After you add a View Composer database to SQL Server, you must configure an ODBC connection to the new database to make this data source visible to the View Composer service.

These instructions assume that you are configuring the ODBC data source on Windows Server 2003 SP2.

Complete the steps described in Add a View Composer Database to SQL Server.

1

On the vCenter Server computer, select Start > Administrative Tools > Data Source (ODBC).

2

Select the System DSN tab.

3

Click Add and select SQL Native Client from the list.

4

Click Finish.

5

In the Create a New Data Source to SQL Server setup wizard, type a name and description of the View Composer database.

For example: ViewComposer

6

In the Server text box, type the SQL Server database name.

Use the form host_name\server_name, where host_name is the name of the computer and server_name is the SQL Server instance.

For example: VCHOST1\SQLEXP_VIM

7

Click Next.

8

Make sure that the Connect to SQL Server to obtain default settings for the additional configuration options check box is selected and select an authentication option.

Option

Description

Windows NT authentication

Select this option if you are using a local instance of SQL Server. This option is also known as trusted authentication. Windows NT authentication is supported only if SQL Server is running on the vCenter Server computer.

SQL Server authentication

Select this option if you are using a remote instance of SQL Server. Windows NT authentication is not supported on remote SQL Server.

9

Click Next.

10

Select the Change the default database to check box and select the name of the View Composer database from the list.

For example: ViewComposer

11

Finish and close the Microsoft ODBC Data Source Administrator wizard.

Install the new View Composer service on the vCenter Server computer. See Install the View Composer Service.