You can create an automated, linked-clone desktop pool based on a parent virtual machine that you select. The View Composer service dynamically creates a new linked-clone virtual machine in vCenter Server for each desktop.

To create an automated pool that contains full virtual machines, see Automated Pools That Contain Full Virtual Machines.

Verify that the View Composer service is installed in vCenter Server and a View Composer database is configured. See the VMware View Installation document.

Verify that View Composer settings for vCenter Server are configured in View Administrator. See Configure View Composer Settings for vCenter Server.

Verify that you have a sufficient number of ports on the ESX virtual switch that is used for desktop virtual machines. The default value might not be sufficient if you create large desktop pools. The number of virtual switch ports on the ESX host must equal or exceed the number of desktop virtual machines multiplied by the number of virtual NICs per virtual machine.

Verify that you prepared a parent virtual machine. View Agent must be installed on the parent virtual machine. See Creating and Preparing Virtual Machines.

Take a snapshot of the parent virtual machine in vCenter Server. You must shut down the parent virtual machine before you take the snapshot. View Composer uses the snapshot as the base image from which the clones are created.


You cannot create a linked-clone pool from a virtual machine template.

Gather the configuration information you must provide to create the pool. See Worksheet for Creating a Linked-Clone Desktop Pool.

Decide how to configure power settings, display protocol, Adobe Flash quality, and other settings. See Desktop and Pool Settings.


While a linked-clone pool is created, do not modify the parent virtual machine in vCenter Server. For example, do not convert the parent virtual machine to a template. The View Composer service requires that the parent virtual machine remain in a static, unaltered state during pool creation.


In View Administrator, click Inventory > Pools.


Click Add.


Select Automated Pool.


On the vCenter Server page, choose View Composer linked clones.


Follow the prompts in the wizard to create the pool.

Use the configuration information you gathered in the worksheet. You can go directly back to any wizard page you completed by clicking the page name in the navigation panel.

On the vCenter Settings page, you must click Browse and select the vCenter Server settings in sequence. You cannot skip a vCenter Server setting:


Default image


Virtual machine folder


Host or cluster


Resource pool



In View Administrator, you can view the desktops as they are added to the pool by clicking Inventory > Desktops.

The linked clones might restart one or more times while they are provisioned.

View Composer also creates a replica virtual machine that serves as the master image for provisioning the linked clones. To reduce space consumption, the replica is created as a thin disk. If all the desktops are recomposed or deleted, and no clones are linked to the replica, the replica virtual machine is deleted from vCenter Server.

If you do not store the replica on a separate datastore, View Composer creates a replica on each datastore on which linked clones are created.

If you store the replica on a separate datastore, one replica is created for the entire pool, even when linked clones are created on multiple datastores.

Entitle users to access the pool. See Add Entitlements to Desktop Pools.