You can create a pool of desktop machines by cloning a vCenter Server virtual machine (VM). Before you create the desktop pool, you need to prepare and configure this VM, which is used as the base image to spawn cloned virtual desktops.

  • For instant-clone desktop pools, the base image is called a golden image.
  • For full-clone desktop pools, the base image is called a Template Virtual Machine.

This chapter is applicable if you are using VMware vSphere to create automated or manual desktop pools of virtual machines. For information about preparing non-vSphere machines for use in manual desktop pools, see Creating and Managing Manual Desktop Pools.

For information about preparing machines for use as multi-session and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) hosts, see Setting Up Published Desktops and Applications in Horizon.