You can provision the desktops in an automated pool by manually specifying a list of desktop names or by providing a naming pattern and the number of desktops you want in the pool. These two approaches offer different advantages.

If you name desktops by specifying a list, you can use your company's naming scheme, and you can associate each desktop name with a user.

If you provide a naming pattern, View Manager can dynamically create and assign desktops as users need them.

You must use one of these naming methods to provision automated pools that contain full virtual machines or linked clones.

Naming Desktops Manually or Providing a Desktop-Naming Pattern compares the two naming methods, showing how each method affects the way you create and administer a desktop pool.

Naming Desktops Manually or Providing a Desktop-Naming Pattern

Feature

Providing a Desktop-Naming Pattern

Naming Desktops Manually

Desktop names

View Manager generates desktop names.

You provide a naming pattern. View Manager adds a unique number to identify each desktop.

For details, see Using a Naming Pattern for Automated Desktop Pools.

You specify a list of desktop names.

In a dedicated-assignment pool, you can pair users with desktops by listing user names with the desktop names.

For details, see Specify a List of Desktop Names.

Pool size

You specify a maximum number of desktops.

Your list of desktop names determines the number of desktops.

To add desktops to the pool

You can increase the maximum pool size.

You can add desktop names to the list.

For details, see Add Desktops to an Automated Pool Provisioned by a List of Names.

On-demand provisioning

Available.

View Manager can create and provision a desktop for a user when the user first logs in.

View Manager can also create and provision all the desktops when you create the pool.

Not available.

View Manager creates and provisions all the desktops that you specify in your list when the pool is created.

Initial customization

Available.

When a desktop is provisioned, View Manager can run a customization specification that you select.

Available.

When a desktop is provisioned, View Manager can run a customization specification that you select.

Manual customization of dedicated desktops

To customize desktops and return desktop access to your users, you must remove and reassign the ownership of each desktop. Depending on whether you assign desktops on first log in, you might have to perform these steps twice. You cannot start desktops in maintenance mode. After the pool is created, you can manually put the desktops into maintenance mode.

You can customize and test desktops without having to reassign ownership.

When you create the pool, you can start all desktops in maintenance mode to prevent users from accessing them. You can customize the desktops and exit maintenance mode to return access to your users.

For details, see Manually Customizing Desktops.

Dynamic or fixed pool size

Dynamic.

If you remove a user assignment from a desktop in a dedicated-assignment pool, the desktop is returned to the pool of available desktops.

If you choose to delete desktops on logoff in a floating-assignment pool, the pool size can grow or shrink depending on the number of active user sessions.

Fixed.

The pool contains the number of desktops you provide in the list of desktop names.

You cannot select the Delete desktop on logoff setting if you name desktops manually.

Spare desktops

You can specify a number of spare desktops that View Manager keeps powered on for new users.

View Manager creates new desktops to maintain the specified number. View Manager stops creating spare desktops when it reaches the maximum pool size.

View Manager keeps the spare desktops powered on even when the pool power policy is Power off or Suspend, or when you do not set a power policy.

You can specify a number of spare desktops that View Manager keeps powered on for new users.

View Manager does not create new spare desktops to maintain the specified number.

View Manager keeps the spare desktops powered on even when the pool power policy is Power off or Suspend, or when you do not set a power policy.

User assignment

You can use a naming pattern for dedicated-assignment and floating-assignment pools.

You can specify desktop names for dedicated-assignment and floating-assignment pools.

Note

In a floating-assignment pool, you cannot associate user names with desktop names. The desktops are not dedicated to the associated users. In a floating-assignment pool, all desktops that are not currently in use remain accessible to any user who logs in.