The machine catalog type defines the hosting infrastructure for desktops and applications, and the level of control that users have over their environment. When deciding which type to use, consider the tasks that users perform and the devices to which the desktops are delivered.
Use the Create Machine Catalog wizard to set up machine catalogs. The wizard prompts you about your environment as described in the following sections, and based on your responses, helps you select the machine catalog type that fits your requirements.
Select a machine catalog that is provides desktops based on one of the following environments.
Server OS machine catalogs provide a Windows Server environment and provides standard desktops and applications that are shared by a large number of users.
These machine catalogs provide desktops and applications that are:
You want to:
Desktop OS machine catalogs provide a Windows desktop environment and provide desktops and applications that are assigned to individual users.
You want to:
Remote PC Access
Remote PC Access machine catalogs provide users with remote access to their physical office desktops. You want to allow users to work at any time, anywhere, from any device.
Select the machine catalog machine infrastructure. The following terminology reflects choices available in the Machine Catalogs wizard, not the typical definitions. In this context, physical does not refer to a hardware-based device, and virtual is not necessarily a software implementation of a computing environment.
Using Virtual Machines
Choose this type for machine catalogs that are based on machines power-managed through Studio or provisioned through a cloud environment.
Using Physical Hardware
Choose this type for machine catalogs that are based on machines that are not power-managed through Studio.
How you manage and create machines affects the recommended machine catalog type. You manage a machine catalog's machine images through one of the following methods:
Machine Creation Services use a master virtual machine within your environment to manage virtual machines, enabling you to easily manage and update target devices through one master image.
Existing images (Another service or technology option) manage and deliver desktops and applications that you have already migrated to VMs in the data center. You must manage target devices on an individual basis or collectively using third-party electronic software distribution (ESD) tools.
Select the type of desktop assigned to users when they log on.
Select one of the following options:
Number and computing power
Select the number of virtual machines to create for the catalog.
Select specifications for the virtual machines. For virtual machines that reside in an on-premise data center, select RAM and CPU settings.
For cloud environments, the computing power of a virtual machine (such as RAM and CPU settings) are called:
Service Offerings and Instance Types are designated as a single value, often designated as Small, Medium and Large. The cloud provider, not Studio, sets up how these values map to virtual machine hardware profiles.
For AWS environments, select the template for the virtual machines that enables you to easily manage and update target devices.