Create a Desktop Pool

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This exercise makes use of an interactive demo to work around constraints of the HOL lab environment. Though not required, it is recommended you use speakers or headphones for the demo.

Instant Clone Desktop Pool

An instant-clone desktop pool is an automated desktop pool. vCenter Server creates the desktop VMs based on the settings that you specify when you create the pool. Instant clones share a virtual disk of the golden image and therefore consume less storage than full VMs. In addition, instant clones share the memory of the golden image.

Before you can deploy a pool of desktops, you must create an optimized golden image, which includes installing and configuring a Windows or Linux operating system in a VM, optimizing the OS, and installing the various VMware agents required for desktop pool deployment.

You will not be creating the optimized master image in this lab as it has already been set up for us in the interest of time. For step-by-step instructions, see the guide Manually Creating Optimized Windows Images for VMware Horizon VMs.

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