A 2,000-user building block consists of physical servers, a VMware vSphere infrastructure, VMware View servers, shared storage, and 2,000 virtual machine desktops. You can include up to five building blocks in a View pod.

Example of a LAN-Based View Building Block



vSphere clusters

2 or more (with up to 8 ESX/ESXi hosts in each cluster)

80-port network switch


Shared storage system


vCenter Server with View Composer

1 (can be run in the block itself)


MS SQL Server or Oracle database server (can be run in the block itself)


3 (a 1Gbit Ethernet network for each: management network, storage network, and VMotion network)

With vCenter 4.1 and 5.0, each vCenter Server can support up to 10,000 virtual machines. This support enables you to have building blocks that contain more than 2,000 View desktops. However, the actual block size is also subject to other View-specific limitations.

If you have only one building block in a pod, use two View Connection Server instances for redundancy.

Components of a VMware View Building Block
A View building block includes vCenter, virtual desktops, ESX hosts and clusters, and shared storage.