7.4. Assigning Users to Desktops

Next, you need to assign users to the pool so that they can access to the desktops in the pool.

Click the User Assignment tab for the pool, as shown in Figure 7.23.

Figure 7.23. User Assignment Tab

The image shows the User Assignment tab for a pool. No users have been assigned.

To assign users to the pool, click the Add button in the Assigned Users and Groups table. The Assign Pool window is displayed, as shown in Figure 7.24.

Figure 7.24. Assign Pool Window

The image shows the Assign Pool window. No search options have been entered.

Oracle VDI enables you to assign users to a pool in several ways. The best option for administration is to search a user directory for users and groups. Assigning groups in the user directory to the pool is the most efficient, as this indirectly assigns the members of the group to the pool. Whenever the group membership changes, the users that can access the desktops are automatically updated.

To search the user directory, select User or Group, enter the user or group you want to search for in Search Users and Groups field, and then click Search. The search has the * wildcard built in and is not case sensitive. The search results are listed returned and listed in a table. The results are limited to the first 100 matches. Figure 7.25 shows an example.

Figure 7.25. Searching for a User

The image shows the Assign Pool window. A search for user has been performed and the check box next to a user name is selected.

However, for the purposes of this guide, the easiest option is to use the built‑in custom group which enables any user in the user directory to access a desktop in the pool. To do this, select Custom Group and then select the box next to the Any User group, as shown in Figure 7.26.

Figure 7.26. Any User Assignment

The image shows the Assign Pool window. The Custom Group search option is selected and the Any User custom group is selected.

Click OK. The Assign Pool window is closed. A message is displayed that confirms the assignment has been added, as shown in Figure 7.27.

Figure 7.27. User Assignment Added

The image shows the User Assignment tab. A message is displayed that confirms the assignment has been added and there is a new entry in the Assigned Users and Groups table.

Another option for assigning users to a pool is to use the smart card functionality of the Sun Ray environment. Oracle VDI refers to smart cards as tokens. If you assign tokens to a pool, a user can use a Sun Ray Client to automatically authenticate themselves to Oracle VDI and access their desktops.

In Oracle VDI Manager, you can also assign individual desktops to individual users on the Desktop tab for the pool. However, this converts the desktop from a flexible desktop (available for use by any user) to a personal desktop (only available for use by that user). It is best to use flexible desktops as much as possible as this simplifies desktop administration because most of the processing takes place automatically and in bulk. Personal desktops can only be administered manually and individually.

Now that you have assigned users to the pool, the next step is to log in and access a desktop. Chapter 8, Connecting to a Desktop shows you how to do this.