VMware View Client adds local USB support

VMware View Client adds local USB support

Summary: View Client for Mac 1.7 now lets users copy files on the VMware View Desktop to an attached USB thumb drive, or interact with another USB peripheral.


In a Tuesday post at the VMWare End-User Computing Blog, Senior Product Manager Kristina De Nike announced that VMware View Client for Mac 1.7 now can connect with a local USB peripheral, including storage and printers.

Users can copy files from a camera to the View Desktop, or print a file to a connected printer, she wrote. There are limitations: Users can only connect with any device at a time in either the client Mac machine or the remote desktop.

To use this feature, your View administrator must have USB enabled for your View desktop. It is also possible to configure the client system to specify which USB devices can be redirected to a View desktop or to exclude devices.

Most USB devices will be visible in the menu, with the exception of devices such as keyboards and pointing devices, which the local computer and the View desktop already share. Note: webcams and audio device functionality depends on the state of your network and are not reliable in the View desktop.

The Version 1.7 of View Client for Mac was released last week. It can be downloaded here.

Topics: Apple, Operating Systems, Virtualization, VMware

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  • Look! More features other software has had for years!

    I'm not sure how this is news, exactly. We're talking about an inferior, overpriced product getting features which it's free (Oracle VirtualBox) or cheaper (Microsoft Office) competition has had for years, or in the case of some Microsoft products, nigh on a decade. VMWare serves a consumer or price-insensitive corporate market which is hopefully on it's last legs. I've found that there is never a use case where VMWare software is suggested that a combination of VirtualBox, LogMeIn, and Microsoft Office cannot overcome with superiour capabilities using less system resources, and almost always at a lower price.
    • Look! Another idiot comparing apples to pork chops!

      @pjskeleton - you really aren't that familiar with VMware enterprise software, are you?

      Firstly, I'm not sure where Microsoft Office fits into this whole discussion, but it is not a virtualization product and doesn't do anything that VMware view (or any VMware product for that matter) does. Ditto for LogMeIn (though, at least that product facilitates virtual desktop access somewhat).

      Now comparing VMware View features to VirtualBox *may* be closer than your other pointless examples, however you're still talking about two fundamentally different products - one is a desktop virtualization system, and one is a remote application client to a type-1 hypervisor.

      If you wanted to compare VirtualBox to VMware, you could either compare it to VMware Workstation (in which case you are wrong in saying VirtualBox has had these features for "years" before VMware - that would simply not be true. The only advantage VirtualBox has is that it is free, and worth every penny; VirtualBox is still playing catch up to the VMware of four years ago), or you could compare it to VMware Player, in which case VirtualBox is only on par with VMware price-wise (both are free) and VMware still handles these types of features better than VirtualBox.