You can back up configuration data of a Horizon Connection Server instance by exporting the contents of its View LDAP repository.

About this task

You use the vdmexport command to export the View LDAP configuration data to an encrypted LDIF file. You can also use the vdmexport -v (verbatim) option to export the data to a plain text LDIF file, or the vdmexport -c (cleansed) option to export the data as plain text with passwords and other sensitive data removed.

You can run the vdmexport command on any Connection Server instance. If you have multiple Connection Server instances in a replicated group, you only need to export the data from one instance. All replicated instances contain the same configuration data.

Note:

The vdmexport.exe command backs up the View LDAP data only. This command does not back up View Composer database information.

Prerequisites

  • Locate the vdmexport.exe command executable file installed with Connection Server in the default path.

    C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware View\Server\tools\bin

  • Log in to a Connection Server instance as a user in the Administrators or Administrators (Read only) role.

Procedure

  1. Select Start > Command Prompt.
  2. At the command prompt, type the vdmexport command and redirect the output to a file. For example:
    vdmexport > Myexport.LDF

    By default, the exported data is encrypted.

    You can specify the output file name as an argument to the -f option. For example:

    vdmexport -f Myexport.LDF

    You can export the data in plain text format (verbatim) by using the -v option. For example:

    vdmexport -f Myexport.LDF -v

    You can export the data in plain text format with passwords and sensitive data removed (cleansed) by using the -c option. For example:

    vdmexport -f Myexport.LDF -c
    Note:

    Do not plan on using cleansed backup data to restore a View LDAP configuration. The cleansed configuration data is missing passwords and other critical information.

Results

For more information about the vdmexport command, see the Horizon 7 Integration document.

What to do next

You can restore or transfer the configuration information of Connection Server by using the vdmimport command.

For details about importing the LDIF file, see Restoring Horizon Connection Server and View Composer Configuration Data.