Finally, let's create a new VDI configuration in which users have their own list of desktop policies, instead of associating it to the terminal.

Previous requirements

In order to perform this configuration, it is necessary to have a directory service in place; e.g. an LDAP server, Microsoft Active Directory or similar product. Installation and configuration of the server is beyond the scope of this guide. Check with your directory service administrator the right values to use to authenticate users in your directory service. You will also need the credentials of a user that is able to make queries on the branch where users are stored.

Creating Terminal Policy

In flexVDI Dashboard, open the VDI section in the tree view and select "Terminal Policies". Then click on the "New Terminal Policy" button. The New Terminal Policy form will be shown:

Enter a name for the new policy and select the "active_directory" authentication mode. New form fields will appear, as shown in the figure. Fill in these fields with the information needed to query the directory server:

Read more on configuring a Terminal Policy in the VDI section of the Administration Guide.

You have now set up your "Terminal Policy" with user authentication. Now you must assign the terminals from which authenticated users will connect to this Terminal Policy, as shown in VDI: flexVDI in kiosk mode under the "Assigning a terminal to a terminal policy" header. Also, populate the user entries in your directory with a Desktop Policy name in the desktop policy attribute you selected, so that those users can log in to a desktop.

Accessing the desktop with flexVDI Client

To connect to this new authenticated Terminal Policy, use the flexVDI Client that was installed and configured in the previous page VDI: flexVDI in kiosk mode. flexVDI Client will show a screen like this:

Enter your credentials, and click on login. If you have been assigned only one Desktop Policy, as in the example we have followed so far, flexVDI Client will directly connect to your desktop. If you have been assigned several Desktop Policies, the following is shown so that you can select one of them:

 Click on "connect" and the flexVDI Client will show the console of the selected desktop.