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Configuring and Managing Pools

Pools offer administrators more flexibility when managing an extensive number of Guests, especially when they are implemented in large company infrastructures. The Parallels 2X Remote Application Server Console provides the framework and tools needed to create a complete Pool Management foundation.

Pools can be managed from the Pools Management tab in VDI Hosts node from the Parallels 2X Remote Application Server Console, as seen in the screenshot below.

Managing Pools for VDI Hosts

Adding and Deleting Pools

Adding a Pool

To add a Pool click Add from the Tasks drop down in the Pools column and specify a name.

Deleting a Pool

To delete a Pool highlight the Pool name and select Delete from the Tasks drop down menu in the Pools column.

Managing Members in a Pool

Adding Members to a Pool

To add members to a pool, navigate to the Pools Management tab, highlight the Pool’s name and click Add. You can add any of the following:

  • All Guests in Site: All guests on all VDI hosts that are located in the site.
  • All Guests in Host: All guests that are located on a particular VDI host.
  • Guest: A single guest located in the farm.
  • Native Pool: Group of guests that have been previously configured from the hypervisor management tool as a pool. Note: hypervisor may use different terminology instead of pools (e.g. resource pools)
  • Pool: Add an already existing configured pool in the Parallels 2X Remote Application Server (pool nesting)
  • 2X Template: Guests that are automatically created from a 2X Template. For more information about 2X Templates refer to the section Configuring and Managing 2X Templates for Guest Clones on page .

Once you select the type of member to add to a Pool you will be presented with the list of available pools or guests. Highlight the name of the member you would like to Add to the Pool and click OK.

Deleting a Member from a Pool

To delete a member from a Pool, highlight the Pool name, click on the pool member and click Delete from the Tasks drop down menu.

Configuring Virtual Guests in a Pool

You can configure all virtual guests in a VDI host or in a Pool. To configure a virtual guest from a Pool highlight the Pool name and from the Tasks drop down menu of the Pools column select Show Guests in a Pool. Once in the Virtual Guest List dialog box highlight the virtual guest name and click Properties.

Configuring Virtual Guest in a Pool

From the Guest Advanced Settings dialog box shown in the screenshot above you can configure the following settings:

  • Enable Do not use this guest checkbox so the system ignores the particular Virtual Guest.
  • Specify a computer name in the Computer Name field to set the network name (domain name / IP address) of the computer that the system will use to connect to the Virtual Guest.
  • Specify a port number in the Port field that the system will use to connect to the Virtual Guest.
  • In the Connection Timeout field set a time limit the Parallels 2X Remote Application Server has to wait when connecting until the connection times out.
  • Select the protocol from the Protocol drop down menu the Parallels 2X Remote Application Server uses to communicate with the Virtual Guest.
  • Specify what happens of the Virtual Guest if a user disconnects from a session by choosing an option from the If session disconnects drop down menu. You can also specify the amount of time that needs to pass before the selected action is taken from the After input field.
  • You can also specify to end a disconnected or not from the End a disconnected session drop down menu. From the same drop down menu you can also specify the amount of time that needs to pass before a disconnected session is terminated. Note: The user can reconnect to a previous session if the session is still available.

Configuring Virtual Guests Default Settings

In the Virtual Guests List dialog box click the Default Settings button to specify the default settings for all the virtual guests in the pool.

Resetting Virtual Guest Settings to Default

To reset the virtual guest’s settings to the default settings highlight the virtual guest name from the Virtual Guests List dialog box and click the Clear Settings button.

Using the Wildcard Function

Use the Wildcard input field at the bottom of the Pool Management tab to match specific guests for the available guests within the pool which will be available for the user. Therefore if some of the virtual guests names won’t match the wildcard, they won’t be available for the users.

For example, XP* will match only guests whose name starts with XP and *XP* will match guests which have XP in any part of their name.