7.1. Creating a Pool

In Oracle VDI Manager, in the navigation tree on the left, select Pools, and then select the company you created. Pools are always linked to a company, so that users from different companies can only access the desktops that they are authorized to access. The Company Pools page is displayed, as shown in Figure 7.1.

Figure 7.1. Company Pools Page

The image shows the Company Pools page, with no pools listed in the table.

In the Pools table, click the New button. The New Pool wizard is displayed in a new window. Click the Next button to move though the various steps of the wizard. On the Select Pool Type step, select the desktop provider you created in Chapter 5 from the Desktop Provider drop-down list and then select Dynamic Pool as the Pool Type, as shown in Figure 7.2.

Figure 7.2. Select Pool Type Step

The image shows the Select Pool Type step. The desktop provider created previously is selected.

The Desktop Provider setting links the pool to the virtualization resources you want to use to run the desktops. The Pool Type settings are a group of predefined configuration settings that make it easier for you to create the type of pool you want. You can change any of the configuration settings later. The key decisions about a pool are:

The simplest option for administration and for testing purposes is the Dynamic Pool option. With this option, a template is cloned to fill the pool with desktops and the desktops are automatically assigned to users.

On the Select Template step, ensure (None) is selected from the Template drop-down list and that none is selected in the System Preparation drop-down list, as shown in Figure 7.3. If you were already using a template in another pool, this step in the wizard enables you to select that template. You configure the template and system preparation settings later, when you configure cloning for the pool.

Figure 7.3. Select Template Step

The image shows the Select Template step. No template or system preparation is selected.

On the Select Pool Size step, leave the Preferred Size setting as the default and ensure that the Enable Automatic Cloning option is not selected, as shown in Figure 7.4. You configure these settings later, when you configure cloning for the pool.

Figure 7.4. Select Pool Size Step

The image shows the Select Pool Size step, with the default pool size settings.

On the Define Pool step, enter a name for the pool in the Name field. The name can be anything you like, for example it could contain the name of the operating system or the name of the department that will use the desktops.

Figure 7.5. Define Pool Step

The image shows the Define Pool step. A name has been entered for the pool.

On the Review Step, click Finish to create the pool. The wizard is closed, a message is displayed on the Company Pools page to confirm that the pool has been created, and the new pool is now listed in the Pools table, as shown in Figure 7.6.

Figure 7.6. Pool Added

The image shows the Company Pools page. The new pool is listed in the Pools table.

The Company Pools page provides an overview of each pool, how many desktops it contains and how the desktops are assigned to users.