VMware Horizon – Delete a desktop pool

Welcome to my VMware Horizon series. In this session I will describe how to delete a desktop pool and clean up afterwards.

From time to time I have to delete desktop and/or application-pools. This to keep a nice and tidy setup. In this session I’m going to delete the desktop pool named “Win10-1709-No”.  First I log into Horizon Administrator, select Desktop Pools from Catalog in the menu

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I find my desktop pool in the list, double-click it to view details

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The pool has two virtual machines

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From the Inventory-tab, I can verify the details about this pool’s two virtual machines. There are no users logged in, so deleting should affect nobody.

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When  I log into my vCenter, I can verify the two virtual machines existence and status

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I can also see the two vm’s in the datastore

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If I open “ADUC”, I see the computer-accounts from my vm’s

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In order to delete the desktop-pool, I first disable provisioning

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Next I disable the desktop pool

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Finally I select Delete

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The status of the pool changes to (Deleting)

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vCenter cleans up in vSphere after pool is deleted

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We now see that the vm’s and folder are also deleted

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The vm’s are deleted from the datastore as well.

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When I check back in «ADUC», I can verify that the computer-accounts are still there, I manually delete the computer accounts and OU. I also delete the GPO I configured for this pool.

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That completes the not so funny but quite important job of cleaning up, that has to be done from time to time.

 

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