You can import the backup files for your View Composer configuration into the View Composer database that stores linked-clone information.

You can use the SviConfig restoredata command to restore View Composer database data after a system failure or to revert your View Composer configuration to an earlier state.


Only experienced View Composer administrators should use the SviConfig utility. This utility is intended to resolve issues relating to the View Composer service.

Verify the location of the View Composer database backup files. By default, View Manager stores the backup files on the C: drive of the View Connection Server computer:

On a Windows Server 2008 computer: C:\Programdata\VMWare\VDM\backups

On a Windows Server 2003 computer: C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMWare\VDM\backups

View Composer backup files use a naming convention with a date stamp and an .svi suffix.

Backup-YearMonthDayCount-vCenter Server Name_Domain Name.svi

For example: Backup-20090304000010-foobar_test_org.svi


Copy the View Composer backup files from the View Connection Server computer to a location that is accessible from the vCenter Server computer where View Composer service is installed.


On the vCenter Server computer, stop the VMware View Composer service.


On the vCenter Server computer, open a Windows command prompt and navigate to the SviConfig executable file.

The file is located with the View Composer application.

C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View Composer\sviconfig.exe


Run the SviConfig restoredata command.

sviconfig -operation=restoredata

For example:

sviconfig -operation=restoredata -dsnname=LinkedClone
-username=Admin -password=Pass 
-backupfilepath="C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View 

Start the VMware View Composer service.

For output result codes for the SviConfig restoredata command, see Result Codes for Restoring the View Composer Database.