In View 5.2 and later releases, you can configure an automated desktop pool to use multiple network labels. You can assign multiple network labels to a linked-clone pool or an automated pool that contains full virtual machines.

In past releases, virtual machines in the pool inherited the network labels that were used by the NICs on the parent virtual machine or template. A typical parent virtual machine or template contains one NIC and one network label. A network label defines a port group and VLAN. The netmask of one VLAN typically provides a limited range of available IP addresses.

In View 5.2 and later releases, you can assign network labels that are available in vCenter Server for all the ESXi hosts in the cluster where the desktop pool is deployed. By configuring multiple network labels for the pool, you greatly expand the number of IP addresses that can be assigned to the virtual machines in the pool.

You must use Horizon PowerCLI cmdlets to assign multiple network labels to a pool. You cannot perform this task in Horizon Administrator.

For more information about Horizon PowerCLI cmdlets, read the VMware PowerCLI Cmdlets Reference.

For information on the API specifications to create advanced functions and scripts to use with Horizon PowerCLI, see the View API Reference at the VMware Developer Center.

For more information on sample scripts that you can use to create your own Horizon PowerCLI scripts, see the Horizon PowerCLI community on GitHub.