To configure Linux virtual machines for use as remote desktops, you create a manual desktop pool and add the Linux machines to the pool.

About this task

When you create the desktop pool, add only Linux virtual machines to the pool. If the pool contains both Windows and Linux guest operating systems, the pool is treated as a Windows pool, and you will be unable to connect to the Linux desktops.

When you entitle users to Linux machines in the desktop pool, as a best practice, make sure that the users do not have administrative privileges in the Linux guest operating system. An admin user in Linux can open a terminal window and invoke commands such as shutdown, which powers off the virtual machine. The vCenter Server administrator must power on the machine again. Entitling non-admin Linux users ensures that you do not have to manage these power operations manually.

Prerequisites

Procedure

  1. In View Administrator, add a manual desktop pool.

    Select Catalog > Desktop Pools > Add .

  2. Select Manual Desktop Pool.
  3. Select either dedicated or floating user assignments for the machines in the desktop pool.
  4. On the Machine Source page, select Other Sources.
  5. On the Add Machines page, select the Linux virtual machines that you configured and complete the Add Desktop Pool wizard.

    Do not change the Remote Display Protocol settings. These settings have no effect on Linux desktops. Also, the end user cannot choose the display protocol.

    Important:

    Add Linux virtual machines only. If you add Windows virtual machines, the Linux desktops in the pool will be unavailable.

  6. Entitle users to the machines in the desktop pool.

    In View Administrator, select the desktop pool, select Entitlements > Add entitlement, and add users or groups.

    As a best practice, make sure that the users do not have administrative privileges in the Linux guest operating system.

Results

The Linux virtual machines are ready to be used as remote desktops in a Horizon 6 deployment.