When you create or edit a desktop pool, you can configure View Composer to use existing computer accounts in Active Directory for newly provisioned linked clones.

By default, View Composer generates a new Active Directory computer account for each linked clone that it provisions. The Allow reuse of pre-existing computer accounts option lets you control the computer accounts that are created in Active Directory by ensuring that View Composer uses existing AD computer accounts.

With this option enabled, when a linked clone is provisioned, View Composer checks if an existing AD computer account name matches the linked clone desktop name. If a match exists, View Composer uses the existing AD computer account. If View Composer does not find a matching AD computer account name, View Composer generates a new AD computer account for the linked clone.

You can set the Allow reuse of pre-existing computer accounts option when you create a new desktop pool or edit an existing pool. If you edit a pool and set this option, the setting affects linked-clone desktops that are provisioned in the future. Linked clones that are already provisioned are not affected.

When you set the Allow reuse of pre-existing computer accounts option, you can limit the Active Directory permissions assigned to the View Composer user account that generates the desktop pool. Only the following Active Directory permissions are required:

List Contents

Read All Properties

Read Permissions

Reset Password

You can only limit the Active Directory permissions if you are sure that all desktops you intend to provision have existing computer accounts allocated in Active Directory. View Composer generates a new AD computer account if no matching name is found. Additional permissions such as Create Computer Objects are required to create new computer accounts. For a complete list of permissions required for the View Composer user account, see Create a User Account for View Composer.

This option cannot be disabled if View Composer is currently using at least one existing AD computer account.

Verify that the existing computer accounts are located in the Active Directory container that you specify with the Active Directory container setting. If the existing accounts are located in a different container, provisioning fails for linked clones with those account names, and an error message states that the existing computer accounts already exist in Active Directory.

For example, if you select the Allow reuse of pre-existing computer accounts option and specify that the Active Directory container is the default value, CN=Computers, and the existing computer accounts are located in OU=mydesktops, provisioning fails for those accounts.

1

In Active Directory, create the computer accounts to use for the linked-clone desktops.

For example: desktop1, desktop2, desktop3

The computer account names must use consecutive integers so that they match the View desktop names that are generated during desktop provisioning.

2

In View Administrator, create a pool with the Add Pool wizard or edit the pool in the Edit Pool dialog.

3

On the Provisioning Settings page or tab, select Use a naming pattern.

4

In the Naming pattern text box, type a desktop name that matches the Active Directory computer account name.

For example: desktop

View appends unique numbers to the pattern to provide a unique name for each desktop.

For example: desktop1, desktop2, desktop3

5

On the Guest Customization page or tab, select the Allow reuse of pre-existing computer accounts option.