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Release notes for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Follow

Current release

November 15, 2021 version 5.8.4

New and enhanced features

Note: Unless otherwise noted, all features in the standard client release are also available in the VDI release. The following are specific additions or changes for VDI: 

  • Immersive Scenes for VDI
    Using the latest combination of both the VDI Zoom Meeting client and VDI Plugin, users can select the option to configure and share immersive scenes. 
  • Multi-Pin/Spotlight Support
    Spotlighting and pinning multiple participants in gallery and active speaker views is now supported using the latest VDI Zoom client and VDI Plugin.
  • Linux Smart Virtual Background Support
    Zoom now supports smart virtual backgrounds without a green screen for Linux. Users will need to install the latest VDI Plugin for their Linux client. This feature is only enabled for clients with hardware that can support the feature.
  • New HP ThinPro Plugin for AVD
    A new VDI Plugin for the HP ThinPro OS platform is available with this release to support VDI optimization for HP thin clients and the Microsoft AVD platform. 
  • Zoom App Support
    Support for Zoom Apps has been enabled for the VDI client. 
  • Optimized Audio for Recording/VM on Zoom Phone
    Zoom Phone now supports direct audio offloading through the VDI Plugin when recording a greeting or retrieving voicemail messages.
  • Windows 11 Support
    Zoom has tested and confirmed our VDI solution is compatible with Windows 11.

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

Fixes 

  • A Specific Registry Conflict for eLux and Zoom Phone has been Fixed
    A change has been made to address an issue where a select set of specific registry modifications for Zoom Phone prevented calls for the eLux plugin. 
  • Suppress Background Noise Selection
    A correction was made for an issue related to the Suppress Background Noise options. 
  • Intermittent Optimization Errors
    Investigation into an intermittent problem where the session optimization failed which resulted in changes to improve session management.  
  • Active Speaker Settings
    Video was incorrectly enabled in response to changing active speaker settings to see yourself for the Mac and Linux plugins. 
  • Encryption for Fallback Mode
    An update was made to address an issue where end-to-end encryption would prevent joining or starting a meeting in fallback mode. 
  • Direct Mode Failures in Environments with NAT and SBC
    Changes were made to address an issue where a Direct Mode connection could fail in environments using NAT and SBC. Error Message for Camera Conflict and Virtual Backgrounds
    An error condition when the selected camera was in use and virtual backgrounds could not load has been corrected to display the correct error message. 
  • Graphic Update for Mute/Unmute Indication
    An inconsistent graphic indication for the mute/unmute icons was found for the AVD platform and fixed. 
  • Watermark Tip Message
    Minor changes were made for an issue that attempted to display a tip message for the watermark that didn’t apply for older plugins. 
  • Sleep Mode and Macintosh/VMware
    There was a problem found when waking the client from sleep mode using the Macintosh plugin and VMware that has been fixed. 
  • Spotlight Issues for Linux
    An issue found when turning Spotlight mode on and off with Linux plugins has been corrected. 
  • Zoom Phone Statistics Cosmetic Update
    Some information for Zoom Phone statistics was not fully displayed and the dialog was updated to address the issue. 
  • User Name Correction for Gallery View
    A problem where the user name was displayed incorrectly after moving a participant in gallery view has been fixed for the Windows AVD plugin. 
  • Windows Installation Changes for AVD
    A change was made to the Windows installer for AVD to address an issue where an initial installation done for per-user mode was later repeated for all users. 
  • Cosmetic Fix for Lobby Icon
    A minor cosmetic issue where the lobby icon was not displayed has been fixed. 
  • Network Connection During Call Setup
    A problem that could occur when the network was disconnected during a call connection has been addressed for the Macintosh and VMware plugin.

November 14th, 2021 release 5.7.8

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

The following issues were addressed in the release.

