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Configure the VMware Horizon Client to Access Local Files in Windows

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The following instructions will guide you through making folders and drives on your local computer (Desktop, My Documents; Dropbox; Google Drive; etc.) available when using virutalized applications running inside the VMware Horizon Client in Windows. This documentation assumes you have already installed the VMware Horizon Client, and have already logged in to Lehigh's virtual software server.

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When you are connected to view.cc.lehigh.edu, click the Setting icon (gray gear icon).

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Click the settings icon
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This will bring up the settings section of the VMware Horizon Client.

Select Sharing from the left menu pane.

When sharing settings appear, you have a few options to choose from. You can select any or all of these.

  1. Share your local files <yourusername>: This option will share all the folders within your Windows user folder including Desktop, My Documents, Downloads, etc.
  2. Allow access to removable storage: This will share any connected devices such as USB flash drives or external hard drives currently connected to your computer.
  3. Add buttonThis button will allow you to browse for and select a specifc folder on your computer that you want to share. You can also use this method to select a folder in a cloud drive such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive.
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Sharing settings window
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When you are satisfied with your configuration, remember to click Apply to save your settings. Then click OK to close the settings windows. 

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Sharing settings window with apply button highlighted
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The first time you run a virtualized application after updating your sharing settings, you may be prompted with an additional confirmation window asking you to allow the sharing. Click Allow.

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Confirmation of sharing window, click allow
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When you go to save a file in an application running within the virtual environment, the familiar file browser window will appear where you can navigate to the location where you want to save your file. In the left pane of that window, locate This PC and if it isn't already, click to expand it as shown. Any of the folders/locations you have chosen to share will show up as<folder_or_location_name> on <your_computer_name>.

Select the folder/location you want to save to. Folders within the location you select will show up in the right pane of the window.  In the case of the example, the Windows user folder/location is selected and the folders that show up in the right pane include the familiar Desktop, My Documents, Downloads, etc. folders.

Once you have selected your save location, click Save as you normally would. Your file has now been saved to a location you can easily access on your local computer.

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Browse to save location window

For additional help, please contact the LTS Help Desk at 610-758-4357 or helpdesk@lehigh.edu