During View Composer recompose and rebalance operations, View attempts to ensure that the network label of each NIC attached to each linked-clone desktop is preserved when a linked clone inherits new NICs from a new base image. View preserves the network label of a NIC that was in place before the recompose or rebalance operation as long as the new base image has an available NIC configured with the same type of network switch. You can configure a NIC with a standard network switch or distributed virtual network switch.

The following examples describe the rules that govern network label preservation during recompose and rebalance operations.

  • If both the original linked-clone desktop and the new base image have one NIC configured with a standard network switch, the network label and MAC address are preserved.

  • If both the original linked-clone desktop and the new base image have one NIC configured with a distributed virtual network switch, the network label and MAC address are preserved.

  • If the original linked-clone desktop has one NIC configured with a standard network switch and the new base image has one NIC configured with a distributed virtual network switch, the network label is not preserved. The MAC address is preserved.

  • If the original linked-clone desktop has two NICs, both of which are configured with a standard network switch, and the new base image has one NIC configured with a standard network switch, the network label of one original NIC is preserved, but all network properties associated with the other original NIC are not preserved.