You create an automated instant-clone farm as part of the process to give users access to applications or RDS desktops.


  • Verify that Connection Server is installed. See the Horizon 7 Installation document.
  • Verify that Connection Server settings for vCenter Server are configured in Horizon Administrator. See the Horizon 7 Administration document.
  • Verify that you have a sufficient number of ports on the ESXi virtual switch that is used for the virtual machines that are used as remote desktops. The default value might not be sufficient if you create large desktop pools.
  • Verify that you prepared a parent virtual machine. Horizon Agent must be installed on the parent virtual machine. See Preparing a Parent Virtual Machine for an Automated Farm.
  • Take a snapshot of the parent virtual machine in vCenter Server. You must shut down the parent virtual machine before you take the snapshot. Connection Server uses the snapshot as the base image from which the clones are created.
  • Gather the configuration information you must provide to create the farm. See Worksheet for Creating an Automated Instant-Clone Farm.


  1. In Horizon Administrator, click Resources > Farms.
  2. Click Add to enter the configuration information that you gathered in the worksheet.
  3. Select Automated Farm and click Next.
  4. Select Instant clones and click Next.
  5. Follow the prompts in the wizard to create the farm.
    Use the configuration information that you gathered in the worksheet. You can go directly back to any wizard page that you completed by clicking the page name in the navigation panel.


In Horizon Administrator, you can now view the farm by clicking Resources > Farms.

What to do next

Create an application pool or an RDS desktop pool. See Creating Application Pools or Creating RDS Desktop Pools.