Disable USB Redirection or DVD/CD ROM in VMware Horizon View

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Asked by one of my customers.

Disabled USB Redirection

Horizon View pool policy can be used to disable USB redirection for a specific pool. This can be configured from the VMware Horizon View Administrator UI:

Disable USB-View

Or, during installation of the View Agent on the Horizon View desktop, you can de-select the USB redirection components. Without these components installed, it is absolutely not possible to do USB redirection!

Disabled CD/DVD Devices

There’s several ways:

  • Use VMware View Group Policy administrative templates (.adm), add the ADM template files to GPOs to restricting access to CD/DVD Devices.
  • If using RDP, use the same View Client (vdm_client.adm) administrative template to disable the ‘Redirect supported plug-and-play devices’
  • Use Active Directory Group Policy Objects (GPO), applied to View Desktops OU’s, such as:
    • Administrative Templates | System | Removable Storage Access
    • Administrative Templates | Windows Components | Remote Desktop Services | Device and Resource Redirection
    • Administrative Templates | System | Device Installation | Device Installation Restrictions
  • Use your Thin Client or Zero Client vendor’s management software to restrict access to, or disable, USB devices on Thin Clients.

Typically I use Active Directory GPO to control the desktop include disable USB devices, CD/DVD ROM, etc.

 

 

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