VMware Horizon View – Setup Windows 10 Desktop Pool

Welcome to my VMware Horizon View series. In this session I will describe how I setup a Windows 10 desktop pool with instant clones. I will use the template and snapshot I created earlier.

Select Desktop Pools from the menu on the left, Add

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In this session I will create an Automated Desktop Pool with Windows 10 Desktops, Next

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As I don’t have Distributed vSwitch in my lab, as of yet, my only possible option here is «Floating», see info below, Next

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See VMware’s documentation about Instant-Clone Desktop Pools here: https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Horizon-7/7.7/horizon-virtual-desktops/GUID-D7C0150E-18CE-4012-944D-4E9AF5B28347.html

 

This pool will consist of Instant Clones, Next

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I give my pool an ID and a display name, this is what the users will see in their client, Next

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I adjust the desktop pool settings, Next

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I fill in my vm naming pattern and desktop pool sizing, Next

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Next

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I add my vCenter settings….

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First I will choose my Parent VM, Win10-1809-Master, OK

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I choose the snapshot I created during template creation earlier, OK

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I choose the «View-Desktop»s folder in vSphere, OK

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After the Pool and vm’s are created, Horizon will create a folder under View-Desktops with the same name as the Pool-ID

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Next I choose my cluster to run my vm’s on, OK

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I only have one Resource Pool, OK

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This pool will be stored on VMFS1-datastore, OK

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When I have made all my decisions about the vCenter Settings, Next

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Next I will browse MS Active Directory and select the correct OU for placing the computer accounts in, Next

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I select the correct OU for my desktops’ computer-accounts, OK

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When the Pool has deployed the desktops, it automatically creates the computer-account in the correct OU

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I will Allow reuse of pre-existing computer accounts, Next

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I tick «Entitle users after this wizard finishes», Finish

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Click Add… to open the «Find Users or Groups»-wizard

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I search for my test-users group, View_Users, and adds this, OK

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Entitlements done, Close

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After deployment of the pool finishes, the state changes to «Published»

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From the Inventory-tab I can now see that I have one desktop available

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My test-users will now have this desktop accessible in their Horizon Portal

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Recommended reading:

VMware Blogs: The Anatomy of an Instant Clone

 

VMware Horizon View planning, deployment etc.

 

Disclaimer: Every tips/tricks/posting I have published here, is tried and tested in different it-solutions. It is not guaranteed to work everywhere, but is meant as a tip for other users out there. Remember, Google is your friend and don’t be afraid to steal with pride! Feel free to comment below as needed.