You can create a new desktops assignment from the Getting Started page.


  1. On the Getting Started page, expand Desktop Assignment and click Go next to Create New Desktop Assignment.

    The Assignments page displays.

  2. Click New.
  3. Click the Get Started button under Desktops.

    The Assign Desktops dialog displays.

  4. Select the type of assignment to create. For information on types of desktop assignments see Types of Desktops Assignments.

    There will be some variation in the fields displayed on the screen, depending on the type of desktop assignment you are creating. These variations are noted in the following steps.

  5. Enter information for Fixed Attributes.




    This option only displays if the data center is configured with multiple pods. You can only create assignments from images in the same pod..

    Desktop Model

    [Dedicated and floating desktop assignments only] Select model from the drop-down list.


    If you are creating a desktops assignment using an Instant Clone image and have Windows 7 or Windows 10 desktops in it, you must use a desktop model with a maximum of 2 vCPUs. If you do not have an appropriately configured desktop model, you can request that your VMware representative make the necessary changes.


    Select domain from the drop-down list.

    Join Domain

    Leave default setting (Yes).

  6. Enter information for the Flexible Attributes displayed.




    Select an image from the list.

    • In the list, the acronym for the image type appears at the beginning of the image name. For example, '[IC] image1' is an Instant clone image and '[TC] image 2' is a Traditional Clone image.

    • For dedicated desktops assignments, Instant Clone images will not display for most users. It is not recommended to create this type of assignment, but if you wish to do so, consult your VMware representative first to confirm that your system is configured to allow this.

    • For dedicated and floating desktops assignments, RDSH role-enabled images will not be listed, since there is no reason that users would want to create dedicated or floating desktops assignments from those images. RDSH role-enabled images appear in the drop-down list only when you are creating a session desktops assignment.

    Assignment Name

    A unique name for the new assignment.

    Default Protocol

    Select Blast (HTML Access) or PCoIP.

    Preferred Client Type

    Select Browser or Horizon Client.


    [Dedicated and floating desktop assignments only] Number of desktops required in the assignment.


    [Session desktop assignments only] Enter the number of servers.

    Users per Server

    [Session desktop assignments only] Enter the number of users per server.

  7. Under Flexible Attributes, expand Advanced Properties and enter required information.



    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 value 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 on. 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

    The 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 message indicates that the user will be logged off if they do not click OK 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 do not reset as quickly if they are not in use. This configuration might result in the pool of available desktops running out, and users seeing failure messages.

  8. Click Next.
  9. Select your image, and then click Next
  10. On the Active Directory Search page, start typing the name of a user or group from your Active Directory.
  11. Select a user or group from the list.
  12. (Optional) Search for and select additional users or groups, and click Next.

    If you assign a dedicated desktop to more than one user, a warning message appears to verify if this is the intended configuration. The configuration is supported, but the users would share the desktop and only one can use it at any one time.

  13. On the Summary page, confirm that the displayed information is correct and click Submit.
  14. Click the Assign icon to see your new assignment.

What to do next

Proceed to the App Assignment section of the Getting Started page. See App Assignment