You can install this software service on a vCenter Server instance that manages virtual machines or on a separate server. View Composer can then create a pool of linked clones from a specified parent virtual machine. This strategy reduces storage costs by up to 90 percent.

Each linked clone acts like an independent desktop, with a unique host name and IP address, yet the linked clone requires significantly less storage because it shares a base image with the parent. Because linked-clone desktop pools share a base image, you can quickly deploy updates and patches by updating only the parent virtual machine. End users' settings, data, and applications are not affected.

You can also use View Composer to create automated farms of linked-clone Microsoft RDS hosts, which provide published applications to end users.

Although you can install View Composer on its own server host, a View Composer service can operate with only one vCenter Server instance. Similarly, a vCenter Server instance can be associated with only one View Composer service.

Important: View Composer is an optional component. If you plan to provision instant clones, you do not need to install View Composer.