If a linked-clone desktop becomes inaccessible in View Manager, you can restore the desktop if it was configured with a View Composer persistent disk. You can import the persistent disk from a vSphere datastore into View Manager.

You import the persistent disk file as a detached persistent disk in View Manager. You can either attach the detached disk to an existing desktop or recreate the original linked clone in View Manager.

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In View Administrator, click Inventory > Persistent Disks.

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Click the Detached tab.

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Click Import from vCenter.

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Select a vCenter Server.

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Select the datacenter where the disk file is located.

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Select a linked-clone pool in which to create a new linked clone desktop with the persistent disk.

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In the Persistent Disk File box, click Browse, click the down arrow, and select a datastore from the Choose a Datastore menu.

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Click the datastore name to display its disk storage files and virtual-machine files.

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Select the persistent-disk file you want to import.

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In the User box, click Browse, select a user to assign to the desktop, and click OK.

The disk file is imported into View Manager as a detached persistent disk.

To restore the linked-clone desktop, you can recreate the original desktop or attach the detached persistent disk to another desktop.

For details, see Recreate a Linked-Clone Desktop With a Detached Persistent Disk and Attach a View Composer Persistent Disk to Another Linked-Clone Desktop.