You can remove the connection between View and the VMware Horizon View Composer service that is associated with a vCenter Server instance.

Before you disable the connection to View Composer, you must remove from View all the linked-clone virtual machines that were created by View Composer. View prevents you from removing View Composer if any associated linked clones still exist. After the connection to View Composer is disabled, View cannot provision or manage new linked clones.


  1. Remove the linked-clone desktop pools that were created by View Composer.
    1. In View Administrator, select Catalog > Desktop Pools.
    2. Select a linked-clone desktop pool and click Delete.
      A dialog box warns that you will permanently delete the linked-clone desktop pool from View. If the linked-clone virtual machines are configured with persistent disks, you can detach or delete the persistent disks.
    3. Click OK.
      The virtual machines are deleted from vCenter Server. In addition, the associated View Composer database entries and the replicas that were created by View Composer are removed.
    4. Repeat these steps for each linked-clone desktop pool that was created by View Composer.
  2. Select View Configuration > Servers.
  3. On the vCenter Servers tab, select the vCenter Server instance with which View Composer is associated.
  4. Click Edit.
  5. Under View Composer Server Settings, click Edit, select Do not use View Composer, and click OK.


You can no longer create linked-clone desktop pools in this vCenter Server instance, but you can continue to create and manage full virtual-machine desktop pools in the vCenter Server instance.

What to do next

If you intend to install View Composer on another host and reconfigure View to connect to the new VMware Horizon View Composer service, you must perform certain additional steps. See Migrate View Composer Without Linked-Clone Virtual Machines.