VCP5-DT Objective 1.1–Install View Composer

Objective 1.1 – Install View Composer

For this objective I used the following resources:

  • VMware View Installation documentation


Identify minimum hardware and software requirements for installation

  • View Composer must be installed on the same system (physical or virtual) as vCenter Server
  • View Composer is only used/needed if used with linked clones
  • Server operating system needs to be 64-bit (Windows Server 2008R2 Standard or Enterprise)
    • vCenter 4.0 Update 3 and later
    • vCenter 4.1 Update 1 and later
    • vCenter 5.0 and later

Describe Composer database and connectivity

View Composer requires its own database, it can share the same database server as your vCenter Server. View Composer does not support the same range of database products as vCenter. Valid database products are:

Database vCenter Server 5.0 + vCenter Server 4.1 U1 + vCenter Server 4.0 U3 +
MS SQL Server 2005 Express No Yes Yes
MS SQL Server 2005 SP3 Yes Yes yes
MS SQL Server 2008 R2 Express Yes No No
MS SQL Server 2008 SP1 Yes Yes Yes
Oracle 10g Release 2 Yes Yes Yes
Oracle 11g Release 2 w/Oracle Patch 5 Yes Yes Yes

Describe Composer service and dependencies

  • If using the Windows Firewall ensure that port 18443 (default) is open. View Connection Servers will communicate via HTTPS on this port with the Composer service.
  • If using the Windows Firewall ensure that the “VMware Universal File Access (UFA) service is not blocked.

Navigate View Composer installation wizard

The View Composer installation is straight forward. Prior to the install make sure you have the following prerequisites in place:

  • A supported MS SQL database in place (either local or remote)
  • ODBC connection created on the vCenter Server (If database is local Windows authentication can be used, if remote SQL Server authentication will need to be used)

For the purpose of this study guide View Composer will be installed using the following MS SQL 2008R2 information:

  • Database name is VMware_ViewComposer_DB
  • ODBC connection created on the vCenter Server named VMware View Composer
  • SQL user account svc_view


Step 1 – Launch the View Composer executable:


Step 2 – Click “Next” on the VMware View Composer Welcome screen:


Step 3 – Click “Next” on the End User Patent Agreement:


Step 4 – Accept the terms of the license agreement and click “Next” to continue:


Step 5 – Accept the default installation location or click the “Change” icon to select a different directory. Click “Next” to continue:


Step 6 – Enter the MS SQL database connection information:


Step 7 – Except or change the SOAP Port. For this guide will be using the default of 18443:


Step 8 – Review the installation directory and click “Install” to begin the installation:


Step 9 – After the installation completes, click “Finish”:


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