To add desktops to an automated pool provisioned by manually specifying desktop names, you provide another list of new desktop names. This feature lets you expand a desktop pool and continue to use your company's naming conventions.

Follow these guidelines for manually adding desktop names:

Type each desktop name on a separate line.

A desktop name can have up to 15 alphanumeric characters.

You can add a user name to each desktop entry. Use a comma to separate the user name from the desktop name.

In this example, two desktops are added. The second desktop is associated with a user:


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.

Verify that you created the pool by manually specifying desktop names. You cannot add desktops by providing new desktop names if you created the pool by providing a naming pattern.


Create a text file that contains the list of additional desktop names.

If you intend to add only a few desktops, you can type the desktop names directly in the Add Pool wizard. You do not have to create a separate text file.


In View Administrator, click Inventory > Pools.


Select the pool to be expanded.


Click Edit.


Click the Provisioning Settings tab.


Click Add Desktops.


Copy your list of desktop names in the Enter Desktop Names page and click Next.

The Enter Desktop Names wizard displays the desktop list and indicates validation errors with a red X.


Correct invalid desktop names.


Place your cursor over an invalid name to display the related error message at the bottom of the page.


Click Back.


Edit the incorrect names and click Next.


Click Finish.


Click OK.

View Manager adds the new desktops to the pool.

In vCenter Server, you can monitor the creation of the new virtual machines.

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