A home site is the affinity between a user and a Cloud Pod Architecture site. With home sites, you can ensure that a user always receives desktops from a specific site rather than receiving desktops based on the user's current location. The Cloud Pod Architecture feature includes the following types of home site assignments.

Global home site

You can assign home sites to users and groups. If a user who has a home site belongs to a group that is associated with a different home site, the home site associated with the user takes precedence over the group home site assignment.

Global homes sites are useful for controlling where roaming users receive desktops. For example, if a user has a home site in New York but is visiting London, the Cloud Pod Architecture feature looks in the New York site to satisfy the user's desktop request rather than allocating a desktop closer to the user. Global home site assignments apply for all global entitlements.

Important:

Global entitlements do not recognize home sites by default. To make a global entitlement use home sites, you must specify the --fromHome option when you create or modify the global entitlement.

Per-global-entitlement home site

When you create a home site for a user or group, you can use the --entitlementName option to specify a global entitlement. Per-global-entitlement home sites override global home site assignments.

For example, if a user who has a home site in New York accesses a global entitlement that associates that user with the London home site, the Cloud Pod Architecture feature looks in the London site to satisfy the user's desktop request rather than allocating a desktop from the New York site.

When creating a per-global-entitlement home site, you must explicitly entitle all Active Directory user groups that contain the home site users. If you have nested user groups, it is not sufficient to entitle only the parent group. In this case, the parent group is explicitly entitled to the global entitlement, but the subgroups are not, and the --createGroupHomeSite option fails.

Configuring home sites is optional. If a user does not have a home site, the Cloud Pod Architecture feature searches for and allocates desktops as described in Finding and Allocating Desktops in a Pod Federation.

For information about creating home sites, see Assign a Home Site to a User or Group. For information about creating global entitlements, see Create and Configure a Global Entitlement.