You must create a database and data source name (DSN) to store View Composer data.

The View Composer service does not include a database. If a database instance does not exist in your network environment, you must install one. After you install a database instance, you add the View Composer database to the instance.

You can add the View Composer database to the instance on which the vCenter Server database is located. You can configure the database locally, or remotely, on a network-connected Linux, UNIX, or Windows Server computer.

The View Composer database stores information about connections and components that are used by View Composer:

  • vCenter Server connections
  • Active Directory connections
  • Linked-clone desktops that are deployed by View Composer
  • Replicas that are created by View Composer

Each instance of the View Composer service must have its own View Composer database. Multiple View Composer services cannot share a View Composer database.

For a list of supported database versions, see Database Requirements for View Composer and the Events Database.

To add a View Composer database to an installed database instance, choose one of these procedures.