With View 5.1 and later releases, View Composer is no longer required to be installed on the same physical or virtual machine as vCenter Server. If you install View Composer on a separate server, you must use a dedicated physical or virtual machine that meets specific hardware requirements.

A standalone View Composer installation works with vCenter Server installed on a Windows Server computer and with the Linux-based vCenter Server Appliance. VMware recommends having a one-to-one mapping between each View Composer service and vCenter Server instance.

View Composer Hardware Requirements

Hardware Component




1.4 GHz 64-bit processor or faster and 2 CPUs

Intel Itanium 2 processor for Itanium-based systems

2GHz or faster and 4 CPUs


One or more 10/100Mbps network interface cards (NICs)

1Gbps NICs


4GB RAM or higher

8GB RAM or higher for deployments of 50 or more View desktops

Disk space




The physical or virtual machine that hosts View Composer must use a static IP address.