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Creating a Host Pool

Applies to: Nerdio Manager for MSP (NMM)

In this article, we will be creating a Multi User desktop host pool in Nerdio Manager for MSP (NMM). For more information on host pools and the differences between the four desktop experience types, see Overview of Host Pools.


Create a new Host Pool

Host pools are created at the Account level. To begin, select Manage on an existing account in NMM.



In the left menu, select Host Pools under AVD



Click on the Add Host Pool button




DESKTOP EXPERIENCE: This determines whether the hosts in the pool are shared among multiple users, and whether the users login to a full desktop or see only specific published applications. See Overview of Host Pools for more information.

NAME and DESCRIPTION: Give the Host Pool a Name and (optional) Description. The Name will be what end users see when selecting which desktop to login to, so use something that will make sense to the end users.

WORKSPACE: Select an existing Workspace, or NMM can create a new Workspace.

NAME PREFIX: The Name Prefix field is a prefix that will be used as the VM name when creating hosts for the host pool. A random 4-character suffix will be appended to the prefix specified here.

NETWORK: Specify a Network for the session hosts (VMs). 

DESKTOP IMAGE: The Desktop Image is an image that all session hosts will start from. It should include all applications and configurations that need to be present on the session hosts. You can select an image from Azure if you don't need any custom applications to be installed, or you can select an image that you've created in NMM.

VM SIZE: Each host created as part of this host pool will be the selected size. 

OS DISK: The size of the OS disk needs to be the same or larger than the size of the Desktop Image selected above. 

QUICK ASSIGN: Users or groups specified here will be able to login to this host pool. User and group assignment can also be done using the Users and Groups pages.


After filling out the fields, click OK to create the Host Pool. You will then be taken to the Auto-scale settings page. 


Up Next:

Auto-Scale settings



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