VMWare - Turn Off Local File Sharing

How to turn off local file sharing with the remote desktop to reduce bandwidth requirements in the VMWare Horizon View Client. This may be necessary if the internet connection used is a slower speed DSL connection.

  1. Launch VMWare Horizon View client and log in to the view connection server: view.ion.uwplatt.edu
  2. Once the desktops are listed, click on the gear menu in the upper right corner to open "Settings".

    Settings button in upper right of main application window after login.

  3. Select "Sharing" on the left navigation bar. Uncheck all the boxes in the right-hand section to reduce bandwidth usage.  In order for local USB drives to be accessible remotely, you can keep the "Allow access to removable storage" box checked.  Please recognize that this does require significant bandwidth as any file transferred from a flash drive to the remote machine will need to upload through the connection.

    Select sharing on navigation bar on left and uncheck all boxes to improve performance on low bandwidth connections.

If you have questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or helpdesk@uwplatt.edu.  You may also visit the Help Desk on the first floor of the Karrmann Library.