Maintenance mode prevents users from accessing their desktops. If you start desktops in maintenance mode, View Manager places each desktop in maintenance mode when the desktop is created.

In a dedicated-assignment pool, you can use maintenance mode to log in to a desktop without having to reassign ownership to your own administrator account. When you finish the customization, you do not have to return ownership to the user assigned to the desktop.

In a floating-assignment pool, you can test desktops in maintenance mode before you let users log in.

To perform the same customization on all desktops in an automated pool, customize the virtual machine you prepare as a template or parent. View Manager deploys your customization to all the desktops. When you create the pool, you can also use a Sysprep customization specification to configure all the desktops with licensing, domain attachment, DHCP settings, and other computer properties.

Note

You can start desktops in maintenance mode if you manually specify desktop names for the pool, not if you name desktops by providing a naming pattern.