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.
- In Horizon Console, select .
- On the Detached tab, click Import from vCenter.
- Select a vCenter Server instance.
- Select the datacenter where the disk file is located.
- 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.
- Select an access group.
- In the Persistent Disk File text box, click Browse, click the down arrow, and select a datastore from the Choose a Datastore menu.
- To import a persistent disk from a local datastore, select Show all datastores (including local datastores).
- Click the datastore name to display its disk storage files and virtual-machine files.
- Select the persistent-disk file you want to import and click OK.
- In the User text box, click Browse, select a user to assign to the virtual machine, and click OK.
- 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.