Chapter 9. Managing Desktops

In this chapter, you learn how to manage the desktops in a pool.

When you configure pools to use cloning to produce flexible desktops, Oracle VDI automatically manages the desktops in the pool for you. It is worthwhile taking the time to watch the life cycle of a desktop so that you understand the administration benefits of this approach.

While you are still logged in to your desktop, click the Desktop tab for the pool in Oracle VDI Manager. In the Desktop State column of the Desktops table, notice that the state of one of the desktops is now shown as Used and the name of the user that using the desktop is also displayed, as shown in Figure 9.1.

Figure 9.1. A Desktop in Use in the Pool

The image shows the Desktop tab. Two running desktops are listed in a table. One desktop has a status of used and is shown as assigned to a user.

Now go back to your desktop and log out of Windows, using the normal Windows method for logging out. After you are logged out of Windows, you should be automatically logged out of Oracle VDI. In Oracle VDI Manager, go to the Desktop tab for the pool. After a few moments, the desktop state changes to Idle but the user is still assigned the desktop, as shown in Figure 9.2.

Figure 9.2. An Idle Desktop in the Pool

The image shows the Desktop tab. Two running desktops are listed in a table. The previously used desktop now shows the idle status because the user has logged out.

Although a user is assigned to the desktop, the assignment is temporary and the desktop is still a flexible desktop. If the user logs in again during the idle timeout period, they reconnect to the same desktop. Once the desktop has remained in the Idle state for the idle timeout period, the user assignment is removed and the desktop is recycled. The desktop state is changed to Available and the desktop can then be used by any user assigned to the pool, as shown in Figure 9.3.

Figure 9.3. Recycled Desktops

The image shows the Desktop tab. Two running desktops are listed in a table. The previously idle desktop now shows the available status and the user assignment has been removed because the desktop has been recycled.

On the Desktop tab, you can also perform manual actions on individual desktops. Select a desktop in the Desktop table and then click the More Actions drop-down list, as shown in Figure 9.4.

Figure 9.4. Desktop Actions

The image shows the Desktop tab. Two running desktops are listed in a table. A desktop has been selected and a list of available actions is shown in the More Actions drop-down list.

Select a desktop in the Available state, and then select the Delete Desktop action. After a few moments a new cloning job should start, because cloning is still enabled for the pool and the number of desktops in the pool is less than the pool's configured preferred size.

In the Desktops table, click the name of a desktop in the Name column. The Desktop Summary page is displayed.

Figure 9.5. Desktop Summary Page

The image shows the Desktop Summary page for a desktop, showing details such as the operating system of the desktop.

Here you can see detailed information about the desktop and the virtual machine. You can also change the configuration of the virtual machine and even connect to it.

In this guide, you have seen how to perform all the configuration needed for a single-host Oracle VDI deployment. The host can perform all the functions required to deliver virtual desktops to users, including cloning and storing the virtual desktops, as well as managing the connections to those desktops. Users can connect to their desktops using different Sun Ray Clients, including Oracle Virtual Desktop Client for iPad and Android, and they can move between Sun Ray Clients (hotdesk) and reconnect to their desktop.

The single-host configuration demonstrated in this guide is suitable for evaluation deployments, but for a production deployment a minimum of two hosts configured in this way and joined together to form an Oracle VDI Center is required. It is also possible to use separate hosts for Oracle VDI, the virtualization platform, and the storage, so that a single Oracle VDI Center can host many thousands of desktops.