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New Pool Page and Pool Properties Dialog Box

These options are displayed in both the New Pool page when you create a new pool of host access IDs and the Pool Properties dialog box, in which you can edit properties for previously created pools.

To display the New Pool page, in the Configure IDs pane, select either All IDs or a specific pool type and click your right mouse button. From the shortcut menu displayed, choose New Pool. A pool type is displayed in this tree only if you have already created at least one pool of that type.

To display the Pool Properties dialog box, in the Configure IDs pane, select a pool. Click your right mouse button, and choose Pool Properties.

When you create a new pool, the type of pool you should select depends on several factors. For a list of some considerations, see Configuring ID Pools.

Pool Type: Select the type of pool to create. You can create only one directory service, IP address, DNS name, or named pool at a time. You can create multiple user name pools simultaneously.

Directory Service: Create a pool of IDs based on information from your directory service. IDs for directory service pools exist only while allocated. They are generated on request and destroyed when released or reclaimed.

IP Address or DNS Name: Assigning IDs to IP addresses or DNS names ensures that specific computers receive specific IDs, no matter who is using them. This can be an effective way to manage IDs without setting up an account for each user in the directory service.

If you use domains, you can access user names on other trusted domains or servers only if your user name and password on the server where MCS is installed matches a user name and password on the trusted domain or server that you want to access, or if the Guest account is enabled on that trusted domain or server.

Named Pool: Assigning IDs to named pools makes IDs available on a first-come, first-served basis to all clients that use a particular configuration. Any user at any computer can open as many sessions as desired until all of the IDs assigned to the pool are in use.

You can still limit certain IDs to certain users by creating a number of different named pools. For example, you could create a different named pool for each department at your company (Accounting, Sales, etc.).

User Name: Assigning IDs to user names ensures that specific users receive specific IDs, no matter which computer they use. With this approach, all users must provide a user name when accessing a client application.

The available user names are determined by the directory service used by MCS.

Pool Name: Type a name for your pool. Pool names cannot contain spaces. For IP address pools, the name must be the IP address. For DNS pools, the name must be the fully qualified DNS name (

This option is unavailable if you select User Name under Pool Type. For User Name pools, the Pool Name is the User Name you select on the New Name page.

Inactivity Timeout (min): Indicate the number of minutes of inactivity to wait before notifying a client that the connection between the session and the host should be closed due to inactivity. If the value is 0 or omitted, client is never notified. After a client closes a session as a result of this notification, its ID becomes available when the lease timeout period has elapsed.

Lease: Select this option to lease IDs for a specified period of time. The lease takes effect only if a session is involuntarily closed, for example as a result of network trouble or system downtime.

Lease Timeout (hrs): Indicate how long to wait before putting an ID in quarantine after a session has been involuntarily closed (network or system downtime). If a session that has been involuntarily closed is restarted within the lease timeout period, the session continues to use the same ID.

If a session is voluntarily released (closed by the user), its ID immediately becomes available for reassignment.

If the lease timeout is 0 or omitted, the ID is made available to another session as soon as the first session closes, regardless of how it was closed.

Properties for Pool Type: This button is available only if you display pool properties for a directory service pool. Display a dialog box in which you can edit properties for generating IDs for directory services pools.

Related Topics
Bullet Configuring ID Pools
Bullet Reclaiming IDs
Bullet Configuring the Directory Service