VMware View Pool Manager (Sneak Peek)

One of the biggest challenges VMware View administrators face in large deployments is desktop pool maintenance. Commonly each desktop pool has Active Directory security groups with the number of users a given desktop pool will support.

As employees leave/join the organization, security groups require maintenance to ensure the number of users in each group correctly match the amount of desktops available.

VMware View Pool Manager (name might change) allows VMware View administrators to easily manage users across desktop pools and security groups for large deployments.


This tool allow administrators to bind an Active Directory connection and specify:

* How many users there should exist per group (based on VMware View pool size)
* Floating or Persistent deployment
* Source Security Groups (all users to be distributed to pools)
* Destination Security Groups (All groups the users may be assigned to)

Technicalities: Floating deployment does not take in consideration if user has a persistent desktop. Persistent deployment ensures users are kept within the same security group and desktop pool they have previously been assigned to.


Why is this tool awesome?
Because View administrators do not have to waste hours adding, removing and maintaining users, desktop pools and security groups while ensuring each security group does not hold more users than the amount desktops pool assigned to the pool.

The tool is currently being Beta tested by my VMware Colleagues and they will provide me feedback for stability, performance and improvements. My aim to to release the tool as a free VMware Fling if, and only if , approved by the internal VMware Fling committee. Keep Tuned!




This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.


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    • Greg on 01/30/2013 at 12:11 am

    This may be the answers to a lot of frustration. Thanks a lot! I hope to see the tool get published. If you by any chance need beta testers I’ll be happy to help.

    That said, what VMware should have is a real load balancing between floating pools, where the user get assigned to a pool with the least load and only one AD group at the top.

    • Dave on 01/30/2013 at 10:21 am

    Been waiting 3 years for this. Looking forward to the release. Thanks Andre -as usual-

  1. Thanks Greg, hopefully the tool will be out soon.

  2. Thanks Dave, hopefully the tool will be out soon. You will hear from me and VMware.

    • xu on 01/31/2013 at 6:09 am

    VMware VIew still need to improve

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