When you create a manual desktop pool, you can configure certain options. Use this worksheet to prepare your configuration options before you create the pool.

Note: In a manual pool, you must prepare each machine to deliver remote desktop access. Horizon Agent must be installed and running on each machine.
Table 1. Worksheet: Configuration Options for Creating a Manual Desktop Pool
Option Description Fill In Your Value Here
User assignment Choose the type of user assignment:
  • In a dedicated-assignment pool, each user is assigned to a machine. Users receive the same machine each time they log in.
  • In a floating-assignment pool, users receive different machines each time they log in.

For details, see User Assignment in Desktop Pools in Horizon Console.

vCenter Server The vCenter Server that manages the machines.

This option appears only if the machines are virtual machines that are managed by vCenter Server.

Machine Source The virtual machines or physical computers that you want to include in the desktop pool.
  1. Decide which type of machine you want to use. You can use either virtual machines that are managed by vCenter Server or unmanaged virtual machines and physical computers.
  2. Prepare a list of the vCenter Server virtual machines or unmanaged virtual machines and physical computers that you want to include in the desktop pool.
  3. Install Horizon Agent on each machine that you want to include in the desktop pool.

To use PCoIP with machines that are unmanaged virtual machines or physical computers, you must use Teradici hardware.

Note: When you enable Windows Server desktops in Horizon Console, Horizon Console displays all available Windows Server machines, including machines on which Connection Server and other Horizon 7 servers are installed, as potential machine sources.

You cannot select machines for the desktop pool if Horizon 7 server software is installed on the machines. Horizon Agent cannot coexist on the same virtual or physical machine with any other Horizon 7 software component, including Connection Server, security server, View Composer, or Horizon Client.

Desktop Pool ID The pool name that users see when they log in and that identifies the pool in Horizon Console.

If multiple vCenter Servers are running in your environment, make sure that another vCenter Server is not using the same pool ID.

Desktop Pool Settings Settings that determine the machine state, power status when a virtual machine is not in use, display protocol, Adobe Flash quality, and so on.

For details, see Desktop Pool Settings for All Desktop Pool Types in Horizon Console.

For a list of the settings that apply to manual pools, see Desktop Pool Settings for Manual Pools in Horizon Console.

Transparent Page Sharing Scope

Select the level at which to allow transparent page sharing (TPS). The choices are Virtual Machine (the default), Pool, Pod, or Global. If you turn on TPS for all the machines in the pool, pod, or globally, the ESXi host eliminates redundant copies of memory pages that result if the machines use the same guest operating system or applications.

Page sharing happens on the ESXi host. For example, if you enable TPS at the pool level but the pool is spread across multiple ESXi hosts, only virtual machines on the same host and within the same pool will share pages. At the global level, all machines managed by Horizon 7 on the same ESXi host can share memory pages, regardless of which pool the machines reside in.

Note: The default setting is not to share memory pages among machines because TPS can pose a security risk. Research indicates that TPS could possibly be abused to gain unauthorized access to data in very limited configuration scenarios.