All View configuration data is stored in an LDAP directory. Each View Connection Server standard or replica instance contains a local LDAP configuration repository and a replication agreement between each of the View Connection Server instances. This arrangement ensures that changes to one repository are automatically replicated to all other repositories.

When you use View Administrator to modify the View configuration, the appropriate LDAP data is updated in the repository. For example, if you add a desktop pool, View stores information about users, user groups, and entitlements in LDAP. View Connection Server instances manage other LDAP configuration data automatically, and they use the information in the repository to control View operations.

You can use LDIF configuration files to perform a number of tasks, including transferring configuration data between View Connection Server instances and backing up your View configuration so that you can restore the state of a View Connection Server instance.

You can also use LDIF configuration files to define a large number of View objects, such as desktop pools, and add those objects to your View Connection Server instances without having to use View Administrator to perform the task manually.

In View 3.1 and later releases, View performs regular backups of the LDAP repository.

LDAP configuration data is transferred as plain ASCII text and conforms to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) RFC 2849 standard.