To use View Composer, you must install the View Composer service on the vCenter Server computer. View Manager uses View Composer to create and deploy linked-clone desktops in vCenter Server.

You install the View Composer service on the Windows Server computer on which vCenter Server is installed.

Verify that your installation satisfies the View Composer requirements described in View Composer Requirements.

Verify that you have a license to install and use View Composer.

In vCenter Server, create a resource pool on the ESX host or cluster on which you want to store linked-clone desktops.

If Windows firewall is running on the computer on which View Composer is installed, make sure that the port the View Composer service uses to communicate with View Connection Server is accessible. You can add this port to the exception list or deactivate the local firewall service. You specify this port when you install the View Composer service.

If Windows firewall is running on the computer on which View Composer is installed, make sure that the VMware Universal File Access (UFA) service is not blocked. You can add the UFA service to the exception list or deactivate the local firewall service.

Verify that you have the DSN, domain administrator user name, and password that you provided in the ODBC Data Source Administrator wizard. You enter this information when you install the View Composer service.

1

Download the VMware View Composer installer file from the VMware product page at http://www.vmware.com/products/ to the Windows Server computer on which vCenter Server is installed.

The installer filename is VMware-viewcomposer-xxxxxx.exe, where xxxxxx is the build number. This installer file installs the View Composer service on 64-bit and 32-bit Windows Server operating systems.

2

To start the View Composer installation program, double-click the installer file.

On Windows Server 2008 computers, you might have to right-click the installer file and select Run As Administrator.

3

Accept the VMware license terms.

4

Accept or change the destination folder.

5

Type the DSN for the View Composer database that you provided in the Microsoft or Oracle ODBC Data Source Administrator wizard.

For example: VMware View Composer

Note

If you did not configure a DSN for the View Composer database, click ODBC DSN Setup to configure a name now.

6

Type the domain administrator user name and password that you provided in the ODBC Data Source Administrator wizard.

If you configured an Oracle database user with specific security permissions, specify this user name.

7

Type a port number or accept the default value.

View Connection Server uses this port to communicate with the View Composer service.

8

Provide an SSL certificate.

Option

Action

Create default SSL certificate

Click this radio button to create a default SSL certificate for the View Composer service.

Use an existing SSL certificate

Click this radio button if you have an SSL certificate you want to use for the View Composer service. Select an SSL certificate from the list.

9

Click Install and Finish to complete the View Composer service installation.

The VMware View Composer service starts on the vCenter Server computer.