You can import the backup files for your Horizon Composer configuration into the Horizon Composer database that stores linked-clone information.

You can use the SviConfig restoredata command to restore Horizon Composer database data after a system failure or to revert your Horizon Composer configuration to an earlier state.

Important: Only experienced Horizon Composer administrators should use the SviConfig utility. This utility is intended to resolve issues relating to the Horizon Composer service.


Verify the location of the Horizon Composer database backup files. By default, Horizon 7 stores the backup files on the C: drive of the Connection Server computer, at C:\Programdata\VMWare\VDM\backups.

Horizon Composer backup files use a naming convention with a date stamp and an .svi suffix.

Backup-YearMonthDayCount-vCenter Server Name_Domain Name.svi

For example: Backup-20090304000010-foobar_test_org.svi

Familiarize yourself with the SviConfig restoredata parameters:

  • DsnName - The DSN that is used to connect to the database. The DsnName parameter is mandatory and cannot be an empty string.
  • Username - The user name that is used to connect to the database. If this parameter is not specified, Windows authentication is used.
  • Password - The password for the user that connects to the database. If this parameter is not specified and Windows authentication is not used, you are prompted to enter the password later.
  • BackupFilePath - The path to the Horizon Composer backup file.

The DsnName and BackupFilePath parameters are required and cannot be empty strings. The Username and Password parameters are optional.


  1. Copy the Horizon Composer backup files from the Connection Server computer to a location that is accessible from the computer where the VMware Horizon Composer service is installed.
  2. On the computer where Horizon Composer is installed, stop the VMware Horizon Composer service.
  3. Open a Windows command prompt and navigate to the SviConfig executable file.
    The file is located with the Horizon Composer application. The default path is C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware View Composer\sviconfig.exe.
  4. Run the SviConfig restoredata command.
    sviconfig -operation=restoredata
    For example:
    sviconfig -operation=restoredata -dsnname=LinkedClone
    -username=Admin -password=Pass 
    -backupfilepath="C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware View 
  5. Start the VMware Horizon Composer service.

What to do next

For output result codes for the SviConfig restoredata command, see Result Codes for Restoring the Horizon Console Database.