You can create a session desktop assignment from the Getting Started page.

For information about types of desktop assignment, see Types of Desktop Assignments.


  1. On the Getting Started page, select Desktop Assignment > Create New Desktop Assignment.
  2. Click New.
  3. In the Assign Desktops dialog box, select Session, then provide the required information.




    Select the domain from the drop-down list.

    Join Domain

    Leave the default setting (Yes)

    Assignment Name

    Unique name for the new assignment.


    Enter the number of servers.

    Users per Server

    Enter the number of users per server.

    VM Names

    Name for all virtual machine names or guest desktops in this assignment, which will have a number appended to it, for example, win7-1, win7-2, win7-Floating. The name must start with a letter and can contain only letters, dashes, and numbers. This option is prefilled based on the assignment name.

    Computer OU

    Active Directory (AD) Organizational Unit where VMs are located. For example, OU=NestedOrgName,OU=RootOrgName,DC=DomainComponent,DC=eng, and so forth. The entries must be comma-separated with no spaces in between. For more information about Active Directory, see Working with Nested Organizational Units.

    Run Once Script

    (Optional) Location of scripts that should run after system preparation completes.

    Session Timeout Interval

    Timeout value for floating and static desktop session pools. The default is seven days, 10,080 minutes. The maximum value is 99,999 minutes, approximately 69 days.


    If no user activity occurs before the timeout interval is reached, a dialog box appears indicating that the user will be logged off if the OK button is not clicked in the next 30 seconds. If the logoff occurs, any unsaved documents are lost.

    If you are assigning a timeout value for dedicated desktops, you can specify the maximum value. If you have a large timeout interval set for floating desktops, the desktops will not reset as quickly if they are not in use. This setting might result in the pool of available desktops running out, and users seeing failure messages.

  4. Click Next.
  5. Select your image and click Next.
  6. (Optional) In the Active Directory Search text box, start typing the name of a user or group from your Active Directory.
  7. Select a group from the list.
  8. Search for and select additional users or groups, if necessary, and click Next.

    A warning message appears if you attempt to assign a dedicated desktop to more than one user.

  9. Confirm that the displayed information is correct and click Submit.
  10. Select Assign to see your new assignment.