  • Hot Swap Issue for Audio and Video Devices
    An issue found when hot-swapping audio or camera devices during a meeting for clients using the Linux plugin and Citrix that has been corrected. 
  • Azure Virtual Desktop Improvements
    Some stability concerns have been addressed for our Zoom AVD solution.  
  • Improvements for Audio/Video Checks
    Changes were made to fix some issues related to audio and video checks performed immediately after installing the client. 
  • Factory Reset Deletes ZoomMedia.ini File on eLux
    A problem where a factory reset on the eLux platform would result in the ZoomMedia.ini file being removed has been fixed. 
  • End-to-End Encryption Preventing Start or Join Meeting in Fallback
    An update was made to address an issue where end-to-end encryption would prevent joining or starting a meeting in fallback mode. 
  • Stability Issue for Graphic Cards and eLux when using Full Screen mode
    This release includes a fix for a problem that could occur for specific graphic cards when converting a meeting session to full screen with eLux. 
  • Intermittent Session Optimization Failures
    Investigation into an intermittent problem where session optimization failed resulted in changes to improve session management.


Previous release

Note: The information in the past release notes may have been superseded by subsequent release notes. Please review all current release notes carefully.

September 27, 2021 version 5.8.0

New and enhanced features

  • New Tab in Statistics for VDI Information
    A new tab has been added to the Statistics dialog. The VDI tab displays specific information about your VDI session, including CPU and Memory usage on the thin client where the plugin is installed.
  • Mac ZoomVDI
    This release has been tested and updated for compatibility with the upcoming MacOS Monterey release.
  • Increased Emojis Reaction Set
    VDI plugins have been updated to support the full set of emojis that are now available in the core meeting client.
  • Zoom Phone Optimization for eLux
    Updates have been made for feature parity for Zoom Phone and VDI on eLux. Please note: You will need to make sure the Citrix feature for audio called “VdcamVersion4Support” is disabled for Zoom Phone optimization to work properly.
  • End to end Encryption for Zoom Phone
    Zoom phone now supports end to end encryption for all supported Zoom Phone optimization.

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

The following issues were addressed in the release.

  • Limit Fallback Modes to Remote Connections Only

    An issue was corrected where fallback modes were being applied for remote desktop deployments when employees returned to the office and the desktop was not in a remote session.
  • Share Session Frame Rate Reduced when Camera Active
    When both camera video and share session video was being sent by a VDI participant, the frame rate of the share session was reduced. The design has been changed to optimize the frame rate for the video being shared.
  • Statistics Display of Local IP Address for Zoom Phone
    An issue where the local IP address of the thin client was not displayed in the statistics dialog for Zoom Phone calls has been resolved.
  • Detect Installation Error to Support Roll Back 
    If an error occurred while copying files during installation, the condition was missed and the installer did not prompt for a rollback to the previous release. This has been corrected.
  • Archive Meeting Icon Missing in Speaker View for Linux 
    An issue was resolved where the option to allow guests to archive audio was enabled but the button was not displayed for guests in speaker view.
  • UI Updates for Controls for Consistency with Standard Client 
    Several graphic items were updated to match user interface changes made in the core client. 

August 23, 2021 version 5.7.6

New and enhanced features

  • Support for Zoom Phone with VMware and Mac
    Zoom Phone is now optimized to support sending audio from the latest plugin for VDI users using VMware VDI and a Mac thin client.
  • Support for Zoom Phone with WVD and Windows
    Zoom Phone is now optimized to support sending audio from the plugin for VDI users using WVD with the latest Windows plugin.  
  • Coffee Cup Non-Verbal Feedback Graphic
    VDI Clients with the latest client and plugin release can both select and see the new coffee cup graphic added to indicate when someone is on a break.
  • Pronoun Support for VDI
    VDI clients with the latest client and plugin release can both configure and see pronoun additions for meeting participants.
  • Increased Watermark Visibility
    Changes were made to increase the visibility of the watermark indication. Both client and new plugin are required to see the changes.
  • Zoom Phone e911 Location Enhancement
    VDI clients with the latest client and plugin will now use the IP address of their plugin to determine location for e911.
  • Zoom VDI Tool
    Log collection in the Zoom VDI Tool has been enhanced to display more information about the logs available on the thin client side for VDI users with the latest plugin. The download speed for collecting logs is also adjustable for situations where attempting to download logs too quickly might overload the desktop connection.
  • Stratodesk NoTouch
    Changes were made to support compatibility with the Stratodesk NoTouch platform.

