You can attach a detached persistent disk to another linked-clone virtual machine. Attaching a persistent disk makes the user settings and information in the disk available to the user of the other virtual machine.

About this task

You attach a detached persistent disk as a secondary disk on the selected linked-clone virtual machine. The new user of the linked clone has access to the secondary disk and to the existing user information and settings.

You cannot attach a persistent disk that is stored on a non-Virtual SAN datastore to a virtual machine that is stored on a Virtual SAN datastore. Similarly, you cannot attach a disk that is stored on Virtual SAN to a virtual machine that is stored on non-Virtual SAN. View Administrator prevents you from selecting virtual machines that span Virtual SAN and non-Virtual SAN datastores.

To move a detached persistent disk from non-Virtual SAN to Virtual SAN, you can recreate the disk on a virtual machine that is stored on a non-Virtual SAN datastore and rebalance the virtual machine's desktop pool to a Virtual SAN datastore. See Recreate a Linked Clone With a Detached Persistent Disk.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that the selected virtual machine uses the same operating system as the linked clone in which the persistent disk was created.

Procedure

  1. In View Administrator, select Resources > Persistent Disks.
  2. On the Detached tab, select the persistent disk and click Attach.
  3. Select a linked-clone virtual machine to which to attach the persistent disk.
  4. Select Attach as a secondary disk.
  5. Click Finish.

What to do next

Make sure that the user of the linked clone has sufficient privileges to use the attached secondary disk. For example, if the original user had certain access permissions on the persistent disk, and the persistent disk is attached as drive D on the new linked clone, the new user of the linked clone must have the original user's access permissions on drive D.

Log in to the linked clone's guest operating system as an administrator and assign appropriate privileges to the new user.