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PowerShell is a very powerful scripting language that can help automate many aspects of maintaining and deploying a XenDesktop environment. To share some of my experiences creating PowerShell scripts, I’ve created this article that will give guidance and ideas for creating your own scripts for automating XenDesktop VDI usage and to delete the VDI if not used.
Why to Automate this?
First off, Why should you use Powershell rather than doing certain tasks manually? While automation might seem faster, time must be spent upfront developing the scripts. It is very easy to say it takes a few clicks to complete the process, when you have the automated script it just needs to you do a single click and the process is complete.
PowerShell Commands to Verify the VDI usage and Delete the Existing VDI from DDC Remotely : The purpose of this article is to automate the process to verify the VDI usage and to delete the VDIs remotely using the PowerShell commands.
The below mentioned method does not require us to login to the server or even to the Desktop studio which helps us to save a lot time to delete the VDI.
This includes the following steps:
Step 1: First load the Citrix and VMware Snapins to run the commands using PowerShell.
Note:The XenDesktop SDK comprises of a number of PowerShell snap-ins which are installed automatically by the XenDesktop installation wizard when you install either the controller or Desktop Studio components.
Step 2: Declare the common variables that are used in the script – like the Controller name, VDI Name and Desktop group name.
Step 3 : Verify the VDI usage.
Step 4: Inorder to delete the VDI we need to enable the maintenance mode of the VDI.
Step 5: Shutdown the VDI.
Step 6: Delete the VDI from the Desktop group.
Step 7: Delete the VDI from the Machine Catalog.
Step 1: PowerShel command to “Load the Citrix and VMWare Snapins”