For users on a network that has extremely low bandwidth, checking out a desktop can be prohibitive because you must download several gigabytes of data. To serve these users, you can download the desktop files manually and copy the files to the client computers.

For example, a user might work at home in a rural location with a dial-up network connection. The user might never go to the main office, where the desktop could be checked out to the user's laptop over the LAN.

In this case, you can manually download the desktop files to a portable device such as a USB device or DVD. After you deliver the device to the user, the user can copy the files onto a specified directory on the client computer and check out the desktop from the View datacenter.

You can take this approach only with View Composer linked-clone desktops.

You manually download the View Composer base-image files.

When the user checks out the desktop, the linked-clone OS-disk and persistent-disk files still must be downloaded over the network.

However, the base image contains the largest files. For example, a Windows 8 or Windows 7 base image might be 6-10GB. The OS disk and persistent disk are a fraction of that size.


To download a desktop manually to a client computer to use in local mode, you must copy the View Composer base image to a portable device. The base image is published as a package in the Transfer Server repository.


To download a desktop manually to a client computer to use in local mode, you must copy the base-image package files from a portable device to the client computer.


To allow check-out operations to proceed for local mode, you must set permissions on the base-image package files that were copied to the check-out directory on the client computer.


After you manually copy the base image to the client computer and set permissions on the package files, you must direct the user to check out a desktop.