Adding Virtual Machines to a Virtual Desktop Pool

Updated: February 16, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

To create a pool of virtual desktops to be used by remote desktop users, configure the virtual desktop pool on the RD Connection Broker server.

Membership in the local Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To add virtual machines to a virtual desktop pool

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Connection Manager.

  2. In the Actions pane, click Create Virtual Desktop Pool.

  3. On the Welcome to the Create Virtual Desktop Pool Wizard page, click Next.

  4. On the Select Virtual Machines page, click the virtual machine to add to the virtual desktop pool, and then click Next.


You can select more than one virtual machine by holding the CTRL button when selecting the virtual machines.

  1. On the Set Pool Properties page, in the Display name box, type a name for the virtual desktop pool. In the Pool ID box, type a pool ID, and then click Next.

  2. On the Results page, verify the virtual desktop pool members, and then click Finish.