You must create a database and data source name (DSN) to store View Composer data.

The View Composer service does not include a database. If a database instance does not exist on the vCenter Server computer or in your network environment, you must install one. After you install a database instance, you add the View Composer database to the instance.

You can add the View Composer database to the instance on which the vCenter Server database is located. You can configure the database locally, on the same Windows Server computer as vCenter Server, or remotely, on a network-connected Linux, UNIX, or Windows Server computer.

The View Composer database stores information about connections and components that are used by View Composer:

vCenter Server connections

Active Directory connections

Linked-clone desktops that are deployed by View Composer

Replicas that are created by View Composer

Each instance of the View Composer service must have its own View Composer database. Multiple View Composer services cannot share a View Composer database.

For a list of supported database versions, see Database Requirements for View Composer.

To add a View Composer database to an installed database instance, choose one of these procedures.

View Composer can store linked-clone desktop information in a SQL Server database. You create a View Composer database by adding it to SQL Server and configuring an ODBC data source for it.

View Composer can store linked-clone desktop information in an Oracle 11g or 10g database. You create a View Composer database by adding it to an existing Oracle instance and configuring an ODBC data source for it. You can add a new View Composer database by using the Oracle Database Configuration Assistant or by running a SQL statement.