Horizon View now creates a folder for your replicas

Sometimes small changes and improvements can go unnoticed by me until I actually get hands on and deploy the new release of the product in my lab. Today I noticed something that you may have already noticed if you are a Horizon View administrator. I’m not sure if this improvement has been included in Horizon View 5.1 or 5.2; but it is quite handy and help to keep things organized.

In the past View Composer ┬áreplica disks would be placed in the root folder of the datacenter and cluster serving a desktop pool. I just noticed that a new folder called “VMwareViewComposerReplicaFolder” is now created and all the replicas are placed there.

Simple, but neat!


Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.15.45 PM

This article was first published by Andre Leibovici (@andreleibovici) at myvirtualcloud.net.


  1. Hi Andre,

    View has done this for several versions but it has been hidden in the vSphere Client (thick, C# client) to prevent people from ‘tinkering’. ­čÖé

    The vSphere Web Client doesn’t respect the attribute that we are setting on the folder to hide it and so now it shows up!

    I also recently learned that the bit we set to prevent replicas from being moved/tampered with in the thick client (we call it protected) is no longer respected. This means that a user could accidentally move or delete the replica which is not good!!!


    • kwacky1 on 07/17/2013 at 6:13 pm

    Aye, View 4.6 here. In vSphere you tick “Show View Composer virtual machines” to reveal the Replica folder.

  2. Mike,

    Thanks for pointing out. Is hard to keep track of all those little updates to the product.

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