It’s been a while since I’ve worked with Windows XP virtual desktops but recently had to create a small linked-clone pool in VMware Horizon View 5.3 because a client had an application that was only compatible with IE 6. I proceeded to do as I usually would to prepare the Windows XP as a master template by installing the VMware View agent then created the automated linked clone pool. The provisioning finished as expected with the linked clone available for connecting but as I connected via the PCoIP protocol, I noticed that the resolution would not expand to the full monitor screen so I am presented with the following view of the desktop surrounded by space that is filled in as black:
Connecting via RDP works fine where the full screen is displayed properly with no black box.
The Remote Display Protocol settings I had for the desktop pool were as follows:
Max number of monitors: 2
Max resolution of any one monitor: 1920 x 1200
The dual monitor resolution I was using was set to 1920 x 1080:
As discovered in one of my previous posts:
Connecting to VMware View 5.1.2 desktop via PCoIP displays a black screen when in full screen
The solution to my problem was to increase the number of monitors and resolution of any monitor as such:
Max number of monitors: 4
Max resolution of any one monitor: 2560 x 1600
A bit strange as the previous setting had a resolution that was larger than the resolution of the monitors I was using but this correct the problem so that the projected desktop would fill in the full screen.