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

August 11, 2021 hotfix version 5.7.5

Resolved issues

  • Security enhancements

July 19, 2021 hotfix version 5.7.2

Resolved issues

  • Security enhancements

Please Note: Version 5.7.2 replaces release 5.7.0

July 5, 2021 version 5.7.0

New and enhanced features

  • Support for Mac VMware plugin
    Zoom is pleased to announce a new plugin for the VMWare platform and Macintosh computers. This plugin is provided as a single installation download that will install the correct plugin for either older (x86) or newer M1 Macintosh computers (ARM-based processors).
  • Custom Filters
    VDI Clients can select and use custom filters provisioned on the web portal for images such as corporate logos. Both client and plugin must be updated to support this feature.
  • Customize Participant Layout in Gallery View
    VDI Clients with the latest client and plugin release can drag and drop to rearrange participants in gallery view.
  • Bandwidth Management via GPO policies
    Administrators can configure GPO policies to set the maximum bandwidth available for thin clients. Bandwidth restrictions policies can also be implemented to only apply to office devices, allowing home users to take full advantage of personal network capabilities.
  • Virtual background enforcement
    Account administrators can require users to use virtual backgrounds when their video is on, as well as set a default virtual background from the default or custom uploaded options. If the device does not meet the system requirements for virtual background, the user is not able to turn on their video.
  • Universal Zoom VDI Installer  for the Citrix Mac Plugin
    A universal ZoomVDI installer is now provided for Citrix/Mac VDI plugins and will automatically install the correct plugin based on the detected x86 or ARM processor.
  • VDI Zoom Phone
    Configuration support for fallback modes when Zoom Phone optimization is not available is now supported with specific registry entries for Zoom Phone.
  • Fallback Mode 7
    An additional fallback mode option has been added to force participants using VDI who are not optimized to only join a meeting with the ability to view the share session. Audio and video are disabled when fallback mode 7 is enforced.

Resolved issue

  • Minor bug fixes

June 25, 2021 version 5.5.10

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

June 11, 2021 version 5.5.9

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

June 6, 2021 version 5.5.8

New and enhanced features

  • Support for Zoom Phone with Citrix and Mac
    VDI users with Citrix VDI and a Mac thin client  (new client and plugin required) can utilize all the features of Zoom Phone with some limitations. 
  • Support for Zoom Phone with Vmware and Windows
    VDI users with Vmware VDI and a Windows thin client  (new client and plugin required) can utilize all the features of Zoom Phone with some limitations.
  • Query the current login status and meeting status with WMI
    Administrators who have enabled WMI for their VDI setup can use the tool to query the current login status and meeting status. 
  • VDI log tool
    The VDI log tool is now included in the installation folder for the VDI client. 

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

May 1, 2021 version 5.5.6

New and enhanced features

  • M1 (ARM) chip support for Mac VDI plugin
  • WMI Support for VDI Plugin information
    Users can access VDI Plugin information using power shell scripts with Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).  
  • Support for two PSTN numbers
    Administrators can configure two PSTN numbers for virtual desktop users who may require two options when joining a meeting by phone.

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

April 19, 2021 hotfix version 5.5.4

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Resolved an issue that blocked the connection to the VDI plugin for customers configured to use Mode 4 fallback mode.

April 3, 2021 version 5.5.3

New and enhanced features

  • Support for Zoom Phone
    VDI users with Citrix VDI and a Windows thin client  (new client and plugin required) can utilize all the features of Zoom Phone with some limitations. Media offloading of phone calls is supported in Direct-server mode, UDP mode, and ICA mode. Playback of recordings, voicemails, and local ringtones is supported, but not yet optimized for media offloading. Direct-Server Mode is not supported for phone system integrations. GPS location information and private IP support is planned for a future release. 

