When you detach a View Composer persistent disk from a linked-clone virtual machine, the disk is stored and the linked clone is deleted. By detaching a persistent disk, you can store and reuse user-specific information with another virtual machine.


  1. In View Administrator, select Resources > Persistent Disks.
  2. Select the persistent disk to detach and click Detach.
  3. Choose where to store the persistent disk.
    Option Description
    Use current datastore Store the persistent disk on the datastore where it is currently located.
    Use the following datastore Select a new datastore on which to store the persistent disk. Click Browse, click the down arrow, and select a new datastore from the Choose a Datastore menu.

    You cannot select a local datastore to store a detached persistent disk. You must use a shared datastore or Virtual SAN datastore.

    If the persistent disk was originally stored on a Virtual SAN datastore, you can select a Virtual SAN or non-Virtual SAN datastore to store the detached persistent disk. Similarly, if the persistent disk was stored on non-Virtual SAN, you can detach the disk on a non-Virtual SAN or Virtual SAN datastore.


The View Composer persistent disk is saved on the datastore. The linked-clone virtual machine is deleted and does not appear in View Administrator.