You can create a manual desktop pool that provisions desktops from existing virtual machines, physical computers, and HP Blade PCs. You must select the desktop sources that make up View desktops in the pool.

For manual pools with desktops that are managed by vCenter Server, View Manager ensures that a spare desktop is powered so that users can connect to it. The spare desktop is powered on no matter which power policy is in effect.

Prepare the desktop sources to deliver View desktop access. In a manual pool, you must prepare each desktop source individually. View Agent must be installed and running on each desktop source.

To prepare virtual machines managed by vCenter Server, see Creating and Preparing Virtual Machines.

To prepare unmanaged virtual machines, physical computers, and Blade PCs, see Preparing Unmanaged Desktop Sources.

Gather the configuration information that you must provide to create the pool. See Worksheet for Creating a Manual Desktop Pool.

Decide how to configure power settings, display protocol, Adobe Flash quality, and other settings. See Desktop and Pool Settings.


In View Administrator, click Inventory > Pools.


Click Add.


Select Manual Pool.


Follow the prompts in the wizard to create the pool.

Use the configuration information that you gathered in the worksheet. You can go directly back to any wizard page that you completed by clicking the page name in the navigation panel.

In View Administrator, you can view the desktops as they are added to the pool by clicking Inventory > Desktops.

Entitle users to access the pool. See Add Entitlements to Desktop Pools.