You can now view virtual machine (VM) workloads and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) clones as separate types of VMs in the Carbon Black Cloud console. You can initiate and manage sensor registration on clones, and policy assignments from the VDI Clones page of the console.

You can create clones through Horizon, Citrix, or vCenter Server. With Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) enabled and Carbon Black Cloud Windows Sensor version 3.7 Maintenance Release 2 and above, the sensor identifies Horizon and Citrix VDI clones. These clones are available under Inventory > VDI Clones page.
  • To identify if a clone is a Horizon VDI clone, the sensor checks for specific fields set by the Horizon Agent service and sends that information to the Cloud.
  • To identify if a clone is a Citrix-based VDI clone, the sensor checks if a Citrix Agent service exists on the virtual machine (VM), and reports that VM as a Citrix VDI cone in the Cloud.

vCenter Server clones are not detected as VDI clones and display under Inventory > VM Workloads page.

To start, first set up your Carbon Black Cloud Workload Appliance. After you configure your appliance and create your instant-clone desktop pools in the Horizon Console, the Carbon Black sensor on the golden image autoregisters on the available clones. All clones with registered sensors are available in the Inventory > VDI Clones > Enabled tab. VDI clones without Carbon Black sensors installed are not visible in the Carbon Black Cloud console UI.

The Carbon Black Cloud console represents a golden image and its clones as a parent-child relationship. You can recognize a golden image, that contains clones, by its chart icon in the Inventory > VM Workloads page. Once you double-click the golden image row, you can view the number of clones this golden image identifies with. Selecting the clones leads you to the Inventory > VDI Clones page where you can view details on all the clones associated with the specified golden image.