Install Horizon View 6 – Part 2 – View Composer

Horizon View Composer is the component of a View environment that provides linked-clone functionality.  There are many advantages to using linked-clones, such as more efficient use of space and the ability to update all desktops just by updating a parent VM

In this post we will see the required steps to install it.

Minimum Requirements

Horizon View Composer can be installed on the same Windows server as vCenter Server or on a standalone server. View Composer should not be installed on the same server as View Connection Server. If you are using the vCenter Appliance, you will need to install View Composer on a Windows Server.

2 1.4GHz CPUs (Recommended: 2GHz or faster and 4 CPUs)

4 GB RAM or higher (Recommended: 8GB vRAM for 50 desktops or more)

1Gbps vNIC

Operating System:
Windows Server 2008 R2 (Standard/Enterprise)
Windows Server 2012 R2 (Standard)

SQL Server Database:
SQL Server 2008 SP3
SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2
SQL Server 2012 SP1


Before starting the install, create a database and a data source name (DSN). If you use a local instance you can use windows authentication, in case of a remote SQL you have to SQL authentication. (if you need more info about the database, take a look to View Install Guide)

Once completed the previous operations, start the Composer installer.

Accept  the EULA and then click Next


Select the install path and click Next


Enter the DSN previously created, the username and password entered in the ODBC.


Leave default SOAP Port and click Next.


Click Install to start the installation.


When the install is completed, click Finish to exit the wizard.


Click Yes to restart the system and complete the installation.


When the reboot has completed, check the VMware Horizon View Composer service is installed and running. You can also configure to run with a dedicated service account.

In the next post we will proceed configuring the environment.

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