In View 5.2 and later releases, you can configure automated full-clone and linked-clone desktop pools to use multiple network labels. This feature expands the number of IP addresses you can assign to the virtual machines in a pool, making it easier to create pools that have a large number of desktops. You can use View PowerCLI cmdlets to assign network labels that are available in the vCenter Server resource pool where the automated full-clone or linked-clone desktop pool is deployed.
By default, the virtual machines in a desktop pool inherit the network interface card (NIC) and its associated network label from the parent virtual machine or template. Some parent virtual machines or templates might have multiple NICs and associated network labels. Typically, the subnet mask of a VLAN defined by a network label has a limited range of available IP addresses. For example, a subnet mask might have a maximum of 254 IP addresses that can be assigned to the desktop virtual machines.
View distributes network labels among the virtual machines in the entire desktop pool. When View provisions desktops, it assigns network labels in alphabetical order. When the maximum number of virtual machines are provisioned with IP addresses that use the first network label, View starts to assign the second label, and so on.
To configure a desktop pool to use multiple network labels, you select network labels from the labels defined for the ESXi cluster in vCenter Server, associate the labels with the NICs that are inherited from a parent virtual machine or template, specify the maximum number of IP addresses that can be assigned to virtual machines from each network label, and save the information in a network label configuration file. You specify the network label configuration file in the View PowerCLI cmdlet that you use to create the desktop pool.