To use View Composer, you must configure settings that allow View Connection Server to connect to the View Composer service. View Composer can be installed on its own standalone machine or on the same machine as vCenter Server.

Before you begin

  • Verify that you configured View Connection Server to connect to vCenter Server. To do so, you must complete the vCenter Server Information page in the Add vCenter Server wizard. See Add vCenter Server Instances to View.

  • Verify that this View Composer service is not already configured to connect to a different vCenter Server instance.

  • If you installed View Composer on a standalone machine, verify that you created a standalone View Composer Server user account. This domain user account must be a member of the local Administrators group on the View Composer machine.

About this task

VMware recommends having a one-to-one mapping between each View Composer service and vCenter Server instance.

Procedure

  1. In View Administrator, complete the vCenter Server Information page in the Add vCenter Server wizard.
    1. Click View Configuration > Servers.
    2. In the vCenter Servers tab, click Add and provide the vCenter Server settings.
  2. On the View Composer Settings page, if you are not using View Composer, select Do not use View Composer.

    If you select Do not use View Composer, the other View Composer settings become inactive. When you click Next, the Add vCenter Server wizard displays the Storage Settings page. The View Composer Domains page is not displayed.

  3. If you are using View Composer, select the location of the View Composer machine.

    Option

    Description

    View Composer is installed on the same machine as vCenter Server.

    1. Select View Composer co-installed with the vCenter Server.

    2. Make sure that the port number is the same as the port that you specified when you installed the View Composer service on vCenter Server. The default port number is 18443.

    View Composer is installed on its own separate machine.

    1. Select Standalone View Composer Server.

    2. In the View Composer server address text box, type the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the View Composer machine.

    3. Type the name of a domain user account that can authenticate to the View Composer service.

      The account must be a member of the local Administrators group on the standalone View Composer machine.

      For example: domain.com\user or user@domain.com

    4. Type the password of this domain user account.

    5. Make sure that the port number is the same as the port that you specified when you installed the View Composer service. The default port number is 18443.

  4. Click Next to display the View Composer Domains page.

What to do next

Configure View Composer domains.

  • If the View Composer instance is configured with a signed SSL certificate, and View Connection Server trusts the root certificate, the Add vCenter Server wizard displays the View Composer Domains page.

  • If the View Composer instance is configured with a default certificate, you must first determine whether to accept the thumbprint of the existing certificate. See Accept the Thumbprint of a Default SSL Certificate.