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes

February 28, 2021 version 5.5.0

New and enhanced features

  • Standard client features
    Updated the Zoom VDI client and thin client plugin to include improvements made to the standard Zoom client in version 5.5.0.
  • Message alerts in FallbackMode
    Users can receive message alerts if the FallbackMode value is set to 1,2,5, or 6 in the registry. Only a value of 4 would allow messages to be sent previously. 
  • Support for Jabra devices on Mac
    Mac users with Jabra devices can mute/unmute in a meeting. 
  • Support for virtual background with green screen on Linux
  • Open source software information
    Users can click About on the thin client interface to view the open source software information. 

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

January 10, 2021 version 3.3.3

Changes to existing features

  • Blocking or warning of unencrypted traffic
    All unencrypted Zoom traffic will be blocked from connecting to meetings or webinars. Other external unencrypted traffic, such as phone dial-in and RTMP streaming, will be allowed, but warn all participants that the meeting is not entirely encrypted due to unencrypted end-points. A list of compatible plugins for VDI release 3.3.3 can be found here

New and enhanced features

  • Support for Windows Virtual Desktop on IGEL thin client

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

December 8, 2020 version 3.3.2

New and enhanced features

  • Support for Windows Virtual Desktop
    Supported on Windows thin client version 5.4.59208.1207
  • Disable video filters through MSI, GPO or Registry
    Click a link for more information on MSI, GPO or registry options. 
  • Support for file configuration with Mac
    Some parameters can be configured like they can with Windows registry. 
  • Support for more than two monitors on the Mac plugin
  • Partially encrypted meeting warning
    Unencrypted connections, such as audio through phone dial-in, unencrypted SIP/H.323 devices, or streaming via RTMP, will alert the host and other attendees that some aspects of the meeting are not fully encrypted due to unencrypted end-points.
  • Linux plugin HID support (iGel, HP ThinPro, Ubuntu)

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

November 5, 2020 version 3.3.1

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

October 30, 2020 version 3.3.0

New and enhanced features

  • Standard client features
    Updated the Zoom VDI client and thin client plugin to include improvements made to the standard Zoom client in version 5.4.0.
  • Additional registry key
    The DisableDirectConnection2Web key can be configured to prevent the Zoom client and plugin from bypassing web proxy configuration.
  • Annotation saving on Linux and Mac
  • Auto-deletion of log files
    Old log files will be deleted based on the date/time they were created to save space.  

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

October 8, 2020 hotfix version 3.1.4

Resolved issues

  • Fixes incompatibility with client version 5.2.37291.0809 from release 3.1.0.
  • Minor bug fixes

September 29, 2020 hotfix versions 3.1.3, 3.0.5, 2.1.6

New and enhanced features

  • Support for Mac Citrix Plugin

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

September 28, 2020 version 3.2.0

New and enhanced features

  • Annotation saving (Linux, Mac)
    Annotations can be saved during a meeting.
  • VMware support for eLux 5 and 6
  • Attendees can view Microsoft PowerPoint presentations shared as virtual background.
  • Support for Mac Citrix Plugin

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Security enhancements

September 7, 2020 version 3.1.2

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

August 31, 2020 version 3.1.1

New and enhanced features

  • Video filters
    Users can apply video filters to alter the look of their video with color grading, foreground and frame filters (Windows thin clients only).
  • Standard client features
    Updated the Zoom VDI client and thin client plugin to include improvements made to the standard Zoom client in version 5.2.2.

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

August 9, 2020 version 3.1.0

New and enhanced features 

  • Support for Linux with VMWare
  • Support for 10ZiG thin clients
    View the press release for more details.
  • Support for Virtual Background
    VDI supports the use of virtual backgrounds on Windows thin clients.
  • Standard client features
    Updated the Zoom VDI client and thin client plugin to include improvements made to the standard Zoom client in version 5.2.0.

Changes to existing features

  • Registry location change
    The VDI registry location has moved from the Software\Zoom\VDI\Config directory to the SOFTWARE\Policies\Zoom\Zoom Meetings\VDI directory. 

