remove Tempaltes window click Add.. button
From Vmware Horizon View Extras Bundle select ViewPM.adm

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View Persona adm file

New Policy will be added under Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) > VMware View Agent Configuration > Persona Management.

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Persona Policy

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Roaming & Synchronization Settings

Expand Roaming & Synchronization, double click Manage user persona and select Enabled, change Profile upload interval if needed (default is 10 minutes), click Next Setting to save or click OK to save and close the window.

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Sync timing

At Persona repository location type share path location, select Override AD user profile path is it configure. Click OK to save and close the window.

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Repository location

Modify any other policy, depended on your deployment.

Configure folder redirection

Part of Persona Managment policy is Folder Redirection. Administrator can redirect users profile folders to diffrent network share. When a folder is redirected, all data is stored directly on network share. To enable specific forder to redirect double clikc policy, select eanble and provide UNC path to share network location. Persona will append %username% to UNC path.

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Folder Redirection with Persona

Configure PCoIP settings

View PCoIP session GPO setting can be set by using pcoip.adm policy templates included in VMware View Horizon Bundle. There are two option to configuration option to set as default which can be overridden by administrator or non-overridable values.

On AD server create New Policy ex. PCoIP Settings, right-click and edit.
Expend Computer Configuration > Policies right-click Administrative Templates Policy definition in new Add/Remove Tempaltes window click Add.. button

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Adding ADM files

From location with extracted files select pcoip.adm file and click open and close.

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select pcoip.adm

New policy definition will be added under Classic Administrative Templates (ADM) > PCoIP Session Variables, select Overridable or not overridable.

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PCoIP GPO Settings

Configure location-based printing

To enable location-based printing first need to copy dll file to AD server and register. VMware bundle file contain folder called ThinPrint, copy this folder to AD server, after copy from CMD or Powershell (Run As Administrator) run regsvr32 command to register dll to AD server.

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ThinPrint dll location

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regsvr32 command

Next step: Create GPO settings.
Create new GPO setting and link to OU which contain VDI desktop VMs to which you want to apply location-based printing. Right click new GPO and choose Edit, under Computer Configuration > Policies > Software Setting select new policy AutoConnect Map Additional Printers for VMware View. In right side of the window double-click Configure AutoConnect Map Additional Printers policy.

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ThinPrint Policy

In new window in top right corner check Enabled (selecting Disabled will erase all entries in table) to enable and start adding printers. Click first icon on top left corner to add new row to the table:

Default – Indicates whether the printer is the default printer.
IP Range – IP addresses the range for client systems
Client Name Client system name
Mac Address Client system MAC address, it need to follow same format as client system uses:
Windows – clients use hyphens: 01-23-45-67-89-ab
Linux – clients use colons: 01:23:45:67:89:ab
User/Groups – rule to specify user or AD group
Printer name – mapped printer name
Printer Driver – Printer drivers name
IP Port/ThinPrint Port – For network printers, the IP address of the printer prepended with IP_.

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Policy Settings

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Example rules

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