The Desktop Pools Layer

In VMware Horizon View a Desktop Pool is a managed entity. Within this managed entity you can configure the following options:

  • Virtual Machines that are provided to the Connection Server
    • Automated Pools create virtual machines cloned from a base template
    • Manual Pools based on existing Virtual Machines managed by vCenter
    • Manual Pools based on physical desktops, Blade Workstations or Virtual Machines managed by other Visualization Provider
    • Terminal Services Desktop provided by a Terminal Server
  • User that are entitled to connect to Virtual Desktops provided by this Desktop Pool
  • Assign Users to desktops
  • Desktop Pool properties – Automated and Manual Pools have different options
  • Desktop Pool Policies
  • Updates to existing desktops

You can monitor the composition and usage of the desktop pools using the tests mapped to the Desktop Pools layer.

Figure 1 : The test mapped to the Desktop Pools layer