In some situations, you might need to migrate a VMware Horizon View Composer service to a new Windows Server virtual or physical machine. For example, you might migrate View Composer and vCenter Server to a new ESXi host or cluster to expand your View deployment. In addition, View Composer and vCenter Server do not have to be installed on the same Windows Server machine.

You can migrate View Composer from the vCenter Server machine to a standalone machine or from a standalone machine to the vCenter Server machine.

Important

These topics pertain to migrating the latest version of View Composer to another machine. You must upgrade from the earlier version of View Composer before you perform these tasks.

If your current version of View Composer is installed on a machine that does not meet the system requirements for the new version of View Composer, you cannot use these procedures. After you migrate View Composer to a system with a Windows Server operating system that is supported for this release, you can perform an in-place upgrade to the latest version of View Composer.

The steps you take to migrate the VMware Horizon View Composer service depend on whether you intend to preserve existing linked-clone virtual machines.

When you migrate View Composer to another physical or virtual machine, if you intend to preserve your current linked-clone virtual machines, the new VMware Horizon View Composer service must continue to use the existing View Composer database.

If the current VMware Horizon View Composer service does not manage any linked-clone virtual machines, you can migrate View Composer to a new physical or virtual machine without migrating the RSA keys to the new machine. The migrated VMware Horizon View Composer service can connect to the original View Composer database, or you can prepare a new database for View Composer.

To use an existing View Composer database, you must migrate the RSA key container between machines. You migrate the RSA key container by using the ASP.NET IIS registration tool provided with the Microsoft .NET Framework.

To use an existing View Composer database, you must migrate the RSA key container from the source physical or virtual machine on which the existing VMware Horizon View Composer service resides to the machine on which you want to install the new VMware Horizon View Composer service.