You can configure Horizon 7 to disallow the deletion of a desktop pool that contains desktop machines. By default, Horizon 7 allows the deletion of such a pool.

If you configure this setting, you must delete all the machines in a desktop pool before you can delete the pool.


See the Microsoft TechNet Web site for information on how to use the ADSI Edit utility on your Windows server.


  1. Start the ADSI Edit utility on the Connection Server host.
  2. In the Connection Settings dialog box, select or connect to DC=vdi,DC=vmware,DC=int.
  3. In the Computer pane, select or type localhost:389 or the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the View Connection Server host followed by port 389.
    For example: localhost:389 or
  4. On the object CN=Common, OU=Global, OU=Properties, edit the pae-NameValuePair attribute and add the value cs-disableNonEmptyPoolDelete=1.


The new setting takes effect immediately. You do not need to restart the Connection Server service.