In the General Configuration: Topology step of the creation wizard, you provide a name for the VDI workload domain and other characteristics that determine the topology of the VDI environment.

Spaces are not allowed in the VDI name that you enter in this wizard step. The name can be three to twenty characters long and can contain any combination of the following:

  • Lowercase alphabetic characters

  • Uppercase alphabetic characters

  • Numbers

  • Hyphens

  • Underscores

Procedure

  1. Type a name for this VDI workload domain.
  2. Select a deployment type.

    Option

    Description

    Reserve resources

    With this choice, the workflow provisions the necessary physical and logical resources that are required for the VDI environment, according to specifications you make in the wizard. However, the View desktop pools are not created. After the VDI environment is provisioned, you must log in to the View Administrator in the workload domain's deployed environment to create and provision the desktop pools.

    Deploy Desktops

    With this choice, the workflow provisions the necessary physical and logical resources that are required for the VDI environment and creates and provisions the desktop pools.

  3. Select the desktop type for the domain.

    Option

    Description

    Linked

    A linked clone is a copy of a virtual machine that shares virtual disks with the parent virtual machine. This conserves disk space and allows multiple virtual machines to use the same software installation.The linked clone virtual machine must have access to the parent virtual machine's virtual disks. It stores changes to the virtual disks in a snapshot dedicated to the virtual machines.

    Instant

    An instant clone is a virtual machine created from the memory and disk of the running parent virtual machine. It uses copy-on-write for memory and disk management. After the instant clone is created, it shares the read disks of the replica virtual machine, exactly like a linked clone.

    Full

    A full clone is a complete copy of the original virtual machine, including all associated virtual disks.

  4. Select the assignment type for the domain.

    Option

    Description

    Floating Desktops

    In a floating desktop assignment, users receive a virtual machine randomly selected from the desktop pool when they log in. When a user logs out, the virtual machine is destroyed and a new one is added to the pool.

    The advantage of this assignment type is that only a small number of virtual machines need to be powered on at any given time.

    Dedicated Desktops

    In a dedicated desktop assignment, users receive the same virtual machine each time they log in to the desktop pool. Other users cannot access that virtual machine.

    In this assignment type, all desktops need to be powered on at all times.

  5. Select the type of desktop access that you want the VDI environment to support.

    Option

    Description

    Corporate Network

    This choice provides access to the virtual desktops from within the customer's network only.

    Connect from Anywhere

    This choice provides access to the virtual desktops from both within the customer's network and from the Internet.

  6. Select Use Legacy Security Servers if you want to use Unified Access Gateways (UAG) to route traffic to the internet.
  7. Proceed to the next step by clicking Next.