You can create a manual desktop pool for Linux virtual machines.



  1. In Horizon Administrator, add a manual desktop pool.
    Select Catalog > Desktop Pools > Add .
  2. Select Manual Desktop Pool.
  3. On the User assignment page, select either dedicated or floating user assignments for the machines in the desktop pool and click Next.
  4. On the Machine Source page, select vCenter virtual machinesand click Next.
  5. On the vCenter Server page, select the appropriate vCenter Server and click Next.
  6. Enter the desktop pool id.
  7. On the Desktop Pool Settings page, set the following options.
    Option Description
    Default display protocol VMware Blast
    Allow users to choose protocol No
    3D Renderer Manage using vSphere Client for 2D, vSGA, or vDGA desktop and NVIDIA GRID vGPU for vGPU desktop
    Note: The pool settings are mandatory. Else, you might fail to connect to the desktop and get a protocol error or a black screen.
  8. On the Add vCenter Virtual Machines page, select the linux virtual machine. Click Add and click Next.
    Note: Do not create Windows and Linux virtual machines in the same desktop pool.
  9. To complete the procedure, follow the prompts.

    Entitle users to the machines in the desktop pool. In Horizon Administrator, select the desktop pool, select Entitlements > Add entitlement, and add users or groups.


The Linux virtual machines are ready to be used as remote desktops in a Horizon 7 deployment.