You can create different types of desktop assignments to fit your end-user environment needs.

Types of desktop assignments are:

  • Dedicated Desktop - Traditional Clone

  • Dedicated Desktop - Instant Clone


    Dedicated Desktop - Instant Clone assignments can only be created in certain unusual configurations, and are not recommended. If you wish to create this type of assignment, consult your VMware representative first to confirm that you will be able to do so.

  • Floating Desktop - Traditional Clone

  • Floating Desktop - Instant Clone

  • Session Desktop - Traditional Clone

  • Session Desktop - Instant Clone

Definitions are as follows:

  • Dedicated Desktop - In a dedicated desktop assignment, each user is assigned a specific remote desktop and returns to the same desktop at each login. Dedicated assignments require a one-to-one desktop-to-user relationship and should be sized based on the total user population. The primary use for dedicated desktop assignments is to ensure that the hostname of the desktop VM remains the same between sessions. Certain software packages might require this use for licensing.

  • Floating Desktop - In a floating desktop assignment, a user might receive a different VM with a different machine name and/or hostname with each login. With floating desktop assignments, you can create desktops that shifts of users can use and that should be sized based on the maximum number of concurrent users.

  • Session Desktop - In a session desktop assignment, an RDSH-published desktop experience is shared across multiple users, that is, terminal services.

  • Traditional Clone and Instant Clone - Type of cloning used for desktops. This is determined by the setting selected when the image used for the assignment was created.

Note the following:

  • A desktop can have multiple users assigned to it, but it can be used by only one user at a time.

  • Desktops in floating desktop assignments do not provide persistence. You can configure persistence as part of an application assignment.

  • Where possible, use floating desktop assignments because they cost less than dedicated desktop assignments and do not dedicate VM resources for each user.