When you delete a desktop pool, users can no longer launch new remote desktops in the pool.

By default, you can delete a desktop pool even if desktop machines exist in the pool.

With an automated desktop pool of instant clones, Horizon 8 always deletes the virtual machines from disk.

Important: Do not delete the virtual machines in vCenter Server before you delete a desktop pool with Horizon Console. This action could put Horizon 8 components into an inconsistent state.


  1. In Horizon Console, select Inventory > Desktops.
  2. Select a desktop pool and click Delete.


Horizon 8 deletes all virtual machines from disk and terminates users' sessions to their remote desktops. On the Desktops page, the pool status appears as Deleting. It can take some time for Horizon 8 to delete the internal VMs from vCenter Server. Do not remove vCenter Server from Horizon Console until you verify that all the internal VMs are deleted.