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How to create a VMWare Horizon View Linked Clone Desktop Pool

How to create a VMWare Horizon View Linked Clone Desktop Pool

  1. Login the View Administrator; go to Catalog – Desktop Pools, click on Add.
  2. Select Automated Desktop Pool. Click Next, select View Composer linked clones. You must have View Composer installed on your vCentre server or a domain member server.
  3. Give a name.
  4. Configure Provisioning Settings.
  5. Configure View Composer disks.
  6. Set Storage Optimization
  7. Configure vCenter settings.
  8. Setup the Parent VM (The base VM for Linked clones that will be presented as desktops for your users.). You must have taken a snapshot of this VM in the vCenter web console or VI client.
  9. Select the default snapshot image.
  10. Select the VM folder location in your vSphere Data center.
  11. Select the vSphere hosts cluster to house the VDI VMs.
  12. Select the Resource pool.
  13. Select the datastore. Hit OK on the warning message.
  1. Configure Advanced storage options.
  2. Configure AD domain settings and Desktop location. You should use Sysprep and a customization specification created prior.
  3. Its almost done. Hit Finish on the Summary page.
  4. Your new Linked Clone desktop pool will be visible on the Desktop Pools list.
  5. Click on Add Entitlements
  6. Add users as required.
  7. Confirm the cloning by going o vSphere web client.
  8. You should see the persistent disk assigned to the Linked Clone VM.
  9. Notice the first Linked clone VM being created. Takes 30 – 60 mins.
  10. Open your Horizon Client and connect to the Connection server.
  1. You should see the Desktop pools you created.
  1. You might see an error. Give it some time before trying again.
  2. Verify that the status of the Linked clone VM is now Available
  1. Now if you go to the Linked Clone pool, you will get a desktop assigned. Window configurations will run the first time you get the desktop.
  1. A desktop is ready for use
  2. Check the Linked clone VM hardware. There are two hard disks available on the guest OS, one persistent and the other disposable.