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Creating Linked Clones Desktop Pool on Horizon View

Purpose: This Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) provides step-by-step instructions for creating a Linked Clones desktop pool on Horizon View. Linked Clones allow you to efficiently deploy and manage a large number of virtual desktops by sharing a base image while providing individual customization and isolation for each user.

Scope: This SOP is intended for administrators or personnel responsible for managing virtual desktop infrastructure using Horizon View.


1. Access the Horizon View Administrator Console:

  • Launch a web browser and enter the URL for the Horizon View Administrator Console.

  • Enter your login credentials to authenticate and access the console.

2. Navigate to the Desktop Pools Management section:

  • In the Horizon View Administrator Console, click on "Inventory" in the left navigation pane.

  • Select "Desktop" to view the existing desktop pools or create a new one.

3. Create a new desktop pool:

  • Click on "Add" to initiate the creation of a new desktop pool.

  • Select "Automated Desktop Pool" or "Manual Desktop Pool"depending on your requirements. For Linked Clones, choose "Automated Desktop Pool."

  • Enter a name and description for the desktop pool.

  • Select the vCenter Server where the virtual machines will be provisioned.

  • Choose the parent virtual machine that will serve as the base image for the linked clones.

  • Specify the number of desktops or maximum number of desktops to be created.

  • Configure the user assignment and authentication settings as per your organization's requirements.

  • Select the appropriate provisioning options, such as whether to create all desktops up front or on-demand.

  • Configure any additional settings, such as pool identification or vSphere Storage Options, if required.

  • Review the summary page and click "Finish" to create the desktop pool.

4. Configure pool settings:

  • Once the desktop pool is created, select the pool from the list and click on "Edit."

  • Configure the display protocol, session timeout, power policy, and other settings according to your organization's needs.

  • Modify any other settings related to pool behavior, customization, or access control.

5. Customize desktop pool:

  • If necessary, customize the desktop pool by installing applications, configuring group policies, or making other modifications to the base image.

  • Ensure that any required applications or configurations are present in the base image before provisioning the linked clones.

6. Provision the desktop pool:

  • Select the desktop pool from the list and click on "Entitlements."

  • Add entitled users or groups who will have access to the desktop pool.

  • Specify the number of desktops or maximum number of desktops to be assigned to each user.

  • Save the entitlement settings.

7. Test and validate the desktop pool:

  • Use a client machine to connect to the Horizon View environment.

  • Log in with the credentials of an entitled user and verify that a linked clone desktop is successfully provisioned and accessible.

  • Ensure that any required applications or customizations are available and functioning correctly.

8. Ongoing maintenance and management:

  • Regularly monitor the performance and health of the desktop pool.

  • Perform necessary updates, patches, or modifications to the base image and propagate changes to the linked clones.

  • Maintain adequate storage capacity to accommodate new desktops or user data.

9. Documentation and reporting:

  • Document the desktop pool configuration, including settings, entitlements, and any customizations made.

  • Keep records of any issues, resolutions, or changes made to the desktop pool for future reference.

10. Backup and disaster recovery:

  • Implement a backup strategy to protect the base image and linked clones from data loss or corruption.

  • Establish a disaster recovery plan to ensure business continuity in the event of infrastructure failures or other emergencies.

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