Configuring data-va Preview

When using files in your Horizon Workspace Data section you can have a nice preview of the most common file types, like Microsoft Office, PDF, Text Files and such.

File previews can be generated in 2 ways:

  • Using LibreOffice Preview: File previews are generated on the data-va. This is a free option.
  • Using Microsoft Windows Preview: You can use this method to have a Microsoft Windows server act as a preview server. It requires Microsoft Office licenses.

Even if with the second option gives you the best compatibility, i go for the first option 99% of the times.

Enabling the LibreOffice Preview is a piece of cake: just ssh to the data-va, get a root prompt and then type:

cd /opt/zimbra/libexec
./libreoffice-installer.sh

This will download and install the software altogether. If you want to see progress of the process just do the following:

tail -f /tmp/libreoffice.download.txt

Once the process is complete do the following to apply the change:

su - zimbra
zmmailboxdctl restart

Now you should be able to use preview in Horizon Workspace.

Note: Password protected Microsoft Office documents cannot be previewed.

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  1. Pingback: How to upgrade Horizon Workspace 1.0 to 1.5 | MyVirtuaLife.Net

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