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

July 11, 2020 version 3.0.4

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes

July 10, 2020 version 3.0.3

Resolved Issues

  • Minor bug fixes

June 20, 2020 version 3.0.2

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

May 28, 2020 version 3.0.1

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

May 22, 2020, version 3.0

New and enhanced features

  • Standard client features
    Updated the Zoom VDI client and thin client plugin to include improvements made to the standard Zoom client in version 5.0.1.

Resolved issues

  • Security enhancements
  • Minor bug fixes

April 30, 2020, version 2.1.5

Changes to existing features 

  • OpenSSL Update
    OpenSSL has been upgraded to the latest version. 

New and enhanced features

  • AES 256-bit GCM encryption
    Zoom is upgrading to the AES 256-bit GCM encryption standard, which offers increased protection of your meeting data in transit and resistance against tampering. This provides confidentiality and integrity assurances on your Zoom Meeting, Zoom Video Webinar, and Zoom Phone data. This version of Zoom for Virtual Desktop will support GCM encryption when it is automatically enabled for all accounts on May 30.

Resolved issues

  • Security enhancements
  • Minor bug fixes

April 14, 2020, version 2.1.4

New and enhanced features

  • Standard Client Security Updates
    Updated the Zoom VDI client and thin client plugin to include security improvements made to the standard Zoom client in version 4.6.10.

Resolved issues

  • Minor Bug fixes

April 5, 2020, version 2.1.3

Changes to existing features

  • Optimized Server Selection
    The thin client will select the Zoom data center closest to the thin client instead of the one closest to the virtual machine. This ability can be toggled on or off in the thin client registry.

New and enhanced features

  • Standard Client Features
    Updated the Zoom VDI client and thin client plugin to include improvements made to the standard Zoom client in versions 4.6.0 through 4.6.4
  • Camera Rotation
    Users can rotate their cameras from the video section of client settings.

Resolved issues

  • Resolved an issue where VMWare receivers were crashing.
  • Resolved an issue where a malicious party could use UNC links to leak a user’s hashed password
  • Resolved an issue where some users could access chat in a webinar when chat was disabled
  • Minor bug fixes

February 14, 2020, version 2.1.1

Resolved issues

  • Minor bug fixes

January 18, 2020, version 2.1.0

New and enhanced features

  • Standard client features
    Updated the Zoom VDI client and thin client plugin to include improvements made to the standard Zoom client in versions 4.4 through 4.6.
  • Shared content on VMWare Windows and Citrix Linux
    Shared content will be rendered from the VDI plugin instead of the VDI client. This will improve user performance and lower CPU usage on the VDI infrastructure.

Resolved issues

  • Fixed an issue where the web Dashboard did not display VDI call types correctly.
  • Fixed an issue where video was displayed incorrectly in full-screen mode.
  • Minor bug fixes.

November 1, 2019, version 2.0.3

Resolved issues

  • Minor Bug Fixes

October 3, 2019, version 2.0.2

Resolved issues

  • Minor Bug Fixes

September 23, 2019, version 2.0.1

New and enhanced features

  • Confirm starting video when joining a Meeting
    Before joining a meeting with video on, users will now be shown their video preview and given the options to join with or without video. They can also check to always join with video without displaying the preview first.
  • Memory optimization
  • Indian DoT compliance

August 6, 2019, Version 2.0

New and enhanced features

  • UI refresh
    The VDI thin client plugin supports the user interface from the Zoom desktop client version 4.4.
  • Unified client for home workers
  • Version backward compatibility
  • Dual monitor support
  • Desktop sharing optimization (Windows thin clients)
    Supports desktop, application and video sharing, as well as remote control and annotation.
  • Support for additional Citrix VDI solutions
    eLux, IGel, Ubuntu and HP ThinPro OS GA are now supported.
  • Support for additional VMWare VDI solutions
    VMWare Horizon GA for Windows is now supported.
  • Encoding camera optimization (Windows)
    Added HW encoder for Camera C925.