You can specify certain pool settings when you create an RDS desktop pool. Not all pool settings apply to all types of desktop pools.

For descriptions of all pool settings, see "Desktop and Pool Settings for All Desktop Pools Types" in the Setting Up Virtual Desktops in Horizon 7 document. The following pool settings apply to an RDS desktop pool.

Table 1. Settings for an RDS Desktop Pool



Default Value


  • Enabled. After being created, the desktop pool is enabled and ready for immediate use.

  • Disabled. After being created, the desktop pool is disabled and unavailable for use, and provisioning is stopped for the pool. This is an appropriate setting if you want to conduct post deployment activities such as testing or other forms of baseline maintenance.

    When this state is in effect, remote desktops are unavailable for use.


Connection Server restrictions

You can restrict access to the desktop pool to certain Connection Servers by clicking Browse and selecting one or more Connection Servers.

If you intend to provide access to desktops through VMware Identity Manager, and you configure Connection Server restrictions, the VMware Identity Manager application might display desktops to users when those desktops are actually restricted. VMware Identity Manager users will be unable to launch these desktops.


Category Folder

Specifies the name of the category folder that contains a Start menu shortcut for the desktop pool entitlement on Windows client devices. For more information, see Configuring Shortcuts for Entitled Pools.


Client Restrictions

Select whether to restrict access to entitled desktop pools from certain client computers.

You must add the names of the computers that are allowed to access the desktop pool in an Active Directory security group. You can select this security group when you add users or groups to the desktop pool entitlement.


Adobe Flash quality

Determines the quality of Adobe Flash content that is displayed on Web pages.

  • Do not control. Quality is determined by Web page settings.

  • Low. This setting results in the most bandwidth savings. If no quality level is specified, the system defaults to Low.

  • Medium. This setting results in moderate bandwidth savings.

  • High. This setting results in the least bandwidth savings.

For more information, see Adobe Flash Quality and Throttling.

Do not control

Adobe Flash throttling

Determines the frame rate of Adobe Flash movies. If you enable this setting, you can reduce or increase the number of frames displayed per second by selecting an aggressiveness level.

  • Disabled. No throttling is performed. The timer interval is not modified.

  • Conservative. Timer interval is 100 milliseconds. This setting results in the lowest number of dropped frames.

  • Moderate. Timer interval is 500 milliseconds.

  • Aggressive. Timer interval is 2500 milliseconds. This setting results in the highest number of dropped frames.

For more information, see Adobe Flash Quality and Throttling.