Deploying an Individual Desktop

An Individual Desktop is great for users who require a singel unique dedicated desktop or for hosting a costly application with single host license that needs to be accessed by multiple users at a different time. Users how are entitled to this type of desktop always access this desktop each time the connect.

In order to deploy a Individual Desktop, this virtual machines has to have the VMware View Agent installed. Check here how you can accomplish this.

An Individual Desktop can be a Virtual Machine managed by vCenter or a physical machine. The last is great to provide remote access to a users physical desktop. Disadvantage is that it does not support Offline Desktop.


  1. In the VMware View Administrator inteface, go to “Desktop and Pools“, click the inventory tab and click “Add“.

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  2. Select “Individual Desktop” and click on “Next”.

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  3. Select “VirtualCenter virtual machine. Supports Offline Desktop” and click “Next”.

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  4. Click on the vCenter server who hosts the Virtual Machine and click on “Next”

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  5. Enter a Unique ID (This is for Administrators), Display name (Users who use this desktop will see this name. If you don’t provide a Display name the Unique ID will be used.) and optional a Description.

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  6. Specify the desktop settings:
    • State: Enabled (After being created the desktop is automatically enabled and ready to use), Disabled (After being created the desktop is not enabled. This is useful if you want to to post deplayment tasks.)
    • When VM is not is use: Do nothing (VM remains on), Ensure VM is always powered on (if the user shutdown the desktop it’s immediately restarted), Suspend, Power off.
    • Automatic logoff after disconnect: Never, Immediately or After (time in minutes when the desktop is logged off).
    • Allow users to rest their desktop: User can without administrative assistance reset their desktop.

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  7. Select the Virtual Machine who you wanna use and click “Next”.

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  8. Review the options and click “Finish”.

About Michael
Michael Wilmsen is a experienced VMware Architect with more than 20 years in the IT industry. Main focus is VMware vSphere, Horizon View and Hyper Converged with a deep interest into performance and architecture. Michael is VCDX 210 certified, has been rewarded with the vExpert title from 2011, Nutanix Tech Champion and a Nutanix Platform Professional.

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