On the VM Types and Sizes page (Settings > VM Types and Sizes), you can manage the types and sizes of VMs you want to be available for creating farms and assignments.

For pods in Microsoft Azure, you can select the VMs that appear in the Model drop-down menu in the farm and desktop assignment creation wizards. You can also add custom tags, which can be used to filter VMs in the Model drop-down menu. For details about how this list can be filtered, see one of the following topics: Create a Farm, Create a Floating VDI Desktop Assignment Provisioned by a Single Pod in Microsoft Azure, or Create a Dedicated VDI Desktop Assignment Provisioned by a Single Pod in Microsoft Azure. The filter option functions identically in all three cases, so the information describing the option is the same in these three topics.

Important: For production environments, ensure the VM models used for your farms and desktop assignments have a minimum of two (2) CPUs. VMware scale testing has shown that using 2 CPUs or more avoids unexpected end-user connection issues. Even though the system does not prevent you from choosing a VM model with a single CPU, you should use such VM models for tests or proof-of-concepts only.
The VM Types and Sizes page ( Settings > VM Types and Sizes) displays a list of all VMs available in Azure across all regions, refreshed weekly to include new VMs as they are added. You can use the drop-down menu above the VM list to filter by region.
Note: While the filter is being applied, you might see a message indicating that VM Types and Sizes is not supported for the selected region. If the message only appears briefly and then disappears, you can ignore the message.
You can use the Add Tag and Remove Tag buttons to manage custom tags for VMs. See the description of the Tag field in the following table for more information.

There are a few VMs that VMware has removed from the list because they do not work with Horizon Cloud, and might be some that Microsoft has not made available for other reasons. If there is an Azure VM you want to use but do not see listed, contact your VMware representative.

The information displayed for each VM is shown in the following table.

Field Description
Visibility Indicates whether a VM is displayed in the Model drop-down menu in the farm and desktop assignment creation wizards. By default, this option is selected for all VMs.
VM Name Name of the VM.
Tag There are two types of tags that can be applied to VMs.
  • System tags - These tags are hard-coded and are not editable. Currently the only system-level tag is VMware Recommended, which is applied to VM configurations recommended by VMware. These recommended VM sizes are ones that VMware has determined optimize the price-to-performance ratio for typical Horizon Cloud RDS farm and VDI workloads. However, your business needs might require VM sizes that are not in this VMware recommended list. Even if a VM size is not in this recommended list, ensure that you select a VM size that meets your use case and requirements.
  • Custom tags - These are your own tags, which you create and apply to VMs. You can filter by these tags when selecting a model in the farm and desktop assignment creation wizards.
    To add custom tags to VMs:
    1. Select the check boxes for the VMs.
    2. Click Add Tag.
    3. Enter tags, separated by commas, and click Add.
    To remove custom tags from VMs:
    1. Select the check boxes for the VMs.
    2. Click Remove Tag.
    3. Select tags to be removed, and click Save.
vCPU Number of vCPU in the VM.
RAM Size of the RAM for the VM.
Data Disk Number of data disks in the VM.