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Managing persistent disks in VMware Horizon View 4.6 and later (2086416)

Purpose

As user requirements change, it may be necessary to modify persistent disks. This article provides direction on moving or reassigning persistent disks between users or virtual machines.

Resolution

Follow one of the two methods below, depending on the requirements of your move.

Note: This article is for use with VMware Horizon View versions 4.6 and later. For Horizon View 4.5 and prior versions, see Moving a persistent data disk to another View desktop in VMware View 4.5 and earlier (1033286).

Moving between machines or users

To move a persistent disk to another virtual machine or user within the same vCenter Server environment:
  1. In the View Administrator, navigate to Inventory > Persistent Disks > Attached.
  2. Select the persistent disk to move from the list and click Detach.
  3. When prompted, you may choose keep the persistent disk in the current datastore or move it to a new datastore.

    Note: If moving to a new datastore, select Use the following datastore and click Browse to pick a new datastore.

  4. Navigate to Inventory > Persistent Disks > Detached.
  5. Locate the persistent disk in the list, select it, then click Edit.
  6. In the Edit window, select the new linked-clone pool or user that you would like to attach the disk to and click OK.
  7. Select the persistent disk and click Recreate Desktop. A new desktop in the new pool for the user is created.

    Note: The disk will not be located in the newly created virtual machine folder. If desired, a rebalance operation will move the persistent disk into the new virtual machine folder.

  8. If this method is not successful, see the steps below.

Moving between vCenter Server environments

This section presents an alternative method to move a persistent disk, or to move a persistent disk between vCenter Server environments.

  1. In the View Administrator, navigate to Inventory > Persistent Disks > Attached.
  2. Locate the persistent disk you wish to move in the list and double-click to display the full filename of the disk and location on the datastore. Record the filename and location information.

    Note: Do not proceed until you have recorded this information.

  3. Click Detach.
  4. When prompted, you may choose to keep the persistent disk in the current datastore, or move it to a new datastore.

    Note: If moving to a new datastore, select Use the following datastore and click Browse to pick a new datastore.

  5. Navigate to Inventory > Persistent Disks > Detached.
  6. Locate and select the persistent disk in the list and click Delete. When prompted, choose Delete from View Manager only.
  7. If required, move the persistent disk from its current location to a datastore accessible from the new vCenter Server or View environment.

    Note:  For more information on moving a persistent disk, see Moving or copying virtual disks in a VMware environment (900).

  8. In the new View environment, navigate to Inventory > Persistent Disks > Detached.
  9. Click Import from vCenter.
  10. In the pop-up window:

    1. Select the vCenter Server where the Persistent Disk is located.
    2. Select the data center where the Persistent Disk is located.
    3. Select the linked-clone pool where you would like the virtual machine to be recreated.
    4. Select the View Folder you would like to use.
    5. Browse to and select the Persistent Disk file.
    6. Browse and select the user you would like to assign the Persistent disk to.
    7. Click OK to assign the persistent disk to the new pool.

  11. Select the persistent disk and click Recreate Desktop. A new desktop in the new pool for the user is created.

    Note: The disk will not be located in the newly created virtual machine folder. If desired, a rebalance operation will move the persistent disk into the new virtual machine folder.

Additional Information

For more information, see Manage View Composer Persistent Disks in the VMware Horizon 6.0 with View documentation.

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