Product Documentation

Manage Delivery Group resources

Apr 26, 2015

To remove machines from Delivery Groups

Removing a machine deletes it from a Delivery Group but does not delete the associated virtual machine from the machine catalog on which that the group is based. Therefore, the machines are available for assignment to other Delivery Groups.

You can remove machines only while they are in maintenance mode and shut down. To temporarily stop users from connecting to a machine while you are removing it, put the machine into maintenance mode before shutting it down.

Important: Machines might contain personal data. Manage this appropriately especially if the machine is allocated to another user. For example, you may need to reimage the virtual machine.
  1. In Studio, use Search to locate the machine you want to remove or select a Delivery Group and click View Machines.
  2. Select the machine, and put it in maintenance mode.
  3. Make sure that the machine is shut down.
  4. Click Remove from Delivery Group.

To reallocate all machines in a Delivery Group

You can reallocate machines in Delivery Groups for all machine types except those created through Provisioning Services.

Desktop allocation is not available on Server OS Machines.

  1. In Studio, select the Delivery Groups node.
  2. Select the Delivery Group containing the machines you want to reallocate and then select Edit Delivery Group.
  3. On the Machine Assignment page, add or remove the users and groups who can access any machines in the group. You can also use an import list to specify the users and groups who can access any existing or physical machines in the group. For more information, see Import and export user data.

To reallocate one machine in a Delivery Group

  1. In Studio, select the Delivery Groups node.
  2. Select the Delivery Group containing the machines you want to reallocate and then select View machines.
  3. Select the machine you want and select Change User
  4. On the Edit Assignment page, add or remove the users and groups who can access the machines.

To identify machines using tags

Tags are strings that identify machines. You can use them to refine a machine search or to limit machine access. You can add any number of tags of any length. For example, use the tags sales, marketing, or test to specify machines for different users.

You can only use tags with Desktop OS machines.

  1. Select a machine. In Studio:
    • Select the Delivery Groups node, select a Desktop OS Delivery Group and then click View Machines.
    • Select Search to locate the machines.
  2. Select a machine and then select Add tag.
  3. Enter one or more tags, separating each tag by a semicolon (;) and then click Add tag.
  4. To change or remove tags, select a machine as described in Step 1 and then select Edit tag.
  5. Change the tags and then click OK.

To change the number of machines allocated to users

You can allocate more or fewer machines to the users of a Delivery Group.

  1. In Studio, select the Delivery Groups node.
  2. Select the Delivery Group whose users you want to provide with more or fewer machines, click Edit Delivery Group and then click End User Settings.
  3. On the End user settings page, set the number of machines per user.

To update a machine's master image

  1. In Studio, select the Delivery Groups node.
  2. Select the Delivery Group whose machines you want to update and then click View machines.
  3. Select the machine you want to update and click Update machines and then click Master image.
  4. Select a snapshot from the list. To select a master image, select a snap shot and then click the plus sign to display associated master images.

To apply changes and notify machine users

  1. In Studio, select the Delivery Groups node.
  2. Select the Delivery Group whose machines you want to update and then click View machines.
  3. Select the machine you want to update and click Update machines and then click Rollout and notification.
  4. If you have made changes to the master image, select when to update the master image:
    • Immediately, restart now
    • On next restart
  5. Select the restart distribution time. You can choose to restart the all machines at the same time, or time variations for rolling out the updates.
  6. Select user notifications:
    • Whether to notify users about restarting the machine to which they are assigned
    • How far in advance to notify users
    • Notification message

To manage Remote PC Access machine assignments in a Delivery Group

If a machine in a Remote PC Access machine catalog is not assigned to a user, Studio temporarily assigns the machine to a Remote PC Access Delivery Group associated with the Remote PC Access machine catalog. This temporary assignment provides information to the system, so that the machine can be later assigned to an appropriate user. Along with Delivery Group assignment, Delivery Group to Machine Catalog association has a priority value. The lower the value, the higher the priority. You can only set this priority value using PowerShell Software Developer Kit (SDK) commands as described in About the XenApp and XenDesktop SDK.

Priority determines to which Delivery Group a machine is assigned when:

  • The unconfigured machine registers with the system
  • A user needs a machine assignment

If a Remote PC Access machine catalog has multiple Delivery Group assignments, the software selects the match with the highest priority.