If a linked-clone virtual machine becomes inaccessible in Horizon 7, you can restore the virtual machine if it was configured with a View Composer persistent disk. You can import the persistent disk from a vSphere datastore into Horizon 7.

You import the persistent disk file as a detached persistent disk in Horizon 7. You can either attach the detached disk to an existing virtual machine or recreate the original linked clone in Horizon 7.


  1. In Horizon Console, select Inventory > Persistent Disks.
  2. On the Detached tab, click Import from vCenter.
  3. Select a vCenter Server instance.
  4. Select the datacenter where the disk file is located.
  5. Select a linked-clone desktop pool.
    Note: After you select a desktop pool, you can only browse and select a persistent disk that is based on the datatstore of the desktop pool. For example, if you select a desktop pool that has a vSAN datastore, you can only browse and select a persistent disk from vSAN datastores.
  6. Select an access group.
  7. In the Persistent Disk File text box, click Browse, click the down arrow, and select a datastore from the Choose a Datastore menu.
  8. To import a persistent disk from a local datastore, select Show all datastores (including local datastores).
  9. Click the datastore name to display its disk storage files and virtual-machine files.
  10. Select the persistent-disk file you want to import and click OK.
  11. In the User text box, click Browse, select a user to assign to the virtual machine, and click OK.
  12. Click Submit.


The disk file is imported into Horizon 7 as a detached persistent disk.

What to do next

To restore the linked-clone virtual machine, you can recreate the original virtual machine or attach the detached persistent disk to another virtual machine.

For details, see Recreate a Linked Clone With a Detached Persistent Disk in Horizon Console and Attach a View Composer Persistent Disk to Another Linked Clone in Horizon Console.