The Zoom VDI Plugin Management solution was developed to address the need to update home users in particular. However, users may also have devices located in the office that are managed by IT. These devices may require scheduling an update, and employees may not have administrator privileges to install software updates themselves.
To address this issue, the same registry/policy key that can be used to enable Zoom VDI Plugin Management on the virtual desktop can also be used to disable Zoom VDI Plugin Management from being applied to a specific machine.
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There is an option for administrators that want to enable Zoom VDI Plugin Management for home users but want to prevent IT-managed devices from being automatically updated.
To disable Zoom VDI Plugin Management on a specific Windows device, add the same policy for EnableVDIPluginAutoUpgrade, but set the value to 0 to disable Zoom VDI Plugin Management on that device.
Zoom VDI Plugin Management for Mac can be enabled or disabled for a specific device by modifying a configuration file. This configuration file is named ZoomVDIAus_Config and is located at the following path:
The following shows the default ZoomVDIAus_Config configuration entries:
The default value of “EnableVDIPluginAutoUpgrade“ is 1.
Zoom VDI Plugin Management can be disabled on the Mac by changing the value of “EnableVDIPluginAutoUpgrade” to 0.
The Zoom VDI Plugin Management software must be installed on the remote device that connects to the virtual desktop before VDI plugins can be downloaded and installed. The following options can help users increase the availability of the Zoom VDI Plugin Management software on targeted devices.
The Windows version of Zoom VDI Plugin Management has been included and installed with VDI plugins, starting with version 5.10.0. Any Windows VDI plugin installed from that version forward automatically includes the Zoom VDI Plugin Management software.
To ensure that VDI plugins can continue to be managed, even if an end user uninstalls the VDI plugin itself, the Zoom VDI Plugin Management software is only removed if the ZoomCleaner application is used to remove everything. This ensures that missing VDI plugins can be installed at any time. The solution requires little space on the user’s computer and is only used to check and manage VDI plugins.
Zoom is actively working with our virtual desktop solutions partners to explore ways to automatically deliver the Zoom VDI Plugin Management software to users. These options include pushing the software, using the virtual desktop management software to deliver the package to the connection client, or bundling the Zoom VDI Plugin Management software with the connection client directly.
These solutions are currently still in development. Details will be published when there is more information available.
Zoom is exploring the option to include logic in the standard Zoom desktop client (Zoom Meeting client) to install the Zoom VDI Plugin Management software during installations or upgrades of the standard client. This option is expected to increase the availability of the Zoom VDI Plugin Management solution as many home users, who use their personal computer to connect to their virtual desktop, also run Zoom directly—both as an alternate option to join meetings and to connect with family and friends.
This is currently in development. Details will be published when there is more information available.