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. For details, see Configure Horizon 7 to Disallow the Deletion of a Desktop Pool That Contains Desktop Machines. If you configure the setting, you must delete all the machines in a desktop pool before you can delete the pool.

With an automated desktop pool of instant clones, Horizon 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 components into an inconsistent state.


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


Horizon 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 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.