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Disable or customize Horizon View 5.3 Portal download links with HTML access

The Horizon View Portal page for the connection server has changed throughout the different versions. This article describes how to modify the behavior of the portal for version 5.3. How to modify the HTML Access enabled portal with Horizon View 5.2 is described in another article. The portal described here is only available when you have installed the HTML Access feature. When you don't have that additional feature installed then you have the 'default' portal. How to modify the text and download links for the regular portal is described in this VMware-document: Using VMware Horizon View Client for Windows

When you connect to your Connection Server or Security Server the portal normally looks like this: (The HTML-part is available only if you have installed the HTML-access component).

Horizon View Portal 5.3 default web page

Different from version 5.2 this page now has platform dependent download links for the Horizon View Client in version 5.3. The default links all point to the same web page, but you can modify the link for each OS your clients are using.

You can modify the behavior of the portal in several ways::

  • Disable the entire page
  • Enable/disable or customize the client download link
  • Enable/disable the HTML Access feature

This can be done by modifying a file named portal-links-html-access.properties. It can be found on your connection server in this directory: C:\ProgramData\VMware\VDM\portal (this was different for version 5.2:  explained here)

WarningNote: If you access your portal through a Security Server then you still need to modify these settings on the Connection Server. The Security Server does not have it's own portal files.

In the following image you see can see the default contents of the file.

portal-links-html-access.properties

After making changes to this file you must restart the VMware View Web Component-Windows-service. If your portal does not respond immediately after restarting then give it a minute to reinitialize.

Restart VMware View Web Component

If you set both values to false then the portal will become unaccessible. 

You can also set one of the two values to false. If you set enable.download=false then when accessing the portal web page clients are immediately redirected to the HTML Access login page.

Horizon View Portal modified

If you set enable.webclient=false and configure a custom link to your own web page then clients connection to your portal will be redirected to that URL.

TipTip:  When you disable the web client page through this file the actual HTML Access is not disabled. Clients can still access the HTML Access login page directly by accessing the URL: https://yourserver/portal/webclient/views/index.html (this was different for version 5.2:  explained here)

A last note on all of this: if you upgrade to a new version of Horizon View there is a fair chance that this will be overwritten. Or it could move to another location like it did from version 5.2 to version 5.3. So make sure to create a backup of these modified files and check what happens during the upgrade before you upgrade your production environment.

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