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Assign a user to a persistent desktop before first use

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Usually the persistent desktop design offers a chance to assign a virtual desktop to a user on first connect/use. The administrator entitles the user or a user group which inherits the users account to a persistent desktop pool but the virtual desktop assignment would be done on first use. However sometimes it may require a pre assignment which can be done the following way.

To assign a specific user to a persistent desktop prior to first use you need to logon to the View Manager Server as an administrator via console or RDP connection. Open a command prompt  and run the command:

cd "%ProgramFiles%\VMware\VMware VDM\Server\bin"

then press Enter.

After a successful change to the View broker’s program files directory please run the following command:

vdmadmin.exe -L -d <pool_name> -m <vm_name> -u <full_user_name>

<pool_name> must be chnage to the View Manager poolname, <vm_name> to the virtual machine name as seen in the vCenter, and <full_user_name> is the user name including the domain: DOMAIN\username.

An example would be:

vdmadmin.exe -L -d DesktopPool -m WIN-VM -u DOMAIN\user1

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Written by Christoph Harding

December 22nd, 2009 at 12:13 pm

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