With a linked-clone desktop pool,
Horizon 7 creates a desktop pool based on a parent virtual machine that you select. The View Composer service dynamically creates a new linked-clone virtual machine in vCenter Server for each desktop.
Linked-Clone Desktop Pools To create a linked-clone desktop pool, View Composer generates linked-clone virtual machines from a snapshot of a parent virtual machine. Horizon 7 dynamically provisions the linked-clone desktops based on settings that you apply to the pool.
Worksheet for Creating a Linked-Clone Desktop Pool When you create a linked-clone desktop pool, the Horizon Administrator Add Desktop Pool wizard prompts you to configure certain options. Use this worksheet to prepare your configuration options before you create the pool.
Create a Linked-Clone Desktop Pool You can create an automated, linked-clone desktop pool based on a parent virtual machine that you select. The View Composer service dynamically creates a new linked-clone virtual machine in vCenter Server for each desktop.
Clone an Automated Desktop Pool You can clone an automated desktop pool from an existing pool. When you clone a pool, the existing desktop pool's settings are copied into the Add Desktop Pool wizard, allowing you to create a new pool without having to fill in each setting manually.
Desktop Pool Settings for Linked-Clone Desktop Pools You must specify machine and desktop pool settings when you configure automated pools that contain linked clones created by View Composer. Different settings apply to pools with dedicated user assignments and floating user assignments.
View Composer Support for Linked-Clone SIDs and Third-Party Applications View Composer can generate and preserve local computer security identifiers (SIDs) for linked-clone virtual machines in some situations. View Composer can preserve globally unique identifiers (GUIDs) of third-party applications, depending on the way that the applications generate GUIDs.
Keeping Linked-Clone Machines Provisioned for Use in Remote Desktop Sessions During View Composer Operations If your users must be able to access remote desktops at all times, you must maintain a certain number of machines that are provisioned for use in remote desktop sessions even when View Composer maintenance operations take place. You can set a minimum number of machines that are not placed in maintenance mode while View Composer refreshes, recomposes, or rebalances the linked-clone virtual machines in a pool.
Use Existing Active Directory Computer Accounts for Linked Clones When you create or edit a desktop pool or an automated farm, you can configure View Composer to use existing computer accounts in Active Directory for newly provisioned linked clones.