When you create a desktop pool, you select configuration options that determine how the pool is managed and how users interact with the desktops.

You can configure a desktop pool so that users have dedicated assignments or floating assignments to the desktops in the pool. You must choose a user assignment for automated pools that contain full virtual machines, automated linked-clone pools, and manual pools.

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.

After you create an automated pool, you can customize particular desktops without reassigning ownership. By starting the desktops in maintenance mode, you can modify and test the desktops before you release them to their assigned users or make them available to all entitled users in the pool.

You must specify desktop and pool settings when you configure automated pools that contain full virtual machines, linked-clone desktop pools, manual desktop pools, and Microsoft Terminal Services pools. Not all settings apply to all types of desktop pools.

When you create or edit a Windows 7 or later desktop pool, you can configure 3D graphics rendering for your desktops. Desktops can take advantage of Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA), a vSphere feature that uses physical graphics cards installed on the ESXi hosts and manages the graphics processing unit (GPU) resources amongst the desktops.

In certain View environments, it is a priority to prohibit access to View desktops through the RDP display protocol. You can prevent users and administrators from using RDP to access View desktops by configuring pool settings and a group policy setting.