Horizon View 5.2 provides Microsoft Lync 2013 client support, including full support for UC VoIP and Video on both RDP and PCoIP. This new feature enable a tighter integration between Microsoft Lync and Office applications with full collaboration capabilities.
Microsoft Lync 2013 client is a Unified Communications (UC) application that is installed on a desktop. Microsoft Lync client is used for presence, instant messaging (IM) and other functions, such as placing a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) or Video chat call.
In order to enable the Lync 2013 client to pair up with the Lync VDI plugin running on the client endpoint, VMware implemented Microsoft’s dynamic virtual channels (DVC) inside PCoIP. The Microsoft DVC provides a communications path between the virtual machine (VM) and the client endpoint, and the Lync 2013 client uses the DVCs to communicate with the Lync VDI plugin running on the client endpoint. The graph bellow depicts how the solution is architected.
Using Horizon View 5.2 and Microsoft Lync 2013 together will enable the following features to be used:
- Instant Messaging
- Desktop Sharing
- Application Sharing/PowerPoint sharing
- File Transfers
- Online Meetings
- Communication modes for Online Meetings are limited by peer-to-peer communication modes. For example, if audio is not supported on the specified architecture, audio will not work in Online Meetings.
- Joining online meetings from Microsoft Outlook meeting reminder and/or meeting invitation is not supported.
- Office Integration
- Audio is supported only in a VDI environment. Audio is not supported in a session-based desktop delivery environment such as Microsoft RDS.
- Video Chat
- Multi-party video chat is not supported.
The solution works with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Embedded and Windows Thin PC. Before using Lync 2013 administrators must ensure that the client hardware meet the following specifications: CPU 1.5GHz, at least 2GB RAM and 4GB total storage.
|Microsoft Lync 2013 Server Components||Backend server that the Microsoft Lync clients register with.|
|Microsoft Lync 2013 client||
Microsoft Lync 2013 client application that is installed in VM.
|Microsoft Lync VDI plugin||The Lync VDI plugin is installed on the client machine. Lync VDI plugin that pairs with Lync 2013 client in VM. Once Lync VDI plugin is paired with Lync 2013 client, all media processing is automatically redirected to the client device.|
|View 5.2 (Agent and Client)||
Need to use the View 5.2 agent and corresponding View 5.2 client
|VM Operating System||
Supported on Windows 7 VMs only with Service Pack 1.
|Client Operating System||
Supported on Windows 7 and Windows 8 client OS. Please note that Windows 8 clients is only offered in Tech Preview.
There are also some additional restrictions to be observed:
- PCoIP process running on the View client (32 & 64-bit) only operates in 32-bit mode. Therefore only the 32-bit version of the Lync VDI 2013 plugin is supported.
- Client Machine – the 32-bit version of the Microsoft Lync VDI 2013 plugin will not work from a machine that has the 64-bit version of Office 2013. This is unsupported by Microsoft.
- RDP 8 is not supported.
I would like to acknowledge here the excellent work from Tony Huynh and his team to get these functionalities working. In my next post about Lync 2013 I will go a little deeper and explain how the communication works under the covers and provide some troubleshooting guidelines.
This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.