Exercise E4: Assigning Floating Desktops

You can choose which type of desktop to assign to a user or group in the Assignments window. You can use the Assignments window to create, edit, and delete an assignment, and update the agent software for any existing assignments. In this exercise, you assign floating desktops. With floating desktops, the user is assigned a desktop upon first login, and the desktop is recreated after the user logs off. Desktops are powered on or off according to the power management policy. For more information, see VMware Horizon Cloud May 2018 Release Technical What's New Overview.

  1. In the Horizon Cloud Service Administration Console navigation bar, click Assignments.
  2. In the Assignments window, click New.

2. Select Desktops

  • In the New Assignments window, under Desktops, click Select.

3. Define Fixed Attributes

  1. For Type, select Floating.
  2. In the Fixed Attributes panel, provide the following information:
    • Location: From the pop-up list, select the location.
    • Pod: From the pop-up list, select the pod containing the farm you want to choose.
    • Filter Models: From the pop-up list, select the type and equals attributes.
    • Model: From the pop-up list, select the model.
    • Domain: From the pop-up list, select the domain name.
    • Join Domain: Slide to enable.
    • Encrypt Disks: Leave disabled.
    • NSX Cloud Managed: Leave disabled.
  3. Scroll down to the next panel.

4. Define Flexible Attributes

  1. In the Flexible Attributes panel, provide the following information:
    • Images: Accept the image.
    • Assignment Name: Enter a friendly name to identify this assignment. The name must start with a letter, and contains only letters, dashes, and numbers.
    • VM Names: All VMs in this assignment inherit the assignment name, and include an appended number, such as Server DTAfloating 1, Server DTAfloating 2, and so on.
    • Default Protocol: From the pop-up list, select Blast Extreme as the default protocol for end user sessions.
    • Preferred Client Types: From the pop-up list, select Browser.
    • Min Desktops: Enter the minimum number of desktops to be allowed.
    • Max Desktops: Enter the maximum number of desktops to be allowed.
    • Power Off Protect Time: Enter the number of minutes.
  2. In the lower right corner, click Next.

5. Configure Management

  1. In the Management tab under Image Updates, enter the number of concurrent quiescing desktops to allow.
  2. Under Power Management, select the mode from the pop-up list.
  3. Under Timeout Handling, provide the following information:
    • Log Off Disconnected Sessions: Select Never.
    • Max Session Lifetime: Enter the number of minutes.
  4. Under Schedule Power Management, provide the following information:
    • Name: Enter the name for this schedule.
    • Day(s): Click the Days field and select one or more days of the week from the drop-down list.
    • Start Time: Select the time of the day to start the schedule from the drop-down list.
    • End Time: Select the time of day to end the schedule from the drop-down list.
    • All Day: Leave unchecked.
    • Timezone: Select your timezone if necessary.
    • Min Desktops: Select the minimum number of desktops to include.
  5. In the lower right corner, click Next.

6. Assign to Users or Groups

  1. In the Users tab, select the users and groups to assign desktops to.
    Note: In the Users tab, you can click the Active Directory search field. If no results are found, click Search Active Directory.
  2. In the lower right, click Next.

7. Verify the Summary Information

  1. In the Summary tab, verify that all selections are correct and complete.
  2. In the lower right corner, click Submit.

8. Verify Completion

  1. Wait until the green banner appears at the top, indicating success.
  2. Wait until the green dot appears in the Status column, indicating that the floating desktop assignment is now active.

9. Launch Horizon Client

  • Launch Horizon Client.

10. Log in to Horizon Client

  1. Enter your login credentials for Horizon Client:
    • Username: Enter the username.
    • Password: Enter the password.
  2. Click Login.

11. Launch the Floating Desktop

  1. In Horizon Client, select a virtual desktop.
  2. Verify that the virtual floating desktop launches properly.

Now that you have successfully assigned a floating desktop, you can proceed to the next exercise to assign a VDI-based dedicated desktop. The process is very similar.

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