A Desktop Collection contains Virtual Desktop machines that are presented to users who access the collection through the Remote Desktop Web Access server (RDWA).
Ensure that a Windows VDI master image that has been prepared with Sysprep Generalize exists on at least one of the RD Virtualization hosts.
- From Server Manager on one of the servers in the Storage Spaces Direct cluster, select Remote Desktop Services > Collection.
- Select Tasks > Create Virtual Desktop Collection.
- Read the information under Before you begin, and then click Next.
- Under Name the collection, enter a name for the collection and click Next.
- Under Specify the collection type, select either Pooled virtual desktop or Personal virtual desktop. Select Automatically create and manage virtual desktops and click Next.
The Specify the virtual desktop template screen shows the available VMs on all the RD Virtualization Host servers.
- Select a Virtual Desktop Template that has been prepared with Sysprep Generalize and click Next.
- At this point, the system does not differentiate between server images or Windows desktop images. It does not indicate whether the image is prepared with Sysprep Generalize.
- If you choose an image that is not correctly prepared, the system warns you after you click Next.
- On the Specify the virtual desktop settings screen, select either of the following options and then click Next:
Note: If you choose Use an existing Sysprep answer file, the system automatically proceeds to step 9 after you click Next.
- Under Specify the unattended installation settings, select the time zone and select one of the following options, and then click Next:
- Under Users and groups, add user groups that can access the desktop collection (for example domain\domain users), and specify how many desktops to create and the desktop naming scheme. Click Next.
A prefix and a suffix define the desktop naming scheme. For example, if you specify the prefix as col- and the suffix as 0, the desktops are named starting at col-1, col-2, and so on.
- Under Specify virtual desktop allocation, specify how the desktops are distributed on each RD Virtualization Host. Enter the correct number of New Virtual Desktops in the text box opposite each server. Click Next.
- Under Specify virtual desktop storage, select Store on a Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) and enter the location of the Storage Spaces Direct shared storage that is available to each RD Virtualization Host server (for example, C:\ClusterStorage\Vol1\VDI). By default, the Automatically roll back the virtual desktop when the user logs off option is checked. Disable this option, if necessary. Click Next.
- If user profile disks are required to preserve user data, under Specify user profile disks, select Enable user profile disks and specify a location and maximum size of the profile disks. Click Next.
User profile disks are normally placed on shared storage.
- Under Confirm selections, review the deployment selections and go back to modify previous screens, if necessary. When you are satisfied with the deployment selections, click Create.
The View progress screen appears. The first action is Exporting the virtual desktop. You cannot close the screen until the export is complete. When the virtual desktop is exported, a second progress bar on the screen shows the progress of the virtual desktop creation. You can close the screen at this time.
Note: If you close the progress screen, to follow the progress later from the Server Manager Remote Desktop Services navigation area, right-click the collection and chooseTask Status Details.
The collection is visible on Server Manager from the Remote Desktop Services navigation area.