If a linked-clone desktop becomes inaccessible in View Manager, you can restore the desktop if it was configured with a View Composer persistent disk. You can import the persistent disk from a vSphere datastore into View Manager.

You import the persistent disk file as a detached persistent disk in View Manager. You can either attach the detached disk to an existing desktop or recreate the original linked clone in View Manager.


In View Administrator, click Inventory > Persistent Disks.


Click the Detached tab.


Click Import from vCenter.


Select a vCenter Server.


Select the datacenter where the disk file is located.


Select a linked-clone pool in which to create a new linked clone desktop with the persistent disk.


In the Persistent Disk File box, click Browse, click the down arrow, and select a datastore from the Choose a Datastore menu.

You cannot import a persistent disk from a local datastore. Only shared datastores are available.


Click the datastore name to display its disk storage files and virtual-machine files.


Select the persistent-disk file you want to import.


In the User box, click Browse, select a user to assign to the desktop, and click OK.

The disk file is imported into View Manager as a detached persistent disk.

To restore the linked-clone desktop, you can recreate the original desktop or attach the detached persistent disk to another desktop.

For details, see Recreate a Linked-Clone Desktop With a Detached Persistent Disk and Attach a View Composer Persistent Disk to Another Linked-Clone Desktop.