To use View Composer, you must configure settings that allow View Manager to connect to the View Composer service. View Composer can be installed on its own separate host or on the same host as vCenter Server.

There must be a one-to-one mapping between each View Composer service and vCenter Server instance. A View Composer service can operate with only one vCenter Server instance. A vCenter Server instance can be associated with only one View Composer service.

Your Active Directory administrator must create a domain user with permission to add and remove virtual machines from the Active Directory domain that contains your linked clones. To manage the linked-clone machine accounts in Active Directory, the domain user must have Create Computer Objects, Delete Computer Objects, and Write All Properties permissions.

See Create a User Account for View Composer.

Verify that you configured View Manager to connect to vCenter Server. To do so, you must complete the vCenter Server Information page in the Add vCenter Server wizard. See Add vCenter Server Instances to View Manager.

Verify that this View Composer service is not already configured to connect to a different vCenter Server instance.

1

In View Administrator, complete the vCenter Server Information page in the Add vCenter Server wizard.

a

Click View Configuration > Servers.

b

In the vCenter Servers tab, click Add and provide the vCenter Server settings.

2

On the View Composer Settings page, if you are not using View Composer, select Do not use View Composer.

If you select Do not use View Composer, the other View Composer settings become inactive. When you click Next, the Add vCenter Server wizard displays the Host Cache Settings page. The View Composer Domains page is not displayed.

3

If you are using View Composer, select the location of the View Composer host.

Option

Description

View Composer is installed on the same host as vCenter Server.

a

Select View Composer co-installed with the vCenter Server.

b

Make sure that the port number is the same as the port that you specified when you installed the View Composer service on vCenter Server. The default port number is 18443.

View Composer is installed on its own separate host.

a

Select Standalone View Composer Server.

b

In the View Composer server address text box, type the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the View Composer host.

c

Type the name of the View Composer user.

d

Type the password of the View Composer user.

e

Make sure that the port number is the same as the port that you specified when you installed the View Composer service. The default port number is 18443.

4

Click Next to display the View Composer Domains page.

Configure View Composer domains.

If the View Composer instance is configured with a signed SSL certificate, and View Connection Server trusts the root certificate, the Add vCenter Server wizard displays the View Composer Domains page.

If the View Composer instance is configured with a default certificate, you must first determine whether to accept the thumbprint of the existing certificate. See Accept the Thumbprint of a Default SSL Certificate.