View Composer is a VMware Horizon component used to provision Linked Clone desktops, a copy of a virtual machine that shares virtual disks with its parent VM.
View Composer is only required if you need to provision Linked Clone desktops, for Instant Clone is not necessary instead.
VMware Horizon 7.12: installing Connection Server - pt.1
VMware Horizon 7.12: installing View Composer - pt.2
VMware Horizon 7.12: configuration - pt.3
VMware Horizon 7.12: Instant Clone setup - pt.4
VMware Horizon 7.12: Linked Clone setup - pt.5
VMware Horizon 7.12: connect to virtual desktop - pt.6
Create and configure View Composer DB
View Composer requires a SQL database to store data about connections and components used by View Composer:
- vCenter Server connections
- Active Directory connections
- Linked-clone desktops deployed by View Composer
- replicas created by View Composer
Connect to your SQL Server and open the SQL Server Management Studio tool to create the required database.
Create a local user
In View Composer only SQL local accounts are supported thus domain accounts can't be used.
Expand Security item and right click Logins. Select New login to create a new local user.
Enter a Login name and select SQL Server authentication as authentication method. Specify the Password for the new account and disable the Enforce password policy option. Click OK to create the new account.
The new account has been created successfully.
Create the database
Right click Databases and select New Database.
Enter the Database name and specify the Owner by selecting the previously created account. Click OK.
The new database has been created successfully.
Right click the SQL Server name and select Properties.
Make sure SQL Server and Windows Authentication mode option is selected.
Create SQL DB ODBC Connection
Access the Windows Server where the View Composer will be installed, open the Administrative Tools folder and double click ODBC Data Sources (64-bit) item.
Select System DNS tab and click Add.
Select SQL Server as data source and click Finish.
Enter the Name to identify this data source, optionally specify a Description and select the Server where the created database is stored. Click Next.
Select With SQL Server authentication using a login ID and password entered by the user option and specify the Login ID and Password of the user with permissions to connect the database. Click Next.
In the Change the default database to drop-down menu select the database previously created and click Next.
Click Finish to save the configuration.
Click Test Data Source button to test the connection with the database.
When the connection has been tested successfully, click OK.
Click OK to close the wizard.
The new System DSN has bee created. Click OK.
Install View Composer
Download the Composer software from VMware website and run the installer.
Click Next to begin the installation.
Accept the EULA and click Next.
Leave default location and click Next.
Click ODBC DSN Setup button to retrieve the correct System Data Source then click OK.
Enter the username and password used to connect the database. Click Next.
If you don't have specific needs, leave default SOAP port and click Next.
Click Install to proceed with View Composer installation.
The software is being installed.
When the installation has been completed, click Finish to exit the wizard.
Click Yes to reboot the machine to finalize the installation.
The View Composer component is now installed and can be used to provision Linked Clone desktops.
Part 3 will cover the configuration required by Horizon to manage the environment and VDIs.