Ok, normally I do a post each month with the latest and greatest flings and I will still do that tomorrow. Today though Andrew Morgan from VMware OCTO has released a fantastic new fling: Horizon Helpdesk Utility! But we already have the Helpdesk tool you might say? Well this fling is everything the helpdesk tool should have been. While it isn’t bad this one is way better.
First of all this fling is an app that you need to install on your own computer or a management server. It will keep its settings in C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\HorizonHelpDeskAgent\ .net Framework 4.5.2 is required but most will already have that or a higher version installed. Installation itself is a quick next next finish with the warning that the signer of the application is not trusted, I have been told that this might be fixed in the next release. After installation you will find a new application in your start menu. I have already attached it to my start menu as well.
If you don’t have a trusted certificate you will get a box to accept that certificate.
After that I was looking for something to popup but I just had a small icon added down right
Right click on this and you’ll see a small search box. This search is more easily reachable by using ctrl+F12
Put in a name and you’ll get a box that contains all matching names
Double click the correct account or session and the real deal will open up for you.
The diagrams hardly need any explanation, please also notice the user experience rating on the top right. The image in my lab doesn’t have anything installed so I can’t really show a lot but here are the views from the other tabs as well:
All entitlements for the user
This is pulled directly from the event database
Some more fancy diagrams about the blast protocol
The last tab shows all processes on the desktop, this can easily be filtered on any of the info shown
A possible improvement here would be some kind of checkbox to show only the users own processes because otherwise things can get confusing at RDS hosts. I’ve already talked with Andrew about that (actually the checkbox was his idea).
On the top left there’s a couple of pull down menus to allow for some actions on the session or the machine itself.
The remote control functionality starts windows’ own mrsa tool.
Despite running it against my own very small lab the tool seems to perform very well. I consider it for the few moments that I have used it as a very decent replacement for the original helpdesk tool.