VCAP6-DTM Deployment Objective 3.1 – Create and Configure Horizon Desktop Pools

Determine appropriate pool configurations based on a deployment plan
Create/Configure Linked/Full clone desktop pools
Create/Configure Dedicated/Floating desktop pools

To create new Desktop pool login to View Admin Console, under Inventory > Catalog select Desktops Pool and click Add button to start Add Desktop Pool wizard.

First select what Type of Pool we want to create, in this case I choose Automated Desktop Pool click Next


Pool Type

Under User Assignment select how user will be receiving machine


User Assignment

Choose View Composer Linked Clones to create Machines with shared base image and select vCenter Server, click Next to continue 


vCenter selection

Type ID name for the pool to be identified in View Admin Console, Display name is name which user will see while login to View Client. Access group can organize how and who can manage specific Desktop pool in the organization. Click Next..


Desktop pool ID and name

View Desktop pool have many setting to control how the Machine behavior. Under General select State of the pool which can be Enabled/Disabled. We can specify which Connection Server to be use when user connecting. Under Remote Settings specify if the machine have to power on all the time, we can set what happen when user disconnect session. Delete or refresh machine on log off  if choose Delete after user log off machine will be deleted from vCenter and new machine will be provision. Refresh will revert machine back to same state as after recompose. Remote Display Protocol we can specify what is the default display protocol and if user are allowed to change it. Default display protocol is PCoIP. Specify how many monitors can be used and what resolution. Here we enable HTML access for users to be able use Desktop pools directly from web browser.



Desktop pool settings


Connection Server tag

At Provisioning Settings we specify setting like if the pool is Enable after completion of creation, we can specify naming pattern for new machine or specify names manually. Desktop Pool sizing we specify max machine to be created, how many machine will be spare power on – this is number of machine ready to use and waiting for user connection. Minimum number of ready it specify machine being in ready to use state during recompose operation. Provisioning timing select if all machine will be create up front or on demand. Click Next


Provisioning settings

View Composer Disks use this disks to redirect user disposable files, we can specify size and drive letter, Click Next


Composer disks

Storage optimization allow to select vSAN to use with desktop pool if possible, we can select if we want to keep replica disk on separate disks. Click Next


Storage optimization

vCenter Setting  specify which Parent VM to use and which snapshot. Select VM folder location, Host or Cluster, Resource pool. Select which storage to be use with replica disks and which storage to use for linked clone disks. Click Next  


vCenter settings

Advance Storage Options we can change if we want to use Storage accelerator and for which disks. We can change reclaim VM unused disk space. Blackout times allow to specify what timing all this operation will not be performed to avoid user experience degradation. Click Next


Storage options

Guest Customization select which account to use when joining machine to domain and which OU to place it. Allow reuse of pre-existing computers account will reuse already existing names instead of creating new. Specify to use VMware QuickPrep or Microsoft Sysprep. Click Next


Guest customization

At Ready to complete review all information and check Entitle users after this wizard finishes to add users or group entitlements. Click Finish


Ready to complete

After above wizard window close we will be present with Find User or Group window where we can search for user or group name to add to this pool. Click OK when finish.


Creating Full Desktop pool involves same steps like above with small changes. At the vCenter Server window select Full Virtual Machines. Click Next and fill up necessary information until vCenter Setting page


Full VM Desktop Pool

At vCenter Setting page select VM template. To create Full VM Desktop pool we need have VM convert to template in vCenter only template will be show when click Browse. Select VM Location, Host or Cluster, Resource pool and Datastore which need to have enough free space for allocation to full VM’s, Click Next


vCenter Setting

At Guest Customization page select customization specification or to customize VM manually later, click Next and finish at Ready to complete page.


Customization settings

After creating of Desktop pool we can modify most of the setting from View Admin Console. Under Inventory > Catalog > Desktop pools select pool we want to modify and click Edit button to open window with settings


Desktop pool edit

When creating Desktop pool we can select how we want to desktop being assign to users. There are two option Dedicated or Floating. 

Dedicated desktop pools when user login for the first time this desktop will get assignment to that user, everyday user login to View Desktop it will login to the same machine, and only this user can login to this machine until we unassigned user from it.

Floating Desktop pool user will receive machine randomly every time they login.


Configure/Manage Remote Desktop Services (RDS) pools

Creating RDS pools in a way is similar as other pools, there are only different requirements. We need server with installed Remote Desktop Service role installed and View Agent.

From Inventory > Catalog > Desktop Pools select Add button to start the wizard. From the Desktop Pool Definition select RDS Desktop Pool as type, click Next


RDS Desktop Pool Selection

Type ID and Display name of new Desktop pool, Click Next


Desktop Pool ID and Display Name

At Desktop Pool Settings  specify state of the pool, any Connection Server restriction. We can control setting about Adobe Flash quality and throttling, Click Next


Desktop pool settings

Select an RDS farm from list of RDS farm select one we will use for this Desktop pool, we have option to create new RDS farm as well. Click Next to continue


RDS farm selection

Ready to Complete window review all setting, select Entitle users after this wizard finishes and click Finish.


To edit RDS Desktop pool setting, select pool under Inventory > Catalog > Desktop Pools and click edit button or double click Desktop pool name to see more information about it. We can see Summary, Sessions, entitlements any running task and Events.


RDS Desktop pool summary


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