3.3. About Companies

3.3.1. Multiple Companies and the Desktop Login Screen

The Company feature enables several user directories to be configured for one Oracle VDI environment. For example, this is useful for a business that provides "Desktop as a Service" for separate customers.

To take advantage of the Company feature, you can create a company for each user directory. Virtualization resources (hosts and storage) are shared by all companies. Pools, desktops, users, groups, and tokens are separated for each company.

Templates are automatically separated for each company that use Oracle VM VirtualBox or Microsoft Hyper-V desktop providers. For VMware vCenter desktop providers, all templates are visible to all pools. For security reasons, be sure that templates are only be used among pools of the same company.

For more information about how to create a Company, refer to Section 3.4, “Creating a Company”. For more information about user directory integration, refer to Section 3.1, “About User Directory Integration”.

3.3.1. Multiple Companies and the Desktop Login Screen

When you configure multiple companies, the user's interaction with the Desktop Login screen changes. The privacy between the various companies involved is enforced and the Domain list is not shown in the Desktop Login screen. Users must input a user name that identifies which company they belong to. Users can enter one of the following user names based on the type of authentication configured:

  • userid@domainname type syntax for Active Directory integration.

  • userid@companyname type syntax for user directories that do not support domains.

  • Email address. This requires that you must set the E-Mail Domain Name property for the company. Multiple domain names can be configured.

Desktops can be configured for automated logons. With automated logons, Oracle VDI passes user credentials to the desktop so users do not have to enter their credentials again to log in to their desktops. If users authenticate using their email address, automated logons do not work because an email address is not a valid desktop user name.

Oracle VDI also provides a Corporation setting. If you have a large number of users spread across multiple user directories (LDAP servers or Active Directory domains) and they are all part of the same corporation, the privacy of company data is not required. For example, a company might have separate user directories for each geographical location. When the Corporation setting is enabled, the Domain list is shown in the Desktop Login screen and it contains all the available domains from all the available companies. In Oracle VDI Manager, you enable the Corporation from the Settings and then the Company page.