I've been working in my new vmware environment and I have a question regarding the difference between creating a new virtual machine from a template and deploying vm's from a desktop pool within the vmware vsphere web admin. For the record, I'm using Vsphere 5.5. I've successfully been able to deploy a clone of a vm by setting up a desktop pool within the web portal. I can assign myself to the desktop and all is well.
I've also tried marking a virtual machine as a template (in vsphere) and then deploying virtual machines from the template within the vsphere client. When I deploy from the vsphere client, I notice that the newly created desktop doesn't show up in the web admin portal, so I can't assign a user to the actual desktop.
I'm trying to figure out what is the best way to deploy desktops in my environment and what the difference is between the two processes I've specified above.